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Townsville

North Queensland

Official Holiday and Travel Guide 2016 – 2018

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Welcome to Townsville North Queensland The best holidays are the ones that leave you feeling energised and alive. Townsville North Queensland gives you that feeling with a collection of destinations and attractions to spark everyone’s curiosity. Begin your exploration in Townsville City, the cultural capital of regional Australia. Explore a local art gallery, catch a theatre performance or immerse yourself in some of the best events Queensland has on offer. Relax with a stroll along The Strand. Enjoy ocean breezes and admire the views across to Magnetic Island and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Inside Regional Highlights

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Find Your Travel Style

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Our Fan Favourites

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Top Things To Do in Townsville

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Townsville City Map

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Arts, Culture, Performance

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Shopping and Museums

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Food 18 The Great Outdoors

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The Great Barrier Reef

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Islands of The Great Barrier Reef

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Caravan and Camping

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Attractions 30 Magnetic Island

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Charters Towers

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Hinchinbrook 40 Burdekin 42 Events 44 Places to Stay

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Special Deals

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Regional Map, Visitor Information Centres

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Don’t miss the remarkable Forts Walk on Magnetic Island: the best vantage point for wildlife, spectacular rocky coves and historic military sites. Feel the fervour of the gold rush with a trip to Charters Towers, try your hand at barramundi fishing in the mighty Burdekin River and explore ancient rainforests and awe-inspiring waterfalls in Hinchinbrook. Townsville North Queensland rewards your curiosity. Wander, ramble, peer and unearth, and you’ll leave with something more precious than gold: the feeling of being alive! On the cover: Topless Car on Magnetic Island Photo by @barekiwi This publication has been produced by Townsville Enterprise, Regional Tourism Organisation for Townsville North Queensland. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure content is current at time of print, Townsville Enterprise takes no responsibility for errors, changes or omissions.

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REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

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REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS Discover a collection of destinations and day trips just a short drive from the city centre of Townsville. Immerse yourself in the great outdoors, spoil yourself with boutique shopping, sample local produce or learn about the region’s military history in Townsville North Queensland.

Magnetic Island See page 32 Uncover a tropical island paradise surrounded by secluded bays, golden beaches and activities to excite everyone. Just a short 20 minute ferry ride from Townsville, Magnetic Island has the natural beauty and serenity of an untouched paradise within a thriving community. With over two-thirds of the Island classified as National Park, Magnetic Island offers an array of walking tracks to explore, and provides a haven for native wildlife including rock wallabies, possums, more than 100 different bird species and Northern Australia’s largest population of koalas living in the wild.

Charters Towers See page 36 Take a step back in time and discover the laid-back charm and elegance of Charters Towers, a whole different world where you can really live Australia’s story and see the Outback just 90 minutes inland from Townsville. Driving through the streets of Charters Towers is like viewing a living montage of Australian history and heritage. When gold was first discovered in Charters Towers in 1871, Charters Towers became a gold rush town and quickly grew to become the second largest town in Queensland. Today, you can really feel the history through the magnificent heritage buildings which are testament to the prosperity of years past. Visit the drivein cinema for an experience of an era of picture shows under the stars, pan for gold at the Miner’s Cottage, take in the views of the vast and stunning landscape from Towers Hill Lookout, enjoy a true outback encounter at Texas Longhorn Wagon Tours or take a guided walking or bus tour throughout the town.

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Hinchinbrook is a nature lover’s dream! Home of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest single drop waterfall, Wallaman Falls, Hinchinbrook Shire is also the southern gateway to the Wet Tropics World Heritage listed rainforests and provides awe-inspiring scenery around every corner. The town centre of Ingham is known for its large Italian community and is a popular place to taste authentic Italian cuisine as well as a diverse range of local produce. Enjoy boutique shopping within the town centre, take a walk along the TYTO Wetlands, see what birdlife you can spot or explore the region’s estuarine waterways, perfect for catching barramundi.

Burdekin See page 42 Famous for being the sugar capital of Australia, the Burdekin district is located about an hour’s drive south of Townsville. Nestled in the delta of the Burdekin River, its two popular townships – Ayr and Home Hill – are linked by the iconic Burdekin Bridge. The region produces the biggest sugar cane crops in the country, together with a diverse selection of vegetables and tropical fruits. Along the coast you will find Alva Beach, a popular launching spot for dive boats heading out to explore the SS Yongala shipwreck. This shipwreck has been ranked as one of the top 10 wreck dives in the world due to its abundant marine life and corals. The Burdekin region is also a popular spot for fishing and the town centre offers a number of great specialty stores.

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FIND YOUR TRAVEL STYLE

When I’m on holidays, you’ll find me…

Outdoors

My accommodation is… Hotel

While enjoying the pub, I’ll be…

My dining style is… Picnic on the beach

When I wake up…

At the pub

In total relaxation

Camping

Catching up with friends

I’m ready for an adventure

My idea of an adventure is…

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TURE LOVER NA You like to get the most from your holiday and enjoy being active while travelling. You love to get amongst the action and want activities to keep the kids entertained. Take a walk up Castle Hill and enjoy the amazing panoramic views, have a truly magical wildlife encounter while diving one of the world’s best wreck dives the SS Yongala, explore the regions many mountain bike trails or head out and enjoy a day of watersports at Magnetic Island’s Horseshoe Bay. Walk, ride or scoot your way along The Strand or play under the waterpark with the kids.

A day out includes… Enjoying a major event

Listening to the sound of waterfalls

Hiking, biking, kayaking... doing a bit of everything

You love to meet the local wildlife and discover nature’s special places. Wind down to island time and explore the wonders of Magnetic Island, explore the majestic Paluma rainforest and see what birdlife you can spot along the way, or head to Hinchinbrook to discover the awe-inspiring Wallaman Falls. Take the kids to explore Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium or cuddle a koala and marvel at a crocodile feeding at Billabong Sanctuary.

Meeting new people

Food and wine

I want to be… I want to sit back and enjoy the view

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Discovering the local history

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For you, holidays are an opportunity to meet new people, discover new communities and immerse yourself in the history that makes up who we are today. Hear firsthand from an ex-serviceman about the stories of Australia’s military past, imagine back to the days of the gold rush while fossicking in Charters Towers or spend the day enjoying one of the local art galleries and exhibitions.

You love to get amongst the vibrant city atmosphere and enjoy having all the creature comforts close at hand. Explore the inner city laneways and discover a collection of urban street art and culture. Enjoy a local brew at the Townsville Brewery and spoil yourself with a purchase from a boutique fashion store. Meander through the Sunday markets and try the fresh local produce for yourself. Wake to Australia’s best breakfast on Palmer Street or pop into a funky café for a coffee. Get amongst the live music scene, make a toast to your best holiday yet and party the night away on Flinders Street.

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OUR FAN FAVOURITES

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OUR FAN FAVOURITES Discover how visitors and locals explore Townsville North Queensland. If you have Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, simply use #townsvilleshines in your posts to share what you love about the region through photos and videos. Images shared with #townsvilleshines could be featured through Townsville North Queensland pages.

1 @thelucidlens “When you back up your 4x4 and this is the view.”

2 @colleencollective “Monday Morning – always paradise in the tropics.”

3 @broash_photography “More Rock Pool goodness.”

4 @emajudd “Happiness is: Coffee at Hoi Polloi Espresso Bar.” 5 @beachmooki “Floating in paradise.”

6 @bluegumnuts “#rainforest #paluma #townsville #townsvilleshines”

7 @laurenepbath “If you go to Townsville promise me that you’ll eat at Rambutan! It’s a “glam-packers” resort and the food is served pool side. We ate there twice and didn’t regret it! I rarely post food photos but this was too colorful and delish to resist!” 8 @melissafindley “A pastel sundown on Magnetic Island.”

9 @photography_byron_bay “Sunrise is pretty awesome from up here, 360 degree views from Mt Stuart in the west across to Magnetic Island in the east. Well worth the visit.” 10 @buddphotography “The cutest koala of the day.”

