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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 resort islands - 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

WELCOME TO TOWNSVILLE 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 wellkept 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. intownsville.com.au | 3


CONTENTS

Rock Pool, The Strand

INFORMATION CENTRES 11 DINING OUT IN TOWNSVILLE 12 TOWNSVILLE LOOKOUTS 20 SHOPPING22 MARKETS 24 PUBS & BARS 26 GREAT OUTDOORS / CARAVAN PARKS 28 THE STRAND & ROCKPOOL34 PARKS AND GARDENS 44 MUSEUMS48 WHAT’S ON 49 ART GALLERIES 52 MAGNETIC ISLAND 56 BURDEKIN SHIRE (SOUTH) 68 PALUMA (NORTH) 69 BALGAL BEACH & ROLLINGSTONE (NORTH) 70 HINCHINBROOK SHIRE (NORTH) 72 CHARTERS TOWERS (WEST) 74 OVERLANDER’S WAY (WEST) 75 HUGHENDEN & JULIA CREEK 76 MATILDA HIGHWAY (WEST) 77 MAPS TOWN COMMON WALKS MAP TOWNSVILLE SURROUNDS MAP TOWNSVILLE CITY MAP TOWNSVILLE SUBURB MAP MAGNETIC ISLAND MAP

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Cover Photos: Top: The Strand and Rock Pool, Townsville. Bottom left: George Rennie wreck, Picnic Bay, Magnetic Island (Courtesy Mardi Saker). Bottom right: Geoffrey Bay snorkel trail, Magnetic Island (Photo by Krista Eppelstun).

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 Spectators Sports Bar Home to the BIGGEST TV in a pub or club in Qld at a massive 4.5m x 2.5m! Plus over 30 screens to make sure you catch every minute of all the action.

Visit our website to view the menus available for both our restaurants – www.townsvillersl.com.au

 Lavaracks - Our award winning a la carte restaurant is located on the first floor with an all

new and exciting menu. Open for lunch Fridays and dinner Tuesday to Saturday. Bookings are essential.

 Garrisons - Home to quick and delicious meals from a parmie and pizzas to coffee and cakes. Open 7 days a week from 10am.

 Cadets Kids Club – Let the kids be entertained in our fully

supervised & enclosed kids room while you enjoy yourselves too. Open Wednesday to Saturday nights from 5pm.

139 Charters Towers Road, Hermit Park 4812 | 4759 9500 Live music and entertainment - full guide of what’s happening at the Townsville RSL is available on our web site – www.townsvillersl.com.au Townsville RSL encourages responsible gambling & consumption of alcohol. intownsville.com.au | 5


Our city has a story to tell

CINEMAS

BCC CINEMAS TOWNSVILLE CENTRAL 10 Little Fletcher St, Townsville City MOVIE INFOLINE 4431 1500 EVENT CINEMAS TOWNSVILLE CBD Cnr Sturt & Blackwood Streets, City MOVIE INFOLINE 4771 4101

• River to Mountain Tour • Scenic Tour • Military Tour • City Lights Tour • Packaged Tours

www.tourtownsville.com.au Bookings 0408 555 887

We look forward to meeting you!

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READING CINEMAS Cannon Park, Kirwan MOVIE INFOLINE 4723 6666 WARRINA CINEPLEX Dalrymple Road, Currajong MOVIE INFOLINE 4779 8568


INFORMATION CENTRES TOWNSVILLE BULLETIN SQUARE INFORMATION CENTRE Open: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun 9am-1pm Phone: 4721 3660 | www.townsvilleholidays.info

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BURDEKIN VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Plantation Park, Ayr. Open: Mon-Sun 9am-4pm. Phone: 4783 5988 www.burdekintourism.com.au

RAINFOREST & REEF INFORMATION CENTRE Cardwell. Open: Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm. Sat-Sun 9am-3pm (April-October) Sat-Sun 9am-1pm (Nov-March) Phone: 4066 8601 www.greatgreenwaytourism.com

SOUTH

BURDEKIN GATEWAY INFORMATION CENTRE Old Home Hill Railway Station, 12 Railway Ave Open: Mon-Sun 9am-4pm. Phone: 4782 8241 | www.burdekintourism.com.au

WEST

TYTO INFORMATION AND WETLANDS CENTRE Corner Bruce Highway and Cooper St, Ingham Open: Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm, Sat-Sun 9am - 4pm Phone: 4776 4792 | www.tyto.com.au

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

CHARTERS TOWERS VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Open: Mon-Sun 9am-5pm Phone: 4761 5533 | www.charterstowers.qld.gov.au

MISSION BEACH VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Porter Promenade, Mission Beach Open: Mon-Sun 9am-5pm Phone: 4068 7099 | www.missionbeachtourism.com

‘AT THE CREEK’ JULIA CREEK VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Open: Mon-Fri 9.00am - 5.00pm (Oct - Mar) Mon - Fri 9am-5pm, Sat & Sun 9am-12noon (April - Sept) Phone: 4746 7690 | www.atthecreek.com.au\

INNISFAIL VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Cnr Edith and Glady Sts, Innisfail Open: Mon-Fri 9am-3pm, Sat 9am-1pm Phone: 0428 228 962 | www.tropicalcoasttourism.com.au

WINTON VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Phone: 1300 665 115 | www.experiencewinton.com.au

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

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

TURTLE HOSPITAL

Join Reef HQ Aquarium’s Turtle Talk, departing daily at 12 noon and 3.30pm. 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 inspiring visitors, through educational talks and guided tours. Six of the world’s seven species of marine turtle are found on the Great Barrier Reef and everyone can play a very special role in looking after them. Reef HQ Aquarium is a not-for-profit organisation, donations to the Turtle Hospital are welcome via our website www.reefhq.com.au or in person when you visit the aquarium.

Anyone who finds a stranded turtle is urged to contact the hotline on 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625).

DISCOVER TROPICAL QUEENSLAND The award-winning Museum of Tropical Queensland provides a snapshot of this amazing region; from World Heritage listed rainforests and reefs to the story of the shipwrecked HMS Pandora, the ship sent to capture the Bounty mutineers. Until 9 July 2017, MTQ is home to an exciting new exhibition, Dinosaur Discovery: Lost creatures of the Cretaceous. This exhibition gives you a chance to experience life on earth 145 million years ago. Featuring a herd of animated, life-size dinosaur models, including the fearsome T-rex and Queensland’s very own Muttaburrasaurus, Dinosaur Discovery transports you back millions of years to when dinosaurs ruled the earth. Each dinosaur has been made to scientific specifications to capture the real look, feel, sound and movement of these magnificent creatures. The iconic Museum is located on Flinders Street, just around the corner from The Strand.

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TOWNSVILLE LOOKOUTS

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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 and car parking to those wanting to enjoy the best view of Magnetic Island. JEZZINE BARRACKS / 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. 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.

