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Townsville North Queensland 2018–2020 Holiday and Travel Guide

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Welcome to Townsville North Queensland With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, Townsville North Queensland is your next perfect holiday destination.

Explore romantic villages nestled amongst the rainforest, discover the magic of the Great Barrier Reef, fall in love with the vastness of the Australian Outback, encounter native wildlife, be

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intrigued by rich history and experience waterfalls that leave you breathless. Townsville North Queensland is just the place to ignite your wanderlust and liven up your sense of adventure.

Animal Encounters

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3 Days, 4 Ways

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Region Map

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Fishing & Watersports

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Events Calendar

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Holiday Bucket List

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Caravan & Camping

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Townsville City Map

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Great Barrier Reef & Islands

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History & Heritage

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Magnetic Island Map

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Beach Menu

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Arts & Culture

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Driving Distances

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National Parks & Gardens

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Food & Drink

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Visitor Information Services

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Hiking, Tracks & Trails

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Shopping

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Advertising Directory: 36 Things to do & where to stay

This publication has been produced by Townsville Enterprise, Regional Tourism Organisation for Townsville North Queensland. Every care has been taken to ensure content is correct at time of print. Townsville Enterprise takes no responsibility for errors, changes or omissions. Front cover image: Kayaking on Magnetic Island by @mycolourfulworld_

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Townsville The city of Townsville combines a vibrant and bustling community, a relaxed North Queensland lifestyle, rich history and stunning natural wonders. Explore the city centre with dining, accommodation and shopping like no other city in regional Australia. Conquer Castle Hill and soak up the sun along Townsville’s beachfront promenade, The Strand. Just outside Townsville, go chasing waterfalls and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of Paluma Range National Park.

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Immerse yourself in a tropical island paradise surrounded by secluded bays, golden beaches and activities to excite everyone. Just a short ferry ride from Townsville, Magnetic Island offers the natural beauty and serenity of an untouched paradise within a thriving community. Spot koalas, rock wallabies and birds in the wild, snorkel fringing coral reefs right off the beach and hike to stunning views amongst National Park.

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20 minute ferry (8km) from Townsville

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Hinchinbrook Island

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Pelorus Island Orpheus Island Palm Island

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Hinchinbrook is truly a nature-lover’s paradise. As the southern gateway to the Wet Tropics World Heritage listed rainforests, you can chase waterfalls, experience unique fishing sites, conquer uninhabited Jurassic islands and witness the Southern Hemisphere’s largest single drop waterfall, Wallaman Falls. The town centre of Ingham is known for its large Italian community, a testament to the unique dining, shopping and events within the town. Ingham: 1.5 hours (112km) north of Townsville

Burdekin The Burdekin district is nestled in the delta of the Burdekin River, with its two popular townships – Ayr and Home Hill – linked by the iconic Burdekin Bridge.

1.5 hours (136km) west of Townsville

Charters Towers Step back in time and discover the authentic charm and elegance of Charters Towers, a living montage of Australian history and heritage. When gold was first discovered here in 1871, Charters Towers became a gold rush town and quickly grew to become the second-largest town in the state. Today, Charters Towers and the heritage listed township of Ravenswood stand as living evidence of the wealth and grandeur of the historical gold rush era.

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Well-known as the sugar capital of Australia, the Burdekin offers fantastic fishing, magnificent wetlands, beautiful birdlife and miles of unspoilt beaches to explore.

Ayr: 1 hour (82km) south of Townsville


Holiday Bucket List Townsville sunset by Megan MacKinnon

Townsville  onquer Castle Hill (p. 13) C Embark on a Great Barrier Reef tour to witness pristine coral and marine life (p. 6) Chase waterfalls amongst the rainforest of Paluma Range National Park (p. 11) Explore the Ross River Parkway and cool off at the Riverway Lagoons (p. 11) Take a stroll through the city to explore amazing street art (p. 23)

Magnetic Island  pot one of the local koalas that make S up Northern Australia’s largest colony in the wild, marvel at the 360-degree views and explore WWII fortifications on the Forts Walk (p. 13) Visit one of 23 sun-soaked beaches around the Island (p. 8)

Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island by Megan MacKinnon

Burdekin  xperience one of the world’s best E wreck dives – the SS Yongala (p. 6) Wet a line and discover the fantastic fishing opportunities (p. 16) Take a step back in time exploring WWII fortifications on Charlie’s Hill (p. 21) Sample some sweet local produce and try the exotic achacha fruit (p. 25)

Charters Towers Discover the working life of the gold rush at the Venus Gold Battery (p. 21) Meet the Texas Longhorns on a wagon tour or safari (p. 14) Explore WWII fortifications and mining relics atop Towers Hill (p. 21)

Underneath the stars in Charters Towers by Megan MacKinnon

Coral Trout by Yongala Dive

Hinchinbrook  xplore Australia’s tallest single drop E waterfall – Wallaman Falls (p. 11) Hike the world-famous Thorsborne Trail on Hinchinbrook Island (p. 13) Visit a Mediterranean delicatessen (p. 25) Bird watch at the TYTO Wetlands (p. 15)

Hinchinbrook Island aerial with Hinchinbrook Adventures by Megan MacKinnon

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Great Barrier Reef & Islands It’s nature’s greatest gift to the world! The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest and longest coral reef system, stretching for 2,300km along the East Coast of Queensland. Townsville North Queensland is the gateway to the central section of the Great Barrier Reef which has less boating traffic and impact from human activity, giving snorkelers and divers access to some of the world’s most spectacular coral and marine life. For land-lovers looking to witness the Great Barrier Reef firsthand, there are a number of stunning island options to suit everyone’s holiday desires. Stretch out on a sun-soaked beach, venture through untouched National Parks, or helicopter to a private sand cay.

Snorkelling & diving The best way to see the Great Barrier Reef is to get up-close and personal. Within a two hour boat ride from Townsville, you can snorkel and dive some of the most secluded and pristine reefs along the East Coast. Regular day trips depart from Townsville and Magnetic Island to Lodestone Reef or Keeper Reef, both offering snorkelers shallow coral gardens overflowing with fish. Divers will discover deep coral canyons and bommies. Stay a little longer on a multi-day liveaboard with Adrenalin Snorkel & Dive or join a dive safari with Remote Area Dive. Magnetic Island Snorkel Trails Walk straight off Nelly or Geoffrey Bay on Magnetic Island to discover fringing reefs guided by permanent snorkel trails. Pick up a handy swim card from the local supermarket or dive store to learn about the coral and marine life – you may even discover a WWII plane propeller!

Shipwrecked on the SS Yongala Certified divers should have the SS Yongala wreck at the top of their bucket list – it is recognised as the best wreck dive along the Great Barrier Reef and one of the top 10 in the world. After disappearing during a cyclone and laying undetected for almost 50 years, today the wreck captivates divers with its array of hard and soft coral, intact preservation, pristine beauty and spectacular marine life including turtles, Marble Rays, Wrasse, Giant Gropers and even sharks and migrating Humpback Whales. Join Yongala Dive for your quickest link to the wreck, with tours and on-site accommodation based in Alva Beach in the Burdekin. Tours also depart directly from Townsville and Magnetic Island.

Get Dive Certified If you’re interested in becoming a certified diver, where better to learn than the Great Barrier Reef? Townsville North Queensland is home to a number of operators who provide certified diving courses for beginners to advanced. Snorkelling at Keeper Reef by @cleocohen

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Diving the SS Yongala Wreck by @achim_wetz_photography

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Centipede Reef by Megan MacKinnon

Wheeler Reef Sand Cay by @photobohemian

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Hinchinbrook Island

Orpheus Island

See the Great Barrier Reef from a different perspective on a scenic flight with Townsville Helicopters, Nautilus Aviation or Hinchinbrook Adventures. Witness the reef’s vastness and beauty from the air in just half an hour and for an extra special experience, land on a secluded sand cay to enjoy the reef all to yourself – a truly unforgettable moment.

Despite it being the biggest island on the Great Barrier Reef, Hinchinbrook Island is completely uninhabited. To protect its biodiversity, only 40 people are permitted to camp on Hinchinbrook Island at any one time, giving visitors the best possible experience to connect with, and truly appreciate, the raw beauty of this natural playground.

Charter a boat, take your own, or touch down via helicopter to discover Orpheus Island, offering 1,300 hectares of untouched National Park, unique wildlife and amazing reef experiences at every turn. Book into the Island’s luxury resort, capped to indulge just 28 guests at a time, and experience endless adventure with all-inclusive meals, watersports equipment and more – perfect for the lovers of exclusive and tranquil holidays. Alternatively, explore the Island on one of SeaLink Queensland’s seasonal day trips, with self-sufficient camping also available (permit available via the Queensland National Park Booking Service).

Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium Explore the magical wonders of the Great Barrier Reef (without getting wet) at the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium. As the National Reef Education Centre, Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium is home to thousands of species of fish, coral and even a Turtle Hospital, providing an exceptional day out to excite and educate the whole family.

The best way to explore the epic mountainous terrain, meandering creeks and stunning waterfalls is hiking the world-renowned 32km Thorsborne Trail, a 3–4 day self-sufficient adventure. Your quickest link to Hinchinbrook Island is via Dungeness in Hinchinbrook. Day trip and hiking transfers are available with Absolute North Charters – remember to book your permits for Hinchinbrook Island well in advance.

Palm Island Magnetic Island Just a 20 minute ferry ride from Townsville, Magnetic Island boasts the natural beauty and serenity of an island paradise with a thriving community – more than 2,500 people call the Island home. Magnetic Island is a haven for unique wildlife, and is home to Northern Australia’s largest colony of wild koalas. From luxury resorts to backpacker hostels, Magnetic Island offers a diverse range of accommodation with activities to excite everyone. Explore over 20km of walking trails through National Park, discover fringing coral reefs leading straight off the beach, take in the views with a sailing trip, or simply sit back and relax on one of the 23 bays and beaches. Magnetic Island is accessible via passenger ferry, car barge or helicopter. Once you arrive, taxis and buses are available, or visit Tropical Topless Car Rentals to travel in tropical style.

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 offers Indigenous heritage, rich cultural history and unspoilt natural landscapes. Palm Island is accessible via SeaLink Queensland ferry or by air.

Orpheus Island infinity pool

Pelorus Island Just north of Orpheus Island lies the pristine Pelorus Island, offering snorkel and dive experiences on fringing reefs accessible right off the beach. Reach Pelorus island by private boat or dive tour with Remote Area Dive, with self-sufficient camping also permitted.

For more information about fishing on the Great Barrier Reef, visit page 16. Alma Bay, Magnetic Island by Megan MacKinnon

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Beach Menu Townsville The Strand Patrolled, seasonal stinger nets, facilities, jetty, waterpark, rockpool, playgrounds, marina, over 2km of pathways Cape Pallarenda / Rowes Bay Seasonal stinger nets, facilities, boat ramp, playgrounds, watersports, dogfriendly, nearby hiking and bike tracks Bushland Beach Nearby boat ramp, BBQ facilities, playground, shipwreck at low tide Saunders Beach Facilities, nearby boat ramp, playground, 6km of untouched sand Toolakea Beach/ Bluewater Facilities, boat ramp, playground, great bird-watching, nearby camping Toomulla Facilities, boat ramp, fishing, camping areas Balgal Beach / Rollingstone Seasonal patrolled stinger net, boat ramp, fishing

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Magnetic Island Picnic Bay Seasonal stinger net, facilities, playground, boat ramp, jetty, nearby lookouts

Taylors Beach Facilities, boat ramp, caravan park, excellent fishing Forrest Beach Seasonal patrolled stinger nets, facilities, boat ramp, views to Orpheus and Palm Island Group

Nelly Bay Ferry terminal, facilities, playground, boat ramp, snorkel trails Geoffrey Bay Snorkel trails, marine life, nearby rock wallabies

Lucinda Beach Seasonal stinger nets, Australia’s longest service jetty, excellent fishing, boat ramp and quickest link to Hinchinbrook Island via Dungeness

Alma Bay Patrolled, facilities, playground, beach wheelchair available Radical Bay Tropical flora and rocky headlands to explore, 4WD access only Florence Bay Stunning fringing reefs, 4WD access only Horseshoe Bay Seasonal stinger net, facilities, boat ramp, the Island’s largest bay, watersports equipment for hire, playgrounds

Burdekin Beachmount Beach (Wunjunga Beach) 14km of coast line, fishing, facilities Lynch’s Beach (Alva Beach) Patrolled, facilities, boat ramp, playground, watersports, quickest link to SS Yongala wreck

Arthur Bay Nearby lookout, natural wading ponds nearby + 15 other beautiful beaches and bays – see map on page 34

Radical Bay, Magnetic Island by @mycolourfulworld_

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Tip: ‘Facilities’ may indicate toilets and/or BBQ. Check at beachsafe.org.au before swimming.


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National Parks & Gardens If awe-inspiring landscapes and breathtaking views feature on your holiday must-dos, then Townsville North Queensland is sure to impress. With diverse landscapes at every turn, it’s the perfect place to embrace nature, whether you want to go chasing waterfalls and soak up the sun, or push the limits conquering rugged mountains.

Magnetic Island National Park

Hinchinbrook Island 1 hr 45 mins (78km) by boat to Ramsay Bay from Dungeness, 140km north from Townsville City

Home to the world-renowned 32km Thorsborne Trail (limited permits available). Ferry transfers and day trips available from Dungeness, as well as helicopter scenic flights.

Orpheus Island National Park

20 mins by ferry (8km) from Townsville City

Features diverse native wildlife, 23 sunsoaked bays and beaches and 20km of bushwalking tracks with stunning views. Accessible via a 20 minute passenger ferry, car barge or helicopter.

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1 hr 45 mins by boat (110km) from Townsville City

Offers secluded bays, spectacular fringing reefs and interesting geology within 1,300 hectares of pristine National Park. Accessible via boat or helicopter.

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Magnetic Island aerial by @mycolourfulworld_

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Broadwater, Abergowrie State Forest by @stevesrayofsunshinephotography

For more information on islands, visit page 6.

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Zoe Falls, Hinchinbrook Island by @mycolourfulworld_


Zoe Falls Lookout, Hinchinbrook Island by Megan MacKinnon

Wallaman Falls, Hinchinbrook by Megan MacKinnon

Wallaman Falls, Girringun National Park

Bowling Green Bay National Park

2 hrs (137km) north from Townsville City

30 mins (28.2km) south from Townsville City

Experience the largest single-drop waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere at Wallaman Falls, just an hour west of Ingham, Hinchinbrook. Hike to the base of the Falls and explore the surrounding Wet Tropics World Heritage Area of Girringun National Park, home to some of the oldest rainforests on Earth and many endangered plants and animals.

Rugged mountains rise from the wetlands, saltpans and mangroves of this coastal plain in the Mount Elliot section of Bowling Green Bay National Park. Alligator Creek descends in a series of cascades, deep pools and waterfalls. Venture to Cape Bowling Green to see Australia’s longest sand spit.

Ross River Parkway 10 mins (6.6km) south from Townsville City

Paluma Range National Park

The Ross River Parkway is linked by 30km of shared pathways along both banks of the picturesque Ross River. Walk or cycle from the city across Townsville to the Upper Ross River, with a number of recreational facilities available along the way.

Castle Hill from Queens Gardens by Megan MacKinnon

Townsville Town Common Conservation Park and Cape Pallarenda

1 hr 30 mins (90.7km) north from Townsville City

Escape to the cool mountain air and tranquility of the Paluma Range. Big Crystal Creek sits just 7km off the Bruce Highway and offers waterholes, outcrops of large rocks and natural rockslides. Further up the range, Little Crystal Creek is well known for its historic stone arch bridge overlooking some of the best freshwater swimming holes in the North. Further north along the Highway, Jourama Falls offers beautiful places to relax, camp, walk and enjoy watching birds, butterflies and other native wildlife.

Broadwater, Abergowrie State Forest

10 mins (6.6km) north from Townsville City

The Townsville Town Common is an everchanging landscape, offering a number of trails spanning mountaintops, sandy beaches and coastal wetlands along Cape Pallarenda, and nearly 280 bird species.

Dalrymple National Park

Anderson Gardens Townsville’s largest botanic garden, with tropical trees, palms, grand avenues and the World Cycad Collection covering 25 hectares.

2 hrs (177km) west from Townsville City

Just 42km north of Charters Towers, the park’s highlights include ancient lava flows, fossilised limestone, the Burdekin River and access to parts of the former Dalrymple township, one of the first inland settlements in northern Australia.

2 hrs (150km) north from Townsville City

Just 47km north-west of Ingham, Broadwater features a number of short walks, swimming and birdwatching opportunities amongst the tropical rainforest and open eucalypt forest of Abergowrie State Forest. Cool down with a swim in Broadwater Creek, wander through the rainforest or relax in the day-use areas, complete with picnic and barbecue facilities.

Townsville Gardens

White Mountains National Park 3 hrs (270km) west from Townsville City

Spectacular white sandstone bluffs and gorges, brilliant wildflowers and diverse habitats from lancewood forests to sand dunes make this outback park truly unique.

Queens Gardens Offers a quiet, cool retreat from the nearby city centre with its lush green oasis set against Castle Hill.

Palmetum A 17 hectare display offering some of the most diverse public collections of palms in the world.

