Visiting Childers Town Queensland was on our agenda during our Christmas stop over in the area. Being that it was only a day trip, we went straight to the Information Centre to get the low down on what a family of all ages could do.
The ladies volunteering at the Information Counter were lovely and suggested we do a map self-guided DIY tour of the town to see some of the charm found at Childers.
Our first stop was the infamous Childers Palace Backpackers Hotel.
On June 23, 2000, an Australian man by the name of Robert Paul Long set fire to the building killing 15 backpackers – nine women, six men. It was a senseless tragedy that left Australia wondering “Why”.
The hotel is now a memorial art gallery welcoming visitors. As with most art galleries no pics allowed but I can show you the gorgeous little coffee garden out back that was a cool oasis from the soaring heat the day we visited.
Wandering through the main street so many buildings still in original state reminded me of my childhood and the fascination I had at the lovely old buildings.
The Old Pharmacy had all of us in awe as we wandered around the small store. All the old potions, bottles, memorabilia of days gone by and how the local pharmacy store served the community.
The ladies educated us on interesting facts showing us the lines on the bottle indicating “Poison”.
Often folks couldn’t read, and it was necessary to clearly label poison bottles to avoid a potential tragedy. Bottles are still marked as such today. Have you noticed your Metho bottle?
It’s so strange to think you could buy Cocaine over the counter in these cute little bottles. Often subscribed to woman during depression episodes, especially new mothers.
At some stage, they became aware that Cocaine was addictive and removed it from the counters. Sadly, anyone using this product who experienced withdrawal symptoms was deemed as “Insane” then institutionalised.
I have always loved old pubs. Sneaking a walk through the Grand Hotel, I was able to get some sneaky snaps. Everyone is welcome, but only patrons can use the loo’s – Oops
How gorgeous is this Expresso Bar
Look down to see more – Street Art
Ending up the “Wood and Lace” Lollie Bar, John and I enjoyed looking at all the “Old School” lollies we once ate as kids. I grabbed a Choo Choo bar but was a little disappointed to see they are now soft and easy to eat. Unlike the years we broke our teeth on them.
Venturing out and about in the car, we found these two cute places. We couldn’t go home without indulged in Mammino Ice Cream, made the old fashion way. YUM
The self-guided walk around Childers town provided by the local Tourist Information Centre was something we all enjoyed. Childers town was full of tourists on their Christmas Holidays when we visited, but even with the streets full, the town was full of charm and very welcoming.
We highly recommend you stop by and see a little of Childers.