Townsville and Magnetic Island from Castle Hill

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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DINING OUT DINING OUT IN TOWNSVILLE

Townsville’s dining diversity makes heading out for dinner an exciting venture. From the thoughtfully restored heritage restaurants, to the ambience of al fresco cafés, 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 open-air 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. CITY LANE City Lane is Townsville’s first creative laneway precinct on Flinders Street where you can drink, dine & discover all within one of the 6 unique bars and restaurants or in the shared outdoor communal space. Choose from Sushi, Italian, Mexican, Tapas, Americana & a clean eating café. Venues host regular live entertainment and have unique function spaces for special events.

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DIVE THE YONGALA WRECK & GREAT BARRIER REEF Adrenalin Snorkel and Dive is Townsville’s longest established dive training and marine tourism operator. We specialise in providing snorkelling and diving Day Trips and Liveaboards as well as training of divers as part of a full dive service. Join us today and dive the spectacular SS Yongala or snorkel and dive the Great Barrier Reef The Yongala wreck and Great Barrier Reef are the diving drawcards. The north Queensland city of Townsville 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, located about 80km east of the city, is Australia’s best dive site and one of the world’s top 10 wreck dives. Undiscovered for over 30 years, the coral-encrusted structure attracts a prolific variety of colourful marine life and is an unforgettable dive for both novice and experienced divers. The day trip to the Yongala wreck includes a three hour boat cruise past

Magnetic Island, historic lighthouse and the bird colonies of Cape Bowling Green. The centred section of the Great Barrier Reef, including Wheeler Reef and Lodestone Reef are great examples of healthy reefs with good coral cover and teeming fish life. There are spectacular displays of tropical marine life and coral structures for divers to explore as they swim among giant clams, turtles and reef sharks on this truly magical reef. 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 a great place to access it. Whether it is day trips to view the spectacular snorkelling, specialist scuba dives or environmental expeditions, it’s all available on Townsville’s doorstep.

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Kissing Point Walkway

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JEZZINE BARRACKS AND KISSING POINT


The Jezzine Barracks / Kissing Point / Garabarra redevelopment has been a $40 million partnership between Townsville City Council, the Queensland Government and the Australian Government. The 15-hectare heritage precinct commemorates the military and Aboriginal heritage of the Kissing Point headland through 32 specially commissioned public artworks, extensive interpretive signage and the restoration of significant elements of the Kissing Point Fort complex. Large-scale landscaping works have also opened up the area for public use. Public Artworks The heritage precinct at Kissing Point is home to 33 public artworks created by 13 Aboriginal and 11 nonAboriginal artists from Townsville, North Queensland and Queensland. All the works have been created in response to this unique site, with some artists considering the military history of the headland and others considering the significance of the area for Aboriginal people. Some of the works address the meeting and reconciliation of Aboriginal, non-Aboriginal and military groups. Twenty of the installations are inspired by traditional Aboriginal elders stories, depicted in intimate drawings produced by the Aboriginal artists. These artists worked in collaboration with installation artists to develop their images and concepts into engaging public sculptures located in the ethno-botanical area in the northwestern corner of the precinct. Eight of the works address the military history of the site and the important role the Kennedy Regiment has played in various theatres of war over time. These can

be found at the Mitchell Street entry and when heading up to Kissing Point Fort. Along Jezzine Way 51 brass plaques detail the significant events that have shaped Townsville and Jezzine Barracks. A pictorial history is presented in the etched brass and mosaic discs and the devastating cyclones affecting this area of North Queensland are depicted in the lights with stone surround, also embedded in the path. The featured artists are: Bernadette Boscacci, Antone Bruinsma, Russell Butler (Aboriginal), Jill Chism, Shirley Collins (Aboriginal), Billy Doolan (Aboriginal), Karen Doolan (Aboriginal), Amanda Feher, Jeremy George (Aboriginal), Rurik Henry, Thomas Illin (Aboriginal), Tracey Johnson, Carly Kotynski, Gavin Kum Sing (Aboriginal), Barry Lampton (Aboriginal), Kelvin Lampton (Aboriginal), Jenny Mulcahy, Stephen Newton, Susan Peters (Aboriginal), Donna Maree Robinson, Alfred Smallwood (Aboriginal), Claudia Williams, Jordan Wyles (Aboriginal), and Virginia Wyles (Aboriginal). Facilities The redeveloped Jezzine Barracks precinct provides a range of facilities throughout for public use and enjoyment. • Parking • Toilets including disabled facilities • Wheelchair access (limited access to some areas) • Picnic Shelters • Barbeque Area • Observation Deck • Coastal walkway from The Strand to Rowes Bay

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SHOPPING Shopping is a popular pastime. Three major shopping centres - Castletown, Stockland and Willows - offer shoppers a wide range of stores in airconditioned comfort. Being only five minutes from the city centre makes Castletown Shoppingworld a handy place to stop and shop, and offers a range of more than eighty stores. Stockland is Townsville’s largest shopping centre and home to Myer. Centro is across the road and both are located in Aitkenvale on Ross River Road close to the hospital and the central suburbs of Townsville. The Willows Shopping Centre is a very spacious centre with much on offer, with Sunland Plaza and Cannon Park across the road, hosting a Cinema and many restaurants and shops. Domain Central on Duckworth Street is a large outdoor shopping experience and has much on offer, from fashion to homewares, hardware and cafés with 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 (located opposite the Brewery on Flinders Street) has a large collection of sarongs, dresses and beautiful island wear that is pure North Queensland style. Fairfield Central Shopping Centre Fairfield Central Shopping Centre is located at Idalia, Townsville just 10 minutes from the CBD. The award winning centre offers Woolworths, Kmart and 30+ specialty stores. With a fantastic dining precinct “Fairfield Eats”, there are plenty of great café and restaurant options to treat your tastebuds after a big morning of shopping!

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Townsville has a rapidly developing handmade and craft industry thanks to it’s monthly Renegade Handmade market. The Renegade market began in early 2013 with a small handful of just 16 stalls and has grown into a collection of approximately 80 makers on the 2nd Sunday of each month. The Marian School hall on Hugh Street Currajong overflows with an amazing assortment of local creatives selling their wares and 100% locally made products. If you aren’t in Townsville on the 2nd Sunday but you’d like to get some unique Australian made gifts, you can always pop into the Renegade Gift Shop at Otto’s Fresh Food Market. When you step inside the Warrina Arcade you will find a hidden gem with amazing pastries, pies and coffee and unique shops. The Renegade Gift Shop is located right near the coffee counter so you can place your order and browse while you wait. Townsville has some fantastic little gems if you just know where to look.

