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TOWNSVILLE NORTH QUEENSLAND Official Visitor Guide

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Townsville North Queensland – a place where all of Australia’s most iconic landscapes merge. From the awe of the Outback, to the magic of the Great Barrier Reef. Discover the wonder of the rainforest or enjoy endless summer days on a tropical island. Immerse yourself in unspoilt nature, uncover your own perfect paradise. This is a place where active minds explore and dive deeper, it is here you can leave more than just footprints, it’s where you can leave your legacy.

View of Gregory Street from The Strand to Castle Hill, Townsville by @jaxonfoale

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Plan your ADVENTURE Magnetic Island Sunset by Sean Scott

Getting Here

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Our Region

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Region Map

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Townsville Bucket List

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Townsville Map

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Magnetic Island Bucket List

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Charters Towers Bucket List

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Hinchinbrook Bucket List

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Ingham (Hinchinbrook) Map

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Burdekin Bucket List

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GREAT BARRIER REEF Museum of Underwater Art 32 Snorkel & Dive Activities 34 Island Hopping 36 Fantastic Fishing 40 Wonderful Watersports 42

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The Townsville North Queensland Official Visitor Guide is an initiative of Townsville Enterprise (TEL). TEL is a not-for-profit organisation and is the official Regional Tourism Organisation (RTO) and economic development body of the Townsville North Queensland region, extending from the Burdekin to Hinchinbrook, west to Charters Towers, and including the central section of the Great Barrier Reef and its island communities of Magnetic Island and the Palm Island Group. We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of country throughout our region and Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

Front Cover: Alma Bay Sunrise, Magnetic Island by Jesse and Belinda Lindemann

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Getting HERE Located in the dry tropics region of Queensland, and a gateway to the central section of world’s greatest natural wonder the Great Barrier Reef, the Townsville North Queensland region is the perfect blend of tropical sea breezes, glorious winter weather, and refreshing rainforest retreats. With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, the average climate in Townsville North Queensland remains a tropical 28 degrees. Considered by locals as the capital of the North, Townsville is northern Australia’s largest urban centre – a tropical destination that oozes holiday appeal. But don’t let the big claims fool you, Townsville North Queensland remains a small town at heart, upholding a strong community ethos and all the loveable quirks of a small region, making it the perfect place to escape frenzies of holiday crowds and immerse yourself in nature’s playground.

Townsville Sign at Central Park, by Megan MacKinnon

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BY AIR Townsville Airport is the gateway to North Queensland. Located a short 7-minute drive to the Townsville Central Business District, the Townsville Airport is a transport hub offering pick up points for taxis, ride shares and the airport shuttle*. Rental cars are available from the airport too! BY SEA Townsville is a unique and thoroughly welcoming destination for cruise ships, boasting a near-new cruise ship terminal at the Port of Townsville in the Quayside Terminal. BY RAIL The Spirit of Queensland travels to Townsville five times a week (departing from Cairns or Brisbane), combining modern seating and entertainment options with the charm of long-distance rail travel. Contact Queensland Rail Travel to book your seat!

*Bookings required


Sunset view across Townsville from Mount Stuart by Megan MacKinnon

BY ROAD Townsville North Queensland is the gateway to diverse regional landscapes, all within a 1.5-hour drive. Make the most of your visit by taking short road trips to explore wetlands, the Great Barrier Reef, wet tropics rainforests and glorious beachfront. Travel south from Cairns, east from Mount Isa, or north from the Whitsundays to begin your adventure in the heart of nature’s paradise. GETTING AROUND While in Townsville, Sunbus and TransLink public bus transport services operate across the CBD and surrounding suburbs – check online for timetables. Alternatively, 13cabs and Checker Cabs, along with other ride share services and rental cars are also a great option! Want to try something new? E-scooters are accessible throughout Townsville City, with flexible hire options available. A region best explored by car, drive from Townsville for an hour in any direction to discover a new experience or adventure – beaches and reef, rainforests or outback – encouraging active minds to explore and indulge your natural sense of curiosity.

Forts Walk, Magnetic Island by @photobohemian

GETTING TO MAGNETIC ISLAND Once in Townsville, take a short 20-minute ferry ride and escape to an island paradise – Magnetic Island. With endless summer days and picture perfect bays, a trip with SeaLink Queensland will have you relaxing by the beach in no time. Keen to hit the open roads of the island? Take your vehicle on the only car ferry service to the island with Magnetic Island Ferries. Both services operate daily – check online for service timetables.

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Our REGION The Townsville North Queensland region is uniquely located a mere stone’s-throw from some of Australia’s most diverse and captivating landscapes. Ignite your sense of adventure and discover the paradise that awaits.

Mount Inkerman Lookout, The Burdekin by Sean Scott

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

Dive the Museum of Underwater Art or snorkel the Great Barrier Reef (page 32)

Walk to the top of Castle Hill (page 55)

Chase waterfalls in the pristine rainforest of Paluma Range National Park (page 52)

Explore Ross River Parkway and cool off at the Riverway Lagoons (page 63)

Take a stroll through the city to explore edgy Street Art and grab a bite to eat (page 65) Sunrise view of Townsville City from Castle Hill by @mycolourfulworld_

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

Spot one of the koalas that make up northern Australia’s largest colony in the wild (page 45)

Marvel at the 360 degree views and explore WWII fortifications on the Forts Walk (page 60)

Grab an #instaworthy picture and see the Insta-famous SS Adelaide (page 36)

Hire a topless car – the most fashionable way to explore the Island (page 36)

Magnetic Island Sunset by Sean Scott

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Feel the rush of adrenaline as you explore the Island with one of the many watersport options (page 42)


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

Relive the working life of the gold rush at the Venus Gold Battery (page 59)

Meet the Texas Longhorns on a wagon tour or safari (page 45)

Explore WWII fortifications and mining relics atop Towers Hill (page 60)

Discover a historical gold mining township from yesteryear in Ravenswood (page 61)

Charters Towers Post Office by Megan MacKinnon

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Relax in the shade and immerse yourself in nature at one of many camp sites (page 48)


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Your Hinchinbrook BUCKET LIST Hinchinbrook Hinchinbrook is truly a nature-lover’s paradise. As the southern gateway to the Wet Tropics World-Heritage listed rainforests, you can chase waterfalls, experience unique fishing sites, conquer uninhabited Jurassic islands.

