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ACCOMMODATION | DINING | ATTRACTIONS | MAPS | ACTIVITIES

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VIEW FROM CASTLE HILL - Courtesty of Townsville Enterprise

TOWNSVILLE OUR CITY Nowhere else in the world will you find the fascinating diversity of North Queensland. In just hours you can move from lush rainforest to the Great Barrier Reef, or from a luxurious resort on a tropical island to a cattle ranch in the golden Outback. Townsville, Australia’s largest tropical city, is the focal point to this region which is bounded by Mission Beach to the north, Charters Towers to the west, and Bowen in the south. The five resort islands - Dunk, Magnetic, Orpheus, Hinchinbrook and Bedarra - are all different in character and all offer a unique experience for the holidaymaker. Townsville’s many attractions include the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium, a wildlife sanctuary, casino, beaches, museums, theatres, galleries, nightclubs and restaurants. Many people who come to Townsville on a visit or short-term stay, like what they see and decide to live here. Little wonder that the Townsville region has one of the highest residential growth rates in Australia. The focal point these days is the wonderful beachfront ‘Strand’.

Beautiful Magnetic Island is just 20 minutes from the city centre by ferry. Day cruises and diving expeditions to the Great Barrier Reef, and white water rafting excursions also depart regularly from the city. There are quiet places of natural beauty, including Mt Elliot National Park, Crystal Creek and Paluma, all a short drive away. Within the city itself don’t miss a trip up Castle Hill, or some of the magnificent and well-kept shady gardens which include Queen’s Gardens, Anderson Park, Anzac Park and the Palmetum. Heading west the rugged outback unfolds with the historic gold rush mining towns of Charters Towers and Ravenswood - time capsules of turn-of-the-century architecture. National Parks and World Heritage listed areas lie to the north of Townsville, with the seaside towns of Ingham, Cardwell and Mission Beach boasting rainforests, waterfalls, spectacular beaches and the sheltered waterways of the Hinchinbrook Channel. Travelling south through the agricultural basin are the twin towns of Ayr and Home Hill. Bowen completes the southern boundary of this region which also features superb reefs, beaches and excellent fishing spots.

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CONTENTS

THE GREAT BARRIER REEF TIDE TIMES TOWNSVILLE LOOKOUTS CAR RENTALS SHOPPING CENTRES / MARKETS INFORMATION CENTRES CARAVAN PARKS DINING OUT ART GALLERIES MUSEUMS WHAT’S ON MAGNETIC ISLAND BALGAL BEACH (NORTH) PALUMA (NORTH) HINCHINBROOK SHIRE (NORTH) GREAT TROPICAL DRIVE BURDEKIN SHIRE (SOUTH) CHARTERS TOWERS (WEST) MATILDA HIGHWAY (WEST) 95

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MAPS

PHONE NUMBERS TAXI SUNBUS EMERGENCY INFO HOTLINE

131 008 4725 8482 000 4796 1000

ALLIGATOR CREEK. Josie Brown

THE GREAT BARRIER REEF RESTAURANT GUIDE REDBUS MAP TOWNSVILLE SUBURB MAP TOWNSVILLE CITY MAP TOWNSVILLE SURROUNDS MAP MAGNETIC ISLAND MAP TOWN COMMON WALKS MAP PALUMA WALKS GREAT TROPICAL DRIVE MAP

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TIMETABLES REDBUS TIMETABLE MAGNETIC ISLAND BUS TIMETABLE CAR FERRY TIMETABLE

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Visit Reef HQ Aquarium’s Turtle Hospital where sick and injured turtles are cared for and rehabilitated. re ehabilitated.

TURTLE HOSPITAL Check out Townsville’s Reef HQ Aquarium Turtle Talk, departing daily at 12 noon. The Reef HQ Aquarium Turtle Hospital is designed to rehabilitate sick and injured turtles so they can be released back into the ocean, enhancing their long term survival and sustainability as a threatened species. As the National Educational Centre for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Reef HQ Aquarium plays a lead role in educating visitors, through educational talks and guided tours on the plight of turtles and there importance to the Marine Park. Six of the world’s seven species of marine turtle are found on the Great Barrier Reef and staff of the Turtle Hospital believes that local residents and visitors play a very special role in looking after them. Donations to the Turtle Hospital are welcome by phoning 07 47500 800 or visit Reef HQ Aquarium reception.

Join in r ou on one ofive Daily D g in and Feed Shows. 2-68 Flinders Street Townsville, 4810 Tel: 4750 0800 www.reefhq.com.au

Anyone who finds a stranded turtle is urged to contact the Department of Environmental and Resource Management on 1300 130 372.

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BIRDS EYE VIEW An adventurous scenic flight over Townsville and Magnetic Island is a must do. Take in the stunning sights of the clear blue ocean, the sweeping aerial views of pristine white beaches on tropical Magnetic Island and the breathtaking landscape of Townsville.

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TOWNSVILLE PANORAMIC With Red Baron. Taking off on the waters adjacent to the Strand, you will get to see the vibrant Port and the Townsville CBD. Then follow the Ross river up towards James Cook University. Admire the impressive Mount Stuart before circling past Townville airport, back around the monolithic Castle Hill. Complete the journey with a breath taking low level pass at 50ft in front of the Strand before landing. If you’re up for it, ask the pilot for some Adrenaline pumping maneuvers. Duration: 40 mins 2 passengers per flight Flight Time (takeoff to landing): 15 mins CIRCUMNAVIGATE MAGNETIC ISLAND (Departing from Townsville) With Red Baron. As its name suggests this flight entails the circumnavigation of the beautiful Magnetic Island. Rocky granite headlands, blanketed with Hoop Pine trees leading down to the 23 bays and beaches makes Magnetic Island truly extraordinary. Taking off and landing from the Strand, you will get a chance to view coral reef off Picnic Bay, the inaccessible Five Beach Bay and an abundance of marine life (including whales). Duration: 50 mins 2 passengers per flight Flight Time (takeoff to landing): 25 mins

Helicopter and Seaplane charters direct from Townsville Airport. Joy Flights and Special Occasions with Romance and Adventure, Photography and Island tranfers. Open 7 days a week !

Hanger 15 Gypsy Moth Crt, Garbutt, Townsville 4814

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NAUTILUS AVIATION SCENIC TOURS Nautilus Aviation operate Helicopter and Seaplane flights from their base at Townsville Airport. Nautilus Aviation operates daily to Orpheus Island Resort, and on-demand charter services to The Great Barrier Reef, and many other Coastal Islands and areas in North Queensland. Joy flights and scenic tours being their specialty. Enjoy an unforgettable scenic flight or private charter. Meet at Townsville Airport and depart promptly to your destination of choice. A must do while in Townsville is a Helicopter scenic flight in their brand new R44 Clipper Helicopter - Airconditioned, Leather seats and great visibility!

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SEAPLANES

Billy Zane flew in it... Catherine Zeta Jones flew in it... ... Now it’s your turn to fly in the Red Baron for an experience of a lifetime! This movie star is now gracing the skies above beautiful Townsville and Magnetic Island. The historical Grumman Sea-Cat starred in the movie The Phantom and is now being cast in a new adventure.

It’s the only two passenger, open cockpit bi-plane on floats in the world!

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All flights subject to pilot’s discretion, weather conditions & air-traffic control. Conditions: max 2 people per flight. Weight restrictions apply.

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ACCOMMODATION NEED A BED? Townsville • Magnetic Island Where’s the accommodation in Townsville and Magnetic Island? Ask the PROFESSIONALS. We are the major booking agent in Flinders Mall. Nightly. Weekly. Corporate. PLUS TOURS!

•Reef Cruises •Magnetic Island Tours •Dive Courses •Rainforest Tours •Charters Towers Tours •Car Hire

Let us make the calls!

Flinders Square, Townsville Phone: 4772 5800 www.tropicaltravel.com.au info@tropicaltravel.com.au

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DIVE THE YONGALA WRECK Tropical Townsville is a hot spot for those keen to check out the underwater scene, being the home to one of the world’s best wreck dives. The Yongala wreck and Wheeler’s Reef are the diving drawcards, and the north Queensland city also offers the ultimate of dive experiences, great value accommodation and a year-round summer climate to round off the perfect diving stopover. The Yongala wreck is located about 89km south-east of the city, is Australia’s most popular dive site and one of the world’s top 10. Undiscovered for almost 50 years, the coral-encrusted structure attracts a prolific variety of colourful marine life and is an unforgettable swim for both novice and experienced divers. A few of the local companies specialise in dives to the wreck. The trip out to the Yongala site includes a three hour boat cruise, sailing by Magnetic Island, historic lighthouses and the bird colonies of Cape Bowling Green.

crevasses to explore, this isolated reef is surrounded by beautiful white sands stretching into the depths of the Coral Sea. There are spectacular displays of tropical marine life and coral structures for divers to explore as they swim among giant morays or reef sharks on this truly magical reef. Wheeler Reef is also rated as one of the best dives on the Great Barrier Reef, because of the crustaceans, bull rays, white-tip sharks and eels which can all be seen. Magnetic Island is another popular diving destination easily accessible from Townsville. The World Heritage listed Reef is host to the most diverse collection of life forms found in one location anywhere in the world and Townsville is the best place to access it. Whether it be day trips to view the spectacle snorkeling, specialist scuba dives or environmental expeditions, it’s all available on Townsville’s doorstep.

SNORKEL DIIEVR RE R EEF

The perfectly circular Wheeler Reef provides another world-class diving experience situated a little closer to shore. With plenty of

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GREAT BARRIER REEF The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the natural world, and pulling away from it, and viewing it from a greater distance, you can understand why. It is larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on earth visible from space. The marine park stretches over 3000km (1800 miles) almost parallel to the Queensland coast, from near the coastal town of Bundaberg, up past the tip of Cape York. The reef, between 15 kilometres and 150 kilometres off shore and around 65km wide in some parts, is a gathering of brilliant, vivid coral providing divers with the most spectacular underwater experience imaginable. A closer encounter with the Great Barrier Reef’s impressive coral gardens reveals many astounding underwater attractions including the world’s largest collection of corals (in fact, more than 400 different kinds of coral), coral sponges, molluscs, rays, dolphins, over 1500 species of tropical fish, more than 200 types of birds, around 20 types of reptiles including sea turtles and giant clams over 120 years old. The Great Barrier Reef is a breeding area for humpback whales, migrating from the Antarctic and is also the habitat of a few endangered species including the Dugong (Sea Cow) and large Green Sea Turtle. In recognition of its significance, UNESCO listed the Great Barrier Reef as a World Heritage Site in 1981. Because of its natural beauty, both below and above the water’s surface, the Great Barrier Reef has become one of the worlds most sought after tourist destinations. DIVING THE REEF FROM TOWNSVILLE The Central Section of the Great Barrier Reef has some of the most spectacular reefs within the marine park. These reefs’ located to the east of Townsville are approximately 50 nautical miles (90 kms) offshore. These reefs provide a unique dive experience with a variety of scenery such as swim-throughs, underwater canyons, caves, gullies and sensational wall dives.

WHEELER REEF Located 45 nautical miles off shore, is one of the premier dive sites in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. This reef has many shallow areas well suited to snorkeling and introductory diving, as well as deep bommies and swim throughs to excite the more experienced diver. Sites such as Student Bommie with a depth of 12m, has a sandy bottom, excellent coral cover and an array of marine life. Shark Alley is renowned for sightings of black tip & white tip reef sharks, grey reef whaler sharks, giant trevally, pygmy mantra rays(OctJan) and large schools of pelagic species. Wheeler Reef is a Green Zone, this means NO taking, NO touching and definitely NO fishing. This reef is not affected by coral bleaching or Crown of Thorns starfish making it one of the most pristine reefs on the Great Barrier Reef. LODESTONE REEF Lodestone Reef is a midshelf reef which has a sloping white sandy bottom on the Northern side with large bommies and great fish life. Depths range from 1 metre to 30 metres. Large stingrays and big schools of trevally are often sighted as well as myriad colourful reef fish. This is a great reef for snorkeling and relaxed diving in clear water. DAVIES REEF Davies Reef has many dives sites from large pinnacles with small caves to prolific coral gardens and drop-offs, where deep gutters cut through the reef and the walls are decorated with soft corals and gorgonians. Small tropical fish and large schools of pelagics congregate in the area. Popular dive sites include the Sister, Coral Gardens, Lions Den and The Maze. HELIX REEF Helix Reef is a small reef with diverse geography from shallow coral gardens to deeper drop offs with large crevasses and gullys. This is one of the reefs in the central section where the true Nemo can be seen. Sites like the stepping stones always surprise the divers.

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Thursday Island

Newcastle Bay

GREAT BARRIER REEF

Raine Island

Shelburne Bay

Reef + Islands Map

Temple Bay

FAR NORTHERN AREA Lloyd Bay

Osprey Reef Princess Charlotte Bay

Shark Reef

CORAL SEA

Lizard Island

Cooktown

Bougainville Reef

CAIRNS / COOKTOWN AREA

Mossman Port Douglas

Moore Reefs Dianne Bank

Trinity Bay

CAIRNS

WILLIS GROUP

Holmes Reef

Low Islands

Magdelaine Cays

Flora Reef

Green Island Fitzroy Island

Herald Cays

CORINGA ISLAND

Dart Reef

Innisfail BEST DIVE SITES IN TOWNSVILLE 1. Yongala Wreck 2. China Wall 3. Davies Reef 4. Keeper Reef 5. Wheeler Reef

Tully

Flinders Reefs

Ingham

Tregrosse Reefs

Malay Reef Abington Reef

Dunk Island Rockingham Bay

Cardwell

Turtle Islet

Diamond Islets

Heralds Surprise

Hinchinbrook Island Upstart Bay

TOWNSVILLE

Palm Islands / WHITSUNDAY AREA Magnetic TOWNSVILLE Wheeler Reef Island Davies Reef

Marion Reef

Bowling Green Bay Broadhurst Reef x Yongala Wreck Bowden Reef Upstart Bay

Paget Cay

Ayr GREAT BARRIER REEF FACTS • World's largest reef system • Composed of over 2,900 individual reef • Over 900 islands stretching for over 2,600km • Can be seen from outer space • Tourism to the reef generates approximately AU$4-5 billion per year • 30 species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises have been recorded in the Great Barrier Reef • 6 species of sea turtles come to the reef to breed • 215 species of birds (including 22 species of seabirds and 32 species of shorebirds) visit the reef or nest or roost on the islands • 17 species of sea snake live on the Great Barrier Reef • More than 1,500 fish species live on the reef • There are at least 330 species of ascidians on the reef system

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Sarina Swain Reefs Broad Sound Shoalwater Bay

Townshed Island

Tropic of Capricorn

Yeppoon

Keppel Island Keppel Bay

Rockhampton Gladstone

Curtis Island

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Tide times provided by courtesy of Maritime Safety Queensland. For more information, see the Official Queensland Tide Tables published by Marine Safety Queensland and http://www.msq.qld.gov.au/qldtides. The tidal predictions for Townsville are supplied by the National Tide Centre, Bureau of Meteorology, copyright reserved.