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CITY ARCADE is the newest retail destination in the heart of Townsville City, bringing a collection of health, beauty, lifestyle, food and services to the CBD. Anchored by a brand new Woolworths supermarket and specialty stores, City Arcade provides a convenient, air conditioned shopping experience with free 2 hour parking. Retailers include: • WOOLWORTHS • AMCAL EXPRESS METRO PHARMACY • ANYTIME FITNESS • AUSTRALIA POST

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PUBS, CLUBS & BARS AUSTRALIAN HOTEL

11 Palmer Street 07 4722 6999

BANK NITECLUB

410 Flinders St East 07 4721 3332 BELLEVUE HOTEL

17 Allen St 07 4772 4265 BOHLE BARN

Cnr Shaw Rd & Bruce Hwy, Bohle 07 4774 6322 BULLYS

108 Flinders St East 07 4771 5647 CACTUS JACK’S SALOON

237 Flinders St East 07 4721 5705

CASA LOUNGE BAR

145 Flinders St East 07 4771 2173

COMMONWEALTH HOTEL

46 Allen St 07 4771 4215

COWBOYS LEAGUES CLUB

335 Flinders St 07 4724 5888

DALRYMPLE HOTEL

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137 Flinders St East 07 4771 2799

SHAW & CO. City Lane, 383 Flinders St 07 07 4721 0585

HERMIT PARK HOTEL

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THE AVENUES HOTEL

100 Charters Towers Rd 07 4721 4143 Gregory Street 07 4771 5656

310 Bayswater Drv, Garbutt IRISH FINNEGAN’S Cannon Park Centre, 07 4779 6344 Kirwan 07 4723 7777 EXCHANGE HOTEL

151 Flinders St East 07 4771 3335

FLYNN’S IRISH BAR

Flinders St East 07 4721 1655

HERBERT HOTEL

102 Sturt St 07 4771 2641

THE VILLE HOTEL & CASINO

Sir Leslie Theiss Dr 07 4722 2333 KIRWAN TAVERN

807 Flinders St West 07 4771 2909 270 Kern Brothers Drv, Kirwan 07 4723 8000 THE BREWERY

252 Flinders St 07 4724 2999

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35 French St, Pimlico 07 4779 2575 THE COURTYARD

154 Thuringowa Drv, Kirwan. 07 4773 3366

City Lane, 383 Flinders St 07 4772 2302

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129 Flinders St East 07 4771 5727 MOLLY MALONES

Flinders St East 07 4771 3428 MONSOONS

194 Flinders St East 07 4772 0900 NEWMARKET HOTEL

499 Flinders St West 07 4721 1377

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137 Flinders St 07 4771 2799

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99 Boundary St, Railway Estate 07 4771 4475 ROYAL HOTEL

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HEAD FOR THE HILLS, TASTE THE HISTORY PHONE 07 4778 0199 37 Thornton Gap Rd, Hervey Range www.heritagetearooms.com.au OPEN DAILY 9am - 4pm The perfect getaway 25 minutes from Willows Shoppingtown. Located at the top of Hervey Range, the former Eureka Hotel built in 1865, has been restored and re-opened as the Herveys Range Heritage Tea Rooms. It remains one of only 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, the tea rooms now offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy delicious food and great tea and coffee within the heritage listed building or in the peaceful garden surrounds. The walking track takes visitors through native bushland to the top of the dis-used Greenvale railway line tunnel entrance.

JUST A FEW REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT • Scenic range drive with views of Townsville & surrounds. • Great expresso coffee, including Kopi Luwak ($50 per cup) • All day breakfast, light lunches, sweets and scones. Licensed premises. • Gift shop stocked with local craft • North Queensland’s oldest split log construction building, built 1865. • Spacious gardens and walking track. • Weddings and functions venue. • High Tea (bookings essential) • Up to 5’ cooler all year round

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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.

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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 CIRCUIT 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.


TOUR TOWNSVILLE

Tour Townsville has developed an extensive range of regular and custom tours that operate both day and night. Their day tours specialize in telling the story of Townsville and viewing its best scenic sights. Hear stories of the city’s 150 year history and discover the plans that continue to see Townsville North Queensland evolve into one of the largest and most dynamic regional cities in Australia. Townsville North Queensland possesses a fascinating military history like no other. Their Military History Tour weaves together Townsville’s history, culture and scenery allowing you to delve a little deeper into the personality of Northern Australia’s largest city. You will explore museums, memorials, monuments, barracks, spectacular lookouts and lush tropical gardens as you piece together the stories of the people and events that have played an integral part in Townsville’s

military history. Their night tour indulges you in a wonderful night out, by admiring the work of a local artist at one of Townsville’s boutique art galleries, before taking in the spectacular scenery of Townsville by twilight as you dine at a private venue overlooking the water. After admiring Castle Hill from the water’s edge the evening will conclude at the very top of the Hill where you’ll enjoy the breathtaking view of the sparkling lights of Townsville’s vibrant city. “Our City has a Story to tell” – come and discover Townsville on one of our unique tours; we look forward to meeting you! See a list of all tours and packages at: www.tourtownsville.com.au Bookings: 0408 555 887

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GREAT OUTDOORS

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CARAVAN PARKS & CAMP GROUNDS

Wallaman Falls

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.

CAMPING

BOWLING GREEN BAY NATIONAL PARK Campgrounds: Alligator Creek 25km south of Townsville; Cape Cleveland 33km south of Townsville; Bowling Green Bay 64km south of Townsville and 26km north of Ayr. Rugged mountains rise abruptly from the wetlands, saltpans and mangrove forests of the coastal plain. Alligator Creek descends in a series of cascades, deep pools and waterfalls. MOUNT SPEC, PALUMA RANGE NATIONAL PARK Campground: 71km north of Townsville and 46km south of Ingham. Rising high above the coastal plains, cloaked in ay tropical rainforest and dissected by numerous Railw streams, HotelMount Spec is the southernmost national park section in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. JOURAMA FALLS, PALUMA RANGE NATIONAL PARK Campground: 91km north of Townsville or 24km south of Ingham, via the Bruce Highway. Fringed by rainforest, Waterview Creek tumbles down many picturesque cascades and rapids, offering beautiful spots to relax, camp, walk and enjoy watching birds, butterflies and other native wildlife. For more information: www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/index.php

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Australian Sugar Industry Museum

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Silky Oak

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Murray Falls State Forest

Bedarra Island

Rockingham Bay

Goold Island National Park

CARDWELL Girringun National Park

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Abergowrie

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Long Pocket

Hinchinbrook Lucinda Beach

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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

Swimming Lookout

Great Palm Island

Palm Islands

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Black River Caravan Park

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SURROUNDS MAP

Danger >> Marine Stingers danger >> marine stingers Marine Stingers are present on the beaches of Townsville and Magnetic Island year round. They are most likely to be encountered between the months of October and May. The stings of the Chironex (box jellyfish) and the Irukandji can be life threatening.

sting prevention >> Only swim in stinger nets during the summer months >> Always swim at patrolled beaches, between the red-and-yellow flags >> Consider wearing a full-body lycra suit to protect against marine stings

>> Look for and obey safety signs >> Don’t enter the water when beaches are closed >> Ask lifesavers for help and advice if you need it >> Don’t touch marine stingers washed up on the beach, they can still sting you.

sting treatment If stung, dial triple zero (000) and ask for an ambulance. While waiting for the ambulance, pour vinegar onto the sting and administer oxygen or CPR if required. Symptoms of Irukandji stings may take 20–40 minutes to develop—if in doubt, seek medical aid.

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THE STRAND AND THE ROCK POOL

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least six weeks prior to the wedding date. Contact the Strand Office for bookings on 4727 9000. 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 applies to parkland weddings and bookings must be made at

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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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10 THINGS TO DO ON THE STRAND

1 COOL OFF IN THE SEA...

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2 COOL OFF IN THE POOL...