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Townsville

A vibrant and bustling city Begin your exploration of the Townsville North Queensland region in the thriving city of Townsville. Beneath the protective presence of Castle Hill, Townsville City combines federation architecture with sophisticated restaurants, accommodation and shopping like no other regional Queensland city. Enjoy alfresco dining, urban street art, coffee along the beachfront, vibrant night life in laneway bars and eateries, boutique shopping and explore the art, culture and entertainment which brings the city to life. Basking in more than 300 days of sunshine each year and surrounded by a myriad of natural wonders, Townsville is a nature lover’s paradise. Ideal for families, couples and friends to explore tropical islands, wetlands, the Great Barrier Reef, wet tropics rainforests and a glorious beachfront that’s complete with breathtaking views. No matter what your holiday style, Townsville offers you a diverse range of historical, military, outback, island, active and tranquil experiences.

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TOP THINGS TO DO IN TOWNSVILLE Castle Hill Just metres short of a mountain, Castle Hill is a perfect place for visitors to orientate themselves. As well as offering vehicle access, Castle Hill provides a number of popular walking tracks, which are frequented by more than 2,500 locals a day. The stunning panoramic views of Townsville and Magnetic Island from the top are well worth the journey. Be sure to have a camera on hand, particularly for sunrise or sunset as these are photo opportunities which shouldn’t be missed.

The Strand Immerse yourself in the Townsville way of life and discover The Strand, Townsville’s thriving beach foreshore. With a relaxed, yet energetic vibe, The Strand is bursting with activities to excite the whole family. The 2.5km walkway offers spectacular views across to Magnetic Island and is

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popular for runners, walkers and kids with bikes and scooters. Enjoy the ocean breeze with a meal at one of the restaurants or cafés. Alternatively, treat the whole family to a BBQ or beach picnic. With a number of fantastic playgrounds and the popular Water Park, The Strand will keep the kids entertained for hours. Share all your photographic memories using the free Wi-Fi offered right along The Strand.

Jezzine Barracks Jezzine Barracks holds special significance for the people of Townsville. The 15 hectare heritage precinct commemorates the military and Aboriginal heritage of the Kissing Point headland. Enjoy a scenic stroll along the walkways of Jezzine Barracks learning about the history of the site, visit the military museum for a deeper understanding of the region’s military significance or relax with a BBQ in the parkland.

Riverway Located in Townsville on the magnificent Ross River frontage, Riverway provides an exciting environment to enjoy a variety of water-based and waterfront activities. With two huge swimming lagoons, the Riverway Arts Centre, Pinnacles Gallery, the Riverwalk, public art, restaurants and parklands, there truly is so much to explore.


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There are more than 22,000 airline seats into Townsville each week with direct flights from Brisbane, Cairns, Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin, Bali, Papua New Guinea and a number of regional areas.

View of Magnetic Island, Castle Hill Townsville, North Queensland

#townsvilleshines Townsville’s CBD Townsville’s CBD is an ideal location for visitors to enjoy alfresco dining, boutique shopping and Sunday markets. The CBD is well connected with the Palmer Street dining and accommodation precinct and is also within walking distance of the popular beach foreshore, The Strand. Make the most of free Wi-Fi in Townsville Bulletin Square and pop in to see the friendly Volunteers at the Visitor Information Centre.

Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium

aquarium, Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium. Home to thousands of species of fish, leopard sharks, turtles and even Nemo, Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium provides an outstanding Great Barrier Reef experience through education, inspiration and entertainment. Find out more about Reef HQ on page 13.

your neck. Animal talks and feedings occur throughout the day – don’t forget your camera! Find out more about Billabong Sanctuary on page 6.

Museum of Tropical Queensland If you’ve ever wanted to fire a cannon, find out about life on board an old sailing ship or discover more about the rainforests and reefs, then add the Museum of Tropical Queensland to your Townsville itinerary. Discover the Museum’s family-friendly exhibitions and displays which explore life in the tropics from prehistoric times to modern day. Find out more on page 16.

Billabong Sanctuary Explore the magical wonders of the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet, at the world’s largest coral reef

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On the outskirts of the city, Billabong Sanctuary is an interactive wildlife park set in 11 hectares of wilderness. Hold a koala, cuddle a wombat, smile at a crocodile or wrap a python around

Tour Townsville Satisfy your curiosity and discover the hidden secrets of Townsville North Queensland with Tour Townsville. Spend the day learning about Australia’s military past from an ex-serviceman with incredible knowledge, passion and stories to share of Townsville North Queensland’s historical and military past. Enjoy a tour of the city and discover some of the best places to take in inspiring views. Find out more on page 16.

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Visit beautiful Magnetic Island! Take in the stunning views while cruising on Magnetic Island’s only vehicle and walk-on ferry.

FREE parking & FREE Wi-Fi!

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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Immerse yourself in arts, culture and performance As the cultural capital of regional Australia, Townsville’s cultural and performing arts scene is part of the fabric of community life, with a variety of acts, live shows and exhibitions regularly presented throughout the city’s creative spaces and galleries. Award winning events including the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and Strand Ephemera – the North’s Sculpture Festival, attract visitors from across the globe.

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Experience world-leading chamber musicians in the tropical winter warmth of Townsville, North Queensland. Enjoy exclusive performances, a friendly and informal atmosphere and nine days of memorable concerts.

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Local live music

Townsville’s inner city laneways, warehouses and buildings are a stage for a vibrant collection of urban street art. See how many pieces of artwork you can spot on your next visit.

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Strand Ephemera artwork on The Strand

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ARTS, CULTURE AND PERFORMANCE Townsville Civic Theatre

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

The Townsville Civic Theatre is Townsville North Queensland’s premier cultural facility. The Theatre offers performances in dance, music, opera, comedy and drama from major Australian companies while international and national artists complement the work of local performing arts organisations.

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery is Townsville’s premier regional art gallery located in the city heart in Flinders Street, offering a dynamic range of local, national and international exhibitions complemented by workshops and programs. Free admission.

Riverway Arts Centre Riverway Arts Centre entwines the arts, leisure and the natural environment to showcase new and unique experiences for all. Free admission.

Dancenorth Dancenorth is one of Australia’s leading contemporary dance theatre companies that experiments with all art forms to create immersive and dynamic dance experiences. The company hosts productions and special events throughout the year.

Pinnacles Gallery Pinnacles Gallery at Riverway is a public space with a dynamic blend of local and touring exhibitions often with an edgy theme. Free admission.

Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts is an exhibition art gallery and studio space which drives innovation, invites experimentation, encourages excellence and inspires appreciation for contemporary visual arts. The Studio hosts a variety of exhibitions throughout the year. Free admission.

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Spoil yourself and shop ‘til you drop!

The Cotters Markets Flinders Street, Townsville

Shopaholics are spoilt for choice in Townsville with five major shopping precincts – the Central Business District, Domain Central, Castletown Shopping World, Stockland Townsville and Willows Shopping Centre. Visitors can find local fashion boutiques located in and around the CBD, as well as on Palmer, Flinders and Gregory Streets. Townsville is also home to popular retailer Myer at Stockland, perfect for those looking for the latest fashions. Craft and farmers markets are regularly held throughout the region, with fresh produce, homemade sweets, plants, flowers, clothing and crafts available.

Discover the region’s rich history

Military bunkers at Cape Pallarenda, Townsville

Townsville offers a number of museums showcasing the rich history and stories of the region. As well as the award winning Museum of Tropical Queensland, other museums include the Maritime Museum, the Townsville Military Museum, the Townsville Royal Australian Air Force Museum, Townsville Museum and Historical Society and the National Heritage Trust Centre.

Did you know? Townsville is entrenched with a rich military history and is now home to the country’s largest Army Barracks.

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Uncover a foodie haven Whether you are seeking Australia’s best breakfast, a vibrant evening atmosphere or you just want a simple and relaxing picnic with an awe-inspiring view, Townsville offers dining options to tempt everyone’s taste buds.

Travel tip Head to the local markets for some of the region’s freshest produce and pack a picnic to enjoy in one of these favourite locations: The Strand | Wallaman Falls | Paluma Riverway | Northern Beaches | Jezzine Barracks

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Dine at Townsville’s award-winning restaurants.

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FOOD Palmer Street

Cannon Park

City Lane

Located on the city’s south bank, Palmer Street captures the essence of international cuisine and is a prime location to start your night, or day, boasting award winning restaurants for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Whether you desire Indian, Italian, French, Mexican, modern Australian or locally caught seafood, this is Townsville’s premier eating strip.

Located a short distance from the Riverway precinct and 1300 Smiles Stadium – home of the North Queensland Cowboys – Cannon Park offers diners a range of cuisine and a social atmosphere. You can catch a live show at Riverway Arts Centre, see a movie at the cinemas, challenge your friends at tenpin bowling or have a pint at the local Irish pub.

