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Townsville North Queensland 2018 Events Guide

Whether it’s on the stage, court, or field, Townsville North Queensland’s 2018 Events Calendar is jam packed with action you’ll love! Townsville North Queensland 2018 Events Guide


Experience Townsville North


International Darts 2018


Goldfield Ashes (Charters Towers) 26–28 Jan

24–25 Jan

We Will Rock You – Presented by Townsville Choral Society

Australia Day Celebrations 26 Jan

31 Jan – 10 Feb

Exhibition: ‘Four Walls’ by David Rowe (Ingham)


2–25 Feb

Cowboys Community Day 3 Feb

9 Feb

Sweet Valentines: Dinner and Neil Diamond Tribute Show (Ayr)

Puppetry of the Penis

14 Feb

17 Feb


2–29 Mar

Manpower Australia

11 Mar

17 Mar

10 Mar

Queen’s Baton Relay


Morning Melodies: Nearly Neil starring Bobby Bruce (Ayr)

11 Feb

14 Feb

Jimmy Carr – Stand Up Comedy 28 Feb

Gold Coast Suns vs Geelong Cats

March 4x4 Fun Day (Charters Towers)

4 Mar

4 Mar

Leaving JacksonThe Story of Johnny Cash and June Carter (Charters Towers)

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys v Cronulla Sharks

9 Mar

Welcoming Babies Ceremony

Multi Sport Sprint Series 2018 (Magnetic Island) 25 Mar

February 4x4 Fun Day (Charters Towers)

Elvis an American Trilogy (Ayr) 19 Feb

Multi Sport Sprint Series 2018 (Paluma) 4 Mar

Exhibition – ‘Shine – the third edition’ (Ingham)

Women’s Mountain Bike Retreat (Magnetic island) 8–11 Mar Leaving Jackson: The Story of Johnny Cash and June Carter (Ayr)

The Pirates of Penzance, with a Cast of only Six (Charters Towers)

18–19 Mar

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North Queensland Toyota Cowboys v Penrith Panthers NRL Home Game 29 Mar

9 Mar

Queensland’s best live events

APR The Grigoryan Brothers: Songs Without Words Tour (Charters Towers) 7 Apr North Queensland Toyota Cowboys v Canterbury Bulldogs 14 Apr

Festival 2018 Opening Ceremony 2018 Commonwealth Games 4 Apr

4–15 Apr

James Blundell Live Music (Charters Towers)

Michael Jackson The Legacy Tour (Ayr)

14 Apr

15 Apr

Closing Ceremony 2018 Commonwealth Games 15 Apr

10 Days in the Towers (Charters Towers Country Music Festival)

22 Apr

27 Apr – 6 May

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys v Canberra Raiders Anzac Day Marches and Celebrations 25 Apr

28 Apr

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow (Charters Towers)

Angus and Julia Stone 2 May

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Basketball – Townsville Prelims 5–10 Apr

Dust N Gold Rodeo (Charters Towers) 7 Apr

Multi Sport Sprint Series 2018 (Pallarenda)


See the full events calendar at townsvillenorthqueensland.com.au/events

Audi Centre Townsville Tropix Classic Fitness Show

Exhibition – Reef to Rainforest by Susan Hollamby (Ingham) 6–29 Apr

Elliot’s Revenge Trail Run

April 4x4 Fun Day (Charters Towers)

8 Apr

8 Apr

Deadly Didge n Dance Festival (Palm Island)

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys v Gold Coast Titans

20–22 Apr

21 Apr

Townsville Mountain Bike Festival

Exhibition: 2018 Percival Photographic Portrailt Prize

27–29 Apr

27 Apr – 15 Jul

Spirit and Soul Festival 29 Apr

28 Apr

‘Iconic Queensland’ Exhibition (Ingham)

Charters Towers Country Music Festival

4–27 May

5 May – 7 May

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2018

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys v South Sydney Rabbitohs

Groovin the Moo Music Festival 6 May

2 May

May 4x4 Fun Day (Charters Towers)

The Townsville Fashion Festival 18–26 May

13 May

Heritage Day 20 May

18–19 May

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys v Melbourne Storm 25 May

Jimmy Barnes – Working Class Man

Dance Tropics Dance!

25 May

26 May

Tasman Turtle Picnic Day 19 May

19 May

The Two Bays Trail Run (Magnetic Island) 26 May

Ingham Car Show and Shine 27 May

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JUN All British Day 3 Jun

Ten Tenors

Gold City Campdraft (Charters Towers)

Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships (Burdekin) 2 Jun

MagnetiCon (Townsville pop culture event) 2–3 Jun

1–3 Jun

Townsville Eco Fiesta 3 Jun

Charters Towers Motor Show and Swap Meet

Women’s Masters State Hockey Championships

6–10 Jun

7–10 Jun

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys v New Zealand Warriors 15 Jun

Palm Creek Folk Festival 7–10 Jun

13 Jul

29 Jun – 2 Jul

Watpac Supercars Townsville 400 6–8 Jul

2018 Ingham Show 5–6 Jul

Adventurethon Demolish Townsville – Multi Sport Event

20–22 Jul

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys v St George Illawarra Dragons 21 Jul

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys v Newcastle Knights

Pop Up North Queensland 2018 Creative Festival

27 Jul

27 Jul – 12 Aug


Style Over Speed Black Tie Bike Ride 7 Jul

July 4x4 Fun Day (Charters Towers) 15 Jul

14–15 Jul

Ingham Autofest

17 Jun

2018 Townsville Show

23–24 Jun

Carmen Ballet (Charters Towers)

Ross River Rush – Trail Run

17 Jun

NQ Super Series Off Road Racing (Charters Towers)


9 Jun

Pet Expo

13 Jun

RSL Townsville 2 Year Old Classic Race Meet

Winter Racing Carnival Cocktail Launch 20 Jul

Kids Rock Junior Rodeo, Heart of the Goldfields Rodeo and King of the Goldfields Steer Wrestling

Absolute Elvis – Tour the Tropics (Charters Towers) 20 Jul

20–22 Jul

Ladies Race Day (Horse racing) 21 Jul

Guineas Race Day Paluma Push Mountain Bike Event 22 Jul

Australian Festival of Chamber Music 27 Jul – 4 Aug

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Mater Townsville Cup (Horse Racing) 28 Jul

26 Jul

Charters Towers Show 29–31 Jul

Queensland’s best live events

AUG Burdekin Craft Spectacular

See the full events calendar at townsvillenorthqueensland.com.au/events

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys v Brisbane Broncos

Australian Italian Festival (Ingham) 4–5 Aug

McDonald’s Townsville Running Festival 5 Aug

Townsville Cultural Festival 17–19 Aug

11 Aug

9 Aug

Live Performance: Just a Couple of Song and Dance Men (Charters Towers) 11 Aug

Townsville Triathlon Festival

North Queensland Elite Rodeo

17–19 Aug

18 Aug

The Golden Octopus Foundation Burdekin R.U.M (Rodeo, Utes and Music) Weekend 18–19 Aug

Seniors Lifestyle Expo

Seniors Week Luncheon

21 Aug

23–24 Aug

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys v Parramatta Eels 24 Aug

Ride for Road Safety in memory of Sue Bell and Jeff Ashby

Townsville Expo (Caravan, 4x4 and Outdoor Adventure) 31 Aug – 2 Sep

26 Aug XTERRA Townsville (Off-Road Multisport Event) 1 Sep

SEP Ingham Sugar City Rodeo 8 Sep

OCT Townsville Rock Fest 13 Oct

SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week 30 Aug – 5 Sep

Welcoming Babies Ceremony

Ingham Gold Cup

Cape Pallarenda Trail Run 2018

1 Sep

2 Sep

Millchester Festival of Dirt (Charters Towers)

The Great Island Trek (Magnetic Island)

15–16 Sep

22 Sep

October 4X4 Fun Day (Charters Towers)

Strictly Ballroom the Musical

9 Sep

Dancenorth’s Dust Performance 12–13 Sep

Ravenswood’s 150 Year Celebration

Magnetic Island Triathlon

Glendi Festival Townsville

5–7 Oct

6–7 Oct

6–7 Oct

Towers Rush (Charters Towers)

Ingham Maraka Festival

Halloween Dance – Ravenswood

14 Oct

27 Oct

27 Oct

7 Oct

11–20 Oct

Townsville Fire WNBL Season Commences

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See the full events calendar at townsvillenorthqueensland.com.au/events


Cyclone Sunday


Carols by Candlelight

4 Nov

Home Hill Harvest Festival (Burdekin) 10–11 Nov

9 Dec

Ingham Family Race Day

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

17 Nov

New Year’s Eve Celebrations Stable on The Strand (Christmas Festival) 18–22 Dec

31 Dec

Events, dates and venues are subject to change without notice. Please see townsvillenorthqueensland.com.au/events for the latest listings.

Bringing arts and culture to life Townsville North Queensland has a thriving arts and cultural scene – check out the year-round performances and exhibitions on offer from: Full Throttle Theatre Company La Luna Youth Arts TheatreiNQ Townsville Choral Society Barrier Reef Orchestra North Queensland Opera & Music Theatre Dancenorth Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts

Dancenorth Image credit Amber Haines


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Borobi enjoying the view from Castle Hill, Townsville Image credit Romy Bullerjahn

Borobi explores Townsville In the countdown to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, adorable mascot Borobi hit the road to explore this patch of Queensland and found, if you’re limited on time, you can’t miss these six things to do in Townsville.

Take a hike up Castle Hill No time for snoozin’ when there’s an epic sunrise to watch, and the best viewpoint, paws down, is from the summit of Castle Hill. Falling just short of a mountain, this pink granite monolith stands at 285 metres tall in the Townsville CBD, serving up 360° views of the city stretching out all the way to Magnetic Island. Not much of a morning person? Don’t let that stop you from exploring the many different walking tracks at any given time of the day.

complete with it’s own Turtle Hospital and Predator Exhibit to boot.

Chase the sun with Townsville Helicopters Make like Arnie and “get to da chopper” for a sunset flight with Townsville Helicopters. You’ll follow the Ross River down to Ross Creek and CBD, getting an eagle-eye view of The Strand and Castle Hill, before flying over the 15-hectare heritage precinct known as Jezzine Barracks. The Barracks are a significant site of history for both the Australian military and local indigenous people.