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Tide times provided by courtesy of Maritime Safety Queensland. For more information, see the Official Queensland Tide Tables published by Marine Safety Queensland and http://www.msq.qld.gov.au/qldtides. The tidal predictions for Townsville are supplied by the National Tide Centre, Bureau of Meteorology, copyright reserved.

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LOOKOUTS MASSAGE

Sports • Remedial • Relax • Cupping • Bowen Lymph • Reiki • Reflexology • Hot Stone

SPA TREATMENTS

VICHY SHOWER • STEAM • INFRARED SAUNA Facials • Waxing • Tinting • Manis • Pedis Scrubs • Body Wraps

TANNING STUDIO (BE Tanned: Chemical Free)

Thursdays and Fridays

CITY - 3/291 FLINDERS ST Near Cowboys Carpark Entry behind GHD Building 42 Sturt St

JUPITERS HOTEL & CASINO Mon - Sun 9am - 8pm (Including public holidays)

CASTLE HILL Where: Access via Stanley Street, North Ward Castle Hill is a red rock monolith in the heart of Townsville offering panoramic views, and a slice of military history. There is a popular walking track for fitness focused locals, with a rocky ‘goat track’ a favourite for shedding those unwanted kilos. A road offers access for vehicles and pedestrians. The hill is just metres short of being classified as a mountain. The rock face is home to Townsville’s iconic ‘saint’ - a graffiti rendition of the popular television show’s stick figure emblem. The Hill’s vantage was used by visiting American soldiers during World War II. According to local legend, the visitors famously offered to demolish the hill and use the rock to build a bridge to Magnetic Island. A World War II observation bunker sits on one corner of the hill, which also boasts public amenities, a function centre and car parking to those wanting to enjoy the best view of Magnetic Island. KISSING POINT Where: North End of The Strand near the Rock Pool. Despite its romantic name, Kissing Point was probably named after a feature in Sydney Harbour.

Mon - Sun 8pm - 9pm (By appointment)

CITY - 4772 0031 JUPITERS - 4722 2375 www.handsinharmony.com.au

PARK PLAY BIG NGO BUCKS BI ance to For a ch WIN up to

$30,000 Ignatius Park Hall 368 Ross River Rd, Cranbrook BINGO BUS AVAILABLE

4796 0255 PICK UP & DROP OFF AT YOUR DOOR Please phone for bookings

Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 7.30pm Sunday 1.00pm

The area has long associated with the military and social history of Townsville. Kissing Point Fort, on the point, was designed by Major Edward Druitt of the Royal Engineers. Completed in 1891 to defend the harbour from the threat of foreign attack (at that time by the Russians). It was manned by One Battery Garrison and the Kennedy Regiment, composed mainly of volunteers. They held annual encampments at Norman Park, the area behind the point, now known as Jezzine Barracks / Army Museum North Queensland. During World War II Kissing Point was the headquarters of the 265th Australian Infantry Battalion, and landing ship tanks used the beach near the point to embark and disembark men and supplies. Kissing Point also has a long association with recreation. In the first decades of the 20th century, the city’s first golf course stretched from Eyre Street to Warburton Street and occupied part of Jezzine Barracks. MOUNT STUART Where: Access via Tarakan St off the Flinders Highway At the top of Mt Stuart is a first class viewing platform with panoramic views of Townsville City and the surrounding Tropical Savanna and Coast. In the distance you can see Magnetic Island and the Great Barrier Reef World Hertiage Area. Looking up the coast you can see the Coastal Ranges of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. There is a short 20 minute walk around the summit with interpretative signage and spectacular views. The Mt Stuart summit is a 25 minute drive from the Townsville CBD. PIPER’S LOOKOUT Travel up Hervey Range Road, past the suburbs of Rangewood and Rupertswood to find Piper’s Lookout which is near the top of the Range, on your right. Piper’s Lookout offers stunning views over the bushland below Hervey Range and out to the ocean.

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nsville’s Town o ical Trop Hideaway

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RESERVATIONS FREECALL

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Townsville Taxi

City Tours Available Air conditioned Taxis 1 to 11 Seaters Wheelchair Accessible

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BATIK BAZAAR

SHOPPING Shopping is a popular past time. Three major shopping centres Willows, Castletown and Stockland - offer shoppers a wide range of stores in air-conditioned comfort. Being only five minutes from the city centre makes Castletown Shoppingworld a handy place to stop and shop, and offers more than eighty stores. Stockland is Townsville’s largest shopping centre, and has many speciality shops. Centro is across the road and both are located in Aitkenvale on Ross River Road close to the hospital and central suburbs. The Willows Shopping Centre is a very spacious centre with much on offer, with Sunland Plaza and Cannon Park over the road, host to a Cinema and many restaurants and shops.

Tube Sarongs, from $15 Sizes 10 - 24 assorted lengths

Old Metway Arcade

(next to Playtime)

390 Flinders Street Townsville Phone 4772 4910

Domain Central on Duckworth Street is an outdoor shopping experience and has much on offer, from fashion to homewares, even a fitness centre. Flinders Street in the city heart has shops and attractions that are housed in restored historic buildings dating back to the region’s European settlement in the late 19th century. Be sure to check out the little arcades in Flinders Street for a unique shopping experience. Batik Bazaar and Batik 4 Guys in the Old Metway Arcade has a large collection of sarongs, dresses and beautiful island wear that is pure North Queensland style.

BATIK 4 GUYS

DOUBLE

FIGURES designer labels

SIZES

It’s all Pure North Queensland style. Tropical gear for men.

Old Metway Arcade

(next to Playtime)

390 Flinders Street Townsville Phone 4721 6992

14 - 34 Phone 4772 2791 224 Flinders Street TOWNSVILLE

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TOWNSVILLE MARKETS Sunday is market day in Townsville and what better way to kick off your morning than a leisurely stroll through either Cotters Market in the City or Willows Rotary Market in Kirwan.

Cotters Market located in the new Flinders Street is on between 8.30am and 1pm, while you can find Willows Rotary Market at Willows Shopping Centre between 7am and 11am.

Ease on down for breakfast or a freshly brewed coffee then wind your way through over 170 stalls offering fresh fruit & vegies, tropical flowers, fine handcrafted jewelery, pottery and home decor, gourmet preserves, cakes, nuts, honey, sauces, sweets and chocolates, fragrant handmade soaps and candles, original canvas and silk paintings, cards and framed prints, handturned woodcraft, basketry and leatherwork, knitted, crocheted, embroidered napery and linen, clothing, footwear, children’s wear as well as souvenirs, novelties, stuffed canetoads and sunglasses.

For those looking for something a little different, from May to December, on the first Friday of the month the Strand Night Markets turn Strand Park into a hive of colour, taste and activity. Kick off your weekend with dinner at the outdoor eatery and enjoy culinary delights from around the globe while listening to world class musicians. With over 150 stalls there is sure to be something for everyone, from exotic fruits, original art and craft, homemade food, distinctive clothing, unique souvenirs and lots more. See you there between 5.30pm and 9.30pm.

GRAB A BARGAIN!

T >> PRODUCE LOCAL ARTS >> CRAF WILLOWS ROTARY MARKET EVERY SUNDAY 7AM - 11AM WILLOWS SHOPPING CENTRE >>

COTTERS MARKET EVERY SUNDAY FLINDERS STREET >> 8.30AM - 1PM

STRAND NIGHT MARKET

TH MAY TO DECEMBER FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MON 5PM - 9.30PM >> PARK ND STRA For more information on Townsville’s markets visit www.townsvillerotarymarkets.com.au or phone 0417 721 822

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Shelly Beach Circuit Track

TOWN COMMON

Shelly Beach

Walks Map

Freshwater Lagoon Birdhide

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Jacana Birdhide

Wetlands Trail

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Bald Rock Birdhide

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Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park

Tegoora Rock Lookout

Mount Marlow Lookout Bohle River

Cape Pallarenda

RAAF Radar Station

Many Peaks Range

Pallarenda

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Observation Tower Walking tracks include short easy walks and challenging longer hikes. Fitness levels should be considered before undertaking extended walks. Please note that that some tracks become flooded or over-grown during the wet season (December - April).

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TOWN COMMON CONSERVATION PARK Townsville Town Common Conservation Park is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Only minutes from the centre of Townsville - open woodland, grassland, swamps and vine thickets provide a habitat and refuge for as many as 280 bird species. Summer rains transform the area into an immense wetland, attracting large flocks of waterbirds. From bird hides, view flocks of magpie geese, brolgas, finches, wrens and cisticolas. Take the Many Peaks Range walking track to see sweeping views over the park and along the coastline, from Palm Island in the north to Cape Cleveland in the south. GETTING THERE Townsville Town Common Conservation Park is 6km north of the Townsville city centre. The park entrance is reached by turning off Cape Pallarenda Road towards the Rowes Bay Golf Club. The gate is open from 6.30am to 6.30pm daily. There is an information shelter at the entrance to the park. ESSENTIALS TO BRING Preparation is the key to a safe and enjoyable visit. Make sure you bring: • Enough drinking water for your visit • Appropriate clothing, sunscreen, hat and sunglasses • Insect repellent to avoid mosquitoes and sandflies • Rubbish bags, as there are no bins.

FOREST WALK (1.9KM RETURN - 1hr return) Easy This walk, near the Barramundi waterhole, follows the edge of the billabong, which is fringed with melaleucas, eucalyptus and acacias. it is a good area for viewing honeyeaters, kingfishers and other forest birds. BALD ROCK CARPARK to MOUNT MARLOW (2.5KM ONE WAY) Moderate From Bald Rock carpark ascend along the ridge tops of Many Peaks Range to the grassy summit of Mount Marlow. The lookout has inspiring 360 views of the park, Townsville, Magnetic Island and the Coral Sea. BALD ROCK CARPARK to PALLARENDA (4.5KM ONE WAY - 4-5hrs one way) Difficult (above average fitness req.) This track continues from Mount Marlow, weaving through open woodland and pockets of vine-thicket to the park at the end of Cape Pallarenda Road. The section of track between Mount Marlow and Tegoora Rock is not well-defined in places and care should be taken to keep to the track. PALLARENDA to TEGOORA ROCK (2KM - 1hr return) Moderate This track begins opposite the park at the end of Cape Pallarenda Road. Walk through shady vine-thicket to the lookout at Tegoora Rock. View the wetlands from above and appreciate the full extent of the Town Common. SHELLY BEACH CICUIT TRACK (9KM RETURN - 4-5hrs) Moderate Follow the signs from Bald Rock Carpark to the Shelly Beach circuit track. Walk through flat country between the ranges, taking in scenic wetlands, to a series of isolated beaches.

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CAPE PALLARENDA CONSERVATION PARK A scenic coastal park close to Townsville, Cape Pallarenda is the site of a former quarantine station dating from 1915. The buildings are typical Queenslander style; with high ceilings and wide verandahs. The park features ruins and relics from World War II, when the cape was part of Australia’s east coast defences. Stroll through the old quarantine station and imagine life in a bygone era. Visit the small historical display and gain an insight into the history of the area. Walk along the beaches and over the rugged headland to take in sweeping views of Townsville and Magnetic Island. Inspect the World War II gun emplacements and searchlight positions. Enjoy a picnic or barbecue on the foreshore. GETTING THERE Travel 10 kilometres north of Townsville City Centre at the end of Cape Pallarenda Road. Gates to the park are open from 6.30am to 6.30pm daily. The historic display is open 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday. ESSENTIALS TO BRING Rubbish bags, as there are no bins. Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sunscreen, a hat and a longsleeved shirt, even on cloudy days. Insect repellent to repel mosquitoes and sandflies.

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Short tracks lead to picnic spots and the beach. The track over the bridge beyond the historic display leads to the remains of an old jetty destroyed by a cyclone in 1971. FORTS TRACK 2km return (1 hour) Moderate The remains of gun emplacements and searchlight positions can be found scattered around the headland. The track rises to provide sweeping views of Townsville and Magnetic Island. GRAVES CIRCUIT 1.9km (1.5 hours) Easy The Graves circuit takes you through woodland and vine thicket and across a weir, built in 1925 to improve the water supply to the Quarantine Station. It then leads you down to the graves of the 13 unfortunate Vietnamese deck passengers who died at the Quarantine Station from meningitis in 1920. The track then passes behind the Quarantine Station before returning to the car park. PICNIC AND DAY-USE AREAS The day-use area is located on the foreshore overlooking Magnetic Island. Gas barbecues, picnic tables, toilets and parking are provided. HISTORIC QUARANTINE DISPLAY A small display offers an insight into the quarantine history of the area. The display is open from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

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PARKS & GARDENS THE STRAND Where: The Strand Townsville’s fantastic beachfront promenade, The Strand incorporates a jetty, recreational park, restaurants, cafes, a series of headlands, a free water park, picnic areas and swimming pools and enclosures. ANDERSON PARK BOTANIC GARDENS Where: Gulliver Street, Pimlico (Vehicle access) Fulham Road, Balls Lane, Gulliver and Wellington Streets (Pedestrian access) Facilities: Toilets, picnic areas, internal car parking, 10,000 steps circuit. Anderson Gardens is the largest botanic garden in Townsville covering 25 hectares. Centrally located in Mundingburra, the garden contains fine specimens of tropical trees, palms and Pandanus. The World Cycad Garden, Grand Avenues and Tropical Orchard are of particular note. A representative collection of Cape York Peninsula rainforest specimens are displayed along with native plants and flora of the dry tropical regions of the world. Anderson Gardens was named in appreciation of the work of William Anderson, Townsville’s first Curator of Parks from 1878 - 1934.

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TOWNSVILLE PALMETUM Where: University Road, Douglas. Facilities: Toilets, botanical displays, tourist information, selected art exhibitions and Café are all located in Tumbetin Lodge. The Palmetum is a 17 hectare Botanic Garden displaying one of the largest and most diverse public collections of palms in the world. It has a range of habitats to suit flora originating from the dry tropicas through to the wet tropical lowlands. In addition to the recreated habitat zones, there are expansive lawns and water features frequented by numerous bird species. A ‘Birds of Palmetum’ brochure is available in the foyer of the Tumbetin Lodge. Located in Townsville on the magnificent Ross River, Riverway offers a dynamic combination of cultural, sports, leisure, residential and commercial activities. With two huge swimming lagoons, the Riverway Arts Centre, Pinnacles Gallery, the Riverwalk and parklands, there truly is so much to explore.

DAN GLEESON MEMORIAL GARDENS Thuringowa Drive, Kirwan. The gardens feature a wide range of native flora situated amongst large lawn parks and paved pathways.