The dining scene in Townsville North Queensland has come alive with Townsville’s first creative laneway precinct. Offering a variety of dining options, City Lane on Flinders Street is a sophisticated, New York inspired precinct complete with street art, funky décor and an atmosphere to match.

Gregory Street and The Strand

Flinders Street

The alfresco dining and proximity to the beach makes Gregory Street and The Strand the perfect stop for a meal. Spoil yourself with a delicious gelato or have a relaxing drink at one of the restaurants or bars found along The Strand. Gregory Street is also home to several boutique shopping outlets and is the perfect spot to enjoy some retail therapy after a bite to eat.

Revellers looking to keep the party going after dinner should look no further than the inner city. Flinders Street boasts an eclectic mix of restaurants, nightclubs, pubs and cocktail bars. Flinders Street East buzzes with a lively atmosphere with patrons enjoying cocktails, tapas and dancing the night away in the nightclubs.

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Central Village For a fun family night out, why not catch the latest movie at the cinema followed by dinner and a Max Brenner chocolate treat at Central Village. This new dining precinct offers a collection of sidewalk cafés and alfresco dining.


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Essentially Fresh

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Essentially Fresh gourmet deli provides a large range of Australian and imported cheeses, small goods (including ham off the bone), olives, gourmet ready-made meals, coffee and local and organic fresh fruit and vegetables.

Enjoy some of the best dining options Townsville has to offer at The Ville Resort–Casino’s award-winning restaurants. From buffet meals, delicious coffee and cakes through to contemporary dining and late night snacks, we have something for everyone.

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Herveys Range Heritage Tea Rooms “Head for the hills, Taste the History.” A scenic 25 minute drive from Willows Shoppingtown; enjoy breakfast, lunch, scones, sweets, tea and coffee (including the rare Kopi Luwak) in our heritage listed building or spacious gardens. Licensed. Open daily 9am – 4pm.

07 4778 0199 37 Thornton Gap Road Hervey Range Qld 4817

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4 Melvilles Entertainment Melvilles, “Where the Outback meets the City” in the pituresque foothills of Mt Elliott. Melvilles hosts special events, bi-monthly bull rides, functions, corporate dinners and weddings... any style event. Friday night woodfired pizza. Details on Facebook/website.

07 4778 8388 45 Alligator Creek Road, Alligator Creek Qld 4810

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Explore the great outdoors

Wallaman Falls, Hinchinbrook

Embark on a journey to explore the Townsville North Queensland region’s rugged ranges, botanic gardens, majestic rainforests and tranquil sandy beaches. Active travellers can enjoy a range of walking and cycling tracks, while those who wish to unwind and relax will discover some special places.

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Camping sites managed by National Parks can now be booked online at parks.nprsr.qld.gov.au/permits/ or by phoning 13 74 68

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WALLAMAN FALLS Girringun National Park Distance from Townsville CBD – 137km North (approximately 2 hour travel time) Explore a unique place where lush rainforests and an awe-inspiring waterfall meet the drier tropical savannah of Mount Fox. Girringun National Park is home to some of the oldest rainforests on earth and a number of endangered plants and animals. This is also where you will discover Wallaman Falls, the largest permanent, single-drop waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere. At 268m high, this is a spectacular sight not to be missed!

Keep a sharp eye out to see if you can spot platypus, eastern water dragon and saw-shelled turtles in the creeks and crimson rosellas, golden whistlers and bandicoots around the Wallaman Falls camping area.

This 45 minute walk begins at the day use area of Wallaman Falls and explores the banks of Stony Creek. Djyinda Walk 3.2km return | Grade: moderate Allow approximately 2 hours for this spectacular walk which leads from the lookout to the base of Wallaman Falls. Be prepared for a steep slope and unstable surfaces and enjoy the dramatic sounds of the nearby waterfall.

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Camping Camping is available at Stony Creek but is not suitable for caravans or camper trailers.

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PALUMA Distance from Townsville CBD – 90.7km North (approximately 1 hour 30min travel time) Embrace the natural beauty of the Paluma Range National Park, the southern gateway to the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Here you can escape the coastal lowland heat and relax in the cool mountain air of the Paluma Range. Experience the thrill of spotting the rare golden bowerbird, and take a step back in history at Paluma Village – the village nestled amongst the rainforest. Enjoy a rainforest walk and marvel at the breathtaking views from McClelland’s Lookout. Along the Paluma Range highway you’ll come across Little Crystal Creek and Big Crystal Creek, both ideal locations to stop for a picnic lunch, swim and bushwalk. Past Paluma Village the diversity of flora and fauna changes dramatically as you enter the dry open woodlands. The small township of Hidden Valley is home to Hidden Valley Cabins, an eco-retreat offering home cooked meals and daily tours.

McClelland’s Lookout 300m return | Grade: easy This easy 15 minute walk offers spectactular views of Halifax Bay and the Palm Island Group. Witt’s Lookout 3km return | Grade: moderate Meander through the rainforest to a rocky outcrop. Allow 1.5–2 hours for this moderate grade walk. Cloudy Creek 4km return | Grade: moderate Enjoy the tranquillity of a series of small waterfalls along the Cloudy Creek walk. Allow 2.5 hours for this walk. Paluma Rainforest Walk 680m return | Grade: easy

This easy 40 minute walk will lead you to a series of waterholes and cascades on Big Crystal Creek. The track starts at the end of the road just past the camping area.

Wildlife Paluma National Park is a bird watcher’s paradise. Look out for Australian brush turkeys, kookaburras and Lewin’s honeyeaters at the edge of the forest. Paluma is also home to the rare golden bower bird. To be one of the few to experience platypus in the wild, take a tour from Hidden Valley Cabins and see how many you can spot.

Camping Camping sites are available at Big Crystal Creek in a woodland setting or at the Paluma Dam.

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Discover strangler figs, king ferns and evidence of mining activity that once took place in this rainforest on the 30 minute Paluma Rainforest Walk.

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H Track 1.1km return | Grade: moderate Follow an old “snig” track through the rainforest and spot logging relics from yesteryear along the way. Allow 1 hour for this walk. Birthday Creek Falls 1km return | Grade: moderate Wander through the rainforest to the waterfall cascades. Allow approximately 1 hour.

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TOWNSVILLE TOWN COMMON Conservation Park Distance from Townsville CBD – 6.6km (approximately 10min travel time) The Townsville Town Common is an ever-changing landscape, transformed from a series of dry saltpans in the winter months to a flourishing wetland following summer rains. The Townsville Town Common Regional Park offers bird watching bliss. Nearly 280 bird species chatter, honk and squawk among the lagoons, wetlands, woodlands and sheltered beaches, just minutes from the CBD.

Walking Forest Walk 1.7km return | Grade: easy

Bald Rock to Pallarenda 4.5km one way | Grade: difficult

This 1 hour return walk is ideal for viewing honeyeaters, kingfishers and other forest birds

Start your walk from Mount Marlow and meander through open woodland and pockets of vine thicket. The track between Mount Marlow and Tegoora Rock is not well defined so take care when walking. Allow 4–5 hours for this walk.

Shelly Beach Circuit Track 8km return | Grade: moderate Explore past saltpans, mangroves and vine thicket to finish at the secluded white sandy beach of Shelly Bay. Start your journey at the Bald Rock car park and allow 4–5 hours return. Bald Rock to Mount Marlow 5km return | Grade: moderate This 2–3 hour walk will bring you to a grassy summit which features incredible 360 degree views of the park, Townsville, Magnetic Island, Palm Island and the Coral Sea.

Pallarenda to Tegorra Rock Lookout 2km return | Grade: moderate Walk through shady vine thickets to view the wetlands from above. Allow 1 hour for this walk.

Wildlife The Town Common Conservation Park offers a number of bird hides and observation points providing great spots to view the 280 species of birds which have been recorded in the area.

CAPE PALLARENDA Distance from Townsville CBD – 9.9km (approximately 15min travel time) Walk or mountain bike the shared trails throughout the park to see the World War II structures on the Cape Pallarenda headland and explore the beaches and forested slopes of Many Peaks Range. Enjoy a picnic on the foreshore. Watch for wallabies, lizards and many species of birds in the woodland. Find out more about the quarantine days at the Station’s historic display.