Venture off the beaten path of one of Magnetic Island’s secluded bays and get mask down snorkel up with huge coral and colourful reef fish in less time than it took you to slip, slop, slap. Jump onboard with Aquascene Charters Magnetic Island for a half day experience that will give you the local insight to the best island spots to snorkel, swim and soak up the sun!

Take in a tropical sunset at Magnetic Island’s West Point

Skill up on all things reef Get your hands wet meeting the friendly locals – aka creatures of the Great Barrier Reef – at the world’s largest living coral aquarium, Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium. With over 150 species of fish and 120 species of hard and soft corals at home in the expansive Coral Reef Exhibit (which holds 2.5 million litres of water and is the size of an Olympic swimming pool), it’s basically the land-lubbers version of the reef itself,

Sun and snorkel

Cruise Magnetic Island in style Feel the wind in your hair (or fur) when you hire a colourful topless car and explore the 52-glorious-square kilometres of Magnetic Island. Home to the largest colony of wild koalas in Australia, make sure you keep an eye out for Borobi’s furry mates and the resident rock wallabies as you beep beep beep your way around the island’s bays and beaches.

Watch the sky turn to gold as you kick back on the beach at West Point to catch the sun dip behind the Townsville coastline. Better yet, pack a picnic and bring your fishing rods and make it a long, lazy afternoon!

Article with thanks to Queensland.com/blog By: Ariana Potamianakis

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Borobi explores City Lane, Townsville Image credit Romy Bullerjahn

World-class courtside action in tropical Townsville Teamwork, tactics and skill will take over Queensland as GC2018 Basketball is contested in Cairns, Townsville and the Gold Coast. With more than 300 days of sunshine per year, Townsville North Queensland is a tropical paradise. From the idyllic rainforest to the magical Great Barrier Reef and the breathtaking red outback, here, Australia’s iconic landscapes converge. But during the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, all eyes will be on the court at Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre, where spectators will witness worldclass basketball and entertainment in paradise. Teams will compete in only the second Commonwealth Games Basketball competition in history and the first since Melbourne 2006. With four captivating quarters of action each match, spectators will witness some of the world’s best players defending, rebounding, dribbling, dunking, shooting and scoring in an on-court battle for Commonwealth supremacy.


The GC2018 competition will showcase eight men’s teams and eight women’s teams. The competition begins with teams divided into two pools of four teams. The top ranked four teams are in Pool A, and the bottom ranked four teams in Pool B. At the conclusion of the pool stage, the top two teams from Pool A will proceed to the semi-finals, while the bottom two teams from Pool A will play the top two teams from Pool B in the qualifying finals. The remaining two Pool B teams are eliminated. The preliminary rounds and qualifying finals will be played in Cairns and Townsville, with the semi-finals and medal matches hosted on the Gold Coast. Townsville will host 12 preliminary rounds and two qualifying finals over five days. Cheer on our very own Australian Opals in the women’s Pool A as they shoot for gold at the start of their Commonwealth Games campaign. They will compete against Canada, England and Mozambique in the preliminaries. In the men’s Pool B, 2006 bronze medalists England will challenge teams from Cameroon, India and Scotland. It’s a spectacle rarely seen outside the major capitals: top-notch international sport set in idyllic North Queensland.

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There’s no better place to watch this historic event than at the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre from 5–10 April 2018. Tickets are on sale now at www.gc2108.com.

Queen’s Baton Relay Be part of an iconic Commonwealth Games tradition when the Queen’s Baton Relay passes through Townsville in March 2018, on its way to the Gold Coast. The relay celebrates the Commonwealth’s diversity, inspires community pride, and is guaranteed to excite people about the world-class festival of sports and culture to come. The Queen’s Baton Relay has been the traditional curtain raiser to the Commonwealth Games since the 1958 Games in Cardiff, Wales. Starting at Buckingham Palace and making its way to the host city, the Queen’s Baton carries with it a message to the athletes of the Commonwealth from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. On arrival, the message is removed from the baton and read at the opening ceremony by Her Majesty or her representative.

Borobi relaxing on Magnetic Island Image credit Romy Bullerjahn

The relay arrives in Townsville on Sunday 18 March 2018 and will move from West End to Jezzine Barracks between 2.00pm and 5.30pm. On Monday 19 March 2018, the relay will recommence at 7.40am from Reid Park, finishing in Cranbrook at around 10.00am. Join us to be part of this historic event! Full details regarding the Queen’s Baton Relay can be found on the Townsville City Council website: www.townsville.qld.gov.au

Meet Borobi

The GC2018 Official Mascot Borobi is thrilled the Commonwealth Games are being staged in Townsville and he can’t wait to welcome all the athletes and supporters.



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The Strand Jetty, Townsville Image credit Megan MacKinnon

Townsville comes alive for Festival 2018 Townsville is set to host an unprecedented celebration of Arts and Culture for Festival 2018. Held across 12 days in April, Festival 2018 will feature a mix of highly acclaimed theatrical productions, an eclectic array of world-class musicians, breathtaking dance and physical theatre pieces, striking visual art and Indigenous arts practice. It will be an event to surprise and delight audiences of all ages. Festival 2018 will feature international, national and local talent and will showcase a celebration of arts and culture on a scale never before seen in North Queensland.

Strand Park With breathtaking views of Magnetic Island and overlooking the Coral Sea, Strand Park embodies the Townsville lifestyle that locals know and love. As the central point between the Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre, Jezzine Barracks, and Queens Gardens, Strand Park is a perfect place to host Uncontained – the key art installation of Festival 2018. If you visit Strand Park throughout the festival, you won’t be able to miss the 30 massive shipping containers covered in works from some of the country’s most exciting artists. Enjoy live music from an award-winning Australian artist for the official opening of Uncontained, and nightly live music to keep the vibe alive throughout. Strand Park will also feature special performances from Townsville’s internationally-renowned professional dance company, Dancenorth.

Be dazzled by the magic of the theatre, enjoy the diverse and unique sounds of varying artists, and whet your artistic appetite with an array of art exhibitions and workshops. Festival 2018 will be held in three magical, iconic Townsville locations from 4–15 April 2018.


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Queens Gardens Only a short walk from The Strand, the picturesque Queens Gardens is a magical venue for Festival 2018. Nestled at the base of Townsville’s iconic Castle Hill, the botanical gardens will be an epicentre of excitement with a variety of creative arts including music, dance, comedy, and circus performances. Modelled on Adelaide Fringe Festival’s famous Garden of Unearthly Delights, the park will be alive with performances day and night. Coming to Townsville for the first time will be two traditional Spiegeltents, as seen at festivals in major cities such as Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane. The Spiegeltents are a venue like no other and will house incredible

View of Castle Hill from Queens Gardens, Townsville Image credit Megan MacKinnon

performances from national and international artists. Visit www.townsville.qld.gov.au for the full schedule of entertainment. Join Townsville’s beloved TheatreiNQ for a madcap adventure with Alice and all the crazy characters from Lewis Carroll’s enduring classic including the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, and the Queen of Hearts. Directed by Terri Brabon, Alice in Wonderland features members of the TheatreiNQ ensemble including their youngest actress, Emma Smith in the title role. This TheatreiNQ Original Production will thrill audiences of all ages as Alice and the White Rabbit lead the audience on a hilarious journey through beautiful Anderson Gardens. Performances will take place daily in the magnificent garden rainforest.

Visit Townsville this April to enjoy the magic of Festival 2018. Full details of all of the exciting activities scheduled for Townsville Festival 2018 can be found at www.townsville.qld.gov.au from 1 February 2018.

Jezzine Barracks Jezzine Barracks is a historic landmark steeped in history, both for Townsville as a garrison city, and as a place of significant cultural history to the traditional land owners, the Bindal and Gurambilbarra-Wulgurukaba people. The barracks and the parkland surrounding it are the perfect place for Townsville’s own opening and closing ceremonies for the 2018 Commonwealth Games which coincide with the official events held on the Gold Coast. Listen to the hugely popular band of the First Royal Australian Regiment as they perform Festival 2018 in Townsville, and watch on as a magical Beating the Retreat Ceremony from the 3rd Brigade closes the Festival as a salute to Townsville’s rich military history.

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1. Neil Diamond 50 Year Anniversary Tour 1. Festival 2018

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3. Groovin the Moo 6 May 2018 Groovin the Moo music festival offers a full day party vibe that’ll have you dancing the day away. Complete with an amazing line up of national and international artists and an unmatched atmosphere, this is a must do for music lovers in 2018!


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will have crowds cheering and chanting in Townsville this year, as the city plays host to basketball games as part of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. With four captivating quarters of end-to end action each match, you’ll witness sporting entertainment like nothing else. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity not be missed.



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6. Australian Festival of Chamber MusicBull Riding 6. Professional 27 JulyNational – 5 AugustFinals 2018 (PBR)

7. Cowboys Home Games

The Australian Festival 23–24 November 2018 of Chamber Music presents the finest musicians One man, one bull and eight from around the world in awhat desperate seconds – that’s wonderfully unique innovative makes the PBR suchand an adrenaline nine day program of 30 concerts set rush. Watch some of the world’s best in the tropical warmth of Townsville cowboys take on the nation’s best North Queensland. bucking bulls and strap in for three hours of entertainment.

Regular home games during NRL Season It’s try time! Catch the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys at a home game in Townsville and enjoy a fun family atmosphere and plenty of on field action. When you’re in Cowboys country, this is a must do!

7. Professional Bull Riding (PBR) National Finals

23–24 November 2018 One man, one bull and eight desperate seconds – that’s what makes the PBR such an adrenaline rush. Watch some of the world’s best cowboys take on the nation’s best bucking bulls and strap in for three hours of entertainment.

8. Cowboys Home Games Regular home games during NRL Season It’s try time! Catch the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys at a home game in Townsville and enjoy a fun family atmosphere and plenty of on field action. When you’re in Cowboys country, this is a must do!

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4. XTERRA Townsville 1 September 2018 XTERRA represents a bold new 4. XTERRA Townsville racing format2018 that attracts outdoor 1 September enthusiasts, adventure seekers, XTERRA represents a bold new mountain bikers and triathletes. The racing format that attracts outdoor race consistsadventure of an openseekers, water swim, enthusiasts, amountain mountainbikers bike race and a trail run. and triathletes. The Held at Cape Pallarenda, trailswim, offers race consists of an open the water spectacular of Magnetic a mountain views bike race and a trailIsland run. and Townsville mainland. Heldthe at Cape Pallarenda, the trail offers spectacular views of Magnetic Island and the Townsville mainland.