Explore Australia’s largest single-drop waterfall, Wallaman Falls (page 51)

Hike the world-famous multi-day Thorsborne Trail on Hinchinbrook Island (page 57)

Witness the Southern Hemisphere’s largest single-drop waterfall, Wallaman Falls. The town centre of Ingham is known for its diverse Italian community, a testament to the unique dining, shopping and events within the town.

Visit a Mediterranean delicatessen (page 68)

Bird watch at the TYTO wetlands (page 46)

Wet a line and discover epic fishing locations (page 40)

Halifax on The Herbert River, Hinchinbrook by Megan MacKinnon

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Escape into the wild at Hinchinbrook, the world’s most accessible wilderness. A lush diversity of tropical rainforests; all showcasing nature at its best.

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The scattering of cafés, restaurants and pubs around Hinchinbrook means you’re spoilt for choice. The food is a hearty mix of golden oldie café favourites, traditional cultural delights and new dishes exploding with flavour.

Jk’s Delicatessen A must stop when visiting Hinchinbrook is jk’s Deli, a thriving urban café and gourmet delicatessen. Vittoria Coffee, gourmet pies, Italian cannoli, cheeses, meats and other delicious food!

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Your Burdekin BUCKET LIST The Burdekin The Burdekin district is nestled in the delta of the Burdekin River, with its two popular townships – Ayr and Home Hill – linked by the iconically historic Burdekin Bridge. Well-known as the sugar capital of Australia, the Burdekin offers fantastic fishing, magnificent wetlands, beautiful birdlife and miles of unspoilt beaches to explore. The region is also the gateway to one of the world’s best dive sites in the SS Yongala Shipwreck.

Experience one of the world’s best wreck dives – the SS Yongala (page 34)

Get active and take in the view at Mount Inkerman (page 56)

Stroll along Australia’s longest sand spit at Alva Beach, Cape Bowling Green (page 27)

Take a step back in time and explore the WWII fortifications on Charlie’s Hill (page 60)

Sample some sweet local produce and try the exotic achacha fruit (page 68) Invicta Sugar Mill in Giru, The Burdekin by Sean Scott

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Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef by Mark Fitz

Great Barrier REEF It’s nature’s greatest gift to the world and it’s right in our backyard. The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest and longest coral reef system, stretching for 2,300km along the Eastern coast of Queensland. Townsville North Queensland is the gateway to the central section of the Great Barrier Reef, giving snorkelers and divers access to some of the most diverse coral and marine life at some of the best sites in the world.

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DISCOVER THE WONDER OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF Museum of Underwater Art (page 32) Snorkel & Dive Activities (page 34) Island Hopping (page 36) Fishing (page 40) Watersports (page 42)

Helicopter on Wheeler Reef Sand Cay by Megan MacKinnon

REACH NEW HEIGHTS See the Great Barrier Reef in a different way on a scenic flight with Townsville Helicopters or Nautilus Aviation. In just half an hour, you can witness the vastness and beauty of the reef from above as you take in the myriad of colours and patterns. You can even land on a secluded sand cay to enjoy the reef all to yourself – a truly unforgettable moment. GET QUALIFIED If you’re interested in becoming a certified diver, where better to learn than the Great Barrier Reef? Townsville North Queensland is home to a number of operators who provide certified diving courses including Open Water and Advanced Open Water. If you want to try diving, there is no need to get certified, head out on an introduction dive with one of the many operators in Townsville. townsvillenorthqueensland.com.au

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Centipede Reef Aerial by Megan MacKinnon

EDUCATE YOURSELF What better place to learn about the reef than Australia’s tropical marine research agency? The Australian Institute of Marine Science invites you to learn about the research and recovery of one of the seven wonders of the world! See the cutting edge National Sea Simulator at their Cape Ferguson facility. Tours available – check online for tour information and availability: www.aims.gov.au

STAY DRY Explore its magical wonder without getting wet at the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium. As the National Reef Education Centre, Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium* is home to thousands of fish and coral species, and the Turtle Hospital – plenty to learn and see for the whole family. THE GREAT EIGHT WITH A MATE Short on time but big on adventure? We’ve got the destination to rule them all – tick ‘Queensland’s Great Eight’ off your bucket list. The Great Eight, Queensland’s equivalent to Africa’s Big Five, can all be found in Townsville North Queensland. From giant clams to the majestic giants of the sea – the humpback whales, you won’t be disappointed. Visit townsvillenorthqueensland.com.au to learn more. 30

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Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium by Megan MacKinnon

As the headquarters for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium and James Cook University’s world renowned Marine Biology degree, there’s no better place to immerse yourself in the magic that is the Great Barrier Reef than Townsville North Queensland.

* Reef HQ will be closed for upgrades for a period of time in 2021. Please check www.reefhq.com.au for the latest updates.


Museum of UNDERWATER ART

The Museum of Underwater Art (MOUA) is the latest attraction in Townsville North Queensland, and the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. WHAT IS MOUA? The Museum of Underwater Art invites visitors to immerse themselves in the stories of the reef; asking them not just to listen but to be part of the solution. As a platform to share the stories of the reef, the culture of its people and to inspire the world. The museum was conceptualised by world-famous underwater sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor with installations already in place on The Strand and at John Brewer Reef – approximately 80 kilometres off the coast. OCEAN SIREN The inaugural sculpture in the Southern Hemisphere’s first Museum of Underwater Art, the ‘Ocean Siren’ is installed alongside North Queensland’s iconic Strand Jetty in Townsville. ‘Ocean Siren’ is modelled on local Wulgurukaba Traditional Owner Takoda Johnson, with a vision to inspire reef and ocean conservation action and achieve positive environmental outcomes. The ‘Ocean Siren’ reacts to live water temperature data from the Davies Reef weather station on the Great Barrier Reef and changes colour in response to live variations in water temperature. 32

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CORAL GREENHOUSE The John Brewer Reef ‘Coral Greenhouse’ is located in the heart of the Greater Barrier Reef Marine Park and is the largest MOUA installation thus far, sharing a message of reef conservation and restoration. It is the first-ever underwater building created by artist Jason deCaires Taylor, who hopes to advance education and offer opportunities for scientists, marine students and tourists to engage - either by snorkel or dive – in action-based learning and to conduct globally important research on coral reef restoration. Weighing more than 158 tonnes, the Coral Greenhouse is filled with and surrounded by 20 ‘reef guardians’ who are caring for coral to spread the message of reef conservation.