Walking and Mountain Biking The Cape Pallarenda mountain biking trails – a network of shared walking and mountain biking trails throughout the Townsville Town Common and Cape Pallarenda regional parks – range from short, easy trails to challenging hikes and cross-country mountain bike rides. These trails take you through scenic coastal woodland and vine thickets, past wetlands and

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beaches and across the slopes of Many Peaks Range. Access is via the Cape Pallarenda Road. Popular trails include Shelly Cove Trail (750m one way), Under the Radar (10.1km one way), Smedley Hill Trail (6.6km circuit) and Many Peaks Track (5.7km one way).


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BOWLING GREEN BAY National Park Distance from Townsville CBD – 28.2km South (approximately 27min travel time) Rugged mountains rise abruptly from the wetlands, saltpans and mangroves of the coastal plain, south of Townsville, in the Mount Elliot section of Bowling Green Bay National Park. Alligator Creek descends in a series of cascades, deep pools and waterfalls. The Park’s wetlands are an important habitat for migratory wading birds. Camp amongst the gum trees at Alligator Creek camping area. Go birdwatching near the wetlands. Look for wallabies in the late afternoon and spotlight for possums around the camping area at night. Enjoy a short stroll along the boardwalk through riparian vegetation to the creek or tackle the 17 kilometre return Alligator Falls track. Take care near the creek as water levels can rise rapidly.

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From the swimming area, take this 30 minute return walk to experience a canopy-level view of the lower sections of Alligator Creek. Alligator Falls Track 17km return | Grade: moderate This is a longer 5 hour return walk which starts from the southern end of the main day use area.

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CASTLE HILL Walking Trails Standing proud in the centre of Townsville, Castle Hill is the perfect place for visitors to start their Townsville North Queensland holiday. If you are seeking an active experience during your visit, join the 2,500+ locals who walk, run or cycle up Castle Hill daily. The 360 degree views from the top are well worth the journey and make for a great photo opportunity. Take the road from the base to the top by foot, bike or car, or if you are feeling more adventurous and chasing unique viewing opportunities, explore one of the popular bush walking tracks on offer, which range in length and difficulty.

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BOTANIC GARDENS Anderson Gardens

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Anderson Gardens are the largest botanic gardens in Townsville covering 25 hectares. Centrally located in Mundingburra, the gardens contain fine specimens of tropical trees, palms, Pandanus, grand avenues and the World Cycad Collection.

Established in 1870, Queens Gardens are the oldest botanic gardens in Townsville. Covering four hectares, the gardens are a lush green oasis set against the dramatic pink granite monolith of Castle Hill, offering a quiet, cool retreat from the nearby city centre.

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 Tropics through to the Wet Tropics lowlands.

NORTHERN BEACHES For a relaxing day out, Townsville’s northern beaches are the ideal getaway. Bushland, Saunders, Toolakea, Toomulla and Balgal Beaches are perfect for fishing, swimming, picnicking and birdwatching.

Birding Whether you’re listening out for the ‘wallock-a-woo’ of the wompoo fruit dove or the ‘walk-to-work’ of the noisy pitta, Townsville North Queensland is a bird watcher’s utopia. There are more than 400 different bird species waiting to be found, from the relatively common great bower bird to the rare and intriguing southern cassowary. Best spots for bird watching: • Townsville Town Common • TYTO Wetlands, Hinchinbrook • 0zand Lilliesmere Lagoons, The Burdekin • Paluma, Mount Spec National Park • Magnetic Island National Park • Charters Towers Weir • Ross River Dam, Townsville • Hinchinbrook Island, Hinchinbrook

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Caravan and camping Townsville North Queensland is home to some of Australia’s best camping and caravanning spots. Townsville North Queensland also offers a number of RV friendly sites. Whether the red dust of the Outback, the white sands of the coast, or the rainforest in between appeals to you, it can be found in the region and is all linked by incredible drive routes. Camping in the great outdoors

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CARAVAN AND CAMPING Great Tropical Drive The Great Tropical Drive is a touring experience like no other with the rainforest and the reef, short drives and wild adventures, luxury and discovery. Suitable for all vehicles, the Great Tropical Drive satisfies every holiday seeker’s wish list and introduces you to a few hidden treasures along the way. In its entirety, it truly is one of life’s magical journeys.

Overlander’s Way Take an adventurous journey in the footsteps of the first pioneers and experience the Overlanders Way. Stretching 1,550km from the tropical coast of Queensland to the heart of the Northern Territory,

Overlander’s Way is the link from the Great Barrier Reef to the rugged Australian Outback. Along the way there is a diverse range of activities and attractions that will keep the whole family entertained. So pack the billy and the stock whip, and get set for an adventure the family will not forget. For more information on drive holidays and caravan park options, visit: townsvillenorthqueensland. com.au

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Free camping areas TOWNSVILLE (Max. 48 hour stay) Saunders Beach: Northern end of The Esplanade Bluewater Park: Bruce Highway, Bluewater Limited to 20 sites, has a Dump-Ezy dump point Toomulla: Herald St, Toomulla Rollingstone Park: Rollingstone St, Rollingstone Limited to 30 sites Balgal Beach: Tooth St, Balgal Limited to car park area, has a Dump-Ezy dump point BURDEKIN Home Hill Comfort Stop: Maximum 2 night stay CHARTERS TOWERS Fletcher Creek: 39km North of Charters Towers, Gregory Developmental Rd Macrossan Park Rest Area: 22km east of Charters Towers on the Flinders Highway next to the Burdekin River and Macrossan Bridge Gregory Developmental Rd Sites include toilets, cold showers, picnic tables and benches, BBQs, dump points (Fletcher Creek only)

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Embark on a journey to the Great Barrier Reef Explore the magical underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef in Townsville North Queensland. Home to some of the best diving sites on the east coast, and the base for many of the Reef’s conservation and research projects, Townsville North Queensland is the ideal destination to discover a deeper understanding of what makes this World Heritage listed icon the world’s best managed and presented reef environment.

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THE GREAT BARRIER REEF Immerse yourself in one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders and discover a pristine underwater wonderland. Admire the vibrant coloured coral and observe nature at work. The central section of the Great Barrier Reef has less boating traffic and impact from human activity, giving snorkelers and divers a truly breathtaking experience. Follow schools of marine life weaving through the vibrant coloured corals which fill the ocean floor, find nemo hiding amongst anemones and cruise alongside rays and turtles. Throughout the experience you’ll discover how the reef is managed, what makes it such an incredible place and all about the creatures which call it home. Take away lifetime memories and discover this majestic world that offers a guaranteed wow factor. Day trips often visit Lodestone Reef, home to a variety of habitats from shallow areas with white sandy sea floor and large coral bommies (outcrops), to steep slopes with deep crevasses, hosting a great diversity of fish life, including small damsels and butterfly fish to larger animals like the giant trevally and occasional reef shark. The multi-day trips travel mostly at night to maximise the dive time on the reef, visiting a variety of locations including: • Wheeler Reef, with its white sandy cay and many pelagic species. • Davies Reef with pinnacles rising from 30m and shallower bommies riddled with swim throughs and caves. • Barra Bommie at Little Broadhurst Reef, where you can spot an octopus. • Australia’s best dive, the Yongala Wreck, with the biggest diversity of large marine life around the world – Queensland groupers weighing over 300kg, giant trevally, turtles, sea snakes, bull sharks and eagle rays just to mention a few.

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Sailing and fishing on the Great Barrier Reef

Experienced divers should put the SS Yongala Wreck at the top of their itinerary! This world famous dive explores the 28m deep shipwreck, that sank off the coast of Ayr (just south of Townsville in the Burdekin) during a tropical cyclone in 1911. Rated one of the world’s top 10 dive wrecks, the SS Yongala is home to a captivating array of hard and soft coral and spectacular marine life including sea turtles, sea anemone and thousands of inquisitive reef fish. Dive trips depart from Townsville, Magnetic Island and Alva Beach in the Burdekin. This historic wreck will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.

Townsville North Queensland’s tropical weather provides the perfect environment for sailing and boating. Experienced sailors can charter a vessel to sail through the many secluded areas. If you prefer group interaction, there are plenty of day trips departing Townsville and Magnetic Island. The Great Barrier Reef is a fishing paradise with some of the most succulent catches being spanish mackerel, coral trout, red emperor and sweet lip. More than one third of the Great Barrier Reef is declared a no-take zone, so if you are looking to catch and cook, check the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Zoning Regulations before you leave the shore.