8 EXPERIENCE...

Swim in the Rock Pool or stinger resistant enclosures during the November to May northern stinger season. Swim between the flags at all times. At the famous Tobruk Pool where many former Olympic swimming stars trained.

3 PLAY...

At the Water Park or one at the following playgrounds: Sunrise Rotary Sister Kenny Equal Access, Teenrager, Galaxy, or at the Townsville Rotary playground.

4 FISH...

Off the Strand Pier, Rock Pool or beach.

5 ENJOY...

The many cafes, bars and restaurants.

6 PICNIC...

Relax with your family at a host of great spots and enjoy the fantastic views to Magnetic Island.

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In the public activities and events in Strand Park. View the public artwork reflecting the significant heritage of The Strand. Skydiving, rockwall climbing, beach volleyball, bicycle hire, yoga, coin operated binoculars and lockers.

9 GET FIT...

Enjoy walking, basketball, bike riding and ball sport activities.

10 CHALLENGE YOURSELF...

On the eight exercise points positioned along the Strand promenade. Or sign up with Picnic Bay or Arcadian Surf Life Saving Clubs for some real action. There are also 3 outrigging clubs positioned on the Strand - Townsville, Magnetic Island, and Coral Sea. The Townsville Sailing Club operates from the southern end of The Strand.


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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.

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. PIONEER PARK & ROSS RIVER

Riverway Drive, Thuringowa. The park provides recreational facilities and is a popular fishing location. RIVERWAY

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

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.

THE STRAND

RIVERWAY - RIVERWAY LAGOONS

DAN GLEESON MEMORIAL GARDENS

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. 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. TOWNSVILLE PALMETUM

Where: University Road, Douglas. Facilities: Toilets, botanical displays, tourist information, selected art exhibitions and Café are

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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. 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. 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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HERITAGE TRAILS HERITAGE TRAILS OF TOWNSVILLE HERITAGE TRAILS OF TOWNSVILLE OF TOWNSVILLE

Townsville’s heritage walking trails are a must do for anybody who Townsville’s heritage walking trails are a must do for anybody who wants to experience the city’s diversity of historical architecture, wants to experience diversityarray of historical architecture, lush tropical gardensthe andcity’s impressive of natural attractions. lush tropical gardens and impressive array of natural attractions. The walks are filled with interpretive information and hundreds The walks are filled with interpretive information and hundreds of pictorial opportunities to get to know the real Townsville. of pictorial opportunities to get to know the real Townsville. The walking trails will acquaint you with social and cultural The walking trails will acquaint you with social and cultural experiences that create lifetime memories. experiences that create lifetime memories.

FLINDERS STREET FLINDERS STREET

along the Civic Pride or Early Townsville Trails. along the Civic Pride or Early Townsville Trails.

The trails are composed of three parts: a hand held brochure, The trails are composed of three parts: a hand held brochure, building markers and interpretive trail signage. building markers and interpretive trail signage.

Brochures are available at various outlets including Townsville Brochures are available at various outlets including Townsville information centres, the CityLibraries Flinders Street Branch and information centres, the CityLibraries Flinders Street Branch and the front counter of the Townsville City Council, Planning Services the front counter of the Townsville City Council, Planning Services Allow half an hour for a brisk walk or longer for a leisurely stroll at the Walker Street Administration building. Allow half an hour for a brisk walk or longer for a leisurely stroll at the Walker Street Administration building.

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HERITAGE TRAILS

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FLINDERS ERSSTREE FLIND STREETTEAST EAST ANZAC PARK 1905

TRAIL 2. >> EARLY TOWNSVILLE

Townsville was established on the banks of a crocodile infested mangrove creek to serve pastoral development in the hinterland. the city’s city’s earliest ‘heart ofof the city’ . .. Reveals the city’s earliest earliestport-related port-relatedcommercial commercialprecinct precinctinin inthe theoriginal original ‘heart of the city’ Reveals port-related commercial precinct the original ‘heart the city’ The opening of large tracts of northern grazing land after 1861 led to the The walk walkoftraces traces 1880’s transformation of Street single storey timber traces the 1880’sthat transformation ofthe the Flinders StreetEast Eastprecinct precinctfrom from single storey timber development coastalthe harbours had good access to Flinders inland pastoral The the 1880’s transformation of the Flinders Street East precinct from single storey timber structures into into one ected and function ofof these buildings structures into one one and andtwo twostorey storeymasonry masonrybuildings. buildings.Refl Refl ectedinin inthe thefabric fabric and function of these buildings holdings. structures and two storey masonry buildings. Refl ected the fabric and function these buildings are glimpses of Townsville’s early character and development. are glimpses glimpses of ofTownsville’s Townsville’s early early character character and and development. development. are John Melton Black, general manager for Robert Towns & Co’s interests in North The walk walk also includes regional Reef HQ the Tropical Queensland. The walkaddressed also includes includes regional attractions Reef HQ and theMuseum Museumofof of Tropical Queensland. Queensland, the need for aattractions landing place closer toand Towns’ pastoral The also regional attractions Reef HQ and the Museum Tropical Queensland. leases. He sent Andrew Ball and Mark Watt 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

ROSS CREEK 1906

TRAIL 2. >> EARLY TOWNSVILLE TRAIL 3. >> SOUTH TOWNSVILLE & PORT

Reveals the city’s earliest port-related commercial precinct in the original ‘heart of the city’. Tells the story of the relationship between the industrial and the residential aspects of this working class The walkFrom traces 1880’s transformation of known the Flinders Street East precinct fromforsingle storey suburb. its the earliest days, Ross Island, now as South Townsville, was a hub industry and timber many structures one andworked two storey Reflected in the fabric and function of these buildings men frominto the suburb at themasonry port andbuildings. in associated industries. are glimpses of Townsville’s early character and development. The early architecture of the suburb reflects its social make-up whilst numerous pubs provide a snapshot of the The walk also includes regional attractions Reef HQ and the Museum of Tropical Queensland. daily social interaction between wharfies, seamen, meatworkers and railway workers.

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MUSEUMS

Museum of Tropical Queensland

ARMY MUSEUM NORTH QUEENSLAND Where: Jezzine Barracks. Kissing Point. Mitchell Street, North Ward Open: Sunday, Wednesday, Friday 9am - 1pm (other times by arrangement) Phone: 07 4721 1495 or 07 4772 7276 The Army Museum of North Queensland is located within Jezzine Barracks, Kissing Point in Townsville. The Museum displays the proud Army history of units and personnel within the North Queensland area. The Museum houses weapons, uniforms, photographs and equipment from as far back as Colonial times through to the present day. Entry to the Museum is free. Donations are greatly appreciated. MARITIME MUSEUM Where: Palmer Street, South Townsville (Map Ref. 11. Page 42) Open: 7 days 10am - 3pm (excluding public holidays) 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 42) 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 at the Museum of Tropical Queensland. Located in the heart of Townsville, the Museum is filled with exhibitions to captivate visitors of all ages.

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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 immerse yourself in the interactive Colour: Secret Language of the Reef. 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: 27 Barbeler Street, Currajong (behind Hugh St. Ambulance Centre) Open: Monday to Friday 9am – 2.30pm 1st & 3rd Sunday of month 1.30pm – 3.30pm Phone: 4775 7838 Email: admin@townsvillemuseum.com.au Web: www.townsvillemuseum.com.au 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.