Inside the Coral Greenhouse, John Brewer Reef by Jason deCaires Taylor


The Coral Greenhouse, John Brewer Reef by Jason deCaires Taylor

FAST FACTS Located approximately 80km from Townsville (2 hours by boat) Made from stainless steel and pH-neutral materials to complement natural coral growth John Brewer Reef, located in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, is a naturally-formed reef with some weather protection, 10-15 metre visibility, natural coral walls and a flat, sandy base.

Ocean Siren on The Strand, Townsville by Katie Purling

HOW TO VISIT The Ocean Siren is a free installation situated alongside the Strand Jetty – best to time your visit for sunset to appreciate the full colour display. You can visit the Coral Greenhouse with one of five commercial operators from Townsville: Adrenalin Snorkel and Dive Yongala Dive Pro Dive Orpheus Island SeaLink Queensland Dive into Townsville North Queensland to discover the reef’s greatest stories. Be inspired by the world heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef with a new and thought-provoking encounter at the Museum of Underwater Art.

TOWNSVILLE, GREAT BARRIER REEF

Book your tour now!

moua.com.au #inspiredbyMOUA

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Reef Snorkelling by Mark Fitz

Snorkel & Dive ACTIVITIES

Within a two-hour boat ride from Townsville, you can access some of the most secluded and pristine sections of the entire Great Barrier Reef. A popular day-trip destination is Lodestone Reef, offering shallow coral gardens brimming with marine life for snorkelers, and deeper coral canyons and bommies for divers to explore up to 25 metres underwater. Explore fringing Magnetic Island reefs with an adventure tour with Aquascene Charters, Big Mama Sailing and Pilgrim Sailing, or stay a little longer on a multiday liveaboard with Adrenalin Snorkel and Dive.

Reef Snorkelling by @jaxonfoale

Reef by @jaxonfoale

Walk straight off the beach and discover stunning fringing reefs self-guided by permanent snorkel trails at two Magnetic Island locations. Beginners can visit the Nelly Bay trail to stay close to shore while exploring stunning, diverse coral; while more experienced snorkelers can venture out to see amazing schools of fish and sunken WWII relics in Geoffrey Bay. Self-guide swim cards are available from the local supermarket or dive store, or join Pleasure Divers for your own personal tour. 34

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SHIPWRECKED! Certified divers should have the SS Yongala wreck at the top of their bucket list, recognised as the best wreck dive along the Great Barrier Reef and one of the top 10 in the world. Lying 30 metres under the surface, the wreck captivates divers with its array of hard and soft coral, spectacular marine life, intact preservation and pristine beauty. After the vessel disappeared during a tropical storm in 1911, it lay undetected for almost 50 years. Today, the wreck is decorated with vibrant corals and hosts incredibly diverse marine life including turtles, sea snakes, marble rays, giant gropers, sharks, wrasse and even migrating humpback whales. Join Yongala Dive for the quickest link to the wreck, with tours and on-site accommodation based in Alva Beach in the Burdekin. Tours also depart directly from Townsville and Magnetic Island, with Adrenalin Snorkel and Dive.

Diving the Yongala Wreck by Nadia Aly


Dive The Yongala... ...out of Ayr!

Ayr - Great Barrier Reef - QLD

Book online or Phone 07 4783 1519 www.yongaladive.com.au

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Magnetic Island Aerial by Sean Scott

Island HOPPING Whether you want to stretch out on a sunsoaked beach, venture through an untouched National Park, or explore the World Heritagelisted Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, we’ve got the perfect island for you in Townsville North Queensland.

Magnetic Island by Mark Fitz

MAGNETIC ISLAND Just 20 minutes from Townsville, Magnetic Island boasts the natural beauty and serenity of an island paradise within a thriving community. As one of the only islands in the Great Barrier Reef with a postcode, more than 2,500 residents call this island home. Filled with eucalyptus woodlands and rocky foreshores, Magnetic Island is a haven for uniquely Australian wildlife, boasting Northern Australia’s largest colony of koalas living in the wild. The perfect escape for families, friends and couples, “Maggie” – as the locals call it – has a diverse range of accommodation styles, from 36

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luxury resorts to backpacker hostels. Sit back and relax on a sailing trip, have a hit at the Island’s golf course, up the ante with watersports galore, or find a stretch of sand to enjoy all to yourself. For the more active adventurer, explore rocky outcrops and the National Park that covers two-thirds of the island, hike to secluded bays on more than 20km of walking trails, hit the water on a jet ski tour, and explore what lies beneath the surface with snorkel trails and tours leading straight off the beach. How to visit: SeaLink Queensland passenger ferry*, Magnetic Island Ferries car barge* or via helicopter. Once on the island, taxis and buses are available to go exploring, or hire a car or scooter to travel in tropical style.

Magnetic Island by Sean Scott

* Multiple services daily – check timetables online


Hinchinbrook Island by Megan MacKinnon

HINCHINBROOK ISLAND The biggest island on the Great Barrier Reef, Hinchinbrook Island is completely uninhabited to protect its stunning biodiversity. Only 40 people are permitted to camp on Hinchinbrook Island at any one time, giving visitors the best possible experience to connect with, and truly appreciate, the raw Jurassic beauty of this natural island playground.

PALM ISLAND Located 65km north-west of Townsville, the Palm Island Group is home to the traditional owners, the Manbarra people – and the Indigenous Bwgcolman people meaning ‘many tribes, one people’, descendants that were sent to the Palm Island mission from across Queensland. Great Palm Island - the largest, and only inhabited island of the Palm Island Group, is rich in its unique Indigenous heritage, cultural history and unspoilt natural landscapes including small bays, sandy beaches, excellent fishing waters and steep forested mountains rising to peaks of up to 548 metres. How to visit: SeaLink Queensland passenger ferry or Hinterland Aviation.