Dan Gleeson Memorial Gardens Features a wide range of native and exotic trees, shrubs and palms amongst large lawn areas and paved pathways.

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Hiking, Tracks & Trails Birthday Creek Falls

Short Walks Banggurru Walk Easy 800m return 45 minutes Wallaman Falls lookout, Hinchinbrook Hike to the banks of Stoney Creek

Djyinda Walk Moderate 3.2km return 2 hours Wallaman Falls lookout, Hinchinbrook Explore the base of Australia’s highest single drop waterfall

Witt’s Lookout Moderate 3km return 2 hours Paluma Village Meander through the rainforest to a rocky outcrop

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H Track Moderate 1.1km return 1 hour Paluma Village Uncover old logging relics amongst the rainforest

Jourama Falls Track Moderate 3km return 1 hour Jourama Falls camping area, Paluma Spot wildlife while taking in views over the Falls

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McClellands Lookout, Paluma by Johnathon Cami

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Bald Rock to Mount Marlow Moderate 5km return 2–3 hours Townsville Town Common 360-degree views from the summit of Mount Marlow

Shelly Cove Trail Easy 1.5km return 1.5 hours Cape Pallarenda Conservation Carpark, Townsville Visit the stunning and secluded Shelly Beach via a WWII access road, mountain bike friendly

Smedley’s Trail Moderate 6.8km return 3 hours Off the Under the Radar Track, Cape Pallarenda, Townsville Stunning views around the headland, mountain bike friendly Starting Point

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Hawkings Point, Magnetic Island by @_markfitz


Fort on Magnetic Island by Megan MacKinnon

Cutheringa Track Moderate 2.2km return 1.5 hours Base of Castle Hill Road, Townsville Follow the cliff edge with stunning views

Goat Track Moderate 1.3km return 1 hour Hillside Crescent, base of Castle Hill, Townsville Steep climb to raise the heart rate, 1,300 steps to the stop

The Forts Walk Moderate 4km return 1.5 hours Forts Walk Car Park, Magnetic Island 360-degree views, koalas in the trees above and WWII fortifications

Hawkings Point Easy 1.2km return 1 hour Picnic Street, Magnetic Island Large boulder outcrop with spectacular views over Picnic Bay

Arthur Bay Easy 1.4km return 30 minutes Forts Walk Car Park, Magnetic Island Discover some of the Island’s most secluded and pristine beaches, perfect for swimming, snorkelling and relaxing

Florence Bay Moderate 3.6km return 1 hour Forts Walk Car Park, Magnetic Island Discover some of the Island’s most secluded and pristine beaches, perfect for swimming, snorkelling and relaxing.

Radical Bay Moderate 6km return 2 hours Forts Walk Car Park, Magnetic Island Discover some of the Island’s most secluded and pristine beaches, perfect for swimming, snorkelling and relaxing.

The Forts Walk, Magnetic Island by Megan MacKinnon

Mount Inkerman Nature Base Walking Track

Hinchinbrook Island by Melissa Van der Haak

Moderate 3km return 1.5 hours Mount Inkerman, Burdekin Panoramic views of the Burdekin’s stunning sweeping plains

Towers Hill Walk Easy 2.5km return 1.5 hours Towers Hill, Charters Towers Explore WWII bunkers, mining relics, spot wildlife and take in stunning views

Day Hikes Under the Radar (UTR) Moderate 10.1km one way 5 hours Shelly Cove, Cape Pallarenda, Townsville Stunning island and Coral Sea views, mountain bike friendly

Picnic Bay to West Point Easy 16km return 5 hours Picnic Bay, Magnetic Island Pass wetland, mangroves, swamps and grasslands to reach West Point

Alligator Falls Track

Multi-day Hikes Thorsborne Trail, Hinchinbrook Island Difficult 32km one way 3–4 days Boat transfer from Dungeness to Ramsay Bay, Hinchinbrook Island Regarded as one of the best hikes in the world, traverse tropical peaks, coastal beaches, rocky shorelines and stunning waterfalls. *Permit required

Djagany Walk Difficult 56.8km one way 3 days Wallaman Falls day use area, Hinchinbrook Follow an old forestry track through she-oaks, open forest and rainforest. *Permit required

Difficult 17km return 5–6 hours Alligator Creek day-use area Venture around Mount Elliot and Saddle Mountain, to ascend to the top of the falls

Shelly Beach Circuit Track Moderate 8km return 4–5 hours Bald Rock car park, Townsville Town Common Explore mangroves and thickets to finish at a white sandy beach, mountain bike friendly

Paluma Rainforest by Megan MacKinnon

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Animal Encounters From rainforest to reef, outback to ocean, Townsville North Queensland’s iconic landscapes promise a variety of incredible wildlife encounters in every direction.

Billabong Sanctuary and Bungalow Bay Koala Village For an all-inclusive animal experience, visit Billabong Sanctuary just south of Townsville and Bungalow Bay Koala Village on Magnetic Island. Learn about local animals and their habitats, hold a croc or cuddle a koala, and even take part in daily presentations and feedings – perfect for children and the young at heart. JR the Texas Longhorn, Charters Towers by Megan MacKinnon

Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium

Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, Townsville by @ashleydobson

Explore the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef (without getting wet) at the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium. Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium is home to thousands of species of fish, coral and even a Turtle Hospital – it’s a great day out to excite and educate the whole family.

Billabong Sanctuary, Townsville by Budd Photography

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Texas Longhorn Wagon Tours and Safari Jump aboard a traditional horse drawn wagon ride or ranger safari to meet Australia’s largest herd of purebred Texas Longhorns, all while exploring the sweeping plains of the Australian outback in Charters Towers.


Koala sleeping in the wild on Magnetic Island by Megan MacKinnon

Spying platypus at Running River, Hidden Valley by Johnathon Cami

In the wild

In the water

Koalas: Spot one of Magnetic Island’s local koalas that make up Northern Australia’s largest colony living in the wild.

From the Great Barrier Reef to the SS Yongala wreck, and the easily accessible Magnetic Island Snorkel Trails, the waters surrounding Townsville North Queensland are swimming with some of Australia’s most iconic aquatic animals.

Wallabies: Get up close and personal to the social rock wallabies at Geoffrey Bay on Magnetic Island, with hotspots on the mainland including Towers Hill in Charters Towers, Inkerman Hill in the Burdekin and the TYTO Wetlands in Hinchinbrook. Visit at sunset when the wallabies are most active and see how many you can spot while taking in the amazing views. Platypus: Voted by Australian Geographic as one of the top five places to see a platypus in the wild, the team at Hidden Valley Cabins have a 98% success rate of spotting an elusive Northern Platypus in Paluma Range National Park.

Magnetic Island itself is an important breeding spot for green and flatback turtles, with freshwater turtles commonly spotted in creeks and waterholes, including Townsville’s Ross River. Dolphins and dugongs can be spotted off the coast, and don’t miss your chance to see a Humpback Whale during migration from July to September. Venture out on a dedicated whale watching tour with SeaLink Queensland, charter a vessel and keep your eyes peeled on island transfers and reef tours. Coral spawning: One of the most amazing experiences under the sea is annual coral spawning (October – November), where coral simultaneously release gametes into the water for reproduction causing an amazing underwater ‘snowglobe’ effect of colour.

Boyd’s Forest Dragon at Billabong Sanctuary by Megan MacKinnon

Check out all of Townsville North Queensland’s amazing Great Barrier Reef experiences on Page 6.

Olive-backed Sunbird by Chris Wake

Birding

With over 400 bird species waiting to be spotted, Townsville North Queensland is a bird-watcher’s utopia. Popular locations include: TYTO, Hinchinbrook

Townsville Town Common

Paluma Range National Park

Magnetic Island

Cromarty Wetlands, Burdekin

Horseshoe Lagoon, Burdekin

Charters Towers Weir, Charters Towers Turtle at the Yongala Wreck, Burdekin by @achim_wetz_photography

Wheeler Reef aerial view with Townsville Helicopters by Megan MacKinnon

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Fishing & Watersports As one of the most diverse fishing locations on the East Coast, Townsville North Queensland offers a full spectrum of world-class fishing and watersports opportunities, from endless unspoilt coastline, the open water of the Great Barrier Reef, estuarine waters and incredible freshwater sites.