3. Townsville Triathlon Festival 17–19 August 2018 The Townsville Triathlon Festival is 3. Townsville Triathlon Festival a17–19 ‘Big August Weekend’ with 11 events over 2018 three massive days. Catering for is The Townsville Triathlon Festival any fitness level, with The Big Weekend a ‘Big Weekend’ 11 events over has something for everyone, three massive days. Catering and for is also now level, an age group world any fitness The Big Weekend championship and the proud has somethingqualifier for everyone, and home thean North Queensland is also of now age group world Club Championships. championship qualifier and the proud home of the North Queensland Club Championships.

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5. The Great Island Trek 22 September 2018 Trek, walk or run acrossTrek Magnetic 5. The Great Island Island and see secluded bays, spot 22 September 2018 koalas in the keep an eye out for Trek, walk or wild, run across Magnetic sea turtles discover the hidden Island and and see secluded bays, spot gem that is Magnetic Island. koalas in the wild, keep an eye out for sea turtles and discover the hidden 6. Magnetic IslandIsland. Triathlon gem that is Magnetic 6–7 October 2018 Townsville North Queensland’s newest 6. Magnetic Island Triathlon active adventure 6–7 October 2018is here. Complete with a sprintNorth distance triathlon, anewest Townsville Queensland’s barge-to-beach andComplete plenty of active adventureswim is here. opportunities to celebrate your arace, with a sprint distance triathlon, make sure you add theand Magnetic barge-to-beach swim plenty of Island Triathlontotocelebrate your 2018 calendar. opportunities your race, make sure you add the Magnetic Island Triathlon to your 2018 calendar.

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Lisa Adams, Revelation 2015, oil on canvas, Winner Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize 2016

Townsville galleries and exhibitions for 2018 Year after year, Townsville’s galleries play host to the country’s best touring exhibitions and showcase awe-inspiring work from North Queensland’s top artists. The 2018 calendar is no exception, with exhibitions showcasing everything from classic to contemporary, portraiture to landscapes, the weird, the wacky, the ground-breaking, and the thought-provoking.

A 3D animation will encourage young children to join in and immerse themselves in the themes of the exhibition. The Biennial North Queensland Ceramic Awards also returns in 2018 (27 July – 16 September) at the Pinnacles Gallery. The exhibition aims to showcase some of the incredible pottery works being created throughout Australia. The City of Townsville Art Collection Award of $10,000 provides opportunities for artists to contribute to one of the most significant ceramic collections in the country, as well as ensuring the continued growth of an important and prized portion of the City of Townsville Art Collection.

The annual Percival Portrait Painting Prize returns to Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in 2018. Since 2007, The Percivals have highlighted the innovative and creative works being produced by established Australian artists, while providing a platform for emerging artists to explore the intricacies of portraiture. Acclaimed Brisbane artist, Richard Dunlop, will have his latest body of work A Northern Survey featured at Perc Tucker Gallery in 2018 (20 July– 9 September). The exhibition explores life in the north and delves into themes of the seasons and climate.


The People’s Percivals returns for the third time in 2018. Since its inaugural display in 2014, the exhibition has showcased some of the amazing portrait photography taken of Townsville locals.

The People’s Percival Once again, Townsville Galleries are looking for the faces of Townsville to line Flinders Street and display the fun-loving and high-spirited people that make Townsville the colourful and wonderful place it is. There are 60 spaces available for the characters of Townsville to line Flinders Street on banners that are displayed for the duration of The Percivals from 27 April to 15 July 2018. For your chance to have your photo on show in Flinders Street, email a high-resolution photo of your Townsvillian and include your name, email, phone number and the first name of your photo talent.

Image credit: Jeff Mincham AM, Bush Ballard (Forces of Nature Series), 2015

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All photos should be emailed to ptrg@townsville.qld.gov.au with the subject line ‘The People’s Percival’ by Sunday 2 April 2018.

Musicians on The Strand in Townsville for the Australian Festival of Chamber Music Image credit Andrew Rankin

Must do events to embrace the North Queensland lifestyle If you’re all about food, fashion and festivals, then be sure to add these events to your 2018 diary!

1. Australian Festival of Chamber Music

3. The Australian Italian Festival 5–6 August 2018 From homemade Italian cuisine to world-class entertainment, the Australian Italian Festival in Ingham offers a truly authentic Italian experience.

4. 10 Days in the Towers 27 April – 6 May 2018 The 10 Days in the Towers Festival brings the historic North Queensland town of Charters Towers to life in a very unique way. Enjoy line dancing, bush poetry, talent quests, a street procession, busking competitions, ghost tales and historic tours across the duration of the festival.

27 July – 5 August 2018 The Australian Festival of Chamber Music presents the finest musicians from around the world in a wonderfully unique and innovative program of 30 concerts set in the tropical warmth of Townsville North Queensland.

2. Pop Up North Queensland 27 July – 12 August 2018 This is a festival that is guaranteed to surprise and delight. Discover Townsville city like you’ve never seen it before with pop-up stores and entertainment galore. Find a unique holiday memento, meet local artists and put your creative skills to the test at one of the workshops.

6. Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships 2 June 2018 Bring the family to experience history coming back to life, in the sugar capital of Australia, the Burdekin region. The dirty, back-breaking work of a by-gone era, the expertise of the ‘old-timers’, and the excitement of the ‘Cut, Top and Load’ will be on show again at the iconic Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships.

7. Dancenorth

5. Townsville Fashion Festival 18–26 May 2018 Fancy yourself a bit of a fashionista? Townsville comes alive in a flurry of fashion, style and entertainment for the Townsville Fashion Festival.

Year-round performances Dancenorth is an international touring contemporary dance company based in Townsville. Dance performances are held year-round showcasing bold, adventurous and critically acclaimed contemporary dance.

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Discover local insights, uncover hidden gems and find the fascinating locations that will create holiday memories to last a lifetime. Townsville North Queensland Insider’s Guide


Welcome to Townsville North Queensland With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, some of Australia’s top natural attractions, and a spectacular lineup of events, Townsville is a perfect place to bring the family for a holiday or to call home.

Port Moresby Darwin Cairns Mount Isa

There are plenty of new and exciting things happening in 2018 – more than enough to keep everyone entertained. Enjoy the World Heritage listed rainforests, cruise out over the Great Barrier Reef and kick back on a tropical island before joining us in town at one of the many events organised throughout the year.

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We are thrilled to be an official event city for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, and in addition to hosting the basketball at our Entertainment Centre, we are ecstatic to be hosting Festival 2018 – a program of events that is full of diverse arts and culture in all forms.


2018 will see Townsville further solidify its reputation as a world-class tourism destination, with a plethora of international arts, culture and events on display.

Getting here

We trust you will enjoy the splendour that our city has to offer.

Whether you’re planning your next family holiday, a business trip or visiting friends and family, Townsville Airport has you covered.

Cr Jenny Hill Mayor of the City of Townsville

Front cover: Magnetic Island Forts Walk by Matt Raimondo Inside cover: Townsville City at Sunset by Megan MacKinnon

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 from major hubs including Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin, Toowoomba and Port Moresby, Townsville Airport is ready to welcome you when you kick-off your adventure in Townsville North Queensland.

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Regional adventures

Approximate travel times from Townsville CBD Ayr (Burdekin) 1 hour


Ingham (Hinchinbrook) 1.5 hours




Charters Towers 1.5 hours










Magnetic Island 20 minutes






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Experience one of the world’s best wreck dives – the SS Yongala Shipwreck


Enjoy the pristine sandy coastline of Alva Beach Taste the Mediterranean in one of the many delis

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Wet a line and discover the fantastic fishing opportunities in the region Charters Towers




Charters Towers


Palm Island

Discover the workings of the gold rush with a visit to the Venus Gold Battery




SS Yongala Ship Wreck dive site


Paluma Rainforest and Crystal Creek


Charters Towers

Meet the Texas Longhorns and take a safari tour


Northern Beaches


Texas Longhorn Wagon Tours and Safaris

Catch a flick at the Tors Drive-in Cinema


Alligator Creek


Tors Drive-in Cinema

Pan for Gold at The Miners Cottage


Hervey Range




Magnetic Island



Moltke Ship Wreck


Hinchinbrook Island


Wallaman Falls

dive and snorkel site


Jourama Falls



Palm Island


Home Hill


Pelorus Island


Alva Beach


Orpheus Island




snorkel site

Lodestone Reef

Hinchinbrook Explore Australia’s largest single drop waterfall – Wallaman Falls Discover the Hinchinbrook way of life through art with a visit to the Mercer Lane Mosaic Sample local produce and visit a local Italian delicatessen Bird watch at the TYTO Wetlands

Jump on board! Embark on a Queensland Rail Travel holiday and discover Queensland’s beauty, the way it should be seen. Relax in comfort onboard our traditional and modern trains – you can dive into a book, plug into your onboard entertainment, or simply enjoy a chat with fellow travellers while our friendly staff look after your needs. Feast your eyes on the setting sun, while our driver safely delivers you to your destination, and our team see to your dinner and overnight comfort. Drift off in comfortable seats, while Mother Nature produces another gorgeous sunrise, we’ll take care of breakfast.

Launched in 2013, the Spirit of Queensland, with its innovative RailBed and all-inclusive service, takes you along the coast, between Brisbane and Cairns. From Brisbane, stop along the way to experience the stunning Fraser Coast or Whitsundays, or take a day journey down the coast from Cairns.

Getting to tropical Townsville from inland Queensland couldn’t be easier aboard The Inlander. As you leave the earthy hub of Mount Isa, sit back and relax in comfortable seats, or head to the lounge and marvel at the rugged beauty of Charters Towers and the Great Dividing Range.

Cairns to Townsville Five times a week

Mount Isa to Townsville Twice a week


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Discover the incredible history of a railway line constructed over 125 years ago aboard the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway. The iconic train winds its way past World Heritage-listed rainforest and towering waterfalls, through 15 handmade tunnels and across 37 towering bridges, to Kuranda.