If you have a real thirst for adventure, you can’t go past the 32km Thorsborne Trail. With epic mountainous terrain, meandering creeks and stunning waterfalls, it’s no wonder this 3-4 day hiking trail is considered the best hiking experience on the globe. See more on page 57. How to visit: Local boat charter/transfer from Lucinda (2 hours north of Townsville) via the Hinchinbrook Channel, or view from above by helicopter.

Palm Island by Megan MacKinnon

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Orpheus Island by Mark Fitz

ORPHEUS ISLAND Covered in over 1,300 hectares of pristine National Park, Orpheus Island offers a unique encounter with amazing reef, beautiful bush walks and scenic lookouts. Book into the island’s luxury resort, capped to indulge only 28 exclusive guests at any one time. Experience endless adventure with all-inclusive meals, water sports equipment and more – perfect for the lovers of exclusive and tranquil holidays. Visitors can also experience the magic of Orpheus by setting up a self-sufficient campsite in one of the island’s three camping areas (permit available via Queensland National Parks Booking Service). How to visit: Charter boat, or via helicopter.

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Pelorus Island by Krista Eppelstun

PELORUS ISLAND Just north of Orpheus Island lies the pristine Pelorus Island, offering spectacular snorkel and dive experiences on fringing reefs accessible right off the beach - with self-sufficient camping permitted (all equipment must be carried with you as there is no access to fresh water and camping facilities are not available). How to visit: Charter boat, dive tour with Remote Area Dive, or via helicopter.


TAKE YOUR CAR AND SEE MORE! • HIKE THE TRAILS • WATCH THE SUNSET • ENJOY A PICNIC AT A SECLUDED BEACH • BRING YOUR BIKES AND EXPLORE • BOOK ONLINE FOR BEST RATE

07 4796 9300 MAGNETICISLANDFERRIES.COM.AU

Magnetic Island Ferries @magneticislandferries

AQUASCENE CHARTERS Join multi-award winning Aquascene on a personalised tours exploring Magnetic Island! Master Reef Guides I Snorkel Instructor I Passionate Family Business I Suitable for all ages and abilities I No long travel times | Day Tours – Sunset Tours – Private Charters – Special Occasions – School Groups 0439 785 216 | hello@aquascenecharters.com.au aquascenecharters.com.au

BIG MAMA SAILING Sail & explore. Small personalised groups experiencing the hidden gems of Magnetic Island. Half/full day tours & Sunset Sails. Depart from Townsville or Magnetic Island. Private Charters Available. We have two vessels: Big Mama (Our home) & Ragamuffin III, a vessel with a colourful history of racing, well known for her involvement in Sydney to Hobart. Mention this ad to receive a 10% discount on Private Charters. 0437 206 360 | bigmamasailing@gmail.com bigmamasailing.com townsvillenorthqueensland.com.au

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Coral Trout by Matt King, Yongala Dive

Fantastic FISHING As one of the most diverse fishing locations on the East Coast, Townsville North Queensland offers a full spectrum of world-class fishing opportunities. From endless unspoilt coastlines to the open water of the Great Barrier Reef, estuarine waters and incredible freshwater sites – this place will have you hooked. LAND-BASED FISHING Cast a line off any stretch of pristine coastline for an easy and accessible fishing experience. Favourites include any of the spectacular beaches in the Hinchinbrook region, Alva Beach and Wunjunga Beach in the Burdekin or cast a line straight off The Strand in Townsville. Across the water on Magnetic Island, Picnic Bay Jetty is a local favourite for some relaxed fishing with stunning views.

Further inland, there are a number of sites to wet a line along the Burdekin River, flowing from the Burdekin to Charters Towers. The Burdekin Dam offers a great day out, or visit the Weir Water Park in Charters Towers with BBQ facilities, a playground, toilets, boat ramp and plenty of fishing. Fishing at Lucinda, Hinchinbrook by Megan MacKinnon

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BOAT FISHING Explore the 110 square kilometres of interconnected mangrove-lined creeks, rivers, tidal flats, sandy drop-offs and deep rocky holes in the Hinchinbrook Channel, regarded as one of the most scenic fishing locations in the world and the perfect place to chase a barramundi. Other popular sites in Hinchinbrook include the Lucinda Jetty and the Herbert River. Groper Creek is regarded as one of the best inland fishing locations in the Burdekin, providing access to the Burdekin River and Wallace Creek.

Fishing boats off Hinchinbrook Island by Megan MacKinnon

GREAT BARRIER REEF The vast waters of the Great Barrier Reef is a sportfishing mecca, home to an incredible range of fish species. Whether you’re floating across shallow coral flats for coral trout, tracking the edges of the reef for trevally, or seeking the hard fighting Giant Trevally and Spanish Mackerel, a day on the GBR is sure to excite and create memories to last a lifetime.


JOIN A TOUR Charter a boat or join a guided fishing tour for an exceptional day on the water from the most experienced fisherman to beginners. Crackajack Sportfishing Adventures will show you the best that Hinchinbrook has to offer, or join Northern Conquest Charters for specialised reef fishing tours off the coast of Townsville. For the ultimate experience, take a heli-fishing tour up the Herbert River Gorge with Hinchinbrook Adventures for remote area fishing amongst some of the most secluded and pristine areas in the world.

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

ON THE BITE Land the ultimate catch and experience an angling adventure to remember, with many of the top fish species in the waters in and around Townsville North Queensland.

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Sooty Grunter Barramundi Fingermark Giant Trevally

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Wonderful WATERSPORTS Besides fishing, snorkeling and swimming, there are plenty of other on-water activities to explore. A popular favourite is Magnetic Island’s Horseshoe Bay, where you can get the adrenaline pumping on a tube ride or sit back and relax on a sailing tour. JET SKI Hire a jet ski with Jet Ski Hire Magnetic Island or explore Magnetic Island from the water with Magnetic Jet Ski Tours. Cruise the coastline and take in the scenery - you may even see a friendly turtle swimming by! KAYAK Hire a kayak to explore coastal communities and in-land waterways, or join a tour with Magnetic Island Sea Kayaks to visit secluded bays.