Fishing Land-based fishing Cast a line off any stretch of pristine coastline for an easy and accessible fishing experience. Favourites include Forrest Beach, Taylors Beach, Dungeness and Lucinda in Hinchinbrook to catch Flathead, Javelin Fish and Barramundi. Alva Beach and Wunjunga Beach in the Burdekin offer Whiting and Salmon, or throw a line straight off The Strand in Townsville to snag a Grunter. Across the

water on Magnetic Island, Picnic Bay Jetty is a local favourite for some relaxed fishing with stunning views. Further inland, there are a number of sites to wet a line along the Burdekin River, which flows from the Burdekin to Charters Towers. The Burdekin Dam offers a great day out chasing Sleepy Cod, Barramundi and more, or visit the Weir Water Park in Charters Towers with barbeque facilities, children’s playground, toilets, boat ramp and plenty of fishing. Boat fishing Explore the 110 square kilometres of interconnected mangrove-lined creeks, rivers, tidal flats, sandy drop-offs and deep rocky holes in the Hinchinbrook Channel, regarded as one of the most scenic fishing locations in the world and the perfect place to chase a Barramundi. Other popular sites in Hinchinbrook include the Lucinda Jetty and the Herbert River.

Sunset fishing at Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island by Murray Waite & Assoc.

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Groper Creek is regarded as one of the best inland fishing locations in the Burdekin, providing access to the Burdekin River, Wallace Creek and species such as Barramundi, Mangrove Jack and Bream. Hit the water in Charters Towers via Dave Chapman Park or Burdekin Falls Dam boat ramp to explore various fishing landscapes along the mighty Burdekin River.

Fishing at the Picnic Bay Jetty, Magnetic Island by Rebecca Holman


Hinchinbrook Island sunset with Absolute North Charters by Megan MacKinnon

Diving into the reef by @_markfitz

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The stretching waters of the Great Barrier Reef is a sportfishing mecca, providing an incredible range of species alongside spectacular scenery. Whether you’re floating across shallow coral flats for Coral Trout, tracking the edges of the Reef, or seeking the hard fighting Giant Trevally and Spanish Mackerel, a day on the Great Barrier Reef is sure to excite and create memories to last a lifetime. Touchdown on an island to discover an array of fringing reef and beach sites to throw a line.

Charter a boat or join a guided fishing tour for an exceptional day on the water for everyone from beginners to the most experienced fisherman. Crackajack Sportfishing Adventures will showcase the best that Hinchinbrook has to offer and will help you tick off your fishing bucket list. For an experience to last a lifetime, take a heli-fishing tour up the Herbert River Gorge with Hinchinbrook Adventures for remote area sweetwater fishing amongst some of the most secluded and pristine areas in the world. Other unique heli-fishing locations are accessible from Townsville with Townsville Helicopters and Nautilus Aviation.

When planning a fishing trip, be sure to check the zoning maps. Visit www.gbrmpa.gov.au.

Watersports Besides fishing, snorkelling and swimming, there are plenty of other on-water activities to explore. A popular favourite is Magnetic Island’s Horseshoe Bay, where you can get the adrenaline pumping on a tube ride. Alternatively, hire a catamaran or sit back and relax on a sailing tour.

Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef by @khyorchard

Fishing at Zoe Bay, Hinchinbrook Island by Megan MacKinnon

Jetski – Hire a jet ski or join a tour and explore Magnetic Island from the water. Cruise the coastline and take in the scenery – you may even see a friendly turtle swimming by!

Pilgrim Sailing’s Magnetic Island ‘Sunset Sip&Sail’ by @mycolourfulworld_

Sailing – Charter a vessel or join a sailing tour with Big Mama Sailing or Pilgrim Sailing to explore the pristine waters surrounding Townsville and Magnetic Island. From all day adventure tours to relaxing sunset sails, you’ll find something for everyone on a sailing trip. Kayak – Hire a kayak to explore coastal communities and in-land waterways, or join a tour on Magnetic Island to visit secluded bays. Stand-up Paddle Boarding and Kiteboarding – Alva Beach, Lucinda, Pallarenda and Cungulla are favourites for kiteboarding, and are suitable for beginners to experts. Stand-up paddleboarders can also find a range of scenery to explore, from Orpheus Island to the Paluma Dam amongst the mountains.

Big Mama Sailing, Magnetic Island by Matt and Mia Glastonbury

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Don’t be fooled. The Hinchinbrook Way isn’t a drive. It is one hundred drives meandering through graceful cane fields that make the ride even sweeter. It isn’t one adventure, it is thousands as you discover mountains and mighty waterfalls, island paradises and prehistoric landscapes, marine wonderlands and a sport-fishing mecca. It is where you can go as fast or as slow as you like. Go adventuring, touch the wild, go flat out, relax, put your feet up, have a laugh, enjoy an ice cold beer. This is our way of life, it is The Hinchinbrook Way. Join us on your next weekend or holiday.

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Townsville North Queensland is home to some of Australia’s best camping and caravanning spots, whether you’re seeking the red dust of the Outback, white sands of the coast, or chasing waterfalls amongst the rainforests. Hit the road and explore the best of our backyard.

While venturing north along the Queensland coast, stop into the Burdekin townships of Inkerman, Home Hill, Ayr and Brandon for caravan accommodation, or rest at the tranquil Alva Beach for easy access to amazing fishing, bird-watching and stretches of unspoilt coastline. Further west, Charters Towers boasts a number of accommodation sites to take in the awe of the outback.

In Townsville City, there are a number of caravan and camping options available. Escape the hustle and bustle at Secura Lifestyle Magnetic Gateway, nestled just 10 minutes south of Townsville. Find gems amongst the suburbs – stay lakeside at Secura Lifestyle The Lakes, within walking distance to shopping and food outlets. Stay along the coast at the Rowes Bay Beachfront Holiday Park, with stunning views of Cape Pallarenda and easy access to The Strand and the City. Further north, find accommodation at Bluewater, Saunders Beach, Rollingstone, Balgal Beach and Crystal Creek. In the Hinchinbrook region, Forrest Beach, Taylors Beach and Lucinda offer seaside accommodation, with sites in the township of Ingham providing easy access to a number of local attractions, shopping and dining experiences.

RV Sites

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Free Regional Camping Burdekin Home Hill Comfort Stop Railway Avenue, Ingham. Maximum two night stay. Funny Dunny Park, Wunjunga 19.1km south of Home Hill. Maximum four night stay, small financial donation encouraged.

Dump points available at all sites

Bluewater Park: 29km north of Townsville on the Bruce Highway Bushy Parker Park: 53km north of Townsville near Rollingstone Balgal Beach: Tooth St, Balgal Beach Secura Lifestyle Magnetic Gateway: 88 Minehane Street, Cluden Rowes Bay Beachfront Holiday Park: 46 Heatleys Parade, Belgian Gardens TYTO: Cooper St, Ingham Fletcher Creek: 39km north of Charters Towers

Charters Towers Fletcher Creek 39km north of Charters Towers, Gregory Developmental Road Macrossan Park Rest Area 22km east of Charters Towers on the Flinders highway next to the Burdekin River and Macrossan Bridge.

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History & Heritage From military involvement to outback mining towns, there’s a world of history and culture to be discovered in Townsville North Queensland.

Townsville Museum Get a glimpse into the past at the Townsville Museum in Currajong, featuring an extensive collection of artefacts, photographs and building plans that trace back to the time of European settlement.

Museums & attractions

TYTO, Hinchinbrook Learn about the pioneering cane cutting community along the Sugar Tracks tour or visit the mini Museum to view military records, photographs and artefacts which honour the 31st Battalion – The Kennedy Regiment.

Museum of Tropical Queensland Imagine life aboard the HMS Pandora, discover more about rainforests and reefs, inspect Indigenous artefacts and learn about North Queensland’s history and lifestyle all at the Museum of Tropical Queensland, right in the heart of Townsville’s city. Maritime Museum of Townsville Visit the Maritime Museum to hear stories of Australian shipwrecks and the historic SS Yongala, visit a lighthouse, learn about world wars and visit a gun deck display. Located on Palmer Street in Townsville.

Charters Towers Ambulance Museum Charters Towers Ambulance Station dates back to 1903, servicing an area of almost 70,000 square kilometres. View a collection of old vehicles, uniforms and logbooks over the past 100 years.

Mercer Lane Mosaic, Hinchinbrook Discover over 42 metres of stunning mosaic work in Ingham’s Mercer Lane, depicting the region’s history and the heroes of yesteryear. Zara Clark Museum, Charters Towers Housing impressive local memorabilia, the Museum showcases the town’s

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Old agricultural equipment at TYTO, Hinchinbrook by Budd Photography

A section of the Mercer Lane mosaic, Hinchinbrook by Bluekino


Charters Towers mural painted by Mark Sutherland, photographed by Megan MacKinnon

Indigenous items at Mungalla Station, Hinchinbrook by Budd Photography

Indigenous culture Mungalla Aboriginal Station, Hinchinbrook Discover the culture and history of Mungalla Station and the Nywaigi People, the Aboriginal traditional owners of the lands around Ingham in North Queensland. Learn about their culture and history, try throwing a boomerang or taste a ‘Kup Murri’, a traditional underground cooking feast. Minimum of 10 people required for a tour. Plantation Park, Burdekin Ayr’s Plantation Park is home to the Juru Walk, an important link to the Burdekin’s Aboriginal history. It features rainforest ecosystems, art installations and is home to Gubullamunda, a 53 metre carpet snake art installation which stands as the totem of the Juru people. Jezzine Barracks, Townsville To the north of The Strand, Jezzine Barracks is a 15-hectare heritage precinct commemorating the military and Aboriginal heritage of the headland. Discover art installations depicting the dreamtimes stories and read botanical information that explains how plants were used by the Gurambilbarra Wulgurukaba and Bindal people in the area.