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Escape to a tropical Great Barrier Reef island Accessible from Townsville, the central section of the Great Barrier Reef is home to some of the most beautiful islands on the east coast. Townsville North Queensland’s islands of the Great Barrier Reef include Magnetic Island, Hinchinbrook Island, Orpheus Island and the rest of the Palm Group of Islands including Great Palm – each as wonderful, pristine and unique as the next. Whether it is adventure or relaxation that you seek, the Townsville North Queensland family of islands offers something for everyone.

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ISLANDS OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF Magnetic Island

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Escape to a tropical island paradise. With 23 beaches and bays and just a 20 minute ferry ride from Townsville, Magnetic Island has the natural beauty and serenity of an untouched paradise within a thriving community. More information on page 32.

Charter a boat, take your own or jump in a helicopter to unwind on Orpheus Island National Park in the Palm Group of Islands. Book into the luxury resort or set up a self-sufficient camp in one of the Island’s secluded camping areas. Snorkel off the beach in blue-green reef waters to discover a marine wonderland or look and listen for birds in the forest and on the shore. This is a true tropical island experience.

Hinchinbrook Island Although the biggest island on the Great Barrier Reef, Hinchinbrook Island is completely uninhabited. To protect the Island’s biodiversity and prevent damage to the environment just 40 people are permitted to camp on the Island at any one time, with bookings made through the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing. If you have a desire for adventure, Hinchinbrook Island is your ultimate playground. It offers spectacular hiking and camping along the famous 32 kilometre Thorsborne Trail, internationally rated one of the top 10 walks on the planet. Hinchinbrook Island is the perfect place to restore body, mind and spirit. This is the island to choose if you want peace, beauty, tranquillity and a hint of adventure.

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Palm Island Located 65km north-west of Townsville, Palm Island is the traditional country of the Manbarra people and more recently, home of the Bwgcolman tribal people. Palm Island’s assets are its unique Indigenous heritage and rich cultural history. The pristine waters of the area make it a great fishing spot. Palm Island is accessible via ferry or plane.


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Enjoy snorkeling and diving on the spectacular Great Barrier Reef or Australia’s BEST Dive, the SS Yongala Wreck from Townsville and Magnetic Island. Offering day trips, 3 day / 3 night liveaboards and PADI courses from beginner to dive master.

Billabong Sanctuary is Australia’s best interactive wildlife experience where you can hold a koala, hug a wombat and hold a crocodile. Informative wildlife talks run throughout the day, including crocodile feeding. Friendly free-ranging kangaroos.

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Rise above the waters of the Coral Sea and take in the stunning scenery of Cleveland Bay and Magnetic Island, an area that can only be truly appreciated from the air. Watch as rugged cliffs give way to the Island’s dense National Park rainforests and blend into the stunning secluded bays that encase this island playground. The return voyage to Townsville encompasses panoramic views of the city, Townsville Port, Castle Hill, Ross River and The Strand, offering you an exceptional perspective of this diverse region.

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Discover the tragic history of the HMS Pandora, the ship sent to capture the Bounty mutineers, explore a rainforest and immerse yourself in the secret life of the reef all in one day.

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Snorkel Orpheus Spend your day snorkeling the beautiful coral gardens and sheltered bays of breathtaking Orpheus Island. Swim with hundreds of colourful reef fish and schools of jacks at Yanks Jetty.

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Australian Festival of Chamber Music This friendly, unique and internationally acclaimed event presents a 9 day program of concerts and special events. Experience the world’s finest chamber musicians performing together exclusively in the tropical winter warmth of Townsville, North Queensland.

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Tour Townsville Come join us for a memorable journey to discover Townsville’s history and view its most iconic sights. We offer a variety of unique half and full day tour experiences allowing you to take in Townsville’s best bits by day or at twilight.

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8 TYTO Be inspired as you while away an hour or a day of art, culture, nature or knowledge at the award winning, multi-dimensional TYTO. Enjoy regular tours, events, workshops and activities.

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Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Townsville’s premier visual arts venue. The Gallery displays works by North Queensland artists as well as national and international touring exhibition. Free entry. Guided tours are available. Bookings essential.

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13 Reef HQ Aquarium Reef HQ Aquarium showcases all the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef at the ‘world’s largest living Coral Reef Aquarium’. Visit the Turtle Hospital where sick and injured turtles are cared for and rehabilitated.

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bit.ly/PTRGTSV 14 Pinnacles Gallery Townsville’s only purpose-built gallery, located within the Riverway Arts Centre. The space offers a multitude of ways to present artwork and multi-media artwork presentations. Free entry. Guided tours available. Bookings essential. *Image by Christopher Frederick Jones

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15 Fantasea Cruising Magnetic Take in the stunning views while cruising on Magnetic Island’s only passenger and car ferry service. With eight return trips daily, make your way to Magnetic Island and enjoy the magnificent weather, azure waters, brilliant beaches, fascinating flora and fauna, fine food and wines, and activities almost too numerous to mention.

16 Melvilles Entertainment Melvilles, “Where the Outback meets the City” in the picturesque foothills of Mt Elliott. Melvilles hosts special events, bi-monthly bull rides, functions, corporate dinners and weddings... any style event. Friday night woodfired pizza. Details on Facebook/website.

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Magnetic Island Escape to a tropical island paradise surrounded by secluded bays and beaches with activities to excite everyone. With 23 beaches and bays, and just a 20 minute ferry ride from Townsville, Magnetic Island has the natural beauty and serenity of an untouched paradise within a thriving community. The rocky granite headlands fuse with sheltered bays and beaches, studded with majestic hoop pines, creating a dramatic and spectacular coastline. Over two-thirds of the Island is classified as National Park, providing a haven for native wildlife, including rock wallabies, koalas, possums and more than 100 different bird species. Horseriding on Magnetic Island

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Wake to ocean breezes and take the day at island pace when you stay on Magnetic Island. With accommodation ranging from luxury resort style through to backpacker and budget options, Magnetic Island has something to suit every budget and desire.

Live music and evening entertainment is plentiful on Magnetic Island with terrific local talent ranging from rock to reggae.

Island dining Start your day with a tropical breakfast by the beach, dine alfresco style at lunch and enjoy an indulgent dinner overlooking the marina to conclude your evening. No matter what your culinary cravings, Magnetic Island is bursting with dining options.

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For a night of family fun and a good laugh head to the Arcadia Island Tavern at 8.00pm on a Wednesday night to witness the famous Bufonidaes (cane toad) races. If you love a good comedy cabaret show, enjoy a hilarious evening and delicious meal with the professional entertainers at Stage Door Theatre Restaurant.

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Bring out your inner Barbie and drive around Magnetic Island in a vibrant coloured Topless Car. Let the wind blow through your hair as you explore the bays, beaches and beauty of Magnetic Island in tropical fun island style.

The sociable rock wallabies at Geoffrey Bay are perhaps some of the cutest creatures on Magnetic Island. Grab a bag of wallaby feed from the nearby Arcadia Newsagency and head to the old car ferry terminal at Geoffrey Bay to see how many rock wallabies you can spot. They are always keen for a selfie so be sure to have a camera on hand.

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Explore the incredible fringing reefs using the popular Magnetic Island Snorkel Trails. Starting just a short distance from the beaches of Nelly and Geoffrey Bays, the Magnetic Island Snorkel Trails give you the chance to spot giant clams, live coral, marine life and even a WWII plane propeller. Pick up a handy swim card from a local supermarket or dive store to learn all about the coral and fish you will discover along the way.

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Fishing Magnetic Island is an angler’s dream with a catch virtually guaranteed. What a catch it can be; 22-pound coral trout and 44-pound spanish mackerel are among the trophies happy fishermen have taken home. If you want to gain some local insight, take a fishing tour. This is also a great option to explore areas only accessible by boat.

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MAGNETIC ISLAND MUST-DOS (continued) Horseshoe Bay

Get the heart pumping, adrenalin flowing and prepare to get wet with some fun at Horseshoe Bay. Horseshoe Bay is jam packed with activities to excite the whole family. Hire Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Boards, jet skis, kayaks and so much more! If water sports aren’t for you, sit back and watch the fun from the beach or a nearby café or bar.

Bungalow Bay Koala Village Have breakfast with a koala, cuddle a wombat or kiss a black cockatoo at Bungalow Bay Koala Village. This family friendly wildlife sanctuary offers regular tours giving guests a hands-on and entertaining experience with an array of Aussie wildlife.