RIVERWAY - RIVERWAY LAGOONS Where: Riverway Drive, Kirwan The Riverway Lagoons cover an area in size of more than three Olympic swimming pools. The lagoons are nestled among shady raintrees, with the picturesque Ross River providing a peaceful backdrop. Water cascades connect the two distinct lagoon areas, which vary in depth up to 2 metres.

PIONEER PARK & ROSS RIVER Riverway Drive, Thuringowa. The park provides recreational facilities and is a popular fishing location.

Unlike coastal beaches there are no waves or stingers to bother you and you can feel comfortable knowing that the lagoons are patrolled by professional lifeguards seven days a week, 365 days a year.

QUEENS GARDENS Where: Paxton Street, Gregory Street & Kennedy Lane, North Ward. Facilities: Toilets, picnic areas, children’s playground, aviaries. Initiated in 1870, Queens Gardens is the oldest Botanic Garden in Townsville. Now covering 4 hectares, reduced from an original 40Ha, it is considered a fine example of a tropical garden for European settlement, plantings included timber and fruit trees and collections of Dracaena, Codiaeum and Cordyline. Today the emphasis of the collection is on the colonial ornamental plants with colourful, attractive flowers, foliage or fruit.

RIVERWALK The Riverwalk overlooks the beautiful Ross River and is a great place to view the prolific birdlife in this area. A 3-metre wide pathway runs along the river and provides numerous opportunities to enjoy its natural beauty. After taking a stroll, all the family can enjoy the nearby barbecue facilities provided or have a game of footy in the beautifully landscaped open space.

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TOWNSVILLE FISHING JETTY, THE STRAND

p: 07 4778 0199 f: 07 4778 0199 a: 6 Thornton’s Gap Road, Hervey’s Range e: scones@heritagetearooms.com.au www.heritagetearooms.com.au OPEN DAILY 9am - 4pm (Excl Christmas Day) It’s history and nature. It’s an outback experience that will touch your soul. The perfect getaway 25mins from Willows Shoppingtown. Located at the top of Hervey’s Range, the former Eureka Hotel, built in 1865 has been lovingly restored and opened to the public as Hervey’s Range Heritage Tea Rooms. It remains one of a few slab sided inns left standing in Australia. Once a welcome site to weary travellers and their horse and bullock teams en route to the gold fields, it stands on the original site and has been lovingly restored to its former glory, offering everyone the opportunity to not only experience the oldest building in North Queensland, but the peace and tranquillity of the country, great food, coffee and a very warm welcome. This multi-award winning business began as humble tea rooms in 2005.

JUST A FEW REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT • Great espresso coffees including Kopi Luwak ($50 per cup) • Famous award winning scones baked fresh daily • All day breakfast, light lunches, morning and afternoon teas • Gifts and souvenirs • North Queensland Oldest building split log construction built 1865 • Scenic range drive • Walking track and lookouts • Eftpos available • Licensed premises • Weddings and private functions • Up to 5˚ cooler all year round • Resident ghosts – Don’t be afraid to ask!

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ROSS RIVER DAM Owned by NQ Water, the beautiful Lake Ross stores over 200,000 mega litres of water and supplies up to 80% of the city’s drinking water. The dam wall stretches 8.3km across the Ross River floodplain, providing additional flood mitigation benefit to downstream communities. SOUTHERN HIGHWAY INFORMATION CENTRE Bruce Highway, Stuart Open: Mon-Sun 9am-5pm Phone: 4778 3555 www.townsvilleholidays.info FLINDERS STREET INFORMATION CENTRE Flinders Square, Townsville. Open: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun 9am-1pm Phone: 4721 3660 www.townsvilleholidays.info NORTH TYTO WETLANDS INFORMATION CENTRE Ingham. Open: Mon-Fri 8.45am-5pm, Sat-Sun 9am-4pm Phone: 4776 4792 www.tyto.com.au RAINFOREST & REEF INFORMATION CENTRE Cardwell. Open: Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm. Sat-Sun 9am-1pm Phone: 4066 8601 www.greatgreenwaytourism.com

The dam’s extensive shallow margins and fringing woodlands provide habitat for over 200 species of birds. At times, the number of Australian Pelicans, Black Swans, Eurasian Coots and Hardhead ducks can run into the thousands – a magic sight to behold. The dam is also the breeding area for the White-bellied Sea-Eagle and the Osprey. The park around the dam and the base of the spillway are ideal habitat for bush birds. The borrow pits across the road from the dam also support a wide variety of water birds for some months after each wet season. The area is listed as a Wetland of National Significance, encapsulating the history of Australian settlement around its banks, and offering a showcase of bird life, with turtles often spotted lazing on the surface. Access to Lake Ross is via Riverway Drive, Kelso. Ross Park, located immediately below the dam wall, has ample parking, picnic and toilet facilities. Many birds can be seen along the Ross River and the Townsville Region Bird Observers Club hosts early morning bird-watching walks generally on the 3rd Sunday of each month from this location.

TULLY VISITOR & HERITAGE CENTRE Open: Mon-Fri 8.30am-4.45pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm Phone: 4068 2288 www.ccrc.qld.gov.au MISSION BEACH VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Porter Promenade, Mission Beach Open: Mon-Sun 9am-5pm Phone: 4068 7099 www.missionbeachtourism.com SOUTH BURDEKIN VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Plantation Park, Ayr. Open: Mon-Sun 9am-4pm. Phone: 4783 5988 www.burdekintourism.com.au BURDEKIN GATEWAY INFORMATION CENTRE Home Hill Court House Open: Mon-Sun 9am-4pm. Phone: 4782 8241 www.burdekintourism.com.au WEST CHARTERS TOWERS VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Open: Mon-Sun 9am-5pm Phone: 4761 5533 www.charterstowers.qld.gov.au

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AIMS TOURS The Australian Institute of Marine Science is one of the most innovative and progressive research laboratories in the world with unparalleled capability in the field of cutting-edge tropical marine science and technology. AIMS was established by the Australian Government in 1972 under the Australian Institute of Marine Science Act 1972 in recognition of the importance of marine assets, especially the Great Barrier Reef, to Australia. Today AIMS is recognised worldwide for the quality of its research into marine environments, and their resources including biotechnology and aquaculture. The Australian Institute of Marine Science is located within a 207 hectare national park at Cape Ferguson, about 50 kilometres from the Townsville CBD. Conducted public tours, which cover the Institute’s research and its relevance to community interests, are available on Friday mornings from March to November (inclusive). The tours start at 10am and conclude at about 12 noon. Bookings are recommended. Special tours on other weekdays can be prearranged for groups. Bookings are essential. Refreshments are available for visitors at the AIMS canteen (during opening hours). In all cases, visitors must check into the reception upon arrival. Unfortunately, there is no public transport to the Institute. You can reach AIMS from Townsville by travelling towards Ayr on the Bruce Highway for about 35 km until you get to the AIMS access road, which is indicated at the turnoff by a directional sign. The Institute is situated on the coast, 16 km at the end of this access road. If you require more information about tours, or if you are interested in organising a special group tour to the Institute, please phone 4753 4444 during business hours. It is a good idea to book tours as early as possible. Remember, when you visit AIMS please respect the national parks status of the area. No fishing, boating, camping or lighting of barbecues is permitted.

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CAMPING & CARAVANING Caravaning has become one of the most popular means of travel, whether it be up the coast for a holiday or travelling around Australia, you are likely to meet many travellers who are doing just that. Most caravan parks not only have the beautifully manicured shady sites, some with their own ensuites, but they have motel standard villas and cabins. If you are roughing it, grassed and shady tent sites are available along with well maintained camp and washing up facilities with tables and seats. Townsville has many caravan parks to offer. Depending on your time available and how far you are travelling each day, there is a park for you. Don’t forget if you are travelling in the summer months it is important to have access to a pool, especially for the kids. So check out these great holiday and caravan parks guaranteed to make your stay in Townsville an enjoyable one.

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WOODLANDS HOLIDAY PARK

• Modern 2 Bedroom Ensuite Cabins • Melanesian Open Plan Ensuite Cabins • 76 Ensuite Powered Sites • 40 Large Powered Sites with Amenities Block • Modern Laundry Facilities • Pool / 4 FREE Gas BBQs • Camp Kitchen / TV Room • Playground • Giant Jumping Pillow • Broadband Internet / Laptop Connection • Tour Connection Bus

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FREECALL 1800 251 485 info@big4woodlands.com.au • www.big4woodlands.com.au

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TOWNSVILLE DINING Townsville’s dining diversity makes heading out for dinner an exciting venture. From the thoughtfully restored heritage restaurants, to the ambience of al fresco cafes, Townsville boasts four major dining precincts, each offering its own distinct experience. PALMER STREET Located on the city’s south bank, Palmer Street captures the essence of international cuisine. Boasting award-winning restaurants for breakfast, lunch or dinner, Palmer Street offers mouth-watering flavours guaranteed to tantalise your taste buds. Whether you desire indian, Asian, Italian, Greek, French, Mexican, modern Australian or locally caught seafood, this strip is Townsville’s premium eat street. The central location offers proximity to public transport, the city’s vibrant nightlife hub and gorgeous views across Ross Marina. FLINDERS STREET EAST Parallel to Palmer Street is Flinders Street East, which boasts an eclectic mix of restaurants, nightclubs, pubs and wine bars. The

strip is not only the nightlife precinct of the city, it’s an emerging hot spot for diners to meet for an evening out. Flinders Street East is a flurry of lively atmosphere and night-time activity with cocktails and tapas enjoyed until late. GREGORY STREET The Gregory Street precinct near The Strand has a cosmopolitan village atmosphere. With exclusive boutique shopping and openair cafe dining, it is the perfect stop for lunch, coffee or cake after a long day shopping. CANNON PARK Located a short distance from the Riverway precinct, Cannon Park offers diners a range of cuisine and a social atmosphere. You can catch a live show at Riverway, see a movie at the cinemas or have a pint at the local Irish pub. There are plenty of delicious choices around town - just follow your nose to discover them yourself.

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AUSTRALIAN HOTEL 11 Palmer Street, South Townsville 07 4722 6999 BANK NITECLUB 410 Flinders St East, City 07 4721 3332 BELLEVUE HOTEL 17 Allen St, South Townsville 07 4772 4265 BOHLE BARN Cnr Shaws Rd & Bruce Hwy, Bohle 07 4774 6322 BULLYS 108 Flinders St East, City CACTUS JACKS SALOON Flinders St East, City 07 4721 5705 CASA LOUNGE BAR 145 Flinders St East, City 07 4771 2173 CONSORTIUM 159 Flinders St East, City 07 4724 5122 COWBOYS LEAGUES CLUB 335 Flinders St, City 07 4724 5888 CRITERION TAVERN 10 The Strand, City 07 4721 5777 DALRYMPLE HOTEL 310 Bayswater Drv, Garbutt 07 4779 6344

EXCHANGE HOTEL 151 Flinders St East, City 07 4771 3335

MOLLY MALONES Flinders St East, City 07 4771 3428

THE BREWERY 252 Flinders St, City 07 4724 2999

FLYNN’S IRISH BAR Flinders St East, City 07 4721 1655

MONSOONS 194 Flinders St East, City 07 4772 0900

GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL 500 Flinders St West, City 07 4771 6191

NEWMARKET HOTEL 499 Flinders St West, City 07 4721 1377

THE CENTENARY HOTEL 35 French St, Pimlico 07 4779 2575

HERBERT HOTEL 102 Sturt St, City 07 4771 2641 HERITAGE BAR 137 Flinders St East, City 07 4771 2799 HERMIT PARK HOTEL 100 Charters Towers Rd, Hermit Park 07 4721 4143 HOTEL ALLEN Gregory Street, North Ward 07 4771 5656 IRISH FINNEGANS Cannon Park Centre, Kirwan 07 4723 7777 JUPITERS HOTEL & CASINO Sir Leslie Theiss Dr, City 07 4722 2333 KIRWAN TAVERN 154 Thuringowa Drv, Kirwan 07 4773 3366 MAD COW TAVERN 129 Flinders St East, City 07 4771 5727

RHINO BAR 3 Palmer Street, South Townsville 07 4771 6322 ROSS ISLAND HOTEL 99 Boundary St, Railway Estate 07 4771 4475 ROYAL HOTEL 56 Stagpole St, West End 07 4771 2549 SANTA FE GOLD 108 Flinders St East, City 07 4772 3700 SEAVIEW HOTEL 56 The Strand, City 07 4771 5005 SHAMROCK HOTEL 31 Palmer St, South Townsville 07 4771 4351

THE SUN HOTEL 6 Ross River Rd, Mundingburra 07 4779 5233 TOMS TAVERN Nathan St, Aitkenvale 07 4772 9777 TOWNSVILLE RSL 139 Charters Towers Rd 07 4759 9500 VALE HOTEL 222 Ross River Rd, Aitkenvale 07 4779 0100 WATERMARK 72 The Strand, North Ward 07 4724 4281 WEST END HOTEL 89 Ingham Rd, West End 07 4771 2872

SOVEREIGN HOTEL 807 Flinders St West, City 07 4771 2909 THE AVENUES HOTEL 270 Kern Brothers Drv, Kirwan 07 4723 8000

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NIGHT LIFE Flinders Street East is home to the city’s night life, it continues to trade until the early hours of the morning. By day, it’s a bit of a concrete jungle, but at night the old heritage buildings come to life. Friday and Saturday are the most crowded nights, when the wide footpaths are used by young and old heading between the various bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Some spend all night at their one favourite haunt, while others move around from Irish pub scenes to strobe-lit dancefloors or quiet wine bars. But don’t go too early. The ‘joints’ along Flinders Street East don’t start to warm up until around 10pm and they get really friendly around 2am and 3am. Whether you want to party hard, meet some friends, dance the night away, or just sit back and enjoy some music, Townsville nightlife has it all for you. Nightlife in Townsville is not restricted to the city centre. Palmer Street; with its huge variety of pubs, clubs and restaurants is very popular, and most of the suburbs have good quality pubs, restaurants and a variety of live bands and discos on Friday, Saturday and some on Sunday afternoon and night. Once a month Magnetic Island hosts a Full Moon Party, with up to 2000 people dancing on the beach to the sounds of internationall renowned DJ’s until the sun comes up.