Step back in time on legendary rail motor, the Gulflander, also known as the ‘Tin Hare’ Heritagelisted railway line, affectionately said to go from ‘nowhere to nowhere’ was built in 1891 and remains the only railway line still measured in miles.

Cairns to Kuranda Twice a day

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Family (and Family (and budget) budget)fun in friendly friendly funNorth in Townsville Townsville North Queensland Queensland

Just because you’re travelling with kids tow doesn’t your with next Just in because you’remean travelling family needs to break kids in holiday tow doesn’t mean yourthe next bank. North familyTownsville holiday needs toQueensland break the is jam Townsville packed with activities, and the bank. North Queensland best is that most of themand costthe is jampart packed with activities, less than your weekly coffee bill! best part is that most of them cost So and add these lessstart thanpacking your weekly coffee bill! family (and So startfriendly packing andaffordable) add these activities to your holiday itinerary. family friendly (and affordable) activities to your holiday itinerary.

Billabong Sanctuary 17km south of Townsville Billabong Sanctuary Feed kangaroo, cuddle a koala 17km asouth of Townsville or race a turtle. With morea than Feed a kangaroo, cuddle koala 50 native animal species or race a turtle. With morecalling than Billabong home, this family 50 native Sanctuary animal species calling owned park offers hours of fun and Billabong Sanctuary home, this family entertainment for children parents) owned park offers hours of(and fun and of all ages. Planfor your day to(and ensure you entertainment children parents) catch one of the park’s regular animal of all ages. Plan your day to ensure you shows – theofkids be regular amusedanimal and catch one the will park’s they’ll learn something new too! shows – the kids will be amused and they’ll learn something new too!

Paluma 40 minutes from Townsville CBD Paluma

running river.

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allow a visit Frosty Beforetime youfor make thetoroad tripMango home, at the base of Paluma. Treat allow time for a visit to Frostyyourself Mangoto aatdelicious and getyourself the family the baseicecream of Paluma. Treat to together foricecream the compulsory by a delicious and get photo the family the big mango-man statue. This is one together for the compulsory photo by stopover the family will thank youis for! the big mango-man statue. This one stopover the family will thank you for!

Summer justfrom got aTownsville whole lot cooler 40 minutes CBD with a family road trip to Paluma! Summer just got a whole lot cooler This the mountains is the with village a familyinroad trip to Paluma! ultimate summer This village in the swimming mountains spot. is theThe temperature will gradually drop as The you ultimate summer swimming spot. make your way up the windy road temperature will gradually drop as you through theway lushup rainforest. Take a hike make your the windy road along a rainforest trail, cool off with through the lush rainforest. Take a hike

The Strand 5The minute walk from Townsville CBD Strand

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a swim in the clear waters of Crystal Creek, the handiwork of the a swimadmire in the clear waters of Crystal historic stone bridge, stroll through Creek, admire the handiwork of the the Paluma village or enjoy a picnic by the historic stone bridge, stroll through the running river. Paluma village or enjoy a picnic by the

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No Townsville is complete without 5 minute walkvisit from Townsville CBD aNo trip to Townsville’ beach Townsville visit sisfamous complete without promenade – The Strand. From water a trip to Townsville’ s famous beach parks to swimming lagoons and cafés promenade – The Strand. From water galore, The Strand is a great place to let parks to swimming lagoons and cafés the youngsters go is wild! galore, The Strand a great place to let

17km south of Townsville

9am to 5pm 364 days

Family on Magnetic Island Image credit Nathan McNeil Family on Magnetic Island Image credit Nathan McNeil

Magnetic Island 20 minute ferry from Townsville CBD Magnetic Island

Do your kids turnfrom theirTownsville noses up at 20 minute ferry CBD every mention of the word ‘exercise’? Do your kids turn their noses up at Never fear, we’ve perfect every mention of got the the word ‘exercise’? outdoor activity that will burn off Never fear, we’ve got the perfect the excess holiday calories without outdoor activity that will burn off them even holiday noticingcalories the extra steps! the excess without Magnetic famed Fortssteps! Walk them evenIsland’s noticing the extra is a four kilometre hike (two hours Magnetic Island’s famed Forts Walk return) WWII is a fourfeaturing kilometrevarious hike (two hours fortifications overlooking some of the return) featuring various WWII Island’s best views acrosssome the Coral fortifications overlooking of the Sea. Thebest Forts Walkacross is alsothe home to Island’s views Coral aSea. large koala colony! Get the kids to The Forts Walk is also home to keep a lookout along the way to see a large koala colony! Get the kids to how theyalong can spot, it’s ato game keepmany a lookout the way see of hide andthey seekcan at its best! how many spot, it’s a game of hide and seek at its best! If you take your car across on the Fantasea make sureon youthe explore If you takeBarge, your car across some of the Island’s most secluded Fantasea Barge, make sure you explore and spectacular beaches. out some of the Island’s most Check secluded and spectacular beaches. Check out

Radical Bay for a beach that features aRadical piano Bay – yep, kids can bust out a forthe a beach that features tune while you sit back and relax. Now a piano – yep, the kids can bust out a there’s a unique family photo! tune while you sit back and relax. Now there’s a unique family photo!

Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium Reef HQ If your children recite the entire Great Barriercan Reef Aquarium

script Finding then take If yourfrom children can Nemo, recite the entire them to Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef script from Finding Nemo, then take Aquarium. While kids will beReef them to Reef HQthe Great Barrier amazed byWhile the fish, and Aquarium. thesharks kids will beturtles, you’ll be by impressed by howand much amazed the fish, sharks turtles, they at this fantastic attraction. you’lllearn be impressed by how much Experience Hospital tour, a they learn atthe thisTurtle fantastic attraction. great way for the kids to see firsthand Experience the Turtle Hospital tour, a how helpkids protect the Reef greatthey way can for the to see firsthand and life protect that callthe it home. howthe theymarine can help Reef and the marine life that call it home.

Museum of Tropical Queensland Museum of Tropical From navigating the high seas Queensland

to discovering thethe stories From navigating high behind seas to discovering the stories behind

Indigenous artefacts, the Museum of Tropical Queensland a Indigenous artefacts, thefeatures Museum number of fascinating exhibitions of Tropical Queensland features a and collections that explore life in the number of fascinating exhibitions tropics from prehistoric times and collections that explore lifetointhe the modern era. prehistoric The kids willtimes love to thethe tropics from hands-on displays – it might bethe hard to modern era. The kids will love drag themdisplays away! – it might be hard to hands-on drag them away!

Aquascene Charters Magnetic Island Aquascene Charters

Snorkeling, fishing, feeding birds of Magnetic Island prey and sofishing, much more, if you Snorkeling, feeding birdswant of to experience the best of Magnetic prey and so much more, if you want Island, you can’t pastofaMagnetic tour with to experience thegobest Aquascene Charters. Experience a Island, you can’t go past a tour with lifetime of local knowledge and secret Aquascene Charters. Experience a spots tourknowledge guide, Adam Hinks, lifetimefrom of local and secret who called Island home spotshas from tourMagnetic guide, Adam Hinks, for more than 30 years. The best part who has called Magnetic Island home is that Adam and his wife Steph have for more than 30 years. The best part four kids, so keeping the whole is that Adam and his wife Steph family have entertained to them. four kids, so comes keepingnaturally the whole family entertained comes naturally to them.

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West to West to Towers Charters Who would think thatTowers just 1.5 hours Charters west of Townsville you can visit aWho true-blue town? Enter: wouldcountry think that just 1.5 hours Charters Towers. A you Goldcan Rush town west of Townsville visit in the 1900s, Charters Towers was a true-blue country town? Enter: once the second intown Charters Towers.largest A Gold city Rush Queensland, nickname in the 1900s, earning Chartersthe Towers was ‘The as anything onceWorld’, the second largest you city could in possibly needearning could be found there. Queensland, the nickname ‘The World’, as anything you could Today, the city could is a living montage possibly need be found there. of the bygone era and the grandeur that once are your mustToday, thewas. city Here is a living montage do’s while discovering of the bygone era and cowboy the grandeur country inwas. Charters that once HereTowers. are your mustdo’s while discovering cowboy Venus Battery countryGold in Charters Towers. Get a glimpse of the nineteenth century Gold Rush at one of the Venus Gold Battery largest and lastofsurviving battery relics Get a glimpse the nineteenth in Queensland. century Gold Rush at one of the largest and last surviving battery relics in Queensland.

Texas Longhorn Wagon Tours and Safaris On the outskirts of Charters Towers Texas Longhorn you’ll findTours a 110,000 cattle station, Wagon andacre Safaris home Australia’s largest herd of On thetooutskirts of Charters Towers purebred Longhorns. Youstation, can you’ll find Texas a 110,000 acre cattle even an largest authentic Aussie homeexperience to Australia’s herd of smoko andTexas explore one of best purebred Longhorns. You can saddleries in the country. even experience an authentic Aussie smoko and explore one of best saddleries in the country.

Towers Hill Lookout Take the journey up Towers Hill by car or on Hill foot Lookout for the opportunity Towers to explore WWII bunkers in original Take the journey up Towers Hill by condition, hearfor thethe stories of the war car or on foot opportunity days and even local wildlife. to explore WWIIspot bunkers in original condition, hear the stories of the war Explore days and the evenTown spot local wildlife. At one time, the price of gold was set in the the Charters Explore Town Towers Stock its importance At oneExchange; time, the price of gold is reflected theCharters stunningTowers surrounding was set ininthe architecture. Stock Exchange; its importance is reflected in the stunning surrounding architecture.

Tors Drive-In Theatre Catch a flick under the stars at the Tors Theatre, one of the TorsDrive-In Drive-In Theatre oldest cinemas in Queensland. Catch adrive-in flick under the stars at the Tors Drive-In Theatre, one of the oldest drive-in cinemas in Queensland.

TAKE THE CHALLENGE AND HAVE SOME FUN at the Rydweld Porcupine Gorge Challenge at Hughenden, North West Queensland on 16th June 2018. Race from the base through the most amazing picturesque Porcupine Gorge. There are categories for all ages with over $4000 in prize money and perpetual trophies. Nominations open 12th April, 2018 forms are available on the web or by ringing the Flinders Shire Council.