Fort on Magnetic Island by Budd Photography

Military history

The golden days

With the region’s strong and continuous involvement in the military spanning well over a century, there are stories to uncover at every turn.

When gold was discovered in Charters Towers in the 1870s, the region flourished to become a thriving city centre and was affectionately nicknamed ‘The World’ as it was said that everything you might desire could be found there. Today, the region is a living montage of the bygone era and the grandeur that once was.

Tour Townsville Join a Military Tour to discover the stories and feel the emotion firsthand from a local ex-serviceman, who will not only share what times were like during the war, but show how these events have influenced Townsville to become the city it is today. Anzac Park and Jezzine Barracks, The Strand, Townsville On The Strand, visit Anzac Park to discover a number of memorials amongst lush gardens, or explore Jezzine Barracks to see bunkers and gun emplacements, informative displays and visit the Army Museum North Queensland. Cape Pallarenda, Townsville Hit the trails of Cape Pallarenda to discover WWII structures and visit the historic Quarantine Station, servicing the American and Australian armies during WWII. The Forts Walk, Magnetic Island The Forts Walk will lead you through the wilderness to some of the best-preserved WWII fortifications along the East Coast, including gun emplacements, command post and signal room. Enjoy the stunning 360-degree views and an abundance of wildlife along the way.

Venus Battery View the process of extracting gold, hear stories of the Battery’s working life and some of its ghosts at the Venus Gold Battery, the largest surviving Battery relic in Australia and the oldest in Queensland. Miner’s Cottage Try your hand at gold panning, hear yarns of the past from passionate locals and get a glimpse into the lifestyle at the start of the 20th century at this mini museum. Stock Exchange Arcade Take a stroll through the Stock Exchange Arcade – the aspirational architecture of the arcade and surrounding historical buildings reflect the rise and fall of fortune during the Gold Rush. Ravenswood Uncover mullock heaps, discarded mine machinery, heritage listed hotels and tales from the gold rush era in Ravenswood, or join a tour with Raven Tours to learn the history and heritage firsthand.

Towers Hill, Charters Towers Take the journey up Towers Hill in a car or on foot for the opportunity to explore WWII bunkers, interactive and informative displays, and take in the stretching views from the lookout amphitheatre. Charlie’s Hill, Burdekin Located just south of Home Hill, Charlie’s Hill was part of the frontline defence of Australia during World War II and includes a radar station noted in the Queensland Heritage Register for its historical and military significance.

Imperial Hotel, Ravenswood by Megan MacKinnon

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Arts & Culture As the cultural capital of regional Australia, Townsville North Queensland’s cultural and performing arts scene is a part of the community’s fabric. A variety of acts, live shows, and exhibitions are regularly presented throughout the city’s creative spaces and galleries.

Riverway & Pinnacles Gallery The Riverway Arts Centre entwines art, leisure and the natural environment to create new and unique experiences for all. Catch a performance in the theatre or meander through an exhibit at Pinnacles Gallery. While you’re there, take a dip in the lagoons which cover an area larger than three Olympic-sized swimming pools, or soak up some sun on the deck. With rostered lifeguards, café and free admission, Riverway offers a great day out for all ages.

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Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts offers an exhibition and studio space with a mission to drive innovation, invite experimentation, encourage excellence and inspire appreciation for contemporary visual art. Free admission. Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Perc Tucker is Townsville’s premier regional art gallery, located in the heart of the city along Flinders Street. The gallery offers a dynamic range of local, national and international exhibitions complemented by workshops and programs. Free admission. Townsville Civic Theatre The Townsville Civic Theatre is the region’s leading cultural facility, offering performances in dance, music, opera, comedy and drama from a range of Australian companies and international

TYTO Regional Arts Gallery by Budd Photography

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artists complementing the work of local performing arts organisations. TYTO Regional Art Gallery and Surrounds TYTO is a hub of art, culture, nature and knowledge in Ingham, Hinchinbrook. From regional art gallery exhibitions to regular workshops, TYTO is a great place to start exploring art and its various disciplines. World Theatre Gallery Charters Towers’ World Theatre Gallery reflects the many facets of the region, including work from local Queensland artists and objects of historical significance, to contemporary photographic works showcasing both urban and rural landscapes.


Townsville street art photo by @ashleydobson

Burdekin Theatre The Burdekin Theatre is the home of events and entertainment in the Burdekin region, playing host to a diverse range of live performances and events amongst the iconic architecture and surrounding outdoor forecourt. Dancenorth Admire the strength, creativity and flexibility of some of the world’s best dancers at a Dancenorth performance. As one of Australia’s leading contemporary dance theatre companies, Dancenorth experiments with all art forms to deliver immersive collaborations, dynamic performances and adventurous storytelling to audiences in Townsville North Queensland and around the globe. With a centrally located performance space, make a night of it by combining a show with dinner at one of Townsville’s dining hotspots. Local productions From the classics you know and love to modern day tales, why not catch a local theatre performance during your Townsville North Queensland holiday? From one act plays to theatre restaurants and even outdoor theatre extravaganzas, local production companies (including Full Throttle Theatre Company, Theatre iNQ, The North Queensland Opera and Music Theatre, Townsville Choral Society and Townsville Little Theatre) all provide

Mercer Lane mosaic by Megan MacKinnon

Townsville water tank mural photo by Megan MacKinnon

a fantastic line up of stage performances year round! Stage Door Theatre Restaurant Prepare to laugh out loud with a memorable night out at Magnetic Island’s popular Stage Door Theatre Restaurant. Catch talented performers Bernadette and Kevin as they bring you live singing, hilarious comedy and tongue-in-cheek impersonations that will have you in fits of laughter. Throw in a delicious three course meal, North Queensland hospitality and a fully stocked bar and you’re promised one of the best nights out in the North! Performances are held year round on Friday and Saturday nights. In the regions Outside of Townsville, you can see a variety of outstanding regional talent in exciting productions delivered by Towers Players (Charters Towers), Burdekin Singers & Theatre Company and the Ingham Theatre Group. Productions include major performances, one act plays, theatre restaurants and more. Drive-in cinemas It doesn’t get more nostalgic than a visit to a drive-in cinema. Enjoy a flick under the stars at the Tors Drive-in Cinema in Charters Towers or the Stardust Drive-in Cinema in Ayr, complete with a retro café snack bar to stock up on treats before the movie starts.

Checking out street art around town by Rob Garwood

Street Art From public murals dotted around Charters Towers and Home Hill, to Townsville’s inner city street art revolution, Townsville North Queensland’s love of the arts has been integrated into everyday life. Venture through Townsville’s Inner City Walking Trail to uncover astounding pieces amongst the streets and laneways. Tick off Ayr’s Heritage Town Walk to visit the granite and bronze Living Lagoon Sculpture. In Ingham, you can explore the amazing 42 metrelong mosaic art panels of Mercer Lane, created by more than 2,000 locals and visitors depicting the history of the local sugar cane industry.

Admiring Townsville’s street art by @ashleydobson

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Food & Drink From laneway restaurants to raw breakfast bars, the juiciest local fruits to the freshest seafood and traditional Australian pub feeds, Townsville North Queensland’s dining culture is as diverse as its landscapes.

Townsville dining precincts Palmer Street Whether you’re craving Indian, Italian, French, Mexican, Australian or locally caught seafood, it’s all at your fingertips along Palmer Street. Begin your day with Australia’s best breakfast at Jam, or start a night out with a delicious meal and drinks. Gregory Street and The Strand The alfresco dining and its close proximity to the beach makes Gregory Street and The Strand the perfect stop for a meal. Kick-start your morning with a breakfast bowl, treat yourself to some gelato following an afternoon swim, or refuel after some retail therapy along Gregory Street.