What’s On Regular Events July FULL MOON DRUM CIRCLE MONTHLY (weather permitting) Venue: Gregory Street Amphitheatre Time: 6pm - 7.30pm Contact: Alex: 0414 803 666 www.therhythmconnection.com COTTERS MARKETS Venue: Flinders Street, Townsville City (Between Stanley St and Denham St) Time: Every Sunday 8:30am to 1pm www.townsvillerotarymarkets.com.au

THE STRAND

WILLOWS ROTARY MARKETS Venue: Willows Shopping Centre, Thuringowa Time: Every Sunday 7:30am to 11:30am (Excl. Christmas and New Years) www.townsvillerotarymarkets.com.au COTTERS MARKETS STRAND NIGHT MARKETS May - December Venue: Strand Park, The Strand Time: 1st Friday of the month 5pm to 9:30pm (Except July & August - 2nd Friday) www.townsvillerotarymarkets.com.au NORTH SHORE MARKETS Venue: Main Street, North Shore Time: Saturdays 7am - 12.30noon www.northshoremarket.net.au RENEGADE HANDMADE MARKET Venue: Marian School, Cnr, Hugh and Corcoran Sts, Currajong Time: The 2nd Sunday of the month, 8am - 1pm www.facebook.com/morethanamarket/ about

FULL MOON DRUM CIRCLE

LABEL TRADERS MARKETS Venue: Mundingburra State School, 77 Ross River Rd, Mundingburra Time: 3rd Sunday of the month 8:30am to 1pm labeltraders@hotmail.com intownsville.com.au | 49


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April

MUSEUM OF TROPICAL QUEENSLAND Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous - Discounts for locals Until July 9th 2017 Venue: 70 – 102 Flinders St, Townsville Open daily 9.30am – 5pm Contact: 4726 0600

MAGNETIC ISLAND ADVENTURETHON 1 - 2 April Venue: Magnetic Island Contact: https://adventurethon.com.au/ events/magnetic-island/

OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA 1 March Venue: Riverway Arts Centre, 20 Village Boulevard, Thuringowa Time: 7.00pm - 10pm Contact: ticketshop@townsville.qld.gov.au RAAF TOWNSVILLE AVIATION HERITAGE CENTRE Major Exhibition - No.1 Wireless Unit Venue: RAAF Base, Ingham Rd, Townsville Open: Tues and Thurs 9.00am - noon, Sun 10 am - 3pm Contact: 4752 1712 SATURDAY CONCERTS AT ST JAMES First Saturday of every month Venue: St James Cathedral, Denham St Townsville Contact: 4771 2247

JULIA CREEK DIRT’N’DUST FESTIVAL 7 - 9 April Venue: Julia Creek, Outback Queensland Contact: 07 4779 6770 / dirtndust.com ANZAC DAY 25 April Venue: Cenotaph, Anzac Memorial Park The Strand MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL ROADSHOW 29 - 30 April, 7.30pm - 10pm Venue: Townsville Civic Theatre Contact: TicketShop on 4727 9797 ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL Sylvia Ditchburn Fine Art Gallery Venue: Shop 7 Metro Quays, 86 Ogden St, Townsville Open: 7 - 28 April, Tue-Fri 10-4, Sun 10-1pm www.sylviaditchburnfineartgallery.com

NRL ROUND 1 NQ Toyota Cowboys vs. Raiders Saturay 4 March 2017 Venue: 1300Smiles Stadium Contact: www.cowboys.com.au TOWNSVILLE CINEMA GROUP Screeenings recommence 7.15pm March 9th Venue: Warrina Cineplex 164, Dalrymple Rd, Currajong Contact: 4779 2815 www.cinemagroup.org.au

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May

July

2017 NORTH QUEENSLAND FESTIVAL OF ONE-ACT PLAYS 5 - 7 May 2017 Various times Venue: Riverway Arts Centre Contact: TicketShop on 4727 9797

V8 SUPERCARS TOWNSVILLE 400 7 - 9 July Venue: Reid Park Contact: v8supercars.com.au/townsville

TOWNSVILLE MS SWIMATHON 7 May Venue: Kokoda Memorial Pool, 41 Wellington Street, Mundingburra Contact: 3840 0828 BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL 12 May 2017 7pm - 12.50pm Venue: Townsville Civic Theatre Contact: TicketShop on 4727 9797 A FINE ROMANCE 16 - 17 May 2017 Venue: Townsville Civic Theatre Contact: TicketShop on 4727 9797 HERITAGE DAY - TOWNSVILLE 21 May 2017 Venue: West End Park, 63 Ingham Road, West End Contact: 1300 878 001 / https://whatson. townsville.qld.gov.au/events/heritage-day

MY COUNTRY, I STILL CALL AUSTRALIA HOME: CONTEMPORARY ART FROM BLACK QUEENSLAND 14 July - 27 August, 10am - 5pm Venue: Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Corner Denham St & Flinders St, Townsville Contact: 4727 9011 AUSTRALIAN FESTIVAL OF CHAMBER MUSIC 28 July - 5 August Venue: Townsville Civic Theatre 41 Boundary Street, South Townsville Contact: 4771 4144, www.afcm.com.au STRAND EPHEMERA 2017 28 July - 6 August Venue: The Strand, Townsville Contact: 4727 9011 STRAND EPHEMERA

August HERITAGE DAY - TOWNSVILLE

June

August

TOWNSVILLE ECO FIESTA 4 June 2017 Venue: RAAF Base, Ingham Rd, Townsville Open: 9.00am - 3pm Contact: 1300 878 001

HEAD IN THE CLOUDS: Artists: Ben Trupperbäumer, June Tupicoff and Ron McBurnie 25 August - 15 October, 10am - 5pm Venue: Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Corner Denham St & Flinders St, Townsville Contact: 4727 9011

AUSTRALIAN EXOTICA: AN MGA TRAVELLING EXHIBITION 16 June - 16 July Venue: Gallery 20 Village Boulevard, Thuringowa Central Contact: 4773 8871

SEALINK MAGNETIC ISLAND RACE WEEK 31 August - 5 September Venue: Around Magnetic Island Contact: 4771 4144, www.afcm.com.au intownsville.com.au | 51


ART GALLERIES

DESIGNS BY COTTERS 390 Flinders Street, Townsville Open: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm, Sat 9am - 1pm, Sun 8am - 1pm Phone: 0458 735 447, www.urbancotters.net GALLERY 48 2/48 The Strand, North Ward Open: Wed & Sat 12 noon - 5pm, Phone: 4724 4898 www.gallery48thestrand.com KAYLENNE CREIGHTON GALLERY Corner Howitt & Rose St, North Ward Open: Thur - Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-2pm or by appointment Phone: 4724 1106, kaylennecreighton.com.au