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Local insights... With golden beaches, lush rainforests and jaw dropping landscapes, it’s no wonder Townsville North Queenslanders are proud to showcase their backyard. Discover some of the most impressive places, secret spots and hidden gems with tips from a few of our locals.

Daina Clark Fitness fanatic and owner of Destination Adventure

Roslyn Budd

Claudia Woods Adventurous nine-year-old

Local photographer and Airbnb Superhost

Q Where is your favourite place in

Q Where is your favourite place in

Q Where is your favourite place in

Townsville North Queensland and why?

Townsville North Queensland and why?

Townsville North Queensland and why?

A Without question Magnetic Island – it is home for me and an absolute hidden gem. From the fringing coral reef, green sea turtles nesting along the beaches, awesome walking, running and mountain bike trails, koalas in the wild, 23 gorgeous beaches, great food and coffee. What’s not to love?

A I’ve got lots, but my absolute favourite is the Great Barrier Reef because it’s amazing and so much fun. Last time we went to the Reef we saw big turtles, groupers, rainbow fish and clown fish – it’s mind-blowing and I have so much fun snorkeling.

A The Strand... because it’s one of the highlights of Townsville to enjoy any time of the day or night, whether walking the dog, running, swimming in the ocean, having a picnic or enjoying one of the many cafés or restaurants. There is always lots of activity and a great vibe!

Q A holiday in Townsville North Queensland isn’t complete until you’ve…

A Explored the trail network within the National Park on Magnetic Island. From the WWII Forts ruin, to the amazing lookouts like Hawkings Point at Picnic Bay and the Sphinx at Alma Bay. There are so many adventures to be had and you can finish with a cool-down swim over the fringing reef. Unreal!

Q The best kept secret in Townsville North Queensland is…?

A Whitfield Cove Magnetic Island – the coral reef is stunning!

Q What’s on your Townsville North Queensland Bucket List?

Q A holiday in Townsville North

A This year my family and I are going

Queensland isn’t complete until you’ve…

hiking and fishing on Hinchinbrook Island, and when I am 12 I am going to learn to dive so that when I’m old enough I can dive the SS Yongala – it’s one of the best dives in the world.

Q Where is your favourite place to eat? A The City has heaps of yummy places – burgers from Grill’d, Ribs from Ribs and Rumps and you should always finish with a chocolate donut and a game of PAC-MAN at The Donut Room!

A Visited at least one of the many National Parks. There are so many options – enjoying the adventurous walk to the base of Wallaman Falls, swimming at Jourama Falls, Paluma or Alligator Creek or spotting koalas on the Forts Walk at Magnetic Island. Q What are your favourite things to do in Townsville North Queensland?

1. E xploring the National Parks and beaches

2. V isiting Magnetic Island and enjoying all that it has to offer

3. H eading to Charters Towers for a taste of the Outback – the starry night sky always amazes

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Five hidden Five hidden gems in the gems in the Burdekin Just an hour south of Townsville Burdekin you’ll find the Burdekin which includes the towns and Home Just an hour south of Ayr Townsville Hill. This is homewhich to the you’ll findregion the Burdekin largest sugar producing the includes the towns of Ayrarea andinHome country. youtothought Hill. This Forget region what is home the you knew about the Burdekin and largest sugar producing area in the discover these five hidden gems: country. Forget what you thought you knew about the Burdekin and 1. Charlie’s Hillfive WWII Site,gems: discover these hidden

2. Alva Beach SS Yongala Wreck Dive, Alva The Yongala diveSS is just a quickWreck 30 2. Alva Beach Yongala minute boat ride from the beachside Dive, Alva town of Alva, and as one The Yongala dive isis ranked just a quick 30of the top 10 dive sites in the minute boat ride from the world. beachside town of Alva, and is ranked as one of Divers myriad of the topwill 10 experience dive sites inathe world. marine life as they make their journey to the 109m long submersed vessel. Divers will experience a myriad of marine life as they make their journey to the 109m long submersed vessel.

Home Hill This Queensland listed site 1. Charlie’s Hill Heritage WWII Site, was used a WWII RAAF radar station Home Hill

in theQueensland 1940s to detect aircrafts from This Heritage listed site up to 320 miles away! was used a WWII RAAF radar station in the 1940s to detect aircrafts from You’ll number of war bunkers up to find 320 amiles away! and a ‘spotters post’ to explore, making it aa fantastic to bunkers You’ll find number way of war experience the post’ local Burdekin and a ‘spotters to explore,history firsthand. making it a fantastic way to experience the local Burdekin history firsthand.


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3. Claredale Pastures Café, Clare To relax and refuel, stop into the Claredale Pastures’ café for Café, breakfast 3. Claredale Pastures Clare or surestop to pick Tolunch relax and be refuel, intoup thesome homemade goodiescafé on your way Claredale Pastures’ for breakfast out. Experience paddock-to-plate or lunch and bethe sure to pick up some philosophy its fineston byyour sampling homemadeatgoodies way one of Claredale’s award-winning snags. out. Experience the paddock-to-plate philosophy at its finest by sampling one 4. Creek, Giru snags. of Double Claredale’s award-winning Just off the highway at Giru, you’ll find Double Creek. With cool fresh 4. Double Creek, Giru water running straightatfrom Just off the highway Giru,Mount you’ll Surround, thisCreek. spot will work treat find Double With coolafresh on anyrunning hot summer’s Look out water straightday! from Mount for the highway signage so you don’t Surround, this spot will work a treat miss thishot hidden gem. day! Look out on any summer’s for the highway signage so you don’t 5. Stardust Drive-in, miss this hidden gem. Ayr A visit to the Stardust Drive-in movie theatre will provide a great family 5. Stardust Drive-in, Ayr outing difference. Treat yourself A visit with to thea Stardust Drive-in movie with some from the café and theatre willsnacks provide a great family enjoy movie under the stars outinga with a difference. Treat from yourself the of yourfrom ownthe car.café and withcomfort some snacks enjoy a movie under the stars from the comfort of your own car.

Magnetic Island Beach Image credit Nathan McNeil

Shhh! Five Townsville North Queensland beaches you may not have heard of With 320 days of sunshine each year, Townsville North Queensland is a beach-lover’s paradise! From The Strand (Townsville’s awardwinning promenade), to the bays of neighbouring tropical islands and beachside towns lining the coast, you’ll be spoilt for choice. But what about the sandy stretches that are a little less known? Here’s a local’s guide to Townsville North Queensland’s best hidden beaches.

Radical Bay, Magnetic Island It’s no secret that Magnetic Island is a must-do on any Townsville North Queensland holiday, but did you know that the Island offers 23 bays and beaches to explore? One of the most secluded and arguably most beautiful beaches on the Island is Radical Bay, only accessible by boat, 4WD or on foot – but let us tell you, it’s well worth the trip! Take a dip in the crystal clear waters, soak up the sun from the sand or explore the rocky cliffs and pine trees lining the edges of the beach. You may even find an abandoned piano sitting somewhere beneath the trees…

Just over an hour south of Townsville lies the hidden gem that is Alva Beach. With sand dunes and wildlife, Alva is perfect if you’re looking for the ultimate sunrise shot. Kite surfers and fishermen often occupy the beach, under the watchful eye of the Ayr Surf Life Saving Club. Alva is also home to Yongala Dive, the quickest way to access one of the world’s best dive wrecks, the SS Yongala.

Shelly Beach, Townsville

Cape Cleveland, Townsville If you’re searching for a slice of paradise to have all to yourself, look no further than Cape Cleveland. Only accessible by water or air, the Cape is home to three beautiful beaches and even a Heritage listed lighthouse to explore! Enjoy amazing views across the bay, a small fringing coral reef and an abundance of turtles scouring the coastline – what more could you need?

Alva Beach, Burdekin

Forrest Beach, Hinchinbrook Just 1.5 hours north of Townsville you’ll find the beachside community of Forrest Beach. You can enjoy the long, sandy beach with some of the best fishing you’ll ever come across. Shady playgrounds and barbecue facilities make Forrest Beach the perfect place for a day out with the whole family.

It’s time to hit the trails and explore what lies off the beaten track. Just north of Pallarenda and 10 minutes from Townsville City sits some of the finest hiking and mountain bike trails in the region, along with some of the best coastal views. Explore Many Peaks Range and take a trail to the beautiful and secluded Shelly Beach, with a rocky foreshore to explore and expansive island views.

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Dear Diary: Two days, two ways on Magnetic Island Dear Diary: Two days, two waysBecon Magnetic Island Lisa and Josh spend the weekend exploring and Joel spend an adventurous the best that nature has to offer Lisa and Josh spend the weekend exploring the best that nature has to offer DAY ONE

9am: Bush to beach There is no better way to 9am: Bush to beach explore Magnetic Island than by There is no We better way tocrew horseback. meet the explore Magnetic at Horseshoe Bay Island Ranchthan whoby horseback.usWe the crew introduce to meet our horses. We at Horseshoe Baytechniques Ranch whoand learn a few riding introduce usthe to our horses. We to once we hit beach, it’s time learn a few riding techniques go bareback into the ocean. and once we hit the beach, it’s time to go bareback into the ocean.

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DAY ONE 9am: Adventures on the open waters 9am: Adventures thethe Weekend objective #1:on Keep open waters Well that is kids entertained!

12 noon: Beachside lunch You can’t go past the Early Bird 12 noon: Beachside lunch Café at Horseshoe Bay. With all You breakfast can’t go past themenu Early Bird day on the – this Café Horseshoe Bay.for With is theatperfect recharge theall day breakfast on ahead. the menu – this active afternoon is the perfect recharge for the active afternoon ahead.

Weekend #1: out Keep super easyobjective with a day onthe Big kids entertained! Wellwe that Mama Sailing. Whilst sitisback super easythe with a daybreeze, out onthe Big and enjoy ocean Mama Whilst we sit back kids getSailing. the opportunity to swim, and enjoy oceanboard. breeze, the snorkel andthe paddle kids get the opportunity to swim, snorkel and paddle board.

12 noon: I scream, you scream – time for ice cream! 12 noon: you you’re Every day isI scream, summer when scream – time for ice cream! on Magnetic Island, giving us the Every day is summer whenice you’re perfect excuse for a sweet on Magnetic Island, the cream treat. With sogiving many us flavours perfect excuse a sweet ice to to choose from,for it takes longer cream treat. so to many choose thanWith it does eat! flavours to choose from, it takes longer to choose than it does to eat!