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Sailing around Magnetic Island with Pilgrim Sailing by @mycolourfulworld_

SAILING Charter a vessel or join a sailing tour with Big Mama Sailing or Pilgrim Sailing to explore the pristine waters surrounding Townsville and Magnetic Island. From all day adventure tours to relaxing sunset sails, you’ll find something for everyone. STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING AND KITEBOARDING Alva Beach, Lucinda, Pallarenda and Cungulla are favourites for kiteboarding, and are suitable for anyone from beginners to experts. Standup paddleboarders can also find a range of scenery to explore, from Orpheus Island to the Paluma Dam nestled in the mountains of the Paluma Range National Park. You can bring your own board, or hire equipment from In the Loop Townsville or as part of one of many local aquatic tours. Main Image: Kayaking on Magnetic Island by @mycolourfulworld_


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Animal ENCOUNTERS

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From rainforest to reef, outback and ocean, Townsville North Queensland is located amongst some of Australia’s most iconic landscapes so you’ll be met by a variety of incredible wildlife encounters at every turn.


GO TOTALLY WILD

Wild koala on Magnetic Island by Megan MacKinnon

Koalas: Spot one of the many koalas on Magnetic Island that make up Northern Australia’s largest colony living in the wild. The Forts Walk is one of the best places to spot one snoozing in the trees above, but be sure to admire from a distance to leave these cute creatures undisturbed.

BILLABONG SANCTUARY AND BUNGALOW BAY KOALA VILLAGE For an all-inclusive animal experience, visit Billabong Sanctuary south of Townsville and Bungalow Bay Koala Village on Magnetic Island. You’ll learn all about the Australian native species and their habitats, get up close and personal, and even take part in daily presentations and feedings – perfect for children and the young at heart! TEXAS LONGHORN WAGON TOURS Jump aboard a traditional horse drawn wagon ride or ranger safari to meet Australia’s largest herd of purebred Texas Longhorns, all while exploring the sweeping plains of the Australian outback in Charters Towers.

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

Texas Longhorns in Charters Towers by Megan MacKinnon

REEF HQ GREAT BARRIER REEF AQUARIUM* Explore the magical wonders of the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet at the world’s largest coral reef aquarium. Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium is home to thousands of species of fish, coral and even a Turtle Hospital, providing an exceptional day out to excite and educate. * Reef HQ will be closed for upgrades for a period of time in 2021. Please check www.reefhq.com.au for the latest updates.

Rock Wallaby on Magnetic Island by Reuben Nutt

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Great Barrier Reef Coral courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland

BIRDS OF THE SKY With more than 400 different bird species waiting to be spotted, Townsville North Queensland is a bird-watchers utopia. Popular locations include:

UNDER THE SEA From the Great Barrier Reef to the SS Yongala Wreck, and the easily accessible Magnetic Island Snorkel Trails, Humpback Whale by SeaLink the waters surrounding Townsville North Queensland are swimming with some of Australia’s most iconic aquatic animals. Magnetic Island itself is an important breeding spot for green and flatback turtles, with freshwater turtles also commonly spotted in creeks and waterholes, including Townsville’s Ross River. Dolphins and dugongs can be spotted off the coast of Townsville. A fan favourite is the Humpback Whale - July to September is prime time for spotting these gentle giants during migration. Venture out on a dedicated whale watching tour, charter a vessel or you may even spot them on one of your island transfers or reef tours! 46

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TYTO Wetlands, Ingham Townsville Town Common Paluma Range National Park Magnetic Island Cromarty Wetlands, Burdekin Horseshoe Lagoon, Burdekin Charters Towers Weir

Forest Kingfisher by Hans Bentzen


CORAL SPAWNING First witnessed off Magnetic Island in 1981, one of the most amazing experiences under the sea is coral spawning. An annual event where coral simultaneously release gametes into the water for reproduction, causing an amazing underwater ‘snowglobe’ effect of colour and is a must-see for any reef enthusiast. Check out other amazing Great Barrier Reef experiences on page 28.

Bruce Highway (Hwy A1) 17km south of Townsville Ph 07 4778 8344 • www.billabongsanctuary.com.au

Billabong transfers 7 days per week from Townsville accommodation and ferry terminal. Phone 0401 270 470 for bookings.

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Caravan CAMPING Whether you’re seeking the red dust of the Outback, white sands of the coast, or chasing waterfalls amongst the rainforests, Townsville North Queensland has got camping covered! TOWNSVILLE & MAGNETIC ISLAND Escape the hustle and bustle and stay in a relaxed location in Townsville. With plenty of caravan parks, and bush camping locations on offer, you’re spoiled for choice for your next outdoor adventure. Check out townsvillenorthqueensland.com.au for more! Further afield, Bluewater, Saunders Beach, Rollingstone, Balgal Beach and Crystal Creek all offer stunning accommodation along the east coast.

BURDEKIN Visit the townships of Inkerman, Home Hill, Ayr and Brandon for caravan accommodation, or rest at the tranquil Alva Beach for easy access to amazing fishing, bird-watching and stretches of unspoilt coastline.  ome Hill Comfort Stop: Maximum H 2-night stay (Free) Funny Dunny Park, Wunjunga: Maximum 4 day stay (Donation)

HINCHINBROOK Forrest Beach, Taylors Beach and Lucinda offer seaside accommodation, with sites in the township of Ingham providing easy access to local attractions, shopping and dining experiences.  YTO Self-contained RV Park: T Maximum 2-night stay (Fee) Ingham Tourist Park: (Fee)

BOOK YOUR TOWNSVILLE CITY COUNCIL SITE Search for camping spots, including paid and FREE sites, with Townsville City Council’s new online booking site – Bookable! Visit https://townsville. bookable.net.au/ to secure your site!

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CHARTERS TOWERS Boasting a number of accommodation sites, take in the awe of the outback and, rest and recover while exploring the Overlander’s Way.  letcher Creek: Gregory Developmental F Rd (National Parks) Macrossan Park Rest Area: Next to the Burdekin River and Macrossan bridge Gregory Developmental Rd (Free)


Townsville City Visitor Information Centre by Megan MacKinnon

Visitor Information CENTRES CHAT TO A LOCAL

BURDEKIN

HINCHINBROOK

Pop in to meet the volunteers and staff at your local Visitor Information Centre to discover local insights into what to do and see within the region.