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ROCK POOL AT THE STRAND

THE STRAND One of the man-made wonders in Townsville is The Strand on the beachfront. Being close to the centre of town The Strand offers a variety of activities for all ages. There are four rock headlands that you can enjoy, with fishing, parks, childrens playgrounds, scenic walks, kiosk, restaurants, coffee shops and an awesome view worth capturing on film from Kissing Point. The Picnic Bay Surf Lifesaving Club has toilet facilities located on the Burke Street headland. An icecream shop is situated on the Landsborough St headland. You will find a restaurant and coffee shop on the Gregory Street headland. With a bar and restaurant located at the Rock Pool. The Strand has stunning views across to Magnetic Island from the promenade, with rollerblading, jogging and biking very popular activities along the pathways. Note that courtesy rules apply on the pathway. Three swimming areas obviously feature, being the Rock pool at one end of The Strand, and the Tobruk Pool at the other, and there’s plenty of beach in between. In the summer months the beach has two purpose built stinger proof nets out (November - May is the official stinger season) providing two safe swimming areas in the sea. Weddings are popular on The Strand and in other Townsville parklands, with the most popular months being March to October. A hire fee of $68.40 applies to parkland weddings and bookings must be made at least six weeks prior to the wedding

date. Contact the Strand Office for bookings on 4727 9000. THE ROCK POOL The most popular saltwater swimming destination is the Kissing Point rock pool at the extreme northern end of The Strand in North Ward. Offering a sheltered environment, the rock pool is a marvel of natural engineering. Sea water is constantly pumped into the pool, after being strained from marine life and stingers into a natural beach setting. A special pumping system was imported from Sweden for the rockpool and it pumps water in the pool 24 hours a day. The pool, which is about 10 times the size of an Olympic pool, has the entire water volume replaced every three hours. The Rock pool is a great spot to get wet and cool down from the summer heat. The Rock pool is closed Thursdays for maintenance. Toilet and shower facilities are available and the lawns surrounding the pool provide a great place for a picnic or barbecue and a buzz on the flying fox. Lights in the pool are turned on every night for those wanting a moonlit dip. Offering copious seating areas and parkland, with free electric barbeques, this is the perfect location to have a safe swim and a picnic during your stay. There’s a second beach swimming enclosure half way along The Strand, and the waterpark is a favourite family outing.

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CULTURAL CENTRE - FINE ARTS GALLERY Flinders Street East, Townsville (Map Ref. 9. Page 51) Open: Mon - Fri 9.30am - 4.30pm Phone: 4772 7679 www.cctownsville.com.au FIRED UP NORTH 269 Flinders Street, Townsville Open: Mon - Fri 10am - 4pm Phone: 4721 3656 NQ Potters workshop at 15 Flowers Street, Railway Estate. Fully equipped workspace for members, classes and workshops. Phone 07 4772 3458 for more info. KEN GOLDSTEIN PHOTOGRAPHY Shop 4, 358 Flinders Street, Townsville Phone: 4724 0305 www.kengoldstein.com.au PERC TUCKER REGIONAL GALLERY Cnr Denham Street & Flinders Street (Map Ref. 12. Page 51) Open: Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat & Sun 10am - 2pm Phone: 4727 9000 PINNACLES GALLERY Riverway Arts Centre, Kirwan Open: Wed - Fri 11am - 7pm, Sat 11am - 6pm, Sun 11am - 2pm Phone: 4773 8566 STUDIO 2: GALLERY & STUDIO 486-488 Flinders Street West, Townsville Open: Mon - Fri 9am - 4.30pm, Sat & Sun 9am - 12pm Phone: 0418 936 927 www.studio2townsville.org SYLVIA DITCHBURN FINE ART Metro Quays, 86 Ogden Street, Townsville (Map Ref. A. Page 51) Open: Tues - Fri 10am - 4pm, Sun 10am - 1pm Phone: 4724 3953 www.sylviaditchburnfineartgallery.com

Original art for sale at ‘Art on Kings’ Eftpos and lay-by facilities available

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THE SWEATSHOP 181 Flinders Street, Townsville Open: Mon - Fri 7.30am - 4pm, Sat 9am - 4pm, Sun 10am - 2pm www.thesweatshop.com.au TOWNSVILLE ART SOCIETY Shops 6 & 7, 203 - 205 Kings Road, Pimlico Open: Mon 10am - 2pm, Tues - Fri 9am - 4pm , Sat 10am - 2pm Phone: ‘Art on Kings’ 4725 0250 UMBRELLA STUDIO 482 Flinders Street, Townsville Open: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm, Sun 9am - 1pm Phone: 47727109 www.umbrella.org.au URBAN COTTERS Urban Quarter Shopping Centre Cnr Ogden & Stanley Streets, Townsville Open: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm, Sat 9am - 1pm, Sun 8am - 1pm Phone: 0487 305 266 www.urbancotters.net

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TOWNSVILLE MUSEUMS ARMY MUSEUM NORTH QUEENSLAND Where: Jezzine Barracks. Kissing Point. Mitchell Street, North Ward Open: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9am - 1pm Phone: 07 4721 1495 or 07 4772 7276 Townsville is one of Australia’s largest military bases with both an Army and RAAF presence. The Museum features exhibitions of militaria and weapons from the 1890s to present day, with an emphasis on local contributions to Australia’s military heritage. CULTURAL CENTRE Where: 2/68 Flinders St East, Townsville (Map Ref 9. Page 51) Open: 9.30am - 4.30pm daily Phone: 07 4773 7679 Web: www.cctownsville.com.au A unique collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, culture and history. The Townsville Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre will delight and inform visitors with its exhibitions and performances, it provides an insight into the traditional and contemporary life and cultural practices of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and is an ideal venue for promoting their exceptional artworks to the wider world. MARITIME MUSEUM Where: Palmer Street, South Townsville (Map Ref. 11. Page 51) Open: Weekdays 10am - 4pm, Weekends 12pm - 4pm. Last entry 3pm. Phone: 07 4721 5251 Web: www.townsvillemaritimemuseum.org.au The complex was completed in 2000, and consists of two galleries, a model boat building room, boatshed and BBQ area. The original building houses the SS Yongala shipwreck collection and was once the pier masters office when located at the port. The lighthouse was relocated from Bay Rock and dates from 1886. MUSEUM OF TROPICAL QUEENSLAND Where: Flinders Street East, City (Map Ref 10. Page 51) Open: Daily 9.30am - 5pm (Closed Christmas Day, Good Friday and the morning of Anzac Day, 25 April) Phone: 07 4726 0600 Web: www.mtq.qm.qld.gov.au Discover the natural and cultural heritage of North queensland

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at the Museum of Tropical Queensland. Located in the heart of Townsville, the Museum is filled with exhibitions to captivate visitors of all ages. Learn about HMS Pandora, the ship sent by British Admiralty to capture the Bounty and her mutinous crew, explore a typical North queensland rainforest environment in the Enchanted Rainforest, admire historic dive helmets in the Langley Collection: Heritage of Helmets, or test your skills at the interactive science centre, Mindzone. NATIONAL TRUST HERITAGE CENTRE Where: 5 Castling Street, West End Open: Wednesday 10am - 2pm, Weekends 1pm - 4pm Entry: $8 Adult, $2 child, $5 Concession Phone: 07 4771 5873 Web: www.heritagecentre.org.au RAAF TOWNSVILLE MUSEUM Where: Ingham Road, Garbutt Open: Tuesdays & Thursdays 9am - 12pm and Sundays 10am - 4pm or by appointment 4752 1712. Web: www.raafmuseum.com The RAAF Townsville Museum promotes and preserves the military aviation history of North Queensland from WWII to present time and includes all theatres of conflict associated with the area. TOWNSVILLE MUSEUM & HISTORICAL SOCIETY Where: 231 Hugh Street, Currajong Open: Mon, Wed - Friday 10am-3pm, Sunday 1.30pm - 3.30pm Phone: 47 757838 Web: www.townsvillemuseuminc.com QUARANTINE MUSEUM Where: Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park 1 The Esplanade, Pallarenda Open: Monday - Friday 9am - 3.30pm Phone: 4722 5224 The historic Quarantine Museum at Cape Pallarenda is an interesting place. The hill behind it contains World War II gun emplacements you can explore along a good walking track from the museum.

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SUBURB NAMES BRIEF HISTORY AITKENVALE The suburb was named after thomas Aitken, the original grantee of Portion 38, Parish of Coonambelah. He began subdividing the property during the 1880s, putting 440 quarter acre residential allotments on the market in 1885. BELGIAN GARDENS Until 1914 the suburb was known as German Gardens. The aboriginal name for the area was Oon-go-go. CASTLE HILL Named by Andrew Ball because of an alleged resemblence to part of the Isle of Man or to a hill near Dublin. CLUDEN The suburb is named after James Gordon’s property “Cluden Park”. Named after the family home in Dumfries, Scotland. CRANBROOK Named after Robert Towns’ home in rose Bay, Sydney. It was acquired in 1859. After Towns’ death in 1873 the house remained with the family until it was leased by the NSW Government in 1901 as a residence for the State Governor. The property was purchased by the state in 1907 and sold in 1917 to a private group. The suburb was named on the 15th June 1968. CURRAJONG A Port Jackson Aboriginal word meaning fishing line or rope. The word was commonly used to describe various trees with fibrous bark used by Aborigines to make line and rope. The suburb name is probably taken from “Currajong”, the Hunt family home, which was situated on Fulham Road, and has been relocated to Castling Street, West End. GARBUTT The suburb developed around Garbutt Siding, which was named by the Railway Department as the siding provided rail access to Garbutt Brothers abbotoir. Garbutt Brothers were well-known early pastoralists and butchers. In July 1939 the Garbutt Siding Progress Association successfully petitioned the government to change the name to Garbutt. GULLIVER Named after Ben Gulliver, nurseryman, who in the 1890s was the proprietor of the Acacia Vale Nursery and Pleasure Gardens which were located where the Villa Vincent home now stands. He also had gardens at Sussex Street, Hyde Parl and Stuart. This area was previously known as Armstrong’s Paddock. HEATLEY The suburb was named after William John Heatley, mayor of Townsville from 1927 to 1932. He was managing director of the family business of F. Heatley and Sons. HYDE PARK The suburb of Hyde Park was named in the 1880s (by the subdividers of the land) after Hyde Park, London which lies between Park Lane, Knightsbridge, Kensington Gardens and Bayswater Road. The park was once part of the Manor of Hyde.

IDALIA In ancient times Idalia was the name of a river of Cyprus which flows into Famagusta Bay. It is known as the Yalias River. The suburb was developed by the Idalia Estate Land Company. MOUNT LOUISA The mountain itself was originally named by Andrew Ball after a lady of his acquaintance. The aboriginal names recorded by Charles Price in 1885 were Goo-bal-a-boro and Moor-ee-roon. MUNDINGBURRA The name developed from the Mun-dine-bo-ro which was the local Aboriginal name for the Rising Sun district recorded by Charles Price in 1885. MYSTERTON The suburb takes its name from ‘Myseterton’, the residence of Arminus Danner, which was situated in St Johns Wood Estate subdivision of the late 1880s. NORTH WARD Suburb of Townsville which derives its name from the electoral division of the same name - gazetted on the 17th January 1880. The suburb was originally known as Townsville North. OONOONBA The aboriginal word said to mean ‘swampy ground’. The original name for the suburb was Fairfield. PIMLICO The suburb is named after a district of London, between Chelsea and Westminster in the City of Westminster RAILWAY ESTATE The suburb takes its name from the Railway Estate subdivision developed by Messrs. Griffith and Purves during the mid 1880s. SOUTH TOWNSVILLE Part of Ross Island, the suburb takes its name from the Messrs. Griffith and Purves’ South Townsville Estate subdivision. STUART The suburb is named after W. Clarendon Stuart (1833-1912) surveyor. Following the opening of the Kennedy district to settlement he surveyed the towns of Bowen (1861), Wickham (1863), Dalrymple (1864) and Townsville (1865). WEST END Originally the suburb was known as Townsville West, but by the 1920s the name West End was in common use. WULGURU The suburb name is taken from Wulgurukaba, the name of the Aboriginal tribe which occupied the Palm Island, Magnetic Island and the area from the Black River, east almost to Cape Cleveland and west for about thirty kilometres beyond Townsville. All Text extracted from Townsville Library Services “Highways and Byways” 1995.

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FLINDERS STREET

HERITAGE TRAILS OF TOWNSVILLE Townsville’s heritage walking trails are a must do for anybody who wants to experience the city’s diversity of historical architecture, lush tropical gardens and impressive array of natural attractions. The walks are filled with interpretive information and hundreds of pictorial opportunities to get to know the real Townsville. The walking trails will acquaint you with social and cultural experiences that create lifetime memories. Allow half an hour for a brisk walk or longer for a leisurely

stroll along the Civic Pride or Early Townsville Trails. The trails comprise of three parts: a hand held brochure, building markers and interpretive trail signage. Brochures are available at various outlets including Townsville information centres, the CityLibraries Flinders Street Branch and the front counter of the Townsville City Council, Planning Services at the Walker Street Administration building.

Townsville’s first European contact occurred in 1819 when Allan Cunningham, aboard the survey vessel Mermaid, landed on Cape Cleveland. A further 45 years elapsed before John Melton Black and his partner Robert Towns, after whom the city was named, founded Townsville in November 1864. Originally Townsville was a slowly developing seaport with pastoralists settling in the hinterland. Following the discovery of gold in 1867 it developed rapidly and by 1880 was the port for five major goldfields and the main supply centre of Northern Australia. Later it became the centre for rich sugar growing districts to the North and South. Today Townsville is a flourishing modern city and the administrative centre of North Queensland, but it still preserves a rich heritage from its golden past.

TRAIL 1. >> CIVIC PRIDE Traces the growth of the heart of Townsville’s Central Business District (CBD). The walk displays the consolidation of the westward movement of the CBD in conjunction with the expansion of insurance, commercial and banking institutions. While many of the buildings exhibit landmark qualities all contribute to the streetscape and provide an understanding of Townsville’s emergence as the administrative centre of North Queensland.

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ANZAC PARK 1905

HERITAGE TRAILS OF TOWNSVILLE Townsville was established on the banks of a crocodile infested mangrove creek to serve pastoral development in the hinterland. The opening of large tracts of northern grazing land after 1861 led to the development of coastal harbours that had good access to inland pastoral holdings. John Melton Black, general manager for Robert Towns & Co’s interests in North Queensland, addressed the need for a landing place closer to Towns’ pastoral leases. He sent Andrew Ball and Mark Reid to explore Cleveland Bay and report on its suitability as a port. John Melton Black’s plans needed Robert Towns’ financial backing. The two men formed a partnership and in November 1864 John Melton Black selected land bounded by the mouth of Ross Creek and the rocky spurs of Melton Hill. The secure port and settlement referred to as “The Bay” or “Castletown” rapidly emerged out of the rocky mangrove belt that extended from the crocodile infested creek across what is now Flinders Street East. Flinders Street East became the main thoroughfare and a focus of commercial and port activity. By early 1865 work on the road, wharves and boiling down works was well underway. The first land sales for Townsville were held in Bowen in 1865. A year later the settlement was officially named ‘Townsville’ in recognition of its financial benefactor Captain Robert Towns.

FLINDERS STREET EAST

TRAIL 2. >> EARLY TOWNSVILLE Reveals the city’s earliest port-related commercial precinct in the original ‘heart of the city’. The walk traces the 1880’s transformation of the Flinders Street East precinct from single storey timber structures into one and two storey masonry buildings. Reflected in the fabric and function of these buildings are glimpses of Townsville’s early character and development. The walk also includes regional attractions, Reef HQ and the Museum of Tropical Queensland.