Discover the best of North Queensland!

Orpheus Island Day Tours

Palm Island Day Tours

Cape Cleveland Lighthouse Tours

Whale Watching Tours

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2pm: Walk through history

2pm: Beach time

Magnetic Island played a big part during and today, the 2pm: WalkWWII through history Forts Walk on Magnetic Island Magnetic Island played a big is apart fantastic to and gaintoday, an insight duringway WWII the into history. We wentIsland a littleis Fortsthat Walk on Magnetic camera crazy views on this a fantastic wayastothe gain an insight hike are absolutely incredible. into that history. We went a little

With the sand between our toes, ocean breezestime and the kids 2pm: Beach running free, we are pretty With the sand between oursure toes, we’ve found a family paradise! ocean breezes and the kids The kids free, spend running wethe areafternoon pretty sure searching forashells, we’ve found familymaking paradise! sandcastles andthe splashing in the The kids spend afternoon ocean. searching for shells, making

camera crazy as the views on this hike are absolutely incredible.

sandcastles and splashing in the ocean. Overnight at Amaroo

Overnight at Peppers Blue on Blue Overnight at Peppers Blue on Blue 10am: Kayak journeys The shores of Horseshoe Bay are filledKayak with funjourneys watersport 10am: options with everything The shores of Horseshoefrom Bay jetskis to with paddle We are filled funboards. watersport choose hire a kayak tofrom explore options to with everything the surrounding beaches. It’s a jetskis to paddle boards. We beautiful day out on the water choose to hire a kayak to explore and we manage beaches. to spot a It’s a the surrounding number of fish and curious beautiful day out onathe waterturtle.


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DAY TWO 9am: Hidden beaches and local secrets To discover the hidden gems 9am: Hidden beaches and of Magnetic Island, we take a local secrets

tour with Aquascene Charters To discover the hidden gems and our tour guide, Adam of Magnetic Island, we takeHinks, a takes us toAquascene some of the most tour with Charters pristine Complete and ourbeaches. tour guide, Adam Hinks, with bird takessnorkeling, us to somefishing of theand most feeding, the kids will remember this tour for years to come. pristine beaches. Complete

and we manage to spot a number of Cocktails fish and a curious turtle. 12 noon: at Sandi’s

with snorkeling, fishing and bird feeding, theArcadia kids will remember 12 noon: Bay Pub this tour for years to come.

What’s an island holiday without a beverage by the beach? Sandi’s at Horseshoe delivers on this one. With a 12 noon: CocktailsBay at Sandi’s vibrant atmosphere, this boutique barby is the What’s an island holiday without a beach beverage the perfect beach? lunch before an afternoon of on underwater adventures. Sandi’sstop at Horseshoe Bay delivers this one. With a

After a big morning on the water, it’s time for lunch! What better place for a biteBay to eat than Arcadia Bay Pub? Good 12 noon: Arcadia Pub food, great views and a pool for the enjoy while we After a big morning on the water, it’skids timetofor lunch! What wait forplace our orders to arrive. better for a bite to eat than Arcadia Bay Pub? Good

vibrant atmosphere, this boutique beach bar is the perfect lunch stop before an afternoon of underwater adventures. 2pm: Snorkel trails

food, great views and a pool for the kids to enjoy while we wait forBungalow our orders Bay to arrive. 2pm:

We thought we’d seen all the best bits of Magnetic 2pm: Snorkel trailsIsland until we dived below the surface! We thought we’d seen all theWe hired snorkel equipment anduntil best bits of Magnetic Island swam along the marked snorkel we dived below the surface! We trails an incredible insight hiredfor snorkel equipment and into the fringing reefs of Magnetic swam along the marked snorkel Island. Scattered with coral, trails for an incredible insightfish into and giant clams, this was a highlight of the weekend! the fringing reefs of Magnetic

Koala Village To complete our weekend 2pm: Bungalow Bay on Magnetic Island we opt to spend Koala Village

the afternoonour with a few Aussie To complete weekend on icons at Bungalow Bay Magnetic Island we optKoala to spend Village. The kids areainfew complete the afternoon with Aussie awe – cuddling a koala, holding a icons at Bungalow Bay Koala blue tongue lizard dancing Village. The kids areand in complete along with a cockatoo. awe – cuddling a koala, holding a

Island. Scattered with coral, fish and giant clams, this was a highlight of the weekend!

blue tongue lizard and dancing along with a cockatoo.

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View from The Strand to Magnetic Island Image credit Megan MacKinnon

Travel tips and advice from North Queensland Toyota Cowboy, Coen Hess Q Tell us about an average day in the life of Coen Hess.

A During the season, our day always includes some kind of training – whether it’s on the field or in the gym. We have a strong focus on healthy eating, so we also have sessions on nutrition – which is great, because I love food! We tend to finish our day with a team meeting with the coaching staff, before heading home (sometimes for a nap!). Q What makes Townsville and North

Q Palmer Street, City Lane, Gregory Street, The Strand, Cannon Park – where’s your favourite spot for a meal?

A Townsville is lucky to have so many great places to eat out – there’s something for everyone. It’s tough to choose just one, but I’d have to go with our very own Cowboys Leagues Club in the city! Q Tell us what you believe is Townsville North Queensland’s best kept secret?

Q You’ve just found out your family or close friends are coming to Townsville to visit for a couple of days. What are the must-do’s in your opinion?

A There are so many great things to do in Townsville. As long as their visit included meal stops at some of the local cafés, restaurants, and bars, then I think we’d be onto a winner! The dining options in Townsville are fantastic. I’d also have to take them over to Magnetic Island – it’s such a perfect getaway right on our doorstep!

Queensland such a special place to live?

Q What are the essential items to

A North Queensland is such a great part of the world. I love the people here and everyone knows the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys have the best fans in the game. I think that’s because of where we live.

A Visiting North Queensland makes it super easy to pack. Hat, sunnies, boardies and thongs – done!


pack for a holiday in Townsville North Queensland?

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A There are a lot of gems in Townsville, but I think the best would have to be The Strand (Townsville’s beach foreshore) – great places to eat and take in the scenery!

Sunset view from Castle Hill, Townsville Image credit Megan MacKinnon

Q The team’s fans are extremely passionate – what makes home games in Townsville such a special experience as a player?

Catch Coen in action at a North Queensland Toyota Cowboys Home Game!

A As I’ve said, I honestly think we have the best fans in the NRL. Playing in front of a home crowd is one of the best feelings that you can’t match. They’re loud and proud – it makes me want to bring my best to the field every time!

Cowboys vs Sharks Friday 9 March 2018

Cowboys vs Panthers Thursday 29 March 2018

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Q What about your dog Baxter? What do you think his favourite spots in Townsville are?

A Baxter loves going on walks, so needless to say The Strand is on his list – and it helps there are a few ice cream stops along the way for me!

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Cowboys vs Titans Saturday 21 April 2018

Cowboys vs Raiders Saturday 28 April 2018

Cowboys vs Rabbitohs Saturday 19 May 2018

Cowboys vs Storm Friday 25 May 2018

Q With more than 300 days of

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sunshine in Townsville, how does the team use Townsville’s natural landscapes for training and keeping fit?

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A We do most of our training outdoors, so it helps that we have perfect weather most of the year! During pre-season, we take the opportunity to train off-site to take in all the brilliant spots we have to choose from, like the Sports Reserve and Tobruk Pool.

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Saturday 21 July 2018

Cowboys vs Knights Friday 27 July 2018

Cowboys vs Broncos Thursday 9 August 2018

Cowboys vs Eels Friday 24 August 2018

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Escape to an island paradise Set on picturesque Magnetic Island, Peppers Blue on Blue Resort is ideal for a tropical getaway. Relax and rejuvenate with resort-style rooms, two idyllic pools and delectable food on-site. Venture out of Magnetic Island’s premier resort to sail a 58-foot custom built yacht, snorkel the pristine reef or discover the Magnetic Island Country Club and its 18-hole golf course.

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The Forts Walk, Magnetic Island Image credit @barekiwi

Wilderness walks Ditch the burpees and forget the fad diets, here are some epic active adventures that you (and your fitness tracker) will actually enjoy. From chasing waterfalls to climbing mountains and everything in between, you’ll be clocking up the steps and taking in the best that nature has to offer with these holiday activities.

When more than 2,500 locals venture up Castle Hill daily, you know the view at the top will be worth the climb. Start from Gregory Street, near Townsville City and walk along the road to the top or if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, explore one of the many dirt trails. Either way once you get to the peak you’ll be rewarded with 360° views of Townsville and across to Magnetic Island.

Move over Jurassic Park, Hinchinbrook is here Conquer the Castle Hike: Castle Hill, Townsville Active Level: Medium Distance: 5.2km return Approx Step Count: 6,864 Why? The views! Top tips: Tackle Castle Hill in the early morning or late afternoon to beat the heat. Take water and don’t forget the camera – you’ll want photos at the top.


Hike: Thorsborne Trail, Hinchinbrook Island Active Level: Very High Distance: 32km (allow 4 days and 3 nights) Approximate Step Count: 42,240 Why? Described as the ‘holy grail for walkers’ (Lonely Planet) Top tips: Catch a ferry from Lucinda and be prepared to live completely selfsufficient for four days. This is a grade 5 hike, so make sure you’re well trained to tackle this one!

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Ok, so you won’t find a dinosaur breeding program here, but Hinchinbrook Island will have you feeling like you’ve stepped back into a prehistoric time! With epic mountainous terrain, meandering creeks and stunning waterfalls, it’s no wonder the Thorsborne Trail on Hinchinbrook Island is considered world-class, and the best hiking experience in Queensland (as voted by the people who know best – Queensland Parks and Wildlife). So, lace up the hiking boots and prepare for four days of exploring the spectacular wilderness of Hinchinbrook Island. With only 40 permits allowed at any one time, you’ll most likely have the entire place to yourself!

Zoe Falls, Hinchinbrook Island Image credit Melissa Van der Haak

I spy koalas Hike: Forts Walk, Magnetic Island Active Level: Medium Distance: 4km (2 hours return) Approximate Step Count: 5,280 Why? Koala spotting, spectacular ocean outlooks and WWII history Top Tips: If you see sticks on the ground in the shape of an arrow, chances are it’ll be pointing in the direction of a recently sighted koala. Locals leave these markers to make koala sighting easy for everyone.