Strand Ephemera artwork 2015

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MO’S ART GALLERY & TOWNSVILLE WATERCOLOUR GROUP 2/14 Anderson Street, Railway Estate Open: Wednesdays (or by appointment) From 3rd Wednesday in January to 2nd Wednesday in December Phone: 4724 2742 NQ POTTERS WORKSHOP NQ Potters workshop at 15 Flowers Street, Railway Estate. Fully equipped workspace for members, classes and workshops. Phone: 4772 3458 for more info. PERC TUCKER REGIONAL GALLERY Cnr Denham St & Flinders St Open: Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat & Sun 10am - 2pm Phone: 4727 9011 PINNACLES GALLERY Riverway Arts Centre, Thuringowa Central Open: Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm Phone: 4773 8871 STOCKLAND POP-UP SHOP Stockland Shopping Centre, opp. Best & Less Open: Monday-Sunday from 10am


SYLVIA DITCHBURN FINE ART Shop 7, Metro Quays, 86 Ogden Street, Townsville Open: Tues - Fri 10am - 4pm, Sun 10am - 1pm Phone: 4724 3953 www.sylviaditchburnfineartgallery.com THE DRILL HALL STUDIO 27 Mitchell Street, North Ward Open: W  eekdays 9am - 5pm, weekends 9am - 4pm (Closed Easter weekend) Phone: 4721 2634 TOWNSVILLE ART SOCIETY Hut 25, Jezzine Barracks, Mitchell St, North Ward Open: Monday - Sunday 10am - 4pm Phone: ‘Art at Jezzine’ 4771 3484 TYTO REGIONAL ART GALLERY 73-75 McIlwraith St, TYTO Wetlands Precinct, Ingham Open: Mon - Sun 10am - 4pm Phone: 4776 4725 UMBRELLA STUDIO 482 Flinders Street, Townsville Open: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm, Sun 9am - 1pm Phone: 4772 7109, www.umbrella.org.au

Original art, decorative arts & craft for sale at

‘Art at Jezzine’ Eftpos facilities available

Open daily from 10am to 4pm Jezzine Barracks, Mitchell St, North Ward

Phone 4771 3484

www.townsvilleartsocietyinc.org.au Email: tasarts@bigpond.com

GALLERY

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Contemporary Visual Arts from the tropics and art collections

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TOWNSVILLE’S ISLAND PLAYGROUND 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.

Huntingfiel Bay Rollingstone Bay

West Point

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.

The more observant visitor should be able to spot most of the 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 Sealink, 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.

Magnetic Jet Ski Tours

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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.

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WELCOME TO MAGNETIC ISLAND

Picnic Bay

Nelly Bay is the main access point for transport into Magnetic Island. The people mover Sealink, transfer hundreds of tourists and locals daily to this point where buses, taxis, mokes, scooters, and bikes disperse their passengers onto all the other many busy locations found on the island. The car and passenger ferry, Fantasea also docks next to the terminal. As you step off the ferry and pass through the modern terminal, within walking distance you will find shops including an ice-cream shop, supermarket, cafés, bottle shop, pharmacy, hairdresser, service station, real estate, photo shop, travel agency, and car/ moke/scooter hire. Walking tracks winding up through the hills start or end here. These walks may take a little while to complete so be prepared with water, sunscreen, good shoes etc. 56 | Mar 2017 - Aug 2017

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Picnic Bay is now the most tranquil of the bays. It is well worth a stroll along the old jetty; now that there are no ferries, the fish life abounds, turtles are frequent visitors and occasionally you may see a shy dugong come round the point from Cockle Bay. Have a game of golf at the island’s only golf couse. The views are breathtaking so you won’t be in any hurry to finish the course. You’ll have plenty of company as the course is home to all sorts of wildlife including wallabies, curlews and koalas who all enjoy watching a casual game of holiday makers. Head along the western track to discover West Point. An ideal fishing spot and a chance to escape from everyone.


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Visit beautiful Magnetic Island! Take in the stunning views while cruising on Magnetic Island’s only passenger and car ferry. With eight return trips daily, we welcome you aboard as we make our way to Magnetic Island where you can enjoy magnificent weather, azure waters, brilliant beaches, fascinating flora and fauna, fine food and wines, and activities almost too numerous to mention. Loading commences 20 minutes before departure. Vehicle bookings essential. Simply book online at

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MUST DO ON THE ISLAND >N  avigate your way around the island by road, or learn more about island life on a tour >E  xplore the walking tracks through the National Park > Take the Forts Walk to spot a koala, see the World War II ruins and the amazing view of the Coral Sea >O  bserve the rock wallabies at Geoffrey Bay in Arcadia > Snorkel the fringing reef surrounding the island >C  uddle a koala or kiss a croc at Bungalow Bay Koala Village > Visit the local artists and art galleries >T ake the 4WD road and picnic at secluded West Point > Sail  or charter a boat around the island to discover it’s 23 hidden bays > Test your fitness level or just have fun with a great selection of water sports at Horseshoe Bay >S  top at Horseshoe Bay, West Point or the end of Picnic Bay Jetty and catch a brilliant sunset

> Climb the island’s spectacular rocky outcrops >B  ack a toad at the weekly cane toad races on Wednesday nights at Hotel Arcadia >G  rab a bargain at one of 3 markets - Friday nights at the RSL Club, on the second and last Sunday of the month from January to Easter, with extra markets during school holidays at Horseshoe Bay. > Take in a cabaret dinner at Stage Door Theatre Restaurant >P  lay a round of golf at the Picnic Bay Country Club > Test out the greens at the Magnetic Island Bowling Club >G  allop from the bush to the Coral Sea on horseback >S  ee the island from the air with the Red Baron or take a helicopter ride > Try a bush tucker breakfast at Bungalow Bay Koala Village > Watch the yachts racing in Magnetic Island’s Race Week

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Timetable Day

Depart Townsville

Depart Magnetic Is.

Mon-Sat* Mon-Sun* Mon-Sun Mon-Sun Mon-Sun Mon-Sun Mon-Sun Mon-Sun Mon-Sun Mon-Sun Mon-Sun Mon-Sun Mon-Fri* Mon-Sun Mon-Sun Mon-Sun Mon-Sun Fri-Sat*

5.30 am 6.30 am 7.05 am 7.45 am 8.45 am 9.30 am 10.30 am 11.30 am 12.55 pm 2.15 pm 3.45 pm 4.30 pm 5.20 pm 6.00 pm 7.15 pm 9.00 pm 10.30 pm 11.30 pm

6.20 am 7.10 am 7.50 am 8.25 am 9.25 am 10.15 am 11.10 am 12.15 pm 1.35 pm 3.00 pm 4.25 pm 5.10 pm 5.55 pm 6.40 pm 7.45 pm 9.30 pm 11.00 pm 12.00 am

*These services not Operating on Public Holidays Check Website for Christmas and NYE timetables

18 trips. 20 minutes. Your quickest link www.sealinkqld.com.au

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Magnetic Island ferry Monday to Friday Depart Townsville

Depart Magnetic Is.

5.20am*^ 6.15am* 7.10am 8.05am 9.00am 9.55am 10.45am 11.40am^ 12.35pm 1.25pm 2.40pm 3.30pm 4.25pm 5.15pm 6.05pm 6.55pm Saturday and Sunday

^ Limited availability Thursday only * Not operating public holidays * Not operating Saturday except during QLD School holidays

Depart Townsville

Depart Magnetic Is.