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ROSS CREEK 1906

HERITAGE TRAILS OF TOWNSVILLE As a natural barrier between South Townsville and the town centre, Ross Creek has also been the focus of maritime and social activity since it was first surveyed in 1864. Named after William Ross (1831-1887), a member of John Melton Black’s original settlement party responsible for establishing Townsville, the creek created a strong sense of community focus but also identified South Townsville as a separate entity. Residents of South Townsville developed a close relationship with water. The creek and mangroves were excellent for harvesting seafood. Popular pastimes included sailing, boating and swimming. Being able to swim or row boats at an early age was seen as integral in one’s social development in the area. For many years the opening of the sailing season was held in Ross Creek. Trips to Magnetic Island would not be possible without first boarding the ferry in Ross Creek. Initially the only way to access South Townsville was by ferry. The landing for Townsville’s first ferry service, the Penny Ferry, was adjacent to the Metropole Hotel. Other methods of accessing South Townsville proved more problematic – a bridge near the Metropole Hotel had to be demolished within a year of completion as it restricted shipping in the creek. The success of the Penny Ferry also attracted other ferries and boats to the creek. Victoria Bridge forded the creek permanently in 1889 and was the catalyst for further growth in the area.

REGATTA LAUNCH IN ROSS CREEK

VIEW OF ROSS CREEK AND SOUTH TOWNSVILLE 1914

TRAIL 3. >> SOUTH TOWNSVILLE & PORT Tells the story of the relationship between the industrial and the residential aspects of this working class suburb. From its earliest days, Ross Island, now known as South Townsville was a hub for industry and many men from the suburb worked at the port and in associated industries. The early architecture of the suburb reflects its social make-up whilst numerous pubs provided a snapshot of the daily social interaction between wharfies, seamen, meatworkers and railway workers.

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WHAT’S ON REGULAR EVENTS

FULL MOON DRUM CIRCLE Monthly (weather permitting) Venue: Gregory Street Amphitheatre Time: 6pm - 7.30pm Contact: Alex: 0414 803 666

SEPTEMBER

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BALGAL BEACH TWILIGHT MARKETS Until December Venue: Fisherman’s Landing, Balgal Beach Time: 1st Saturday of the month 3.30pm - 6.30pm (March - December) www.townsvillerotarymarkets.com.au

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This exhibition consists of works by fourteen contemporary artists from China and Australia, and features painting, sculpture, installation and video projections.

ART EXHIBITION: ALBA LEUCOS: FIBRES & FABRICS Until 25 September Venue: Umbrella Studio, 482 Flinders St West Time: Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm, Sunday 9am - 1pm Contact: 4772 7109

COTTERS MARKETS Venue: Flinders Street, City Time: Every Sunday 8.30am - 1pm WILLOWS ROTARY MARKETS Venue: Willows Shoppingtown, Herveys Range Road, Kirwan Time: Every Sunday 7am - 11am (Excl. Christmas and New Years)

ART EXHIBITION: ZHONGJIAN: MIDWAY Until 18 September Venue: Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, CBD Time: Mon-Fri 10am - 5pm Contact: 4727 9011

An exhibition spilling out the doors, made from white yarns and fabrics.

DON’T MISS!

QCCU STRAND NIGHT MARKETS May - December Venue: Strand Park, The Strand Time: 1st Friday of the month 5pm - 9:30pm (Except July & August - 2nd Friday) www.townsvillerotarymarkets.com.au

BIRCH CARROL & COYLE Cnr Sturt & Blackwood Streets, City MOVIE INFOLINE 4771 4101 Map Ref. 14, Page 51

Eleven Townsville based artists will collectively exhibit musically themed artworks on a miniature scale at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in September. Inspired to paint the young buskers of Cotters Markets, exhibition curator – Kath Cornwall, has invited a variety of Townsville artists to join her with their own musically inspired pieces. Etching, Painting, Construction, Collage, Sculpture and Ceramics will all feature in the Gallery Showcase.

ART EXHIBITION: 30@30 Until 9 October Venue: Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, CBD Time: Mon-Fri 10am - 5pm Contact: 4727 9011

30@30 presents some of the gems from the City of Townsville Art Collection, collected in each of the 30 years of Perc Tucker Regional Gallery’s existence to celebrate the Gallery’s 30th birthday.

CINEMAS

READING CINEMAS Cannon Park, Kirwan MOVIE INFOLINE 4723 6666

ART EXHIBITION: AUGUST MOVEMENT Until 25 September Venue: Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, CBD Time: Mon-Fri 10am - 5pm Contact: 4727 9011

WARRINA CINEPLEX Dalrymple Road, Currajong MOVIE INFOLINE 4779 8568 IMAX DOME THEATRE Reef HQ Centre, City MOVIE INFOLINE 4721 1481 Map Ref. 9, Page 51

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STRAND EPHEMERA VI

2011 TOWNSVILLE LIVING EXPO Saturday 10 September - Sunday 11 September Venue: Entertainment & Convention Centre Time: Saturday 8.30am - 5pm, Sunday 8.30am - 4pm Cost: Adults $8, Seniors $6, Children Free with Adult Contact: Australian Events 1800 671 588 SHAKESPEARE UNDER THE STARS: THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR Tuesday 13 September - Saturday 24 September Venue: Queens Gardens, North Ward

DON’T MISS! STRAND EPHEMERA VI 2011 ptember Friday 2 September - Monday 12 September Venue: The Strand 11 day biennial outdoor sculpture exhibition held along Townsville’s Strand.

BAY DAYS FESTIVAL Friday 2 September - Sunday 2 October Venue: Magnetic Island A fantastic month of live music, art exhibitions, gallery openings, environmental walks and talks, theatre, workshops, Mega Markets - you name it, Bay Days Festival on Magnetic Island has something for everyone! www.whatsonmagneticisland.com.au

METAL MANIA NORTH QUEENSLAND Saturday 10 September Venue: Reid Park Contact: 0409 721 103 One of the top features of the day will be 20 of Queensland’s Top Show Vehicles set up in the Pit Garages. These vehicles have won major awards at events all over Australia, including Summernats Top 60, Meguiars Super Stars and more. They will be showcased along with anyone who wishes to show off their pride and joy, bringing some estimated 250 custom and classic rides to Townsville. This one action-packed day will also feature Dyno Testing, Trade Displays, Cruising for Entrants on the track, Stuntz Inc Stunt riding displays, Twin Cities Rock N Roll Club Dancing displays, lots of kids rides and much more. www.metalmanianq.com

www.shakespeare-under-the-stars.com

TOWNSVILLE TRIATHALON FESTIVAL Friday 16 September - Sunday 18 September Venue: The Strand www.townsvilletrifestival.org.au

GLOBAL MALA Sunday 18 September Venue: Seniors Citizen Centre, 16 Ryan Street Belgian Gardens Time: 1pm - 5pm Cost: $20 prepaid / $20 at door Contact: Jasmine Healy-Pagan 0401 401 446 Yoga + Dance + Live Music + Sunset Supper. No experience needed. Options for everybody! www.sundalah.com.au

ART EXHIBITION: ELAPSE - TONY CUTHBERTSON Friday 23 September - Sunday 23 October Venue: Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, CBD Time: Mon-Fri 10am - 5pm Contact: 4727 9011 In his exhibition Elapse, local artist Tony Cuthbertson delves into how we understand and interpret the past and how we foresee the future.

ART EXHIBITION: THE MONEY AND THE FLESH: GERALD SOWORKA Friday 23 September - Sunday 23 October Venue: Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, CBD Contact: 4727 9011 The large scale mixed media drawings explore what it all was, could have been and may become.

ART EXHIBITION: BEYOND BORDERS ENNY MULCAHY Friday 30 September - Sunday 6 November Venue: Umbrella Studio, 482 Flinders St West Time: Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm, Sunday 9am - 1pm Contact: 4772 7109 Ceramic and mixed media works which explore the universal human emotional connections to place and to the seemingly mundane objects of daily life.

ART EXHIBITION: NEOTERIC PRINT CURATED BY JO LANKESTER Friday 30 September - Sunday 6 November Venue: Umbrella Studio, 482 Flinders St West Time: Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm, Sunday 9am - 1pm Contact: 4772 7109 METAL MANIA NQ

An exhibition of emerging and mid career printmakers pushing boundaries across disciplines with video, sculpture and assemblage.

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OCTOBER 2011 XSTRATA GREEK FEST Saturday 8 October - Sunday 9 October Venue: Riverway, Thuringowa Central Time: Saturday 12noon - 11pm Sunday 10am - 5pm A celebration of all things Greek - Greek food, Greek culture, Greek dance, Greek wine, Greek beer, children’s entertainment, children’s playgroup, live Greek band, live International Greek dancers and fireworks. www.greekfest.com.au

BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS Wednesday 12 October - Saturday 15 October Venue: Townsville Civic Theatre Time: Wednesday 12 October 8pm Thursday 13 October 8pm Friday 14 October 8pm Saturday 15 October 2pm and 8pm Cost: Adult $40; Concession $35; Tert Student Full Time $35; School Student $30; Group 10+ $35 ea Contact: Ticketshop 4727 9797 Welcome to the Chicken Ranch, a well patronized, cozy bordello in a small Texas town. An hilarious tale of immorality with a moral message at heart.

ART EXHIBITION: 56TH TOWNSVILLE SOCIETY ANNUAL AWARDS AND 2011 TOWNSVILLE OPEN ART AWARD Friday 14 October - Sunday 30 October Venue: Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, CBD Time: Mon-Fri 10am - 5pm Contact: 4727 9011

ART

The region’s most prestigious showcase for local artists, this Award is eagerly awaited and provides an excellent opportunity to nurture and reward north Queensland’s artistic talent.

FESTIVAL OF RUSSIAN BALLET

A FESTIVAL OF RUSSIAN BALLET Saturday 22 October - Sunday 23 October Venue: Townsville Civic Theatre Time: Saturday 22 October 8pm Sunday 23 October 2pm Cost: Adult $84.90, Concession, Tertiary Full-time and Secondary School Students $74.90, Group 20+ $74.90 each, Child 12yrs/under $64.90 Contact: Ticketshop 4727 9797 Imperial Russian Ballet Company’s Festival of Russian Ballet featuring: Act One - Don Quixote, Act Two - Bolero, Act Three - Highlights from the world’s great ballets including Giselle, Carmen, The Dying Swan and Le Corsaire.

ART EXHIBITION: ABORIGINAL & TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CULTURAL ARTS STUDENT EXHIBITION - BARRIER REEF INSTITUTE OF TAFE Friday 28 October - Sunday 13 November Venue: Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, CBD Time: Mon-Fri 10am - 5pm Contact: 4727 9011 Certificate and Diploma of Visual Arts student exhibition, showcasing a range of mediums including painting, printmaking, drawing, ceramics and sculpture.

XSTRATA GREEK FESTIVAL

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NOVEMBER ART EXHIBITION: BACHELOR OF NEW MEDIA ARTS STUDENT EXHIBITION - JCU SCHOOL OF CREATIVE ARTS Friday 4 November - Sunday 20 November Venue: Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, CBD Time: Mon-Fri 10am - 5pm Contact: 4727 9011 Presents the work of third year students who have produced and managed an innovative display of screen, print and web based media.

MATHINNA Saturday 5 November Venue: Townsville Civic Theatre Time: 7.30pm Cost: Adult $45; Concession/FOTT $39.50; Group 6+ $40 ea; Tertiary F/T Student $33.50; School Student/ Child $15.50 Contact: Ticketshop 4727 9797 Bangarra Dance Theatre performed to a sell-out house in 2008 with their double bill True Stories. The first piece, Emeret Lu was choreographed by Elma Kris, who in 2011 is dancing the role of Mathinna.

ART EXHIBITION: DESERT COUNTRY - AN ART GALLERY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA TRAVELLING EXHIBITION Friday 18 November - Sunday 29 January Venue: Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, CBD Time: Mon-Fri 10am - 5pm Contact: 4727 9011 First exhibition to chart the 40 year evolution of the internationally acclaimed Australian desert painting movement, and to demonstrate the unstoppable reaches of this remarkable art movement.

ROCKY MOUNTAINS ECHOES - TREVOR KNIGHT Tuesday 22 November - Wednesday 23 November Venue: Townsville Civic Theatre Time: 11am Cost: Adults $12; Group 10+ $9.50 each (Complimentary Morning Tea from 10am) Contact: Ticketshop 4727 9797 As fined tuned as his guitar Trevor Knight will trill your senses and stir your emotions as he performs the lyrical music of John Denver, Simon and Garfunkel’s inspiring classics and the immortal songs of Cat Stevens plus many more.

ART EXHIBITION: VISUAL ARTS AND CONTEMPORARY CRAFT STUDENT EXHIBITION BARRIER REEF INSTITUTE OF TAFE Friday 25 November - Sunday 11 December Venue: Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, CBD Time: Mon-Fri 10am - 5pm Contact: 4727 9011 The work highlights the diversity of practice within the disciplines of ceramics, digital art, drawing, illustration/ design, printmaking, painting and sculpture.

DECEMBER ART EXHIBITION: TOUR DE FORCE: IN CASE OF EMERGENCY BREAK GLASS Friday 16 December - Sunday 26 February Venue: Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, CBD Time: Mon-Fri 10am - 5pm Contact: 4727 9011 Exhibition explores the art-craft dichotomy through the work of eight artists.

FEBRUARY

MATHINNA

WEDDING IDEAS EXPO Sunday 19 February Venue: Riverway Arts Centre, Kirwan Time: 11am - 3pm Contact: Vicky or Bob Poole 4778 4432 Showcasing 45 of Townsville’s leading Wedding Specialists with everything to take you from “I will” to “I do” all under one roof. Demonstrations, discounts and prizes.

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Lovers Bay Maud Bay

FIVE BEACH BAY Huntingfield Bay Wilson Bay

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HORSESH Endeavour Creek

Rollingstone Bay

West Point

MAGNETIC ISLAND NATIONAL PARK Young Bay

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Duck Creek

Gustav Creek

SOONIN

MAGNETIC ISLAND Road

Reef

Road restricted to private vehicles

Shipwreck

Walking track

Surf Life Saving Patrol

Lookout

Nelly Bay Ferry Terminal

National Park Beach

Helipad Marine National Park

Ned Lee Creek

N Butler Creek

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Rocky Ba

Nobby Head

PICNIC BAY

MAGNETIC ISLAND BY NAME & NATURE Magnetic Island is magnetic both by name and nature. Originally named for its interference to Captain Cook’s compass, it now draws visitors from far and wide, and for good reason. With more than 22 secluded bays and beaches, spectacular fringing reefs and a flora and fauna filled National Park, Magnetic Island is a nature lover’s paradise and with an average of 320 fine days every year, Magnetic Island is the sunniest spot on the Queensland coast. The Island is a charming holiday destination characterised by the fact that it is an island community with a resident population of over 2000, and has a wide variety of environmental experiences and attractions.