Burdekin Gateway Information Centre 12 Railway Avenue, Home Hill 07 4782 8241

Hinchinbrook TYTO Information and Wetlands Centre C  nr Bruce Highway & Cooper Street, Ingham 07 4776 4792

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

Elliot Springs Visitor Information Centre Cnr Elliot Springs Boulevard and Wadda Mooli Parkway, Elliot Springs 1800 801 902 Townsville City Visitor Information Centre 3 40 Flinders Street, Townsville City, QLD 4810 1800 801 902

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Wallaman Falls, Hinchinbrook by Megan MacKinnon

National Parks GARDENS If awe-inspiring landscapes and breathtaking views feature on your holiday list, then Townsville North Queensland is sure to impress. With diverse landscapes at every turn, it’s the perfect place to embrace nature, and let your active mind explore.

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MAGNETIC ISLAND NATIONAL PARK

Boat: 20 minutes Over two-thirds of Magnetic Island is classified as National Park, but unlike most other tropical islands, Maggie is filled with eucalyptus woodlands and rocky foreshores. Hike to spectacular views along a network of bush tracks, explore the rocky granite headlands studded with hoop pines, or spend some time on one of 23 sun-soaked beaches while you take in the spectacular coastlines.

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Zoe Falls, Hinchinbrook Island by @mycolourfulworld_

Magnetic Island Aerial by Sean Scott

WALLAMAN FALLS, GIRRINGUN NATIONAL PARK (51KM SOUTH-WEST OF INGHAM)

Car: 2 hours Experience the highest single-drop waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere at Wallaman Falls, just an hour west of Ingham. Hike to the base of the Falls and explore the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area of Girringun National Park, home to some of the oldest rainforests on earth and many endangered plants and animals.

HINCHINBROOK ISLAND NATIONAL PARK

Car: 1.5 hours + Boat: 30 minutes Stepping onto Hinchinbrook Island is like taking a step back to prehistoric times, with its rugged cloud-covered mountains, mangrove-lined channels and untouched wilderness. Only 40 people are permitted to camp on Hinchinbrook Island at any given time to protect the Island’s environmental biodiversity, giving visitors the best chance to truly immerse themselves in this natural playground. There’s no better way to experience it than by hiking the 32km Thorsborne Trail (page 57); explore tropical peaks, coastal beaches, rocky shorelines and stunning waterfalls while remaining self-sufficient throughout the 3-4 day hike. Book your permits well in advance online at Queensland National Parks or by phoning 13 74 68.

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ORPHEUS ISLAND NATIONAL PARK

Helicopter: 30 minutes Part of the Palm Island Group and within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, Orpheus Island offers secluded, sheltered bays, spectacular fringing reefs and interesting geology within its 1,300 hectares of pristine National Park.

PALUMA RANGE NATIONAL PARK (24KM SOUTH OF INGHAM)

Car: 1.5 hours As the gateway to the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, escape to the cool mountain air and tranquility of the Paluma Range. Big Crystal Creek sits just 7km off the Bruce Highway and offers waterholes, outcrops of large rocks to soak up some sunshine and natural rockslides. Further up the range, Little Crystal Creek is well known for its historic stone arch bridge (c.1930) overlooking some of the best freshwater swimming holes in the North, or trek further north along the highway to the spectacular Jourama Falls. 52

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BOWLING GREEN BAY NATIONAL PARK (25KM SOUTH OF TOWNSVILLE)

Car: 30 minutes Rugged mountains rise from the wetlands, saltpans and mangroves of this coastal plain in the Mount Elliot section of Bowling Green Bay National Park, south of Townsville. Alligator Creek descends in a series of cascades, deep pools and waterfalls to explore, or venture to the coast to Cape Bowling Green (Burdekin) to see Australia’s longest sand spit, extending over 14km.

TOWNSVILLE TOWN COMMON CONSERVATION PARK AND CAPE PALLARENDA

Car: 10 minutes The Townsville Town Common is an everchanging landscape, a series of dry saltpans in the winter months to a flourishing wetland following summer rains. The area is home to over 280 bird species and offers a number of trails spanning mountain tops, sandy beaches and coastal wetlands along Cape Pallarenda.


Townsville Gardens Little Crystal Creek, Paluma Range National Park by @aswewander

WHITE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK (140 KM SOUTH-WEST OF CHARTERS TOWERS)

Car: 3 hours Spectacular white sandstone bluffs and gorges, brilliant wildflowers and exceptionally diverse habitats, ranging from lancewood forests to sand dunes, make this outback park truly unique.

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

Queens Gardens Heritage-listed, the oldest garden in Townsville (1870), Queens Gardens offers a quiet, cool retreat from the nearby city centre with its lush green oasis set against Castle Hill.

ROSS RIVER PARKWAY

Car: 20 minutes The Ross River Parkway is linked by 30 kilometres of shared pathways along both banks of the picturesque Ross River. Walk or cycle from the city across Townsville to the Upper Ross River, with a number of recreation facilities available along the way.

All estimated travel times from Townsville City

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

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

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Jourama Falls by Reuben Nutt

Hiking TRACKS & TRAILS “In every walk in nature, one receives far more than he seeks”

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Short Walks BANGGURRU WALK Easy 800m return 45 minutes Wallaman Falls lookout, Hinchinbrook Hike to the banks of Stoney Creek DJYINDA WALK Moderate 3.2km return 2 hours Wallaman Falls lookout, Hinchinbrook E xplore the base of Australia’s highest single drop waterfall WITT’S LOOKOUT Moderate 3km return 2 hours Paluma Village Meander through the rainforest to a rocky outcrop BIRTHDAY CREEK FALLS Moderate 1km return 1 hour Paluma Village Take a dip in the picturesque cascades JOURAMA FALLS TRACK Moderate 3km return 1 hour Jourama Falls camping area, Paluma Spot wildlife while taking in views over the Falls