Palmer Street at night by Megan MacKinnon

Dal Santo’s Deli in the Burdekin by Budd Photography

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Flinders Street and City Lane At the heart of Townsville’s nightlife is Flinders Street, offering an eclectic mix

The Townsville Brewery by Rob Parsons

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of restaurants, nightclubs, pubs and specialty bars. Try a tall glass of the locally-brewed Townsville Bitter at The Brewery, taste a signature cocktail at Hooch and Fellow, or venture into the New York-inspired City Lane for a lively atmosphere with plenty on offer. The Precinct Find yourself spoilt for choice at The Precinct in Townsville’s outer suburbs. From the artisan bakery to fresh food market, European deli and plenty of dining options, this urban village combines a diverse selection of local food experiences in one location. Central Village Situated along Flinders Street West, all the action starts at Central Village with dining and entertainment at your fingertips. Stop in for a brunch or coffee catch up or make a night of it with dinner and a movie.


Otto’s Fresh Food Market by @gypsea_lust

Cannon Park In close proximity to both Riverway and 1300SMILES Stadium – home of the North Queensland Cowboys – Cannon Park offers a range of cuisine and social atmospheres to kick-start a night out. Watch a movie, challenge your friends at tenpin bowling, catch up over a Mexican fiesta or enjoy a pint at the local Irish pub. Otto’s Fresh Food Market Otto’s is not only a market – the atmospheric arcade features an artisan bakehaus, specialty grocer, café, Texas barbecue, delicatessen, butcher, fresh produce, patisserie, seafood and chicken rotisserie at the Hen Haus.

Healthy tropical snacks from The Beet Bar by @gypsea_lust

Regional links to the Mediterranean Not far from Townsville, discover the Burdekin and Hinchinbrook’s thriving communities with rich cultural influences at every turn. From home style Italian cooking to delicious Greek sweets, treat your taste buds to a range of delectable flavours from across the globe. Find an assortment of Mediterranean-inspired delicatessens, uncover award-winning local chefs dishing up international cuisines, or combine traditional dishes with fresh North Queensland local produce to create a fusion of flavours.

Local produce

Fresh produce at the Cotters Market by Rob Parsons

The Townsville Brewery by Rob Parsons

You’ll be spoilt for choice by Townsville North Queensland’s produce selection, readily available at markets and roadside stalls. Try the exotic South American achacha fruit in the Burdekin, sample Hinchinbrook’s gourmet mushrooms, and don’t miss a visit to the iconic Frosty Mango with ice-cream made from fresh local produce – you can even stroll through the display orchard to see what’s in season.

Drinks at the Rollingstone Hotel by Johnathon Cami

All-Australian Experiences It’s not a North Queensland Seafood holiday without experiencing a local Aussie pub! pride Local fishmongers take incredible in sourcing local, sustainably caught seafood. Theoriginal freshness evident whether Visit the PubisWith No Beer you’re out at theby Townsville Yacht in dining Ingham, famed Slim Dusty’s Club,iconic The Pier Bar along Strand, tune,ororC dine in the The heritage or cooking up a storm in the kitchen listed hotels in Ravenswood thatwith the most fish, willmouth-watering take you back toprawns, the Gold bugR andEnjoy more!the North Queensland Rush. hospitality in Charters Towers’ pubs and cafés and be sure to taste a local Whitbreads softdrink. Taste the history amongst the mountains at the Herveys Range Heritage Tea Rooms. Try a delicious meal, sweet treats and a diverse range of tea and coffees – coffee connoisseurs can try the infamous Kopi Luwak coffee bean, just don’t ask how it’s made...

Dining at Rambutan, Townsville by Rob Garwood

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Shopping From antiques to fashion, homewares to furniture and a range of markets, shopaholics are spoilt for choice in Townsville North Queensland. With a mix of leading shopping centres and boutiques across the region, prepare to shop until you drop.

Shopping centres Townsville has five main shopping centres, offering a range of outlets. Castletown Shoppingworld From homewares to fashion, beauty to technology, find everything to style your life in Castletown’s 144 stores, including Target, Big W, Woolworths and Cotton On. Stockland Townsville Boasting a diverse offering with over 120 specialty stores, you’ll find labels you’ll

love in Stockland, including Myer, H&M, Big W and Woolworths. Willows Shopping Centre With 140 stores on offer, enjoy the variety and convenience at Willows, including Harris Scarfe, Cotton On, Target, Big W, Coles and Woolworths. Domain Central Domain Central is Queensland’s largest bulky goods centre with over 60 of Australia’s best brand name retailers including Nick Scali, BCF, TK Maxx, The Good Guys, Freddy’s Fishing & Outdoors, JB Hi-Fi and Bunnings. There are 1,400 free car parking spaces available. Fairfield Central and Homemaker Centre One of Townsville’s newer retail destinations, Fairfield Central’s outlets include Beacon Lighting, Kmart, Pillow Talk, Petbarn and Bunnings.

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Shopping on Flinders Street by Budd Photography

Boutique shopping Alongside Townsville’s major shopping precincts, the region boasts a number of boutique shopping experiences, with each destination offering its individual style and flair.


Shopping on Flinders Street by Rob Garwood

Cotters Markets in Townsville City by Rob Parsons

Hinchinbrook Mercer Lane Markets First Saturday of the month (February – December)

Adjacent to Townsville’s award-winning beach promenade, The Strand, Gregory Street boasts a number of quirky cafés, fashion boutiques and homewares and is a one-stop shopping destination with a tropical vibe. Further into the heart of Townsville’s city, you can find a number of boutiques along Palmer Street and Flinders Street with plenty of cafés to rest, recover and refuel. Across the water, Magnetic Island offers a number of independent outlets, from fashion to souvenirs and even art galleries. Be sure to stop into one of the local cafés for a bite to eat. With branded outlet stores in the Burdekin region few and far between, you can find something a bit out of the ordinary to add to your closet in one of many independent boutiques in Ayr and Home Hill. Charters Towers boasts a mix of boutique and independent retailers, with everything from antiques and specialty gifts, to clothing. Being in the heart of the outback means you can also find a range of country and western gear along Gill Street to dress the part. Hinchinbrook’s town of Ingham provides an eclectic shopping experience that includes a number of quality boutique shops where you’ll no doubt find something unique to add to your collection.

Domain Central by Megan MacKinnon

Conroy Hall Markets Second Saturday of the month Raintree Markets Third Sunday of the month (February – December)

Fresh produce at Cotters Markets in Townsville City by Rob Garwood

Local markets Townsville Cotters Market Every Sunday in Flinders Street, 8:30am – 1:00pm. Strand Night Markets: First Friday of the month (May – December) at Strand Park Willows Markets Every Sunday at Willows Shopping Centre, Thuringowa Renegade Handmade Markets Second Sunday of the month (February – December) in Currajong Magnetic Island Horseshoe Bay Markets Second and last Sunday of each month

Forrest Beach Markets Fourth Sunday of the month (May – September) Lucinda Markets Second Sunday of the month (May – September) Charters Towers Showground Markets Second Sunday of the month (excluding June – August) Charity Markets Fourth Sunday of the month (excluding January, August and December) Ravenswood Imperial Winter Markets First Sunday of the month (excluding November – February) Burdekin Plantation Park Markets First and third Sunday of every month (excluding January – February)

Palmer Street shopping by Rob Parsons

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3 Days, 4 Ways at the Museum of Tropical Queensland – perfect to keep the kids busy and learn a lot along the way.

Rock wallaby at Geoffrey Bay, Magnetic Island by Kobie Rhodes

1 Family fun Day 1 Spend the morning in Townsville’s city meeting colourful coral and aquatic animals at the Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium – all without getting wet! Right next door, learn about life aboard a sailing ship and discover Indigenous artefacts

Day 2 Feed a kangaroo, cuddle a koala, race a turtle and meet over 50 other native animal species at Billabong Sanctuary. In the afternoon, head to the beach to grab a scoop of gelato and cool off at the waterpark along Townsville’s awardwinning beachfront promenade, The Strand. Day 3 Take a quick 20 minute ferry trip across to Magnetic Island and land in pictureperfect tropical paradise. Join a tour with Aquascene Charters to explore the Island’s hidden gems and make memories snorkelling, fishing, feeding birds of prey and so much more. End the day by visiting the friendly rock wallabies at Geoffrey Bay for an epic sunset.

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2 History buff Day 1 Learn about the unique military history of the region with Tour Townsville, where you’ll discover culture and stunning scenery while learning about Townsville’s past. Take in a glorious sunset at Jezzine Barracks, a military and Aboriginal heritage precinct, while uncovering artwork installations, displays and traditional planting. Day 2 Hit the road and visit Ingham in Hinchinbrook, just 1.5 hours north of Townsville City. Stop into TYTO and explore art, culture and nature, taste Italian cuisine at one of the delis and drop into Mercer Lane for a visual display of the region’s past. On your way home, stop into Paluma Range National Park and explore waterfalls beneath the historic stone arch bridge built in the 1930’s.

