Wandering the Warrego River in Charleville

Warrego River in Charleville

Come and wander along the wonderful Warrego River in Charleville, Outback Queensland.


It’s the place to pull over where huge River Red Gums fringe the river with a backdrop of mulga trees. At dawn and dusk, Mallee ringneck parrots dance among the trees with numerous other feathered friends calling this permanent water hole home.

This mighty river forms part of the Darling catchment within the Murray–Darling basin and is one of the few rivers where silver perch breed naturally. It’s a camper, fisher persons, nature lovers delight but wait; there is so much more to lure you into pulling up for a night or two.

Ideally, the Ward River is located only a mere 20 kilometres west of Charleville on the Diamantina Developmental Road, Australia’s longest road, offering another perfect place to stop, camp, fish and admire nature in the heart of the Mulga Lands in Outback Queensland.

Grab that fishing line, book, pen and paper, pastel or camera. There is so much to adore along this beautiful waterway.


Fabulous Fishing on the Warrego River in Charleville

With fingerlings of Golden Perch and Murray Cod released annually (644,000 Yellow Belly and 52,000 Murry Cod since 1992) along the Warrego and Ward Rivers, you are almost certain of a bite.

Add to that the chance of adding eel-tailed catfish and spangled perch to your catch as an additional bonus. Size and possession limits do apply. No permits required.


Fishing Tips

  •  Live bait includes yabbies, shrimps, worms and prawns only.
  • For the best fishing tips, call into Jude’s Browse Inn in Charleville’s main street, Alfred Street, for all the updates on the best bait to use and what is biting.
    Jude is a local legend and a true character. Make sure you take some time to read her cartoons on the front of the store. Look left on the shelf behind the counter – Jude’s Browse In is also the local adult entertainment store for the region.


Camping along the Warrego River in Charleville

Charleville offers a range of camping from free sites along the Warrego and Ward rivers plus the Rock Pools to paid campgrounds in a variety of settings in and around town. The Charleville Visitor Information Centre staff have maps and advice to guide you to the perfect spot.


Warrego River in Charleville
Camping alongside the Warrego River in Charleville


Camping Tips

Watch the sunset from your campsite on the east of the Ward River.
Forget the fishing and admire the wildlife along both of these rivers.
Free camping sites have few amenities, so please take out what you bring in.


More to do in Charleville

  • See the night and day sky at the Cosmos Centre
  • Visit endangered Bilbies
  • Meet the farmer on an Outback Date Farm Tour
  • Learn history along a WWII tag-a-long tour and at the Secret Base
  • Immerse yourself in flora at Charleville Botanic Reserve
  • Sip and chat with a local at the iconic Corones Hotel


And like the ad says, ‘but wait, there’s more’, there is so much more in the outback hub of Charleville. To start exploring, take a look at the flights to Charleville on offer when you fly with Rex.


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