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

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

Book online at

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Jet Skiing at Horseshoe Bay

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 out a paddle board, a jet ski. Water ski around the island or hire a yacht and sail through 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 with rental transport vehicle, 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.

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ADVENTURE: ISLAND STYLE

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 with Jet Ski Hire for the family or cut loose on your own. Go for a wild tube ride or water ski. Discover nature from the sea on a stand-up paddle board. 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. MAGNETIC JET (ADRENALIN JET SKI TOURS) Magnetic Jet 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 have a flexible timetable. The scenery and rock formations will blow you away, chance encounters with the local wildlife will certainly make your day. The stability and power of LUXURY 4-stroke personal watercraft is sure to leave a lasting impression. Total exhilaration; either the 3 hour Circumnavigation or the 90min 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 are highly recommended, families welcome. Phone Pete or Sharon 4778 5533 or AH 0407 785 533. (See back cover.)


Car Hire

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• Auto and manual available

• Unlimited KMs included

• Open top or with a roof

• Fuel & insurance included

• Free pick up and drop off from anywhere on the island

• Family cars available • Free child seats if required

Explore Westpoint and Radical Bay, the hidden gems of the island only accessible by 4WD

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Arcadia Beach Guest House & Car Hire

Kayaking

Beachfront Location FROM $35

• Self-contained beachfront house • King bed air-con en-suites • Private air-con rooms • Budget air-con rooms • Safari Glamping Tents • Ocean Views • Kitchens • Pool Table • Swimming Pool • BBQ & Pizza Oven • Laundry Facilities

27 Marine Parade, Arcadia, Magnetic Island Email: info@arcadiabeachguesthouse.com.au www.arcadiabeachguesthouse.com.au

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Set on 10 acres of peaceful tropical gardens, plenty of room for the whole family, or a quiet relaxing getaway by yourself. Enjoy our large swimming pool, tennis courts, & free BBQ, & mingle with the wildlife. 61- 79 Mandalay Ave, NELLY BAY PHONE (07) 4778 5200

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ISLAND WALKS

The Forts Walk

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.

HORSESHOE BAY LAGOON Distance: 200m return Time: 15mins 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.

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.

HORSESHOE BAY TO BALDING AND RADICAL BAYS Distance: 3.4km return Time: 60mins 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.

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 - 6km return Time: 30mins - 2 hours return Starting from the Forts carpark, an easy track leads down to these undeveloped bays, which provide excellent swimming and snorkelling.

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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, a gelato or coffee 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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BURDEKIN SHIRE

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Burdekin River Bridge

TASTE THE SWEET LIFE IN THE BURDEKIN

Just one hour’s drive south of Townsville is the Burdekin Shire - sugar capital of Australia, fishing mecca, bird watching paradise and traditional homeland of the Bindal and Juru Aboriginal people.

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Based around the twin towns of Ayr and Home Hill, the district includes over a dozen other smaller centres and is as famous for its rich, flat farmlands as it is for its amazing waterways and scenic beauty. The Burdekin maintains a healthy reputation for its friendly residents, great specialty stores and laidback lifestyle. As producer of the biggest and sweetest sugar cane in the country, the Burdekin is also one of the only cane growing regions left in Australia where cane is burnt before harvest. These magnificent cane fires light up the skies every evening between June and December and have become a tourist attraction in their own right. The region is alive with events with few weekends having nothing planned. Coming up we have the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships, Burdekin Growers Race Day, Burdekin Show, Flavours of the World, Burdekin Water Festival and Home Hill Harvest Festival to name a few. Check the events listings at www.burdekin.qld.gov.au to see what’s happening in the region. The Burdekin is also home to a flourishing aquaculture industry. Pacific Reef Fisheries breed award-winning sashimi grade fish and high-quality tiger prawns which are exported to top restaurants around the nation. Fantastic fishing is on offer in the estuaries and waterways of the fertile Burdekin Delta. Fishing tours are available to catch barramundi, mud crabs, prawns, mangrove jack and a host of other estuary species. The Burdekin’s magnificent wetlands are home to an amazing array of bird life, some of which are unique to the area. Bird watchers shouldn’t miss the chance to visit Horseshoe Lagoon or Lilliesmere Lagoon. The Burdekin River Bridge, which links Ayr and Home Hill, is the district’s best-known landmark. Known as the Silver Link, the 1103m crossing is the only bridge in Australia built without a solid footing and is longer than the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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Cane burn at night

UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES • Walk across the landmark Burdekin River Bridge • Witness the fiery beauty of a cane fire • Sample the fashions of our independent boutiques • Take a barramundi fishing tour • Dive the world-famous S.S. Yongala shipwreck • Enjoy the unspoilt beauty of Alva Beach • Take in panoramic views from Mt Inkerman • Visit Ashworth’s Treasures of the Earth Gallery & Ayr Nature Display • See Gubulla Munda, the giant carpet snake sculpture at Plantation park • See Giant Cane Cutters Statues at the former Home Hill Showgrounds

BURDEKIN VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Plantation Park, AYR. Phone 07 4783 5988

BURDEKIN GATEWAY VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Railway Avenue, HOME HILL. Phone 07 4782 8241 For more information on the Burdekin, visit www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or find us on facebook www.facebook.com/burdekintourism


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PALUMA

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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

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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.

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BALGAL BEACH & ROLLINGSTONE

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Frosty Mango RD ACH 12km P BE CAM HEN

Fishermans Landing Stinger Enclosure (Nov - May)

Boat Ramp & Pontoon

Balgal Beach Holiday Units

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BALGAL BEACH MARKETS Venue: Fishermans Landing, Balgal Beach Time: The third Saturday of the month Fruit & veges, homemade cakes, preserves, arts & crafts, plants, homemade soaps, lotions & oils, books and bric-a-brac. Phone: 4770 7227

Rollingstone Beach Caravan Resort

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A beachside community with plenty to offer, Balgal Beach is the ideal location for a day trip or holiday. The beach has many attractions and includes a swimming enclosure during marine stinger season from November to May, licensed café and store, coffee shop, 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 and pontoon. 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, 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.

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Crystal Creek

Pure Fruit Juice & Homemade Icecream made from Real Tropical Fruits

OPEN 7 Days 8am-6pm Ph: 4770 8184

4770 7296

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what’s on... @ tyto.com.au mini Museum

03 MAR to 01 APR 2017 Retrospective Exhibition 'Sense and Soul of Place' by Dr Barbara Cheshire and 'On the Wild Side' by Daryl Dickson Open daily, 10am - 4pm TYTO Regional Art Gallery

31st Battalion - The Kennedy Regiment Museum A unique exhibition of Nationally recognised heritage. Open daily, 10am - 4pm Located at TYTO within the Hinchinbrook Shire Library

HINCHINBROOK

MARKET DAY

APRIL - SEPTEMBER First Thursday of the month 8.30am - 1.30pm TYTO Parklands

Artist in Residence

Kate Carr - The Mosaic Way

TASMAN TURTLE'S PICNIC DAY

Visitors are invited to interact with our artist-in-residence.