Aerial view of Little Crystal Creek Bridge by @photobohemian


Sunset on The Strand, Townsville by Megan MacKinnon

Day 3 Discover the enchanting outback town of Charters Towers (1.5 hours west of Townsville) to learn about the Gold Rush of the late nineteenth century. Visit the Venus Gold Battery, pan for gold at the Miner’s Cottage, visit stunning architecture and explore WWII bunkers along Tower’s Hill. Take a detour to Ravenswood on your drive back, once a thriving centre that now offers magnificently restored heritage listed sites, walking trails to see stretching outback landscapes and plenty of local characters to share stories of the past.

Orpheus Island sunset

the way to cool off in the crystal-clear swimming holes or relax under a waterfall. Day 3 Discover stunning coral and diverse marine life while experiencing the magical underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. Take a day trip to pristine reef just two hours out of Townsville, or travel to Alva Beach in the Burdekin to tick the SS Yongala wreck off your ultimate dive bucket list.

Day 1 & 2 Set flight in your personal helicopter and discover the Orpheus Island Lodge, a secluded island hideaway accommodating just 28 indulged guests amidst the magical waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Experience unlimited access to fringing reefs, visit the unique Indigenous-inspired treatment at the Gwandalan Day Spa, and take the helm of a motorised dingy complete with gourmet picnic hamper to explore the day away. Day 3 Back on the mainland, start your day with a bang on a Great Barrier Reef scenic flight, promising stunning blue waters of the Pacific Ocean with endless reef to observe. Touch down on a secluded sand cay for uninterrupted, 360° views of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. (Hot Tip: this is one of the best places to pop the question!)

3 Active adventurer Day 1 Kick off the day with a trek up Castle Hill to get your bearings of Townsville City while taking in a stunning sunrise. Cool down with a breakfast bowl and a swim along The Strand, Townsville’s beachfront promenade, before tackling one of the many tracks at the Townsville Town Common. Day 2 It’s time to go chasing waterfalls! Visit the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest single drop waterfall at Wallaman Falls and be sure to have your camera ready when you hike to the base. Stop into Jourama Falls and/ or Paluma Range National Park along

4 Lovers of luxury

Venture across to Magnetic Island for a tropical afternoon escape. End the day with a twilight sail on the waters surrounding Magnetic Island, a perfect way to reminisce and celebrate memories made.

Jourama Falls by @mycolourfulworld_

Townsville Helicopters on the Wheeler Reef Sand Cay by Megan MacKinnon

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What’s On 2018–19 Australian Festival of Chamber Music by Andrew Rankin

July 2018

September 2018

January 2019

Paluma Push 22 Jul

XTERRA Townsville (Off-Road Multisport Event) 1–2 Sep

Charters Towers Goldfield Ashes 26–28 Jan

Australian Festival of Chamber Music 27 July – 5 Aug

JLT One-Day Cup (Cricket) 16, 19, 22 Sep

August 2018

October 2018

Australian Italian Festival (Hinchinbrook) 4–5 Aug

Constellation Cup (Netball) AUS vs NZ 10 Oct

McDonald’s Townsville Running Festival 5 Aug

November 2018

Daikin North Queensland Elite Rodeo 18 Aug

Professional Bull Riding (PBR) National Finals 23–24 Nov

Intersport Townsville Triathlon Festival 17–19 Aug

December 2018

SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week 30 Aug – 5 Sep

Stable on The Strand (Christmas Festival) 18–22 Dec

May 2019 Groovin the Moo 5 May Townsville MTB Festival 10–12 May

June 2019

Regular Events JCU Townsville Fire (Women’s National Basketball League) Oct–Feb North Queensland Toyota Cowboys (National Rugby League) Mar–Oct

Markets Visit page 27

Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festival (Burdekin) 30 May – 1 Jun

July 2019 Watpac Townsville 400 5–7 Jul

Exhibits and performances Visit page 22–23 for more information

Events, dates and venues are subject to change without notice.

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The Point

Magnetic Island

Lovers Bay

White Rock

Maud Bay Norris Bay Huntingfield Joyce Bay Bay Wilson Bay

Balding Bay Radical Bay

Horseshoe Bay

Gowrie Bay

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The Forts

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Magnetic Island National Park

West Point

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Mount Cook 493m

Young Bay

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Whitfield Cove

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Patrolled beach

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Alma Bay

Arcadia Geoffrey Bay

Lookout Snorkel trail Shipwreck

Nelly Bay

Walking trail

Bremner Point

Bright Point

Unsealed road National park Reef

Nobby Head

Marine National Park – No fishing

Picnic Bay

Hawkings Point

1km

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Airlie Beach (Whitsundays)

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Rocky Bay

Cockle Bay

78km

Bowen

189km

115km

Ayr (Burdekin)

352km

278km

164km

Charters Towers

276km

202km

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136km

Townsville

388km

314km

200km

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Ingham (Hinchinbrook)

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Cairns


Visitor Information Services Chat to a local Pop in and meet the volunteers and staff at the local Visitor Information Centres to discover local insights into what to do and see in the region.

Burdekin Gateway Information Centre 1 2 Railway Avenue, Home Hill 07 4782 8241

Port Moresby Darwin

Cairns

TOWNSVILLE

Mount Isa

Mackay Rockhampton Toowoomba

Townsville Bulletin Square Visitor Information Centre  ownsville Bulletin Square, T Flinders Street, Townsville City 07 4721 3660

Bruce Highway Visitor Information Centre  illabong Sanctuary, Bruce Highway B 17km south of Townsville 07 4780 4397

Breakwater Ferry Terminal Visitor Information Service Breakwater Terminal, Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville City

Burdekin Visitor Information Centre  lantation Park, P Bruce Highway, Ayr 07 4783 5988

Charters Towers Visitor Information Centre 7 4 Mosman Street, Charters Towers 07 4761 5533

Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Lounge  nr Bruce Highway C & Cooper Street, Ingham 07 4776 4792

Brisbane

Sydney Melbourne

Townsville Airport With more than 180 direct flights to Townsville per week serviced by a number of major airlines, Townsville Airport is your gateway to North Queensland. With direct flights departing major hubs, Townsville Airport is ready to welcome you when you kick-off your adventure in Townsville North Queensland.

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Things to do & where to stay

Townsville Yacht Club

Waterfront dining and bar

07 4772 1192 townsvilleyachtclub.com.au 1 Plume Street, South Townsville, 4810

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys

Herveys Range Heritage Tea Rooms Head for the hills, taste the history

North Queensland’s NRL team

07 4773 0700 cowboys.com.au 1300SMILES Stadium Golf Links Drive, Kirwan 4817

The Cowboys play one of the most exciting brands of football in the code, boasting a lineup of state/ international representatives and NRL stars. Experience the electrifying atmosphere of a Cowboys match – a bucket list North Queensland experience!

07 4778 0199 heritagetearooms.com.au 37 Thornton’s Gap Road, Herveys Range, 4817

Hinchinbrook Adventures

07 4776 2030

hinchinbrookadventures.com.au Hangar 2, Ingham Airport, Ingham, 4850

Our city has a story to tell

0408 555 887 tourtownsville.com.au

Absolute North Charters

0419 712 577 absolutenorthcharters.com.au

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Tour Townsville specialises in small group exclusive and unique tours that tell the story of Townsville. Hear Townsville’s military history firsthand from ex-serviceman Toby on a Military Tour, visit the most iconic sights on a Scenic Tour or plan your own adventure on a Custom Tour.

Yongala Dive

Day trips to the Yongala Shipwreck

Hinchinbrook Island transfers

Absolute North Charters is the essential way to access the Thorsborne Trail on Hinchinbrook Island. Three generations of experience on the trail provides you with intimate knowledge of the track before your hike commences. Day trips also available.

A scenic 25 minute drive from Willows Shoppingtown, enjoy breakfast, lunch, delicious scones, tea and coffee in heritage listed building or spacious gardens. Licensed. Local craft. Stunning wedding venue. Open daily 9am–4pm. Bookings recommended on weekends.

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Heli Fishing & Scenic Flights

Hinchinbrook Adventures provides the opportunity to experience the many amazing natural wonders of the Hinchinbrook region as well as fishing the unique waterways abundant in our piece of paradise. Contact us for information to plan your next adventure.

Located in Plume Street within the Palmer Street eating precinct. The clubhouse and popular decking area offer wonderful views overlooking the Marina and the tranquil waters of Ross Creek. An excellent choice for a casual drink, lunch, dinner or your next function or conference. Open 7 days a week.

07 4783 1519 yongaladive.com.au 56 Narrah Street, Alva Beach, 4807

Yongala Dive is a PADI 5 Star Dive Resort uniquely positioned in Alva Beach (QLD) specialising in day trips to the Shipwreck, PADI Dive Courses and accommodation. With an international reputation for providing a quality dive experience, professional service, safety and value while still retaining the Northern Queensland ‘laid-back’ day.