4,000 steps to jaw dropping Hike: Wallaman Falls, Hinchinbrook Active Level: High Distance: 4km return (2.5 hours) Approximate Step Count: 4,224 Why? Discover Australia’s highest single-drop waterfall Top Tips: The drive to Wallaman Falls from Townsville is approximately two hours. Leave early to beat the heat. If you think you’ve seen big waterfalls, you haven’t seen anything like Wallaman Falls. You can take the easy option and enjoy the beauty from the lookout, but if you really want to get the best views you’ll want to venture to the base via the 2km trail. As you walk amongst the rainforest the roar of the falls will gradually get louder. Eventually the twisty path will lead you to a sight that can only be described as jaw-dropping – look up and witness crystal clear water tumbling a spectacular 268 metres.

What do you get when you combine WWII history with stunning ocean vistas and regular sightings of koalas? The Forts Walk on Magnetic Island! Magnetic Island has the largest colony of koalas in Northern Australia and the best location to spot these resident locals is on the spectacular Forts Walk. On this walk you’ll also be awarded with some of Magnetic Island’s best views and fascinating WWII fortifications, this is one not to miss!

Pick up the Pace Want to really stretch out the legs and hit the pavement for a run? Well, you’re in luck because Townsville has some amazing running paths – perfect for everyone from the weekend warrior to the marathoner. The Strand, Townsville’s stunning beachfront, offers 2.5km of flat, fast and breezy footpath, perfect for that PB run. If you’re looking for something a bit longer, head out on the linking path to the end of Pallarenda, where you’ll be able to easily clock up 21km return. If you want to challenge yourself and meet some of the local running talent why not join one of Townsville’s two park run courses on a Saturday morning. Located at Riverway and Northshore, these 5km timed runs are the perfect way to kick start an active weekend and holiday! If pavements and footpaths aren’t your style, hit the trails at Pallarenda or Douglas for an offroad running (or mountain biking) experience.

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Herbert River Gorge Image credit Hinchinbrook Adventures

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River Gorge, Girringun National Park. Imagine flying over the Southern Hemisphere’s largest single drop waterfall, Wallaman Falls, before throwing in a line and fishing at some of Australia’s most remote and best freshwater fishing locations. The beauty and views from this experience simply must be seen to be believed.

When you think of Townsville North Queensland, what comes to mind? Maybe lounging on The Strand, the beautiful beaches and bays of Magnetic Island, the rainforest and waterfalls of Paluma? What if we told you the region has so much more to offer than you first thought?

Dive one of the best wreck sites in the world

Australia’s largest herd of Texas Longhorns

Heli-fishing tours in pristine wilderness When: All year round Hinchinbrook Adventures is the only company in Australia that can offer heli-fishing in the stunning Herbert


Bethel Saddlery shop to see some of the most sought after saddles in the country.

When: May to September Learn about the fascinating history of the Texas Longhorns and experience a truly authentic outback experience with Texas Longhorn Wagon Tours and Safaris at Leahton Park, Charters Towers. See Australia’s largest herd of purebred Texas Longhorns and meet JR, the 2013 Guinness World Record Holder for the longest horns, measuring close to three metres from tip to tip. Enjoy an Aussie smoko for morning tea and tour the renowned

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When: All year round In 1911, the SS Yongala sank off the coast just south of Townsville during a cyclone. Today this site amazes divers with its intact preservation and rich biodiversity. Home to an impressive array of colourful coral and supersized marine life, this dive site has been ranked as one of the best wreck dives in the world. Whilst floating along the wreck you’ll witness giant groupers, massive marble rays, turtles, bull sharks, large schools of barracudas and so much more! This special underwater adventure is truly unlike anywhere else in the world.

Great Barrier Reef aerial view Image credit Budd Photography

Stomp grapes like a Roman When: 4–5 August 2018 Since its inception in 1955, the Australian Italian Festival in Ingham has become a favourite event for locals and travellers alike. If you enjoy homemade Italian cuisine, wine and endless entertainment, this is the event for you! Experience Italian culture by getting amongst the action and trying your hand (or feet) at smashing grapes, pick up a fork for the Spaghetti Eating Challenge and take a run in the Great Toga Race.

trees above, but be sure to keep an eye on the ground – visitors often leave makeshift arrows with stray branches to point them out above. Many are low enough for a picture, so get your camera ready for the ultimate #koalaselfie.

Touch down on your very own Great Barrier Reef sand cay When: All year round For a one-of-a-kind, truly unforgettable experience, you can’t go pass a Great Barrier Reef scenic flight with Townsville Helicopters. The flight promises the stunning blue waters of the Pacific Ocean with endless reef to observe, but this scenic flight has a little twist. Touch down on a secluded sand cay on Wheeler Reef, watch your helicopter return to flight and find yourself standing alone amongst the vast landscapes of the Great Barrier Reef. Uninterrupted, 360° views of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – it doesn’t get much better than that!

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Get up close and personal with Northern Australia’s largest colony of koalas living in the wild When: All year round While Magnetic Island is home to approximately 2,500 people, over 70% of the island is covered in National Park with plenty of cute and cuddly locals of its own! The Island’s Forts Walk is one of the most popular places to see koalas lounging in the

When: 5–10 April 2018 You can watch our Aussie Opals battle it out on the court at the 2018 Commonwealth Games right here in Townsville! The city will host the Women’s Pool A teams (Australia, Canada, England and Mozambique) and Pool B men’s teams (England, Cameroon, India and Scotland) for the preliminary matches. The Women’s qualifying finals will also be played in Townsville, so you’ll be guaranteed a week of world-class sporting action!

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Your 48 hour Your 48 hour Hinchinbrook Hinchinbrook road trip TLC said don’t go chasing road trip waterfalls, but we disagree! TLC said don’t go chasing Complete rainforest hikes, waterfalls,with but we disagree! delicious food and more waterfalls than you can dream of, this weekend Complete with rainforest hikes, itinerary tick allmore your waterfalls holiday deliciouswill food and boxes! Socan pack your bags, than you dream of, thisprepare weekend the ultimate and pile into itinerary willplaylist tick all your holiday the car So to tackle this must-do boxes! pack your bags, prepare weekend road trip. and pile into the ultimate playlist the car to tackle this must-do Day 1 road trip. weekend Townsville to Paluma Range (87km) Day 1 The first stop on the list is Paluma Range National Park, with a myriad of Townsville to Paluma Range (87km) things to stop do for traveller. The first onany thetype list isofPaluma Just offNational the highway Big of Range Park,you’ll with afind myriad Crystal Creek, largetype swimming hole things to do fora any of traveller. perfect and Just off for thelounging highway around you’ll find Big soaking up theasun. up the Crystal Creek, largeFurther swimming hole Range, the lush rainforest perfect explore for lounging around and and cascading of Little soaking up the waters sun. Further upCrystal the Creek. beneath waterfalls, Range,Swim explore the lush rainforest explore the rocky slopes, or relax in and cascading waters of Little Crystal the shade of beneath the historic stone arch Creek. Swim waterfalls, bridge. explore the rocky slopes, or relax in the shade of the historic stone arch Lunch bridge.at Frosty Mango (25km) It’s time to relax and refuel, and what’s better getting a taste of the local Lunchthan at Frosty Mango (25km) produce? Mango is an awardIt’s time toFrosty relax and refuel, and what’s winning café-restaurant offering better than getting a taste of thesome local of the tastiest ice-cream Queensland produce? Frosty Mango in is an awardwith freshcafé-restaurant fruit grown onsite! winning offering some of the tastiest ice-cream in Queensland with fresh fruit grown onsite!

Hot tip – the mango smoothies are sure to bring on those tropical vibes. Hot tip – the mango smoothies are Overnight – Hidden Valley Cabins sure to bring on those tropical vibes. It’s time for some shut eye! The township offers aCabins variety Overnightof– Ingham Hidden Valley of styles, get back It’saccommodation time for some shut eye!orThe to basics and camp amongst the township of Ingham offers a variety rainforest (permit required). of accommodation styles, orFor getan back eco-friendly like nothe other, to basics andexperience camp amongst stay high in the mountains Paluma rainforest (permit required).ofFor an at Hidden Valley Cabins like andno enjoy the eco-friendly experience other, ultimate stay highdigital in thedetox. mountains of Paluma at Hidden Valley Cabins and enjoy the ultimate digital detox.

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Lunch in Ingham (51km) Well known for its large Italian community, Ingham is the perfect Lunch in Ingham (51km) place to enjoy authentic Well known forsome its large Italian Italian cuisine for lunch or taste history at community, Ingham is thethe perfect the original ‘Pub Withauthentic No Beer’, Italian coined place to enjoy some by Slim for Dusty’s While cuisine lunchnumber or tasteone the hit! history at in take‘Pub some time visit Mercer thetown, original With NotoBeer’, coined Lane, a 50 metre mosaicone instalment by Slim Dusty’s number hit! While created more than 2,000 locals in town, by take some time to visit Mercer which a glimpse intoinstalment the stories Lane, agives 50 metre mosaic of Ingham’s past. than Before hitting created by more 2,000 locals the road, drop into Ingham’s TYTO which gives a glimpse into the stories precinct to explore over 110 hectares of Ingham’s past. Before hitting of wetlands andTYTO spot theregenerated road, drop into Ingham’s more than quarterover of Australia’s local precinct to aexplore 110 hectares bird species in one place!and spot of regenerated wetlands more than a quarter of Australia’s local bird species in one place!

Ingham to Jourama Falls (30km) Best known for its hikes and rockslides, the perfect Ingham to Jourama Jourama Falls Fallsis(30km) place to unwind after a big Best known for its hikes andweekend. Spend some time watching Waterview rockslides, Jourama Falls is the perfect Creek tumbling to a place to unwinddown after athe bigrapids weekend. number of waterholes below,Waterview or hit Spend some time watching the tracks and walk upthe to the lookout. Creek tumbling down rapids to a Keep a camera on hand for birds, number of waterholes below, or hit butterflies otherup native wildlife the tracks and walk to the lookout. that the rainforest home. Keepcall a camera on hand for birds, butterflies and other native wildlife that call the rainforest home.