Getting there and getting around Getting to Magnetic Island is easy with a passenger ferry and car barge available. Once you have docked, it is straight into Island life. Explore at your own pace, take the bus, hire a scooter, jet ski or topless car. For those who love outdoor adventures, explore the wilderness by riding or walking along the networks of tracks available.

Arthur, Florence and Radical Bays Arthur: 1.4km return | Time: 30 min Florence: 3.6km return | Time: 1 hr Radical: 6km return | Time: 2 hrs Discover some of the Island’s most secluded and pristine beaches on these walking trails. Leaving from the carpark of The Forts walk. These are great locations for swimming, snorkeling or a day of relaxation.

Magnetic Island walking tracks If you have a sense of adventure and love to explore the wilderness, put on your walking shoes and head out on one of Magnetic Island’s spectacular walking trails. Featuring stunning views and a great diversity of wildlife, these trails are perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. Some of the popular trails are: The Forts Walk 4km return | Time: 1.5 hrs Grade: moderate If it’s nature you like, don’t miss a walk through Northern Australia’s largest colony of koalas living in the wild on Magnetic Island. The remarkable Forts Walk is the best vantage point for wildlife, spectacular rocky coves and historic military sites. With 360 degree sweeping views of the coast and Coral Sea, this is a walk guaranteed to impress. Home to the best preserved WWII fortification on the eastern seaboard, the Magnetic Island Forts Walk is a reminder of just how close Australia came to being invaded. The Walk includes The Forts gun emplacements which are still intact and offers interpretive signage along the way, providing a great insight into the significance of the area. Hawkings Point 1.2km return | Time: 1 hr | Grade: easy Enjoy spectacular views over the Island from the end of the Hawkings Point Track starting from Picnic Street in Picnic Bay.

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Horseshoe Bay to Balding and Radical Bays 3.4km return | Time: 1 hr | Grade: moderate Starting at the eastern end of Horseshoe Bay, this track heads through steep gullies of closed forest through to a ridge with open eucalypt woodland. One branch of the track leads down to the secluded Balding Bay and the other continues on to Radical Bay. Horseshoe Bay Lagoon 200m return | Time: 15 min Leading off the main road near Horseshoe Bay beach a short track leads to the lagoon, home of a number of waterbirds. Picnic Bay to West Point 16km return | Time: 5 hrs | Grade: easy Follow the bush track along the western side of the Island to discover West Point. The track passes a tidal wetland, mangroves, paperbark swamps and savannah grasslands. Nelly Bay to Arcadia 5km one way | Time: 2.5 hrs | Grade: moderate From Nelly Bay, this walk passes through a rainforest pocket, climbs gradually to the saddle between Nelly and Horseshoe Bays and follows a ridge with views over Horseshoe Bay. The track then splits, with one track leading on to Horseshoe Bay, where you can continue on to other tracks, and the other to Arcadia Bay.


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Charters Towers

Towers Hill Lookout

Discover much more than gold in Charters Towers. Towers Hill plays testament to the fact it was a significant allied military base in World War II with some 30 concrete bunkers dotted throughout the surrounding hills still visible. Feel the history inside the bunkers and live the story through interpretive signage and interactive digital displays. The City Hall World War II photographic display and the collection of military memorabilia at the Zara Clark Museum are must-see. En-route to the Burdekin Weir, stop at the Bore Sight Range and see where bomber aircraft were taken to test fire their guns for accuracy.

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ANZAC Centenary Digital Heritage Trail and the Boer War Memorial in Lissner Park further cement Charters Towers’ significance in Australia’s military history.

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The region is a caravan and camping paradise with 11 caravan parks ranging from award-winning facilities with resort-style swimming pools and all the creature comforts to classic Aussie bush camps right beside the mighty Burdekin River. These are complemented by officially designated free camps with basic facilities as well as plenty of rest areas for those who really want to experience the delight of sleeping with nature directly under an outback starry night sky.

Discover Ravenswood, an old gold mining settlement, set amongst the rolling hills of the outback. Ravenswood is a small township approximately 130km south-west of Townsville and 90km north-east of Charters Towers and is a living tribute to the history and heritage of western Queensland. Mullock heaps, tall chimneys, poppet heads and discarded mine machinery pepper the countryside, reminiscent of the town’s century-old glory.

Whichever way you travel, the authenticity of Charters Towers coupled with a stunning variety of natural attributes and a rich historical significance, makes it a definite must-see on your itinerary.

Beautifully restored hotels and public buildings will give you a glimpse of what the town was once like while the designated Heritage Trails littered with interpretive signage and information will see you live the significant story of the life and times of this very special

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heritage listed township. Call into Thorps Building or the Court House to pick up your Heritage Trail map and be sure to ask for directions to the Lookout over the open cut gold mining site operating today – an awesome viewing experience.


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CHARTERS TOWERS CHECKLIST Venus Gold Battery Experience an astounding insight into the real working life and conditions during the gold rush of the late nineteenth century at the preciously preserved Venus Gold Battery. Located on the outskirts of Charters Towers, the Venus Gold Battery is of national cultural significance. This is the largest surviving gold crushing mill in Australia and the oldest surviving in Queensland. Guided tours are available daily. Highlights during the tour include fascinating film and hologram presentations that help reflect the story of the Battery’s working life and some of the characters during the heydays who are reported

to still frequent the area with a ghostly presence.

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Towers Hill Walking Track and Lookout Follow the road up Towers Hill and uncover the stories along the way which feature ‘Jupiter’s Luck’, ‘The Seismograph Station’, and ‘Clark’s Gold Mine’. Discover 30 different World War II bunkers in original condition and experience the story of the war days through interactive and digital displays inside some of these bunkers. Another track at the summit leads off to the ruins of the Pyrites Works which can also be viewed from the platform of the Lookout where you’ll also discover storyboards on significant

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CHARTERS TOWERS CHECKLIST (continued) moments so take your camera and allow time to absorb the stories and take in the views. Early morning is the best time to spot the wildlife that call Towers Hill home. You will see several species of macropods including the Eastern Grey Kangaroo, the Whiptail and the ever cute Allied Rock Wallabies. Watch as the wedge-tailed eagles hunt their prey and flocks of black cockatoos screech as they take flight over the vast landscape. Towers Hill transforms in the evening with the Ghosts after Dark presentation and film screened in the Lookout’s purpose-built amphitheatre. Admission fees apply. Tickets can be purchased at the Visitor Information Centre. This is a perfect vantage point to watch the magnificent Outback sunset.

Self-Drive History Tour Explore historic Charters Towers in your own time. Hire the self-drive audio tour CD and map from the Visitor Information Centre and find yourself journeying back to the past. Uncover stories behind 31 different sites and heritage listed buildings within the town area including the famous Stock Exchange Arcade, the World Theatre and classic Post Office.

Texas Longhorn Wagon Tours Take a traditional horse drawn wagon ride or Ranger Safari and a trip back in time, back to the ‘Old West’ to the time of the legendary Texas Longhorns. Situated 10 kilometres from Charters Towers is Leahton Park, home to the largest purebred

herd of Texas Longhorns in Australia. These cattle are direct descendants of the millions of Longhorns that walked in the great trail herds from Texas in the late 1800s. It is also home to the 2013 Guinness World Record Texas Longhorn steer – JR. JR was born and raised at Leahton Park and was certified in 2013 to have the longest horns measured tip to tip of all cattle in the world. His horns now exceed 9 feet 8 inches or 2.95 metres. Tours operate seasonally so be sure to call ahead.

Pan for gold at the Miner’s Cottage Learn how to pan for gold and explore the authentic Miner’s Cottage from the late 1800s. Hear from passionate locals the amazing stories from the days of the Charters

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CHARTERS TOWERS CHECKLIST (continued) Towers gold rush. This little cottage is bursting with interesting stories, history and passion.

Tors Drive-in Experience an entirely unique film experience and flash back to the old days with a trip to one of the oldest drive-in theatres in Queensland. Two fields operate from this venue, screening classics and the latest releases, while the traditional snack bar will have you coming back for more.

Guided walking and bus tours Feel the rich history of this region come alive with a first hand look behind many of the architecturally stunning buildings and places of interest that are normally not

accessible to the average visitor. You’ll be stunned by the stories from the Great War periods and the antics of business leaders and workers through the greed and grandeur of the gold mining boom. Take a leisurely stroll through the business district with your personal guide, sit back and take a bus tour and discover a wealth of information on the authentically preserved structures still existing today. The Visitor Information Centre will give you all the details and can organise your tour tickets. All tours are subject to seasonal timetables. Please check with the Charters Towers Visitor Information Centre and/or the tour operator directly to confirm current tour times.