There are tracks meandering all over the island, and perhaps the most popular of them is the one that leads to the now disused World War II emplacements that face out to sea from the camouflage of huge granite boulders. The Command Post offers a breathtaking 360 degree panoramic view of Townsville, Cape Bowling Green and Palm Island. A huge variety of wildlife can be seen on Magnetic Island. In fact the Island is sometimes known as the ‘Koala Capital of Australia’. There are also large numbers of possums, rock wallabies, curlews, hawks, eagles and parrots, to name a few. The more observant visitor should be able to spot most of the

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White Lady Bay

Balding Bay Radical Bay

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Arthur Bay

Petersen Creek

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Bremmer Point

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Bright Point

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Rocky Bay

Hawkings Point

BUNGALOW BAY KOALA VILLAGE

160 species of Magnetic Island birdlife. The vegetation on the Island is also diverse, with pockets of lowland, tropical rainforests, mudflats, freshwater lagoons, eucalypt woodlands and mangrove fringes supporting an abundance of habitats. You can get to the island by the car and passenger ferry located on Ross Street, South Townsville, or you can jump aboard the ferry service Sunferries, taking only 25 minutes, with the terminal located near the city centre on Sir Leslie Thiess Drive. Come over and enjoy the most relaxing stay you will ever experience.

ADRENALIN JET SKI TOURS

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ISLAND CRUISING & FISHING Family Friendly Cruise • See more bays on our cruise • All snorkelling gear provided • FREE boomnetting

Phone 0448 274 597

• Kids 1/2 price & FREE tube rides • Shady deck and toilet facilities • Smorgasbord lunch & refreshments

Or come fishing on our 4hr charter. We provide quality tackle and bait and you take home the fish you catch. A fun, safe trip for the kids.

hole Island!

Circumnavigate the w

See Page 68 for Timetable

Regular departures daily for drive-on and walk-on passengers. Relax in the air-conditioned licensed café on board before disembarking to explore all the wonders of this island paradise. Vehicle bookings are essential. Loading time is 20 minutes prior to departure.

BOOKINGS CALL

07 4796 9300

Ross Street. South Townsville

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FERRY TIMETABLE MONDAY TO FRIDAY

5.20 am** 7.10 am 9.00 am 10.45 am 12.35 pm 2.40 pm 4.25 pm 6.05 pm

DEPART MAGNETIC ISLAND 6.15 am** 8.05 am 9.55 am 11.40 am 1.25 pm 3.30 pm 5.15 pm 6.55 pm

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

DEPART TOWNSVILLE

7.10 am 9.00 am 10.45 am 12.35 pm 2.40 pm 4.25 pm 6.05 pm*

8.05 am 9.55 am 11.40 am 1.25 pm 3.30 pm 5.15 pm 6.55 pm*

**Not operating Public Holidays. *Not operating on Saturdays outside the Queensland School Holidays. VEHICLE BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL Loading time is 20 minutes prior to departure.

Cruising Magnetic 4796 9300

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MAGNETIC ISLAND WALKS HAWKINGS POINT Distance: 1.2km return Time: 1 hour Grade: easy From the eastern end of Picnic Street in Picnic Bay, a track winds to the top of a large boulder, affording views over the island to Nelly and Geoffrey bays and back towards Townsville. PICNIC BAY TO WEST POINT Distance: 16km return Time: 5 hours Grade: easy This walk follows an unsealed road that links the bays on the western side of the island. The track starts at Yule Street near the golf course, passing a tidal wetland, mangroves, paperbark swamps and savanna grasslands. NELLY BAY TO ARCADIA BAY Distance: 5km one way Time: 2.5 hours Grade: moderate From the end of Mandalay Avenue in Nelly Bay, this walk passes through a vine-thicket pocket, climbs gradually to the saddle between Nelly and Horseshoe bays and then follows a ridge with views over Horseshoe Bay. The track then branches, with one track leading to Arcadia Bay and the other to Horseshoe Bay Road, where you can continue on to other tracks. A 400m return sidetrack to the Sphinx lookout branches from the main track, 750m from Arcadia. THE FORTS WALK Distance: 4km return Time: 1.5 hours Grade: moderate One of the most popular tracks on the island, the Forts walk leads to historic WWII fortifications and infrastructure. Lookouts along the way afford excellent views to the Palm Island Group in the north and Bowling Green Bay National Park in the south. Koalas are often seen in trees along the track. The walk culminates in 360 degree views from the top of the fortifications. Starting on Horseshoe Bay Road at the turn-off to Radical Bay, the track ascends, sometimes steeply, to follow a ridge behind the bays before arriving at the ruins of the Forts complex operated during World War II. ARTHUR, FLORENCE AND RADICAL BAYS Distance: 1.4km - 6 km return Time: 30 mins - 2 hours return Starting from the Forts carpark, an easy track leads down to these undeveloped bays, which provide excellent swimming and snorkelling.

HORSESHOE BAY LAGOON Distance: 200m return Time: 15 mins Horseshoe Bay Lagoon is a popular area for birdwatching. The track begins on Horseshoe Bay Road, about 200m from the beach, and leads to a lagoon where a number of waterbirds can be seen. HORSESHOE BAY TO BALDING AND RADICAL BAYS Distance: 3.4km return Time: 60 mins return Grade: moderate The track begins at the eastern end of Horseshoe Bay beach and climbs through a steep gully of closed forest to an open eucalypt ridge. One branch of the track leads down to the secluded Balding Bay (popular with ‘sun lovers’) and the other continues onto Radical Bay north facing so it’s cool in summer and warm in winter. Both bays offer excellent swimming opportunities. From Radical you can continue on along the ungraded road to end up at the Forts carpark. FOR THE FIT AND ADVENTUROUS Time: A few hours (depends on drink and rest stops) Take in a day of walking from Nelly Bay to Horseshoe Bay and discover the entire beauty of the Island. Stop at the many views and see wildlife along the way, including rock wallabies, koalas and an abundance of birdlife. All tracks join at various points with distances well marked. Be prepared for some uphill climbs, the views are rewarding. Once at Horseshoe Bay, reward yourself with a cold refreshing drink while waiting for the bus for the return trip. SAFETY TIPS To help protect the environment, and to make your stay more enjoyable: Take your time, stop often for rest breaks. On hot days, you can suffer heat exhaustion. Avoid the heat of the midday sun. Stay on track and take care on uneven or loose surfaces. Take care around cliffs, steep slopes and rock faces along the tracks and at lookouts. Always carry plenty of drinking water. Wear sunscreen and a hat. Wear sturdy footwear, not thongs. Take care for the environment as most of the island is National Park.

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MAGNETIC ISLAND VIEW NATURE FROM THE SEA With a simple philosophy of “View Nature in the Wild from the quiet of your Kayak” Magnetic Island Sea Kayaks has become a multi award winning operation winning 21 tourism and environmental awards including the Queensland Tourism Awards for “Adventure Tourism” and the Townsville Environmental Sustainability in Business Award. Magnetic Island Sea Kayaks become one of the first businesses in the country to be awarded Australian Business Climate Action Certification and are part of Queensland Tourisms Sustainable Regions Business program. As summer approaches the last of the whales are migrating south past the island heading back to Antarctica, it is also the start of the turtle breading season where we may be lucky enough to see more turtles mating in the warm waters around the island. In December the females will crawl slowly up a few of our beaches to dig a large hole to lay and bury their eggs before crawling back into the sea to continue their solitude nomadic existence. The Sooty Oyster Catcher, Striated Heron, Eastern Reef Egret and Osprey will be viewed and recorded while participating in the National Bird count at the start of December.

The sea kayak adventure starts in Horseshoe Bay at 8:00am, full instruction and safety brief is given before a guided tour takes you around to either Balding or Radical Bays for a tropical breakfast on the beach. You then have the chance to explore the bay on foot, take photos or learn more about the Island’s history and ecology. On the way back you get to paddle within metres of the island’s huge granite boulders before returning by approximately 12:30pm. Our 2 hour sunset tours take a leisurely paddle out to the point in Horseshoe Bays’ calm waters, before drifting back over the coral gardens and sea grass beds looking for turtles as you soak up the last rays of the sun. Just before you reach shore you will stop to have drinks and watch the sunset behind the anchored sailboats. Freedom rentals are also available for experienced paddlers. For bookings or further information phone Steve or Lucy on 07 4778 5424, or checkout their website at www.seakayak.com.au

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ADVENTURE ISLAND STYLE Find yourself basking in the warmth of the sunniest destination in Australia. The great weather is just one reason to enjoy the great outdoors with the adventure activities on the island. Water sports are popular all year round. Plunge into the tranquil waters, or snorkel along the fringing reef and explore the island shipwreck trail. Go on a scuba dive tour to discover the marine life - it’s a great way to see the tropical fish and coral reefs. See the splendour of the dolphins, turtles, and sea eagles by taking a guided sea kayak tour exploring the beautiful bays. Jet ski or water ski around the island or hire a yacht and sail the secluded waters. You can go horse riding on the beach at Horseshoe Bay or for the ultimate views try skydiving over the island. And when the sun goes down you can still enjoy the beaches. Every month there’s a Full Moon beach party. Take in the natural wonder of the island and tour around by bus or taxi. For the more adventurous cruise the island in a Mini Moke or a Harley Davidson and feel the fresh air on your face. You can even hire trail bikes, scooters or bicycles. Get off the beaten track with a 4WD drive tour or there’s the 25 kilometres of walking trails through the National Park. HORSESHOE BAY WATER ADVENTURE Horseshoe Bay is the islands’ largest beach and it’s northerly aspect shelters it’s waters, making it the premier location for all the island’s water activities. Hire a jet ski for the family or cut loose on your own. Go for a wild tube ride or water ski. For the more adventurous paragliding or skydiving is available. Or take

a scenic experience over Maggie in the Red Baron seaplane. Discover nature from the sea with Magnetic Island Sea Kayaks. HORSESHOE RANCH Trekking on horseback through the Horseshoe Bay hinterland to the beach is an experience exclusive to Horseshoe Ranch Magnetic Island, with the opportunity to unsaddle your horse and go bareback riding into the blue waters of the bay or Coral Sea. Celebrating their 29th year of Horseshoe Ranch (formerly Blueys), they are Magnetic Islands longest established Adventure activity from 1982 to 2011. ADRENALIN JET SKI TOURS Adrenalin Jet Ski Tours are The Ultimate in Jet Ski experience. Established in 1996, they are definitely NOT just another Jet Ski Hire. There are tours to suit all budgets and flexible timetable. The scenery and rock formations will blow you away, chance encounters with the local wildlife will certainly make your day. The unrestricted power of Luxury 4-stroke personal watercraft is sure to leave a lasting impression. Total exhilaration; either the 3 hour Circumnavigation or the 75min Top End Tour. Both; value for money, no license required, all equipment included. Your qualified local guide will showcase all the beauty Magnetic Island has on offer. Open 7 days a week, weather permitting. Bookings highly recommended, families welcome. Phone Pete or Sharon 4778 5533 or AH 0407 785 533. (See back cover)

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MAGNETIC ISLAND SOLAR SUBURB Magnetic Island is undergoing an energy transformation and you can be part of it. Living in a world heritage listed area makes everyone very appreciative of the natural environment and keen to protect it for the community and visitors to enjoy now and in the future. In tropical climates, people tend to use air conditioners more, want cooler beverages more often and shower more frequently. And over the holidays, friends and relatives come to stay and visitors flock to the island for the laid-back atmosphere. All these activities, however pleasant, exacerbate peak demand (the period of the day and the time of the year when electricity consumption reaches its highest point) which challenges the capacity of our electricity network and generates more greenhouse gas emissions. Ergon Energy is leading the Solar Suburb project on Magnetic Island and we’re working with the local community to transform the way we think about and use energy. Most people are now making an effort year-round to reduce their energy consumption and avoid using unnecessary appliances during the evening peak between 6pm and 9pm without compromising their lifestyle.

Visitors can play a vital role in managing energy use in the evening and over the holidays as well, by observing just a few tips that won’t spoil the holiday mood. Simple actions like turning off lights you don’t need, only air conditioning the room when you are in it and turning appliances off at the switch instead of using stand by power make a big difference. Avoid using dishwashers, washing machines and clothes dryers between 6pm and 9pm or for that real holiday feeling, don’t use them at all! Become part of a small island making a big difference and when you leave you’ll be able to say with pride – I helped keep Maggie beautiful. For more energy efficient tips and information on the Townsville Queensland Solar City project, visit our website at www.townsvillesolarcity.com.au. The Magnetic Island Solar Suburb project is part of the Australian Government’s Solar Cities initiative designed to trial new sustainable models for electricity supply and use – creating a new energy future for Australia.

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GETTING AROUND There are many fun ways to get around on, and have a good look at Magnetic Island, depending on your budget. Suffice to say that exploring the fantastic Island will definitely enhance your inimitable sense of freedom. The most popular ways of exploring the island: Renting a Mini Moke or Topless Suzuki. TAKE THE BUS Come over to Magnetic Island and have the opportunity to see and experience some of the most beautiful beaches in North Queensland. Magnetic Island Sunbus provides a twice daily, three hour scenic tour to enable visitors to view the Coral Sea and rugged rocky

headlands for the roads which hug the coastline. Spot koalas in their natural habitat, as well as the bush stone curlew and other native birds. Magnetic Island Sunbus operates seven days a week and meets every ferry. The daily service offers unlimited day travel with a full commentary. The buses run a scheduled service all the way between Horseshoe and Picnic Bays and meet all daytime ferries and all weekend ferries, day and night. Magnetic Island is an ideal destination for a wide cross section of people to enjoy the National Park with nearly 25 kilometres of walking tracks and an average of 320 days of sunshine.

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BALGAL BEACH & ROLLINGSTONE A beachside community with plenty to offer, Balgal is the ideal location for a day trip or holiday. The beach has many attractions and includes a patrolled swimming enclosure during marine stinger season from November to May, licensed café and store, picnic/BBQ areas and camping facilities. The BP Service Station, located on the Bruce Highway at Rollingstone, also provides fuel, tourist information, cappuccinos and a selection of homemade food. The beach and creek are great fishing spots and there are excellent boat ramp facilities available. The natural bush surrounds cater for the native wildlife or bird watching enthusiast. Other popular activities and attractions in the area include a nine-hole golf course, lawn bowls, war memorials, museum and network of interpretive historic signage that showcases the area’s colourful history. Vincent ‘Bushy’

Parker Park, a well shaded designated camping area located right next to a scenic freshwater creek, is ideal for swimming. A variety of accommodation is available, including beachfront holiday units and cottages, a caravan park and the Rollingstone Hotel which is located on the Bruce Highway. Designated free vehicle and tent camping is available for a maximum of 48 hours. BALGAL BEACH MARKETS Venue: Fishermans Landing, Balgal Beach Time: Every First Saturday of the Month (Mar - Dec) 3pm - 5.30pm Fruit & veges, homemade cakes, preserves, arts & crafts, plants, homemade soaps, lotions & oils, books and bric-a-brac. Contact: Phone 4770 7227 Run by the Fishing Club at Fishermans Landing.