H TRACK Moderate 1.1km return 1 hour Paluma Village Uncover old logging relics amongst the rainforest BALD ROCK TO MOUNT MARLOW Moderate 5km return 2–3 hours Townsville Town Common 360-degree views from the summit of Mount Marlow SHELLY COVE TRAIL Easy 1.5km return 1.5 hours Cape Pallarenda Conservation Carpark, Townsville Visit secluded Shelly Beach via a WWII access road, mountain bike friendly SMEDLEY’S TRAIL Moderate 6.8km return 3 hours O ff the Under the Radar Track, Cape Pallarenda, Townsville Stunning views around the headland, mountain bike friendly CUTHERINGA TRACK Moderate 2.2km return 1.5 hours Base of Castle Hill Road, Townsville Follow the cliff edge with stunning views

GOAT TRACK Moderate 1.3km return 1 hour H  illside Crescent, base of Castle Hill, Townsville Steep  climb to raise the heart rate, 1,300 steps to the stop THE FORTS WALK Moderate 4km return 1.5 hours F  orts Walk Car Park, Magnetic Island 3  60-degree views, koalas in the trees above and WWII fortifications HAWKINGS POINT Easy 1.2km return 1 hour P  icnic Street, Magnetic Island L arge boulder outcrop with spectacular views over Picnic Bay ARTHUR BAY Easy 1.4km return 30 minutes F  orts Walk Car Park, Magnetic Island D  iscover some of the Island’s most secluded and pristine beaches, perfect for swimming, snorkelling and relaxing

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FLORENCE BAY Moderate 3.6km return 1 hour Forts Walk Car Park, Magnetic Island Discover some of the Island’s most secluded and pristine beaches, perfect for swimming, snorkelling and relaxing. RADICAL BAY Moderate 6km return 2 hours Forts Walk Car Park, Magnetic Island Discover some of the Island’s most secluded and pristine beaches, perfect for swimming, snorkelling and relaxing.

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MOUNT INKERMAN NATURE BASE WALKING TRACK Moderate 3km return 1.5 hours Mount Inkerman, Burdekin Panoramic views of the Burdekin’s stunning sweeping plains

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

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Cape Pallarenda, Townsville by Megan MacKinnon

Full Day Hikes UNDER THE RADAR (UTR) Moderate 10.1km one way 5 hours Shelly Cove, Cape Pallarenda, Townsville Stunning island and Coral Sea views, mountain bike friendly PICNIC BAY TO WEST POINT Easy 16km return 5 hours Picnic Bay, Magnetic Island Pass wetland, mangroves, swamps and grasslands to reach West Point ALLIGATOR FALLS TRACK Difficult 17km return 5–6 hours Alligator Creek day-use area Venture around Mount Elliot and Saddle Mountain, to ascend to the top of the falls SHELLY BEACH CIRCUIT TRACK Moderate 8km return 4–5 hours Bald Rock car park, Townsville Town Common Explore mangroves and thickets to finish at a white sandy beach, mountain bike friendly

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

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

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


THE GOLDEN DAYS A once thriving metropolis founded on a historically rich gold mining industry, Charters Towers and Ravenswood are today living montages of the grandeur of a bygone era.

VENUS GOLD BATTERY* The Venus Gold Battery offers an insight into the amazing life of the gold rush in the late nineteenth century. The Battery is of national cultural significance as the largest surviving Battery relic in Australia and the oldest surviving Battery in Queensland. MINER’S COTTAGE* Learn how to pan for gold and explore the authentic Miner’s Cottage from the late 1800’s. Hear the amazing stories from passionate local residents from the days of the Charters Towers gold rush.

Stock Exchange Arcade, Charters Towers by Megan MacKinnon

STOCK EXCHANGE ARCADE Free A rare example of an arcade in Queensland, the Stock Exchange Arcade in Charters Towers is indicative of the rise and fall of fortune on a nineteenthcentury goldfield. Stockbroker’s offices have been converted into shops where you can experience the unique setting and gain an interesting insight into the building’s history. Mural of the Gold Rush, Charters Towers photo by Megan MacKinnon

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MILITARY HISTORY With a strong and enduring military involvement spanning over 100 years, Townsville North Queensland’s military history is still being written and shared by our local characters who take pride in its lasting legacy.

ANZAC PARK AND JEZZINE BARRACKS, TOWNSVILLE Free At the southern end of The Strand, visit Anzac Park to discover a number of memorials amongst lush gardens. At the opposite end of The Strand you’ll find Jezzine Barracks’ 15-hectare heritage precinct to explore, complete with the remaining bunker system, gun emplacements and amazing views. History buffs will enjoy a visit to the Jezzine Barracks Military Museum (free entry). CAPE PALLARENDA, TOWNSVILLE Free Hit the trails of Cape Pallarenda (see page 55) to uncover WWII structures and visit the historic Quarantine Station, established in 1915 to quarantine passengers on incoming ships and service the American and Australian armies during WWII. FORTS WALK, MAGNETIC ISLAND Free The Forts Walk will lead you through the wilderness to some of the best-preserved WWII fortifications along the east coast, including gun emplacements, command post and signal room. Enjoy the stunning 360-degree views and an abundance of wildlife along the way. More on page 55. 60

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TOWERS HILL, CHARTERS TOWERS Free Take the journey up Towers Hill in a car or on foot for the opportunity to explore WWII bunkers, hear the stories of the war days with displays, augmented reality apps and virtual reality goggles for a fully immersive experience. While in town, visit the WWII Photographic Display in the City Hall Foyer on Mosman Street to get a glimpse into the conditions of the town during the war. CHARLIE’S HILL, BURDEKIN Free Located south of Home Hill, Charlie’s Hill was part of the frontline defence of Australia during World War II and includes a radar station noted in the Queensland Heritage Register for its historical and military significance.

Charlie’s Hill in The Burdekin by @aliabr_photos

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INDIGENOUS HISTORY Townsville North Queensland’s Indigenous history spans thousands of years and is as culturally diverse as the region itself.

The Forts Walk, Magnetic Island by Megan MacKinnon

JEZZINE BARRACKS Free To the north of The Strand, Jezzine Barracks is a 15-hectare heritage precinct commemorating the military and Aboriginal heritage of the headland. Discover art installations and interpretive signs depicting the dreamtimes stories and read botanical information that explains how plants were used by the Wulgurukaba and Bindal peoples. GUDJUDA CULTURAL TOURS* Cultural tours run by the Gudjuda Group will immerse you in a range of traditional activities with visits to sites in the Townsville and Burdekin regions.