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Hinchinbrook

Hinchinbrook Island

If tropical rainforests, eco-adventures, cultural heritage and beautiful beaches are on your list for the perfect holiday, Hinchinbrook is an itinerary must. This scenic region is just an hour’s drive north of Townsville and is a wonderland of nature-based attractions in a vibrant cultural setting. Numerous walking tracks, historic sites as well as national parks for picnics, photography and bike riding beckon you to explore this piece of Townsville North Queensland. The town centre of Ingham offers a taste of Italian life and is often referred to as ‘Little Italy’ due to more than half of the population being of Italian descent.

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HAVE TO DO IN HINCHINBROOK Wallaman Falls You’ll be amazed when you stand in front of Wallaman Falls, Australia’s highest permanent single drop waterfall, located in Girringun National Park. In between the forest clad ridge tops and rainforest lined gullies and creeks, Wallaman Falls stands at 268 metres. Experience the beauty of World Heritage listed rainforest and spectacular gorge views on one of the short walking tracks near the Falls.

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or a day of artistic, cultural or ecological excellence. The extensive centre, covering 120 hectares with a concentrated focus in an easily accessible built environment of 10 hectares, consists of a Regional Art Gallery, Conference and Event Venue, Library with mini Military Museum, Recording Studio, accredited Regional Information and Wetlands Centre, Wetlands Attraction, Piazza, Amphitheatre, Parklands and a Café.

Mungalla Station The Hinchinbrook Shire encompasses the traditional country of the Nywaigi, Warrgamay and Bandjin Aboriginal people. Visit Mungalla Station, near Forrest Beach, to hear stories about the Indigenous and European history of the area and learn the art of boomerang throwing (group bookings only).

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HAVE TO DO IN HINCHINBROOK (continued) Fishing Throw in a line and discover the fishing mecca of the Hinchinbrook Shire. Famous for offering pristine wilderness and a diverse range of fish. The Hinchinbrook Channel is a hot spot for fishing enthusiasts and a relaxing day on the water. With the fertile Hinchinbrook Channel to the north and Coral Sea to the east, Lucinda is Shangri-La for keen anglers. Mangrove jack, coral trout, juicy mud crabs and the fighting barramundi are all in plentiful supply. Hire a boat and head out to sea or try your luck in the estuary mangroves off the beach, or over the side of the jetty.

Taylors Beach is a quiet beachside community centrally located between Forrest Beach and Lucinda and known by locals as a fishing paradise. With Orpheus Island and fringing reefs only a short distance away, Taylors Beach offers a wide variety of fish. Grab a fishing rod and prepare for some serious relaxation when you head to Taylors Beach.

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Burdekin

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Just one hour’s drive south of Townsville is the Burdekin Shire – the sugar capital of Australia, fishing mecca, birdwatching paradise.

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The district is made up of the neighbouring towns of Ayr and Home Hill and includes over a dozen other smaller centres. It 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 laid-back lifestyle.

Burdekin Bridge

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THE BURDEKIN BUCKET LIST Dive the SS Yongala

Fishing

The SS Yongala shipwreck lies just off the coast of Ayr and is ranked one of the top 10 dive sites in the world. This is a must-do for experienced divers. Yongala Dive, based at Alva Beach, is the fastest way to get to the site and discover the magnificent marine life that calls the wreck home. Read more on page 28.

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 more!

Watch a cane fire The Burdekin is the biggest and sweetest sugar cane producer in the country and is one of the few cane growing regions left in Australia where cane is burnt before harvesting. The magnificent cane fires frequently light up the evening skies between June and December.

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Burdekin River bridge The Burdekin Bridge, which links Ayr and Home Hill, is the district’s best known landmark. Known as the Silver Link, the 1,103m crossing is the only bridge in Australia without a solid footing and is longer than the Sydney Harbour Bridge. An Engineering Heritage National Landmark award was unveiled on the southern side of the bridge in 2010.

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The Burdekin’s magnificent wetlands are home to an amazing array of birdlife, some of which are unique to the area. Birdwatchers shouldn’t miss the chance to visit Plantation Park or Horseshoe Lagoon.

birdwatching and windsurfing. It’s also a close launching point for a dive tour to the world famous dive wreck, the SS Yongala.

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Boutique shopping Stop in for a coffee and enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean in one of the many delis. Stroll down Queen Street in Ayr and sample the fashions available from the independent boutiques.

Alva Beach Nearby Alva Beach offers miles of unspoilt, sandy coastline and is a popular spot for beach fishing,

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EVENTS

APR 2017

Adventurethon Magnetic Island (Multi-sport competition)

Townsville Fashion Festival 25–28 May

1 Apr

Groovin the Moo 2017 (Music festival)

Townsville MTB Festival 29 Apr – 5 May

JUN

MAY

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Nitro Circus Live 20 May

30 Apr

Spartan Race Townsville 24 Jun

JUL

MagnetiCon – Townsville Pop Culture Event

Strand Ephemera 2017 – The North’s Sculpture Festival

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28 Jul – 5 Aug

Supercars Townsville 400 7–9 Jul

Australian Festival of Chamber Music 28 Jul – 5 Aug

WHAT’S ON IN TOWNSVILLE NORTH QUEENSLAND Throughout the year travellers can enjoy the region’s huge line up of entertainment and events with sports, food, cultural and music festivals in full swing. Cheer yourself hoarse at a national sporting match, bask in the sun during Magnetic Island Race Week or enjoy a performance by the world’s finest chamber musicians at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Become part of the exciting calendar of events and immerse yourself in the laid back, vibrant lifestyle.

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AUG

McDonald’s Townsville Running Festival

Intersport Townsville Triathlon Festival 18–20 Aug

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6 Aug

Burdekin Water Festival (Ayr) 2 Sep

SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week

Great Barrier Reef Film Festival

31 Aug – 5 Sep

8–10 Sep

Rugby League World Cup

NOV

28 Oct – 5 Nov

YEAR ROUND

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PBR Iron Cowboy (Professional Bull Riding) 17–18 Nov

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys Home Games

REGULAR EVENTS NATIONAL SPORTING TEAMS: Townsville Fire, North Queensland Cowboys COTTERS MARKETS: Flinders Street, Townsville CBD, Every Sunday 8.30am–1.00pm STRAND NIGHT MARKETS: Strand Park, Townsville, First Friday of each month, May–December, 5.00pm–9.00pm WILLOWS ROTARY MARKETS: Willows Shopping Centre Car Park, Thuringowa, Every Sunday, 7.30am–11.30am MAGNETIC ISLAND COMMUNITY MARKETS: Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island, Last Sunday of each month, from April CENTENARY PARK CHARITY MARKETS: Centenary Park, Hackett Terrace, Fourth Sunday of each month (excluding January, August, December), 7.30am–11.30am RAVENSWOOD IMPERIAL WINTER MARKETS: First Sunday each month April–October, 9.00am–1.00pm

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Alva Beach Tourist Park Located 16km east of Ayr, Alva Beach Tourist Park boasts a quiet and tranquil atmosphere. As a family owned park, arrive to a heartfelt welcome, to stay in our ensuite cabins or bring your own caravan, RV or tent.

07 4783 3383 20–36 Braby Street, Alva Beach

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BIG4 Walkabout Palms Townsville Situated 15 minutes drive from the Townsville CBD, our relaxing tropical haven is a favourite amongst families. The welcoming atmosphere, wide range of accommodation options, spacious caravan and camping sites and myriad of facilities and activities makes it the perfect place to base yourself whilst exploring Townsville.

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07 4753 2800 8–10 Palmer Street, Townsville Qld 4810

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Beach House Motel The Beach House Motel is the best location and value beach front accommodation in Townsville. Right in the heart of The Strand, walk to the restaurant and café precinct and many local attractions. Newly renovated selfcontained studio and family rooms.

07 4721 1333 66 The Strand, Townsville Qld 4810

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6 University Road, Wulguru Qld 4811

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Grand Hotel and Apartments Townsville It’s all about you at the multi award winning Grand Hotel Townsville and TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame hotel. Stay in modern comfort in the heart of Townsville’s premier dining precinct and the region’s highlights.

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Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville The iconic Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville “Sugar Shaker” is ideally located in the heart of the city, within walking distance to shops, restaurants and nightlife.