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MCCLELLAND’S LOOKOUT (100M) is a National Park picnic area adjacent to Paluma. Turn right into the carpark as you reach the top of the range. Wheelchair access to McClelland’s Lookout is available from the passenger set-down area above the carpark. McClelland’s Lookout has ample car parking, bus parking, wheelchair accessible toilets, a shelter shed, free gas barbecues, picnic tables and potable water. You will need to take your rubbish away with you, as no bins are provided. The Lookout itself provides a panoramic view of Halifax Bay and the Palm Island group and was the site of the US Army’s radar station during the Second World War. PALUMA RAINFOREST WALK (580M) is a circuit walk through rainforest south of the village. Limited parking is available at either end of the track. At the eastern end of the track is Paluma’s ‘Village Green’, an excellent venue for a family picnic (shelters, tables, toilets, playground). This walk takes less than half an hour but unfortunately has no interpretive information provided. Features to look for (from east to west) are - buttress roots, the layers of the rainforest (forest floor, understorey, canopy), strangler fig, king fern and a ‘tin race’ (beneath the western boardwalk you will find a stone-pitched channel constructed by tin-miners to move permanent water through the forest).

NORTH PALUMA HISTORICAL WALK (2KM) For an introduction to Paluma’s history, there are 10 interpretive storyboards throughout the village, each with a photograph taken during the 1930s or 1940s from the location and direction of the sign. Eight of the storyboards are along Mt Spec Road, the main road through Paluma. Of the other two storyboards, one sign is in Lennox Crescent along from the Paluma Pottery, and the other is in the National Parks carpark. Park your car near one of the signs and complete the round trip walk of the village at a leisurely pace. BIRTHDAY CREEK FALLS TRACK (500M) is a short walking track in National Park branching off the gravel road to Lake Paluma, a water storage facility for Townsville operated by NQ Water. Allow about 15 minutes to walk down to the Falls. Car parking is available just off the access road. While all the walking tracks around Paluma offer excellent opportunities for serious or casual birdwatching, the Birthday Creek Falls Track is favoured by those keen to see a Golden Bowerbird. Several active bowers exist in the vicinity of the track.

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LITTLE CRYSTAL CREEK, PALUMA

PALUMA VILLAGE IN THE CLOUDS Paluma Range National Park is at the southern end of the World Heritage Wet Tropics. Although this area was settled approximately 120 years ago, its scenic beauty ensured its national park status. Today, Paluma Range National Park and the mountain settlements of Paluma and Hidden Valley are popular retreats which have never been exploited or overdeveloped. About 60kms north of Townsville, or 40kms south of Ingham, the Mt Spec Road leaves the Bruce Highway and turns inland towards the beautiful mountains of the Paluma Ranges. Separating the National Park from the Mt Spec State Forest, this scenic road is a monument to human effort as it was built mostly by hand during the 1930’s Great Depression. Along the winding mountain road can be found examples of original stonework and ingenuity, the most popular of which is the photogenic stone bridge over Little Crystal Creek 7kms from the bottom of the range. This historical arch was the first of its kind in Queensland and spans the icy cold crystal clear water rushing down the gorge. The clear pools, huge granite boulders and lush rainforest vegetation make Little Crystal Creek a popular stopover on the way up to the village of Paluma. Picnic, BBQ and toilet facilities are available both at Little Crystal Creek and at Paluma. Walking tracks, some of which provide stunning views, wind through the National Park. LAKE PALUMA Lake Paluma is an attractive lake surrounded by World Heritage Rainforest. It provides a water supply for approximately one third of the year. Access is via a 12 kilometres gravel road just past the Paluma township. There are weather proof shelters for day use with barbecues and camping sites for longer stays. All rubbish taken in must be removed, and no domestic animals are allowed. Swimming and non-motorised vessels are allowed. If you are lucky you may see a platypus, peregrine falcon or eastern water dragon. Due to the popularity of Lake Paluma as a camping destination, there are a limited number of camp sites available and you must pre-book a permit.

FORESTMIST COTTAGE ARTS AND CRAFTS 13 Mt Spec Road | Phone 07 4770 8578 Newly established by Ann Bishop, Forestmist Cottage Arts and Crafts displays a selection of artistic and craft gift pieces inspired by the rainforest. PALUMA POTTERY 29 Lennox Crescent | Phone 07 4770 8530 www.lencookpottery.com Paluma Pottery was established in 1983 by Len Cook. All of Len’s work is sold exclusively from his studio. He has won many Ceramic Awards and is represented in Regional Galleries in Queensland for his highly individual pieces which are inspired by the Coral Reef. Paluma Pottery has a diverse range to choose from. Len’s gas fired range is well designed and is decorated with a special layered glaze technique giving great depth, individuality and beauty to each piece. PALUMA DREAMING 1 Loop Road | Phone 07 4770 8616 Turn right at the top of the range into Loop Road - Paluma Dreaming is located diagonally opposite McClelland’s Lookout car park. After a rainforest walk or just a short stroll to the lookout, why not try genuine homemade damper with homemade rosella jam (in season) and cream, accompanied by a cappuccino, hot chocolate, or a freshly brewed pot of tea. For those with a heartier appetite, have a delicious burger, toasted sandwiches, a variety of hot pies, fish and chips plus cold drinks, icecreams and chocolates. For those cooler days, homemade soup is available. RAINFOREST INN 1 Mt Spec Road | Phone 07 4770 8688 | Closed Tuesdays www.rainforestinnpaluma.com The Rainforest Inn opened in December 2006 and is the licensed restaurant servicing Paluma’s new motel units. The Rainforest Inn offers all visitors to Paluma selections from its modern menu both during the day and in the evening. There is ample room at the Inn to cater for larger groups, weddings, functions etc. Credit card facilities.

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INGHAM Located 110 kilometres north of Townsville and 220 kilometres south of Cairns, the country township of Ingham is located in the heart of the tropics. It is the southern gateway to the Wet Tropics World Heritage-listed rainforests of Tropical North Queensland. To the west of the township, at 305 metres, is Wallaman Falls, Australia’s highest sheer drop waterfall. This is an area of World Heritage listing and home to the cassowary and platypus. Lookouts, bushwalks, freshwater swimming and camping grounds can all be found at this National Park. If open, the walk to the bottom of the Falls is well worth the effort although the walk can be quite strenuous and slippery at times. Care must be taken at all times on the road as Cassowaries often wander out and will sometimes have their chicks with them. To the east of Ingham is Hinchinbrook Island, the world’s largest Island National park. Steeped in mystery and adventure, her cloud covered peaks dominate the skyline. Houseboat hire, boat charters and wilderness cruises are all available from Dungeness to the islands, plus camping and trekking along the Thorsborne Trail. The protected waters of the Hinchinbrook Channel offer anglers 365 days a year fishing opportunities. With the beautiful Hinchinbrook Island National Park as a back drop, the Hinchinbrook Channel is an angler’s paradise. The beaches of Lucinda, Taylors Beach and Forrest Beach offer a wide range of holiday parks and accommodation plus stinger resistant nets. All are encased by the beautiful Palm Island Group including Orpheus Island National Park. The Italian Heritage of the region is celebrated annually with the Australian Italian Festival. This heritage is clearly seen by visiting the New Ingham Cemetery and its spectacular mausoleums. Mungalla Station is a historic property which offers visitors the chance to travel back in time and explore the rich history of the site as the birthplace of Droughtmaster cattle and a safe haven for the traditional Nywaigi Aboriginal people. Take a tour of the property and learn about the “Captive Lives Story”, throw a boomerang or ride in a horse drawn wagon. A BBQ Lunch is available or Mungalla can prepare a delicious “Kup Murri” - a traditional underground feast of meat, fish and vegetables slow cooked underground. South of Ingham you will find the Paluma Range National Park, home to Jourama Falls and Mt. Spec recreational areas. Both parks are well known for their fresh water swimming holes, rainforest walks and lush tropical camp grounds. These are all part of the Great Green Way, which is an outstanding coastal and hinterland region between Townsville and Cairns.

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INGHAM WINGS AND WHEELS AIRSHOW 3 - 4 September 2011 First time held in ingham at the Ingham Aerodrome. Showcasing a variety of high tech machines of old and new. Including aircraft of all shapes, sizes and ages and restored and unique vehicles and motorbikes. Contact Christian on 0418 636 727 for more information. www.inghamwingsandwheels.com.au

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HINCHINBROOK SHIRE TYTO WETLANDS Welcome to Hinchinbrook Shire, Southern Gateway to the Wet Tropics, and host to some of the most renowned rainforest and wilderness areas in the world. Located 500m south of Ingham on the Bruce Highway is Tyto Wetlands and Tyto Wetlands Cultural Precinct. The main wetlands are within easy walking distance from the Tyto Precinct and have been revegetated and repaired to attract a variety of birdlife, at last count 236 different species had been spotted – it is a birdwatcher’s paradise! Hundreds of Agile Wallabies have also made the wetlands home, adding to the Experience. The wetlands integrates lagoons, interpretive signs, lookouts and hides, to entice visitors to spend more time at the Tyto Wetlands. The extensive walking tracks throughout the wetlands allow visitors the unique opportunity to view wildlife closely without interference or disturbance to wildlife and their habitats. The

name of the wetland comes from the endangered eastern Grass Owl (Tyto Capensis). The observation deck allows visitors a chance to see the Grass Owl as it flies out at dusk. Visitors also have the opportunity to see the Osprey nest site. The Tyto precinct comprises an award winning Visitor Information Centre, Man Made Lagoons, Boardwalk, Bird Observation Tower, Water Front Restaurant, Library and Art Gallery. All within easy walking distance from the main CBD of Ingham. Our award winning, accredited visitor information centre, houses innovative displays showcasing the spectacular natural values of the nearby Tyto Wetlands and Hinchinbrook Shire attractions. The centre will also introduce you to all the birds at the wetlands as well as how you can become a ‘true’ birdwatcher! Many of the displays are very interactive which are proving very popular with little (and not so little) travellers.

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CARDWELL HEART OF THE GREAT GREEN WAY Cardwell is situated on the Bruce Highway halfway between Townsville and Cairns in the heart of the world renowned Great Green Way. Cardwell offers magnificent views of the Coral Sea and the world famous Hinchinbrook Island (Australia’s largest island National Park). Cardwell is the centre of a vast natural wonderland, including waterfalls, swimming holes, wilderness walking trails, mountain views and uniquely lodged between two world heritage listed areas - Wet Tropics and the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Areas. Spectacular landscapes and seascapes of pristine wilderness areas offer visitors an array of activities that are sure to delight. A boating mecca for cruising, sailing and fishing, the Hinchinbrook Channel and surrounding Coral Sea are a sports fisher’s dream. A public all tidal boat ramp with landing pontoon provides easy access to the surrounding islands and waterways.

staff offer information and bookings for accommodation and local tours, while both a video presentation and a digital dvd and monitor display non-stop footage of local attractions. The Centre also offers a computerised information kiosk to allow direct online access to National Parks bookings and enquiries. This is a first for North Queensland and one of only three in Queensland. As well, the desk offers printed material on Queensland National Parks, native local flora & fauna, walking trails and issues camping permits.

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GREAT TROPICAL DRIVE

The Great Tropical Drive is a self-drive route that will take you from Townsville and Cairns to some amazing places in Tropical Australia - less than a few hours away! Follow the Great Tropical Drive and 13 discovery trails to some of Australia’s best known attractions - the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, Hinchinbrook Island and Undara Lava Tubes - and be prepared for many unexpected discoveries along the way. The Great Tropical Drive passes through six unique regions of North Queensland: Cooktown, Port Douglas and Daintree, Cairns and Beaches, Mission Beach and the Cassowary Coast, Tropical Tablelands and Savannah Country, Townsville, Charters Towers & Hinchinbrook. TOWNSVILLE, CHARTERS TOWERS & HINCHINBROOK From the golden sands of Townsville to the golden heritage of mining town Charters Towers, the southern section of the Great Tropical Drive delivers a unique North Queensland experience with a tempting selection of city, country and ocean adventures. MISSION BEACH & THE CASSOWARY COAST As you travel this section of the Great Tropical Drive you experience the changing natural beauty of the Wet Tropics region. The area has a relaxed lifestyle and offers visitors a wide range of experiences from relaxing on a deserted beach, sampling delicious exotic fruits and wines, or the adrenaline rush of white water rafting on the Tully River. TROPICAL TABLELANDS & SAVANNAH COUNTRY The Tropical Tablelands Tourism precinct encompasses an area of more than 20,000 sq. km, including the Atherton Tablelands and the Outback areas of Chillagoe with its limestone caves and

the Undara lava tubes on the Savannah Way. CAIRNS & BEACHES Cairns is the hub of Tropical North Queensland and is alive with cafes, culture, five-star resorts and restaurants, award-winning spas and a busy night life. It also has the easy-going charm of the tropics with its iconic swimming lagoon, 2.5km long esplanade and a vibrant marina. Cairns also has the closest access to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, which is the largest reef in the world also making it the world’s largest World Heritage Area. PORT DOUGLAS & THE DAINTREE Here is a destination so perfectly designed chance had no hand in it. Framed between the mist capped mountains of the Daintree and the shimmering ribbons of the Great Barrier Reef is a region of beauty rare. Mythical jungles. Towering forests. Potent plants. Exquisitely fragile wild things. And the sense that this has all been here for 100 million years. It’s an awesome experience to enter The Daintree. Best appreciated from the perspective of a local knowledgeable guide, in fact. Walk the tracks, watch from boardwalks, and observe from the canopy. Be part of the living rainforest from Mossman Gorge to Cape Tribulation. Night tours are even more inspiring. COOKTOWN For those of us traveling to the tip, there is one area worthy of at least a few days stop-over either on the way up or the way back. That area is Cooktown. Just a short drive from Lakeland, along the newly named Mulligan Highway, you will find one of the best kept secrets of Cape York Peninsula.

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1 GREAT TROPICAL DRIVE Cairns - Port Douglas - Cooktown Charters Towers - Townsville - Cairns (2079km) The Great Tropical Drive is a world class touring loop that travels from the Great Barrier Reef through the Rainforests of the Wet Tropicas into the golden Savannah of Outback Queensland.

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2 GREAT GREEN WAY Townsville - Cairns (457km) Starting from Townsville or Cairns, the Great Green Way encompasses the World Heritage Listed Wet Tropicas Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef, islands, waterfalls, wetlands, farming areas and friendly country towns. It’s the perfect drive to experience coastal North Queensland.