20 MAY, 11am - 4pm TYTO Parklands

04 APRIL - 22 JUNE TYTO Regional Art Gallery

07 APR to 30 APR 2017 The Matchbox Show and Ingham Community Kindergarten Open daily, 10am - 4pm TYTO Regional Art Gallery

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"GREAT FAMILY FUN”

Camerata Award winning chamber orchestra, sharing the pure joy of making music 9 MAY, 5.00pm - 6.30pm TYTO Amphitheatre


TYTO

TYTO is the eclectic, the unexpected; where the discovery of art, culture, nature and knowledge unfolds. It is a place of inspiration that honours, in name, the endangered Tyto Capensis Owl. TYTO is so much more than a wetland‌ Year round it plays host to a fusion of events, activities, workshops and tours. A perfect place to while away an hour or a day. A serene one hour drive north of Townsville, in the heart of Hinchinbrook ‌ TYTO is the ideal way to take time out.

TYTO INFORMATION AND WETLANDS CENTRE Corner Bruce Highway and Cooper St, Ingham Open: Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm, Sat-Sun 9am - 4pm Phone: 4776 4792 | www.tyto.com.au visitTYTO

TYTO WETLANDS Immerse yourself in nature and discover the unique flora and fauna that inhabits the TYTO Wetlands.

APRIL - SEPTEMBER Last Sunday of the month 4.30pm - 6.30pm TYTO Amphitheatre

Self guided or guided tours available. Contact TYTO Information and Wetlands Centre for more information.

SUGAR TRACKS A journey that brings to life a yesteryear that shaped the great pioneering cane community of Hinchinbrook. Self guided or guided tours available. Contact TYTO Information and Wetlands Centre for more information. All dates and times are correct at time of printing. For up to date information please see the TYTO facebook page or the website. All listings subject to change without notice.

4776 4792 TYTO is owned and operated by Hinchinbrook Shire Council

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The Overlander’s Way is rich MIDDLETON with authentic heritage experiences that are linked together. WINTON 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.

JULIA CREEK VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

KRONOSAURUS KORNER, RICHMOND Discover the fascinating pre-historic evidence of when Richmond was once part of the ancient inland sea.

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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.


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attractions and activities on offer and assist you with plenty of accommodation options available. You will be amazed at the historical significance of the region, its prominence in Australia’s gold mining and military story, the stunning architecture that has been authentically preserved and the thriving lifestyle enjoyed by 9,000 residents in the town area. See, feel and live a world of difference in the Charters Towers region, your gateway to the outback, only 90minutes drive from Queensland’s stunning coastline around Townsville. Charters Towers - “The World” as it is affectionately known – is big on history and character. Today the pace is a little less hectic than the heady gold rush days with visitors able to explore the rich heritage of Charters Towers in their own time and not a traffic light to be seen! Your first stop should be the Charters Towers Visitor Information Centre staffed with local volunteers who are very keen to point you towards the many Ravenswood

On your way, take a step back in time and explore the heritage listed gold mining town of Ravenswood. Only 83km from Charters Towers or 130km from Townsville, you can visit a plethora of historic buildings including two original hotels, the Railway Hotel and the Imperial Hotel, still in full operation. See the historic Court House and discover stories about the people who made Ravenswood. There any many original buildings that still operate - the general store, a church with its own special ghost story, private miners’ cottages and the school buildings, to name a few. Ask for your Heritage Walking Trails map at the Courthouse or Thorp’s Building and get ready to feel the significant history of this small township come alive as you wander leisurely around the area. You will be surprised at how much there is to see and do in the Charters Towers region, on guided and self-guided tours discovering the outback beauty of the natural environment and the historical attributes and services in the built environment. So, make sure you allow plenty of time in your itinerary to explore, see, feel and live the hidden secrets that are waiting here for you.

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FLINDERS DISCOVERY CENTRE, HUGHENDEN

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Meet ‘Hughie’ a life sized skeletal Muttaburrasaurus Porcupine Gorge light and sound show Shearing the Stragglers Exquisite fossil & gem display Excellent souvenir shop Local and regional tourist information Open 7 days 9.00am - 5.00pm (Closed some public holidays) 37 Gray Street, Hughenden Qld 4821 P: (07) 4741 2970 E: info@flinders.qld.gov.au www.visithughenden.com.au

HUGHENDEN Welcome to the Flinders Shire, with over 41,000 km² of diverse landscapes and history dating back over 100 million years. Hughenden is situated on the edge of a vast pre-historic inland sea, once home to many terrestrial dinosaurs as well as marine reptiles, making this area well known as ‘Dinosaur Country’. Flinders Shire also encompasses the smaller communities of Prairie, Torrens Creek and Stamford. First stop when arriving in Hughenden is to the Flinders Discovery Centre. The Centre is open seven days a week from 9.00am to 5.00pm and closed on some public holidays and through the hotter months, weekend hours are shortened. The staff at the Centre will direct you to all the points of Interest in the Shire. Hughenden’s biggest attraction in Porcupine Gorge National Park, known as Australia’s ‘Little Grand Canyon’ 73km north of Hughenden. Camp bookings are essential before arriving which can be done at the Flinders Discovery Centre or phone 13 74 68 (24 hours, 7 days).

JULIA CREEK Julia Creek is located 650km west of Townsville on the route to the Northern Territory known as the Overlander’s Way. The first stop to discover the character, history and the land is the accredited Visitor Information Centre known as ‘At the Creek’ located on the corner of Burke and Julia Streets. The latest attraction at the centre ‘Beneath the Creek’ provides a hands-on interactive journey through the many facets of life in the McKinlay Shire. Make sure you’re there for the daily dunnart feedings. This attraction offers a great selection of travel information brochures, maps and an array of souvenirs that can only be found in Julia Creek. Staffed by friendly locals, the centre provides information on where to eat, stay and shop or to assist you with a travel booking. Julia Creek has a free camping area for self-sufficient RVs for 96 hours. From April to September, the Julia Creek Caravan Park hosts Bush Dinners every Monday night. All are welcome to attend this unforgettable meal beneath a blanket of stars.

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‘At the Creek’ Julia Creek Visitor Information Centre 34 Burke St, JULIA CREEK, Ph: 07 4746 7690 E: tourism@mckinlay.qld.gov.au www.atthecreek.com.au Follow us on Facebook JuliaCreekVisitorInformationCentre Follow us on Instgram @juliacreekqld


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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.

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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 heritage-listed 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.queensland.com/Explore-Queensland/ Outback-Queensland or see the nearest Information Centre.

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It’s what lies beneath

The Great Inland Sea which once covered the Richmond landscape with 40 metres of water, has left a story of marine creatures and the Cretaceous period of the earth’s evolution. Visiting Richmond is an unforgettable, prehistoric adventure where you can go fossil hunting for some of the

most awe-inspiring marine creatures of all time and investigate Australia’s premier marine fossil museum, Kronosaurus Korner. While in Richmond, don’t miss year round Barramundi fishing on Lake Fred Tritton, the Bush Tucker Garden and beautiful lakeside and historic town walks. Find us on Facebook Badge

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