07 4729 2000 334 Flinders Street, Townsville Qld 4810

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Mercure Townsville Immerse yourself amongst 11 hectares of tropical landscape on Curralea Lake. Just minutes from the CBD and Strand precincts, Mercure features multiple room options, all with free WiFi, a poolside deck bar, and Celsius Restaurant.

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Orchid Guest House Quality budget accommodation in city centre. Single, twin and double rooms; 2 ensuites, 1 share room. One 2 bedroom bungalow which sleeps five – suits families. Free Wi-Fi, washing machine, parking and guest kitchen. Your home away from home.

07 4759 4900

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166–194 Woolcock Street, Currajong Qld 4812

34 Hale Street, Townsville Qld 4810

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Quest Townsville Apartment Hotel offers guests a relaxed and comfortable accommodation experience. The newly refurbished and centrally located Quest Townsville is in the heart of the city’s dining precinct and offers an array of award winning cafés, restaurants and convention facilities as well as easy access to Magnetic Island.

07 4726 4444

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30–34 Palmer Street, Townsville Qld 4810

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Peppers Blue on Blue Resort Peppers Blue on Blue Resort, Magnetic Island, is elegantly laid out at the water’s edge overlooking the Coral Sea and private marina. Take full advantage of the Island’s views and tropical elements in contemporary resort-style rooms.

1300 987 600 123 Sooning Street, Magnetic Island Qld 4819

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Rowes Bay Beachfront Holiday Park

Quest Townsville on Eyre Our serviced apartment accommodation is stylish and spacious with flexible designs for individuals, families or colleagues travelling together. Ideal for the short stay or extended stay business or leisure traveller. All our apartments feature quality king beds (or king-singles if you prefer), modern bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen including stainless steel Fisher & Paykel appliances, full laundry including washer and dryer, spacious lounge and dining area, work desk, LED flat screen TV, Foxtel, WiFi access, in-room safe and reverse cycle air conditioning. Undercover, secure car parking, onsite gym, swimming pool, BBQ area and conferencing facilities.

07 4789 7400 19–21 Leichardt Street Townsville Qld 4810

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Townsville Guest House

46 Heatleys Parade, Belgian Gardens, Qld 4810

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Best value weekly accommodation. Single rooms from $175pw, couples from $220pw, free parking, free laundry, free 8GB WiFi pw. Clean, quiet, private rooms in historic building. Modern shared facilities. Single and double rooms only. Surrounded by tropical gardens with native wildlife.

Rowes Bay Beachfront Holiday Park truly has the premier location in Townsville, offering a beautiful beachfront outlook with picturesque views of Magnetic Island.

The Ville Resort–Casino The Ville Resort–Casino is a multi award-winning property superbly positioned between Magnetic Island, the Breakwater Marina and The Strand with views to die for. Providing a variety of hotel accommodation with Deluxe, Resort and Executive rooms & suites, a two-bedroom apartment and a Presidential suite – whatever your needs, we have the room for you.

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HOLIDAY DEALS While you’re in the Townsville North Queensland region, enjoy discounts, gifts, upgrades and more. Just visit one of the accommodation houses, restaurants, transport providers or attractions listed in the following pages with your coupon.

2 FOR THE PRICE OF 1 Charters Towers Visitor Information Centre

“Ghosts After Dark” nightly movie presentation at Towers Hill Lookout Amphitheatre 74 Mosman St, Charters Towers, Qld 4820 07 4761 5533 visitcharterstowers.com.au

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Hotel Grand Chancellor Start your day with our buffet breakfast and save with our 2 for 1 offer. 334 Flinders Street, Townsville 07 4729 2000 grandchancellorhotels.com

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TERMS & CONDITIONS TERMS & CONDITIONS 10% off admission only. Not valid with any other offer.

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One voucher per person. Bookings must be made at Adrenalin Snorkel & Dive. Coupon must be presented to claim this offer. Valid 01/03/2016–01/03/18. Not valid with any other offer.

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TERMS & CONDITIONS WiFi limits are reset weekly and do not roll-over if not used. Free 50GB WiFi used over four weeks or longer to suit stay eg 12.5GB pw or 5GB pw for 10 weeks, etc. Valid to 01/03/18 Present this coupon to claim this offer.

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TERMS & CONDITIONS Not valid with any other offer. Subject to availability. Must be booked with the Charters Towers Visitor Information Centre by 4pm. Full payment of highest ticket price. Present this coupon to redeem offer. Valid 01/01/16–31/12/17. Subject to change.

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25% DISCOUNT Nautilus Aviation

Spoil yourself with 25% off a 30 minutes scenic helicopter flight above stunning Townsville and Magnetic Island. Hangar 15 Gypsy Moth Court, Townsville 07 4034 9000 nautilusaviation.com.au

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reefhq.com.au

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mtq.qm.qld.gov.au

TERMS & CONDITIONS Not valid with any other offer. Valid 2016–2018 Coupon must be presented on arrival to claim discount. Only available on direct bookings. fames@bigpond.net.au

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Valid until February 2018. Coupon must be presented when booking. Only one coupon per person.

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FREE UPGRADE AND LATE CHECKOUT Mercure Townsville

Complimentary upgrade to the next room type, and late checkout til 1pm.

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COMPLIMENTARY GIFT TYTO

Receive a complimentary gift as a memento of your visit.

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ENJOY 1 FREE NIGHT Rowes Bay Beachfront Holiday Park

Stay 7 nights and only pay for 6 nights. 46 Heatleys Pde, Belgian Gardens 1800 752 026 rowesbayhp.com.au

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BREAKFAST IS ON US Beach House Motel

Complimentary continental room service breakfast for two, daily. 66 The Strand, Townsville 07 4721 1333 www.beachhousemotel.com.au

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Available Friday nights only. Valid until February 2018.

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Art - Culture - Nature - Knowledge Marvel at the latest Regional Art Gallery exhibition, tour the Wetlands - home to some 240 species of birds, learn amazing facts and play interactive games at the Information and Wetlands Centre, lunch in the picturesque parklands, discover unique military history in the 31st Battalion - The Kennedy Regiment mini Museum or relax with free computer and wi-fi access in the Library. Enjoy TERMS & CONDITIONS regular events, workshops and activities. Not valid with any other offer.

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www.beachhousemotel.com.au Just over an easy 1 hour drive, north of Townsville on the southern approach to Ingham, the heart of Hinchinbrook.

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VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRES Pop in to meet the Volunteers and staff at the local Visitor Information Centres to discover a local insight into what to do and see within the region.

Townsville

Hinchinbrook

Bruce Highway Visitor Information Centre

TYTO Information and Wetlands Centre

Billabong Sanctuary, 17 south of Townsville

DARWIN Cnr Bruce Highway & Cooper Street, Ingham

07 4780 4397

07 4776 4792

Suitable parking forNP cars, caravans, RVs. River

Car, caravan and RV parking is available at the rear of the Visitor Information Centre.

Jardine

Townsville Bulletin Square Visitor Information Centre

QUE

Points of interest include interpretive games and displays, tours, merchandise. AUSTRALIA

Townsville Bulletin Square, Flinders Street, CBD 07 4721 3660 Paid car parking is available in the CBD. Suitable parking for caravans and RVs is located on Dean Street, aMunkan short walk from the Visitor Information Centre.

Kandju NP

CAN

PERTH

Burdekin

Burdekin Gateway Information Centre

ADELAIDE MELBOURNE

12 Railway Avenue, Home Hill

Charters Towers

07 4782 8241 Car, caravan and RV parking is available at the front of the Visitor Information Centre.

Charters Towers Visitor Information Centre 74 Mosman Street, Charters Towers

Burdekin Visitor Information Centre

07 4761 5533 tourinfo@charterstowers.qld.gov.au

Plantation Park, Bruce Highway, Ayr

visitcharterstowers.com.au

07 4783 5988

Staaten Car, caravan and RV parking is available at the front NP Information Centre with and rear ofRiver the Visitor designated RV and caravan parking areas during daylight hours available throughout the town close to parks and the shopping precinct.

Car, caravan and RV parking is available at the front of the Visitor Information Centre.

Cardwell Ingham Paluma NP Bowling Green Bay NP White Mountains NP

Home Hill Bowen

Cape Hillsborough NP Eungella NP

Conway NP

Rockhampton

townsvillenorthqueensland.com.au

Diamantina NP

CAIR

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