Aquascene Magnetic Island

Snorkelling, fishing, exploring… all in one tour! Join award-winning Aquascene on our ‘Discovery Tour’ of Magnetic Island… where every bay has a story to tell! Family owned and operated, you will experience a lifetime of local knowledge and ‘secret spots’ as we share this beautiful island we have called home for over 30 years. Visit secluded beaches, snorkel fringing reefs, wet a line and meet some local marine life all in the one tour. We show you the beauty of Magnetic Island from above and below the water. No long travel times, plenty of fun, adventure and relaxation for all ages.

Fantasea Cruising Magnetic Drive to beautiful Magnetic Island! Magnetic Island, situated only 8km offshore from Townsville, is a perfect destination for a day trip or weekend getaway. By taking your vehicle to Magnetic Island you can maximise your time to enjoy the Island’s beauty, secluded bays, and myriad of activities. With 320 days of sunshine per year, over 20 beaches, and half of the Island covered in National Park, ‘Maggie’ has it all! Activities on the Island range from hiking, fishing, diving and snorkelling, to more leisurely choices like lounging on the beach, swimming in crystal waters and enjoying the local wildlife.

0439 785 216 | aquascenecharters.com.au

07 4796 9300 | fantaseacruisingmagnetic.com.au

Nelly Bay Marina, Magnetic Island, 4819

Ross Street, South Townsville, 4810

Tropical Topless Car Rentals The ultimate Island fun car

07 4758 1111 tropicaltopless.com 138 Sooning St, Nelly Bay, 4819

Discover Magnetic Island with one of our fun and unique cars, sure to make your Island experience unforgettable. Conveniently located next to the Nelly Bay ferry terminal, pick up a nostalgic mini moke or fun topless car to explore the Island in style.

Australian Festival of Chamber Music Big Mama Sailing

World-leading chamber music in winter warmth The Australian Festival of Chamber Music is the perfect place to experience the world’s finest classical music staged in an idyllic tropical destination. As the Southern Hemisphere’s largest chamber music festival, it brings more than 35 musicians from around the world to Townsville each July. Enjoy stellar concerts, winter warmth and a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with 30 concerts on offer over 10 days. There is something for everyone from morning conversations to sunset concerts, evening concerts and fabulous special events. A variety of ticket options are available including Platinum, Gold and Silver Passes and three-night holiday packages.

1800 44 99 77 | afcm.com.au Friday 27 July – Sunday 5 August 2018 Friday 26 July – Sunday 4 August 2019

Personalised sailing tours

0437 206 360 bigmamasailing.com

Sail and explore Magnetic Island on a Half Day Adventure Sail or circumnavigate the Island with a Full Day experience. Activities to suit everyone, including snorkelling, kayaking, paddleboarding and boomnetting. Alternatively, relax and enjoy the views on a Sunset Sail or celebrate a special occasion on a private charter.

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Secura Lifestyle The Lakes Townsville

Beach House Motel Best location and value beachfront accommodation

07 4721 1333 beachhousemotel.com.au 66 The Strand, Townsville, 4810

Family owned and operated, Located right in the heart of The Strand. Walk to the restaurant and café precinct and many local attractions. Newly renovated self-contained studio and family rooms. Standard and budget friendly motel rooms. Something to suit every traveller. Come and enjoy The Strand.

Convenient lakeside location

07 4725 1577 securalifestyle.com.au 196 Woolcock Street, Currajong, 4812

Secura Lifestyle Magnetic Gateway Townsville

Grand Hotel and Apartments Townsville

Affordable, spacious sites

Award-winning accommodation

07 4753 2800 grandhoteltownsville.com.au 8–10 Palmer Street, Townsville, 4810

The multi award-winning Grand Hotel and Apartments Townsville is located in the heart of Townsville’s premier dining precinct and close to all of the region’s highlights and attractions.

Discover all Townsville has to offer, surrounded by palm trees and lake breezes. A range of cabins and ensuited, petfriendly, powered sites available. Conveniently close to retail and food outlets plus CastleTown Shoppingworld. Guest discounts available for many local attractions.

07 4778 2412 securalifestyle.com.au 88 Minehane Street, Cluden, 4811

Just 10 minutes from Townsville CBD, a range of pet-friendly cabins, caravan and camping sites provide a relaxing tropical holiday setting. Camp kitchen, BBQ areas and refreshing pool. Spacious sites suitable for RVs. Guests enjoy deals to many local attractions.

Peppers Blue on Blue Resort

Idyllic accommodation on Magnetic Island

Peppers Blue on Blue Resort is elegantly laid out at the water’s edge overlooking the Coral Sea and private marina.

07 4758 2400 peppers.com.au/blue-on-blue 123 Sooning Street, Magnetic Island, 4819

Mercure Townsville

Rowes Bay Beachfront Holiday Park

Unique resort-style accommodation Immerse yourself amongst 11 hectares of tropical landscaped gardens on Lake Curralea. Only minutes from the airport, as well as CBD and Strand precincts. Mercure Townsville offers multiple accommodation options, all with free parking and wifi. Dine poolside or in airconditioned comfort at Celsius Restaurant. Book directly with the hotel & receive free buffet breakfast & complimentary upgrade (subject to availability).

07 4759 4900 | mercuretownsville.com.au 166–194 Woolcock Street, Townsville, 4810

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Closest park to Strand and CBD

1800 751 845 rowesbayholidaypark.com.au 46 Heatleys Parade, Belgian Gardens, 4810

Townsville’s most sought-after beachfront holiday park, with spectacular views of Magnetic Island. Only a short distance to the famous Strand and CBD. Offering spacious sites for caravans, motorhomes, camper trailers and tents, as well as a range of accommodation to suit all travellers.


Townsville Civic Theatre

Pinnacles Gallery

The north’s leading cultural facility

07 4727 9797 townsville.qld.gov.au

The Townsville Civic Theatre is North Queensland’s premier cultural facility. Since its opening in 1978, the theatre continues to be a dynamic centre of entertainment and provide an environment to further develop the performing arts in Townsville and the region.

41 Boundary Street, South Townsville, 4810

Dynamic community art space

07 4773 8871 townsville.qld.gov.au 20 Village Boulevard, Thuringowa Central, 4817

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

Riverway Arts Centre

First-class facilities for the arts

07 4773 8888 townsville.qld.gov.au 20 Village Boulevard, Thuringowa Central, 4817

The Riverway Arts Centre entwines the arts, leisure and the natural environment to create new and unique experiences for all. Whether you catch a performance in the theatre or attend a function in the first-class facilities – you’ll love what the centre has to offer.

Pinnacles Gallery is a dynamic art space committed to community engagement, artistic development and contemporary practice.

Principal regional art gallery

07 4727 9011 townsville.qld.gov.au Cnr of Flinders and Denham Street Townsville CBD, 4810

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery is Townsville’s premier regional art gallery, offering a dynamic range of local, national and international exhibitions complemented by workshops, talks and a host of other programs.

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A L L D AY D I N I N G B Y T H E S T R A N D

Enjoy casual dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner perched on the edge of the coral sea with absolute waterfront views of iconic Magnetic Island and beyond. Our extensive menu has something for everyone to enjoy, including vegetarian and gluten-free options as well as a children’s menu. We are open 7 days from 6 am to 10 pm, so there is always a good time to come down to C Bar and relax beachside with a cocktail, or enjoy a romantic dinner at sunset.

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EXPLORE A SHIPWRECK, VISIT A RAINFOREST AND DISCOVER THE REEF, ALL IN ONE DAY 70–102 Flinders Street, Townsville FIND OUT MORE mtq.qm.qld.gov.au Open daily 9:30–5 pm (07) 4726 0600

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RYDGES TOWNSVILLE

RYDGES TOWNSVILLE

23 Palmer St Townsville QLD 4810 P: 07 47 265 265 W: www.rydges.com

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Magnetic Island

Wallaman Falls, Hinchinbrook

Magnetic Island

Where the beaches are pristine and the moments are magical!

Uncover Australia’s largest single drop waterfall.

Sunshine and topless cars on a tropical island paradise!

@gypsea_lust

@meganmacki

@barekiwi

The Strand, Townsville

Castle Hill, Townsville

SS Yongala Wreck, Burdekin

Palm-lined beaches only moments from the city centre.

Enjoy 360 degree views of Townsville atop this pink granite monolith.

A majestic underwater playground awaits.

@_markfitz

@mycolourfulworld_

@achim_wetz_photography

Magnetic Island

Lodestone Reef, Townsville

Texas Longhorns, Charters Towers

Northern Australia’s largest colony of koalas in the wild.

The Great Barrier Reef... nature’s greatest gift to the world!

Embrace the outback charm and meet the locals....

@laurenepbath

@gypsea_lust

@meganmacki

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