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Shopping on Palmer Street, Townsville Image credit Rob Parsons

Shopping game on point! Fashionistas, home decorators and shop-a-holics be warned: on your next holiday to Townsville you’ll want to allow plenty of spare space in that suitcase! With four major shopping centres and plenty of amazing boutiques, you might be surprised to find much more than just summer sarongs and thongs lining the shopping shelves. Here’s the ultimate guide to shopping ‘til you drop in Townsville!

Go Big or Go Home: The Shopping Centres CastleTown Shoppingworld Homewares, fashion, beauty, technology and some of the best local produce, no matter what’s on your shopping list, CastleTown has you covered! With more than 140 stores (including some fantastic local boutiques), a fantastic program of activities for kids and plenty of underground parking, be sure to pop into CastleTown during your next Townsville visit.

Stockland Townsville From bargain buys to labels you love, Stockland Townsville is a shopping oasis! Make sure you wear comfortable shoes to prepare yourself for a full day of browsing the likes of Myer, H&M, Cue, Forever New, Adairs, Lorna Jane and too many more to mention! Kids will love the play centre at the food court – so there’s no need to escape the airconditioned comfort when the clock strikes lunch.

Featured stores: JB Hi-Fi, The Good Guys, TK Maxx, Harvey Norman, Joyce Mayne, Bunnings, Kathmandu, BCF, Freedom Furniture, Rebel

Featured stores: Myer, H&M, Big W, Woolworths Willows Shopping Centre With more than 2,700 car parking spaces and 140 stores on offer you’ll love the convenience and variety on offer at Willows in Thuringowa. After you’ve had your shopping fix, why not head across the road to Riverway Precinct for a picnic in the park, a peak at the art gallery or a dip in the lagoon pool? There’s no better way to show off the new swimwear! Featured stores: Harris Scarfe, Cotton On, Target, Big W, Coles, Woolworths

Featured stores: Target, Big W, Woolworths, Cotton On


Domain Central It’s one of Queensland’s largest homemaker, lifestyle and outlet centres and with all the big brands like Bunnings, BCF, Freedom Furniture, JB HiFi, Harvey Norman, TK Maxx and The Good Guys it’s easy to see why it’s also a favourite for locals.

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Fairfield Central & Homemaker Centre If you’re heading to Townsville from the south, Fairfield Central is the perfect place to stock up on all your essentials, with a chemist, grocery store, bakery and more. Featured stores: Kmart, Pillow Talk, EB Games, Woolworths, Priceline Pharmacy, Bunnings, Beacon Lighting, Godfrey’s, Petbarn.

Flinders Street markets, Townsville CBD Image credit Rob Parsons

Find Uniqueness: The Boutique Shops Gregory Street After you’ve enjoyed Townsville’s award-winning beach promenade, The Strand, why not check out some of the nearby boutique stores on Gregory Street. Lined with cafés, fashion boutiques and homeware stores even the most seasoned shopa-holics will be impressed. Here’s our quick reference guide for tackling Gregory Street: Billie & Me: Embrace the tropics with loose kaftans, maxi dresses, capes, bright coloured handbags and statement jewellery at Billie & Me. Together by Jaxx: The racks are heaving with a bohemian inspired collection of well-known and upcoming Australian labels. Check out their own label as well as MINKPINK, Industrie, Play it Right and Finders Keepers. Urban Loft: At Urban Loft you’ll enjoy browsing the selection of sweet paisley prints, kids clothes, jewellery, linen and decorative homewares. Love thy Neighbour: Need something tropical to match your holiday mood? At Love thy Neighbour you’ll meet your perfect summer outfit with bold patterns, flowy dresses and plenty of colour on offer!

Townsville City In the heart of Townsville’s city you’ll find a long line of boutiques as well as some great spots to relax and refuel. Our favourites include: The Strand Emporium: Pop in for beach inspired décor, batik resort wear, accessories, furniture and homewares. Refuel with a coffee, sandwich or homemade treat at the café inside.

Bluebell Trading: Forget the tacky souvenir stores and find your perfect holiday memento at this amazing little boutique on Flinders Street. With giftware, clothing, bathroom and baby products, this is one gift shop you’ll want to visit.

A Few Beautiful Things: Find nanna’s finest tea set, new and secondhand books, cushions, furniture, handbags and a mass of odd-bod ornaments. Hazel Mai: It’s here you’ll find Aussie labels like Mosaic, La Escada, Kalenta and Heart of the Glass as well as the exclusively stocked Melbourne-based brand Mossman and Billini Shoes. Milou Dress House: Forget the little black dress, this place has the little red dress, the little blue dress and every other coloured dress you could possibly want. Gecko Interiors: With an explosion of colour and bursting full of quirky gift ideas and homewares, this boutique will inspire even the most novice home decorator. VIVA: Enter a world of fashion and discover incredible local designers at this amazing boutique. With stylists instore, you’ll love your look at VIVA.

Stellar Moda: Edgy, bohemian and vintage styles personally selected from labels like Lucette, Barbarella Vintage, Wayne Cooper and Mogil. Avanti: New York – meet Avanti! Stocking high end fashion and brands like Sass and Bide, Max Mara, Stevie May and Predro Garcia Shoes, you’ll be dressed to impressed. Fashion Gallery: For a wedding, ball or graduation, find that perfect formal dress in this inner city boutique. With every colour imaginable, and plenty of sparkle, you’ll find the dress of your dreams here.

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Taste Townsville’s Foodie Revolution Townsville has everything from laneway restaurants to raw breakfast bars, the juiciest local fruits to 5-star dining, and don’t forget the award-winning chefs! It’s time to follow your nose and tempt your taste buds at these hot spots:

On the hunt for Australia’s Best Breakfast? Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it doesn’t get better than Jam on Palmer Street. Multiple award-winner of Australia’s best breakfast (Australian Savor Awards), this sophisticated restaurant provides a seasonal menu that is a feast for the eyes as well as the belly. Menu tip: The Asian Chicken Omelette will have you jumping out of bed for breakfast.

Find an island paradise just 20 minutes from Townsville and indulge in a mouthwatering meal on the decks of Peppers Blue on Blue – Magnetic Island. Menu tip: Pepper’s menu changes seasonally so make sure you try the latest additions.


Clear your afternoon schedule and slip into holiday mode with al fresco dining at Cbar. The delicious plates and ocean views will give you that holiday feeling in no time. Menu tip: Enjoy a freshly squeezed orange juice and the popular salt and pepper calamari.

If you’re a clean-eater or a lover of night life, Townsville’s City Lane is an absolute must-visit when in Townsville North Queensland – whether it be for breakfast, lunch, dinner or any time in between!

For the ultimate dining experience, visit Seasoned on Palmer Street. Sit in one of their four themed rooms (you guessed it – Summer, Autumn, Winter or Spring) and let the knowledgeable staff take you on a food journey like no other.

Seeking an island escape?

Craving a meal with a view?

Set to get social?

Longing to dine in style?

Menu tip: #treatyourself to a Seasoned degustation paired with beverages on nearby Flinders Street at Townsville’s hottest cocktail bar, Hooch & Fellow.

Menu tip: Otto’s is fast becoming famous for its delectable doughnut range, so be sure to try a droolinducing sweet treat.

Menu tip: It’s hard to say no to an authentic wood fired pizza at Donna Bionda.

Into poolside tacos? Chasing your next #instaworthy snap? Local fruit and veg, fresh seafood, a continental deli, artisan bakery, and premium coffee – Otto’s Fresh Food Market really is a one-stop foodie shop. A locally-owned family business, Otto’s prides itself on quality fresh food with a laidback North Queensland atmosphere that’s hard to beat!

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South American inspired menu + signature cocktails + rooftop poolside dining = heaven! Rambutan on Flinders Street is Townsville’s most glamourous backpacker hostel, promising pool parties, delicious eats and tasty drinks to match. Menu tip: The tacos here taste just as incredible as they look!

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Looking for the catch of the day? Renowned as Townsville’s ultimate seafood destination, The Pier promises a range of freshly sourced seafood with magnificent views of Castle Hill, Breakwater Marina and Magnetic Island. Menu tip: Taste everything North Queensland’s coast has to offer with a signature seafood platter.

Chasing a chilled Sunday Sesh – everyday? To enjoy a legendary Sunday Sesh any day of the week, visit Longboard Bar & Grill to soak up some ocean views and maybe even a cocktail or two! Menu tip: You can’t fly past the Wicked Wings!

Brewery on Flinders Street. Enjoy a meal while you watch the beer making process – from milling to tapping and (our favourite) drinking! Menu tip: Sample all beers on tap with a tasting plate.

Keen to cheer on your team? The Cowboy’s League Club is home to our very own local superheroes, the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys. Cheer on your team at the sports bar, enjoy a meal in the restaurant and soak up the atmosphere after a Cowboys home game. Menu tip: You can’t go past the braised lamb shank from Match Restaurant and Grill!

Looking to reconnect with nature? You’ll feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life when you head to the hills and visit the Herveys Range Heritage Tea Rooms. This local secret is off the beaten track but with impressive mountain views, rich history and some of the best scones ever (seriously, once you start you won’t be able to stop) it’s definitely worth the trip.

Thirsty for a local brew?

Menu tip: Coffee lovers must try the infamous Kopi Luwak ($50/cup) coffee – just don’t ask how it’s made until after you’ve tasted it.

Relying on some romance? Trying to impress someone special? Look no further than Michels Restaurant on Palmer Street. With a team committed to plating up the finest local and seasonal produce, a night at Michels is sure to captivate your senses. Menu tip: For the ultimate luxe experience, try Michels’ signature degustation menu.

Fond of fiestas? If you fancy Mexican matchsticks, fiery fajitas and chocolate nachos, Cactus Jacks is the place for you! Take the whole family to any Cactus Jacks restaurant for a guaranteed fun night out, or drop into the Cactus Saloon on Flinders Street for a bite to eat, a drink, or to party the night away. Menu tip: Save room for dessert and indulge in some chocolate nachos.

Craving a cocktail? Welcome to the Quarterdeck at The Ville – Townsville’s newest balcony bar. Relax with friends or family on a sunny afternoon and enjoy the ocean breeze while you sip your tropical cocktail. Take in the stunning views east to Magnetic Island and bask in the North Queensland ambience. Menu tip: Try the cocktail of the month along with a selection of tapas.

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