Wujal Wujal Cape Tribulation

Palmer River Roadhouse Daintree

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3 DAINTREE EXPLORER Mossman - Bloomfield Track Cooktown - Mossman (392km)

Mossman PORT DOUGLAS

Mount Carbine Ellis Beach Palm Cove Trinity Beach

Mt Molloy

4 COOKTOWN Cooktown - Lakefield NP - Laura Cooktown (279km)

Kuranda

Mt Mulligan

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5 REEF TO RAINFOREST Cairns - Port Douglas - Yungaburra Cairns (261km)

Edmonton Gordonvale

Chillagoe Yungaburra

ATHERTON

6 WATERFALLS Cairns - Malanda - Cairns (326km)

Almaden

7 CHILLAGOE Mareeba - Chillagoe - Undara Mareeba (559km)

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Malanda

Emuford Ravenshoe Mount Garnet Innot Hot Springs

8 GEORGETOWN Ravenshoe - Undara - The Lynd Junction (489km)

Mount Surprise

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COOKTOWN Laura

Brampton Beach Flying Fish Point INNISFAIL

Millaa Millaa

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Mena Creek

Silkwood MISSION BEACH TULLY

Tully Gorge

10 Forty Mile Scrub NP

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CARDWELL

Georgetown

Hinchinbrook Island

Einasleigh Forsayth 9 CANECUTTER WAY Innisfail - Silkwood - Innisfail (162km)

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The Lynd Junction

10 TULLY TO MISSION BEACH Tully - Mission Beach - Tully (218km)

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Mount Fox

Greenvale

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Rollingstone

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11 HINCHINBROOK Ingham - Lucinda - Hidden Valley - Ingham (462km)

TOWNSVILLE

Thorntons Gap Bluff Downs

13 WESTERN HERITAGE Townsville - Charters Towers - Bluff Downs - Townsville (674km)

Magnetic Island

Bushland Beach

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12 PALUMA Townsville - Paluma - Townsville (279km)

Dalrymple NP

Keelbottom Creek Woodstock

AYR Home Hill Clare

14 LIQUID GOLD Townsville - Ayr - Townsville (350km)

13 Great Basalt Wall NP

For more detailed information please go to www.greattropicaldrive.com.au or see the nearest Information Centre.

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Trebonne

Wallaman Falls

White Mountains NP

Mingela

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Ravenswood

Homestead

Pentland

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To CAIRNS & Kuranda

INNISFAIL

Australian Sugar Industry Museum

Tully Falls

Etty Bay Mourilyan Harbour

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Paronella Park

TOWNSVILLE

Cowley Beach

Silkwood

Kurrimine Beach

MISSION BEACH

TULLY

South Mission Beach

Silky Oak

Dunk Island Tully Heads

Bedarra Island Murray Falls State Forest

Rockingham Bay

Goold Island National Park

CARDWELL Girringun National Park

A1 Hinchinbrook Island

Abergowrie Wallaman Falls

Long Pocket

Hinchinbrook Lucinda Beach

Trebonne

Halifax

INGHAM

Upper Stone

Taylors Beach Toobanna

Forrest Beach

Orpheus Island

Hidden Valley Jourama Falls

Halifax Bay

Paluma Frosty Mango

Crystal Creek Paluma Range National Park

Balgal Beach

Rollingstone

Bluewater

Surrounds Map

Great Palm Island

Palm Islands

Paluma Dam

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Japoonvale

Toolakea Saunders Beach

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Magnetic Island

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Lake Ross

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Cungulla

Camping

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Bowling Green Bay National Park

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Boat Ramp

Home Hill

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CHARTERS TOWERS

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BURDEKIN RIVER BRIDGE

BURDEKIN SHIRE AYR & HOME HILL An hours drive south of Townsville, you can discover the friendly residents and laid-back atmosphere of the Burdekin. The Burdekin district is the sugar capital of Australia and is one of the most prosperous rural communities in the country. The shire’s two main towns of Ayr and Home Hill make great stopover points, with their tree-lined main streets, ease of parking, great cafes and restaurants, host of specialty stores, shady parks and excellent public amenities. Ayr and Home Hill lie just 12km apart and are linked by the landmark Burdekin River Bridge. Also known as the Silver Link, the 1103 metre bridge is the longest of its type in Australia. Although it took hundreds of men 10 years to build, not a single life was lost in the construction. The Burdekin is becoming more and more famous for its wealth of water. Local farms are drought-proof because of the mighty Burdekin River, the huge reserves of the Burdekin Falls Dam and a massive underground aquifer which lie just 10 metres below the surface. This ‘liquid gold’ allows Burdekin farmers to produce the biggest and sweetest sugar cane in Australia, as well as mangoes, melons, capsicums, zucchinis, tomatoes and many other small crops. By far the district’s greatest claim to fame is its fishing. The Burdekin is well-known for its barramundi, mudcrabs, other estuary species and off-coast reef fishing. The district has one of the highest rates of boat ownership per head of population and many locals have fishing huts at Ocean Creek, Plantation Creek, Groper Creek or Wunjunga. AYR • Visit the recently-revamped Burdekin Theatre and take a look at the Living Lagoon sculpture in the forecourt. • Park under the trees at Plantation Park and see Gubulla Munda, a 60m carpet snake sculpture which is the totem for the Juru Tribe, the original inhabitants of the area. Also wander along the Juru Walk. • Stop at beautiful Anzac Park where you can stretch out in the

Burdekin Visitor Information Centre Plantation Park, AYR. Ph 07 4783 5988

shade while the kids enjoy the modern playground. • Play a round of golf at the Ayr Golf Course, the original training ground of former Ayr woman and world champion golfer Karrie Webb. • Do some birdwatching at Horseshoe Lagoon or one of the district’s other wetlands. • See the working agricultural machinery at Ye Olde Machinery Place in Brandon. • Visit Hutchings Lagoon, a popular water-skiing venue. • Drive up to Mount Kelly for great views of the surrounding farmlands. • Take a barramundi fishing tour. • See a majestic canefire, any evening or early morning between June and December. • Head to Alva Beach for a swim, stroll or spot of beach fishing. • Take a dive tour to the world-famous Yongala Wreck. HOME HILL • Visit the Silver Link Interpretive Centre, which opened in 2007 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Burdekin River Bridge. • Stop at the famous Ashworth’s Tourist Centre, which houses Ashworth’s Jewellers, the Rock Shop and the impressive Treasures of the Earth Display. • Park near the Lions Diorama and walk across the Burdekin River Bridge. • See original islander artworks at Zaro’s Cultural Gallery. • Walk around town and see the large, colourful murals depicting rural life. • Visit the Comfort Stop and use the free restroom, shower and cooking facilities. • Check out the collection of working machinery from yesteryear at Tom’s Toybox. • Drive to the historic WWII radar station on Charlie’s Hill. • Head up to Mount Inkerman for unparalleled views of the district’s farmlands, wetlands and coastline. • Go to the fishing village of Groper Creek, famous for mudcrabs and barramundi.

Burdekin Gateway Visitor Information Centre, Railway Avenue, HOME HILL. Ph 07 4782 8241

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OVERLANDER’S WAY

KURANDA CAIRNS GORDONVALE

MAREEBA GULF OF CARPENTARIA WOLLOGORANG

ATHERTON

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The Overlander’s Way is rich with authentic heritage experiences that are linked together. The attractions explore the legends, characters, colourful tales and rich landscapes of our fascinating past, in a modern, interactive way. NORTH QUEENSLAND GATEWAY, TOWNSVILLE The Discover Tropical Queensland Gallery at Townsville Museum of Tropical Queensland provides visitors to the region with a good introduction to life in the tropics, telling the stories of North Queensland through powerful interactive displays. CHARTERS TOWERS – “GHOSTS OF GOLD” More than a century ago, the discovery of gold triggered a massive gold rush to Charters Towers, which grew to become the second largest city in Queensland. FLINDERS DISCOVERY CENTRE, HUGHENDEN Flinders Discovery Centre is home to Hughie, the skeletal Muttaburrasaurus, surrounded by a large fossil and gem display of international standards. KRONOSAURUS KORNER, RICHMOND Discover the fascinating pre-historic evidence of when Richmond was once

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part of the ancient inland sea. JULIA CREEK VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE, JULIA CREEK While you are at the Centre take a look at the mounted Julia Creek Dunnart (Sminthopsis douglasi) Display. The Dunnart is a small nocturnal marsupial thought to be extinct until 1992. It is a feisty yet endearing endangered species. MARY KATHLEEN MEMORIAL PARK AND MUSEUM, CLONCURRY Mary Kathleen Memorial Park and Museum houses history and memorabilia of Cloncurry, Mary Kathleen and the surrounding district. OUTBACK AT ISA, MOUNT ISA The exciting world of mining is a highlight of the Hard Times Mine, Outback at Isa. Guided tours descend the 1.2km of working mines directly below the tourist precinct. BATTERY HILL MINING CENTRE, TENNANT CREEK At Battery Hill overlooking the township, the 1930’s site echoes the soul and spirit of the miners and is named after the original working ten-head stamp battery.

For detailed map and more information go to: www.outbackholidays.info/getting_around/highways-&-byways/overlanders-way.cfm

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DISCOVER CHARTERS TOWERS Covering an area the size of Tasmania, the Charters Towers region offers travellers a unique snapshot of country life as it was in the gold rush days of the 1870’s right through the war years and into the new century, where it now enjoys a legacy rich in heritage and character. Situated just 90 minutes south west of Townsville, the city of Charters Towers, once known as “The World”, is a bustling rural centre that celebrates its grand history through wonderfully preserved heritage buildings, pubs, museums and streetscapes. And not a traffic light in sight! Ask the staff at the Visitor Information Centre about the ‘ghosts of gold’ Heritage Trail, the One Square Mile and the Venus Gold Battery - each of them a ‘must see’. You can also pan for gold at The Miner’s Cottage, visit one of the museums, go to a Drive In movie or take a wagon ride amongst a herd of Texas Longhorn Cattle. Around ‘The World’ there are a number of driving trails which will take you to the beautiful heritage listed town of Ravenswood, to Dalrymple National Park and to Greenvale where you can have a coldie at the Three Rivers Hotel made famous in Slim Dusty’s song of the same name. Head west through the tiny townships of Balfes Creek, Homestead and Pentland on your way to the Burra Range Lookout and White Mountains National Park. The list goes on and on. So make sure you allow plenty of time to explore.

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PORCUPINE GORGE

HUGHENDEN HISTORY Not just 100 years but 100 million years of culture and history. The district around Hughenden including the smaller communites of Prairie, Torrens Creek and Stamford offers nature lovers the chance to explore and experience the outback in comfort. Hughenden’s streets are adorned by large metal sculptures depicting the pioneering efforts of bygone days and the fascinating story of the Dinosaurs that once roamed the land.

FLINDERS DISCOVERY CENTRE

This colourful history can be relived at the Flinders Discovery Centre, housing a full sized skeletal replica of a ‘Muttaburrasaurus’ Dinosaur, large fossil and gem display as well as much more. Listen to the story of pioneers and their struggle as the settlement of Hughenden was established. Witness the amazing light and sound show that takes you back over 500 million years to the beginning of the formation of Porcupine Gorge National Park. Then experience it for yourself and trek through nature in ‘Australia’s Little Grand Canyon’, Porcupine Gorge National Park. Wonder at the sculptured sandstone and rock formations created over 500 million years. Visit White Mountains National Park, characterised by pure white sandstone and a complex gorge system, this park is for the more serious bush walker. Explore spectacular countryside during self-drive adventures on the Basalt Byway, Eromanga Sea Byway and the Flinders River Byway. These trails take you off the beaten track to find a range of different landscapes including basalt country, black soil plains and riverbed roads. Stand on the edge of the once prehistoric Eromanga Sea and fossick for fossilised shells and small ammonite pieces. So call in and stay a while to enjoy outback hospitality at its best, and diversity in nature like no other.

Stepp back in time! 7 dayss a week 9am - 5pm December - February 9am - 1pm Closed Christmas Day & New Years Day

Gray Street, Hughenden Phone: 07 4741 2970 Email: info@flinders.qld.gov.au

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MATILDA HIGHWAY COOKTOWN

Stretching more than 1700 kilometres from Cunamulla to Karumba on the Gulf of Carpentaria, the Matilda Highway is custom-made for travellers keen for a taste of the outback, its unique heritage, legendary hospitality and friendliness.

GULF OF CARPENTARIA CAIRNS ATHERTON

KURUMBA Savannah Way

INNISFAIL 62

NORMANTON

GREAT BARRIER REEF MARINE PARK

1 1 INGHAM

Great Tropical Drive TOWNSVILLE

BURKE AND WILLS JUNCTION 83

CHARTERS TOWERS

A2

BOWEN

QUAMBY

Overlander’s Way

JULIA CREEK

MOUNT ISA

CLONCURRY A2

A1

A6 HUGHENDEN

MCKINLAY

MACKAY KYNUNA

Matilda Highway WINTON CLERMONT ILFRACOMBE ROCKHAMPTON

LONGREACH BARCALDINE

EMERALD GLADSTONE BLACKALL

QUEENSLAND

TAMBO

BUNDABERG

A1 AUGATHELLA

CHARLEVILLE

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

GYMPIE ROMA

CHINCHILLA

TOOWOOMBA

BRISBANE ST GEORGE

CUNNAMULLA

TWEED HEADS GOONDIWINDI

The Matilda passes through an ever-changing landscape - from undulating Mulga plains in the south to open Mitchell grass plains and desert uplands in the central west and gulf plains in the north. There are picturesque billabongs and vast inland river systems, rugged gorges and escarpments and many scenic national parks. The towns along the highway offer varied experiences for visitors, each with their own story and history as varied as the colourful Outback characters you’ll encounter along the way. You’ll also find authentic heritage attractions along the way. CLONCURRY In Cloncurry, home of the Royal Flying Doctor (RFDS) at John Flynn Place, the Portrait of Cloncurry, a visitor orientation exhibition, will present an understanding of the history, heritage and local characters of this town that prides itself as the ‘Friendly Heart of the Great North West’. WINTON In nearby Winton, the Waltzing Matilda Centre plays host to

the ghost of Banjo Paterson and the legend surrounding the creation of a national song. South of Kynuna, explore the Combo Waterhole Conservation Park, believed to have inspired Banjo Paterson to write Waltzing Matilda. A 40 minute return walk from the car park leads to picturesque waterholes on the Diamantina River, perfect for a picnic. Also well worth the one hour detour is a visit to the Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways, believed to be the world’s only preserved dinosaur stampede. LONGREACH The Qantas Founders’ Outback Museum traces the history of our national airline and its very important links to the Outback and its towns. The new building, which links to the original heritagelisted 1922 Qantas Hangar, houses the museum, theatrette and exhibition hall, a visitor information centre and restaurant. The displays eloquently tell the inspirational stories of an Australian business success and the people that made it happen. For more information go to: www.outbackholidays.info/getting_ around/highways-&-byways/matilda-highway.cfm or see the nearest Information Centre.

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