MUNGALLA ABORIGINAL STATION, HINCHINBROOK* Discover the culture and history of the Mungalla Station and the Nywaigi People, the Aboriginal traditional owners of the lands around Ingham in North Queensland. Learn about their culture and history, try throwing a boomerang or taste a ‘Kup Murri’, a traditional underground cooking feast. Minimum of 10 people required for a tour. PLANTATION PARK, BURDEKIN Free At the rear of Plantation Park in Ayr sits the Juru Walk, an important link to the Burdekin’s Aboriginal history. Highlights include the rainforest ecosystems, animal art installations and the man-made lagoon. Plantation Park is also home to Gubullamunda, a 53 metre carpet snake art installation which stands as * Bookings required the totem of the Juru people.

RAVEN TOURS Join an award-winning tour guide delivering excellent service and exceptional experiences, as you explore Townsville North Queensland. Taste a Food and Wine Tour, explore a live goldfield on a Historic Ravenswood Tour, journey into Townsville’s past on a Great Historic Hotel Tour, or breathe in nature on a Waterfall Tour.

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The Hoi Polloi, Townsville by Katie Purling

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As the cultural capital of regional Australia, Townsville’s cultural and performing arts scene is part of the fabric of community life, with a variety of acts, live shows, and exhibitions regularly presented throughout the city’s creative spaces and galleries.


RIVERWAY AND PINNACLES GALLERY* Located along the Ross River, Riverway is a hub of sports, leisure and art. The Riverway Arts Centre entwines creative and natural environments to create new and unique experiences for all. Catch a performance in the theatre or meander through an exhibit at Pinnacles Gallery. While you’re there, take a dip in the lagoons which cover a size larger than three Olympic-sized swimming pools, or soak up some sun on the deck. With rostered lifeguards and free admission, Riverway offers a great day out for all ages.

Riverway, Townsville by Budd Photography

WORLD THEATRE GALLERY Free Charters Towers World Theatre Gallery reflects the many facets of the region, including work from local Queensland artists and objects of historical significance, to contemporary photographic works showcasing both urban and rural landscapes. Perc Tucker Gallery, Townsville by Megan MacKinnon

PERC TUCKER REGIONAL GALLERY Free Perc Tucker is Townsville’s premier regional art gallery, located in the heart of the city along Flinders Street. The gallery offers a dynamic range of local, national and international exhibitions complemented by workshops and programs. UMBRELLA STUDIO CONTEMPORARY ARTS Free Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts offers an exhibition and studio space whose mission is to drive innovation, invite experimentation, encourage excellence and inspire appreciation for contemporary visual art. TOWNSVILLE CIVIC THEATRE The Townsville Civic Theatre is Townsville North Queensland’s premier cultural facility, offering performances in dance, music, opera, comedy and drama from a range of Australian companies and international artists complementing the work of local performing arts organisations. View schedule online for all show details, dates and times.

TYTO ART GALLERY AND SURROUNDS Free TYTO is a hub of art, culture, nature and knowledge in Ingham. From regional art gallery exhibitions to regular workshops, TYTO is a great place to start exploring art and its various disciplines. DANCENORTH Dancenorth is one of Australia’s leading contemporary dance theatre companies that experiments with all art forms to create immersive and dynamic performances to entertain audiences in Townsville North Matt Cornell, Remember Me by Dancenorth Queensland, and around the world. Admire their strength, creativity and flexibility at one of their many world-class displays at their centrally located performance space in the Townsville CBD. View schedule online for all show details, dates and times. townsvillenorthqueensland.com.au

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Ayr’s Stardust Drive-In Theatre, The Burdekin by Budd Photography

BURDEKIN THEATRE The Burdekin Theatre is the home of events and entertainment in the Burdekin region, playing host to a diverse range of live performances and events set against iconic architecture and the surrounding outdoor forecourt. View schedule online for all show details, dates and times. STAGE DOOR THEATRE RESTAURANT Catch talented performers Bernadette and Kevin at Magnetic Island’s popular Stage Door Theatre Restaurant. With singing, dancing, hilarious comedy and tongue-in-cheek impersonations, you’ll be in for a night filled with laughter; accompanied of course, by a delicious three-course meal and true North Queensland hospitality. Shows run year round - Friday and Saturday nights; check online for details.

LOCAL PRODUCTIONS From one act plays to theatre restaurants, and even outdoor theatre extravaganzas, local production companies (including Full Throttle Theatre Company, Theatre iNQ, The North Queensland Opera and Music Theatre, Townsville Choral Society and Townsville Little Theatre) all provide a host of stage performances year round! IN THE REGIONS Outside of Townsville, you can see a variety of outstanding regional talent in exciting productions delivered by Towers Players (Charters Towers), Burdekin Singers & Theatre Company, and the Ingham Theatre Group. Productions include major performances, one act plays and more.

AUSTRALIAN FESTIVAL OF CHAMBER MUSIC Enjoy a magical combination of tropical winter warmth and the world’s finest classical music as 40 musicians from around the world perform in this stunning 10-day festival in Townsville. With morning concert conversations, sunset and evening concerts, free events and island concerts, there really is something for everyone! Townsville, Queensland 4810 1800 44 99 77 | info@afcm.com.au afcm.com.au 64

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DRIVE-IN CINEMAS Take a trip down memory lane - or show the kids a glimpse of history - with a nostalgic visit to the drive-in cinema. Enjoy a flick under the stars at the Stardust Drive-in Cinema in Ayr, complete with retro cafe snack bar!

STREET ART From public murals dotted around Charters Towers and Home Hill, to Townsville’s inner city Street Art revolution, Townsville North Queensland’s love of the arts has been integrated into everyday life. Venture through Townsville’s inner City Walking Trail to uncover astounding pieces amongst the streets and laneways. Tick off Ayr’s Heritage Town Walk to visit the granite and bronze Living Lagoon Sculpture. In Ingham, you can explore the amazing 42 metre-long mosaic art panels of Mercer Lange, created by more than 3,000 locals and visitors which depicts the history of the local sugar cane industry. View the Townsville Street Art Map on Townsville City Council’s website.

Street Art, Townsville photo by Megan MacKinnon

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Food SHOPPING

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From laneway restaurants to raw breakfast bars, the juiciest local fruits to the freshest seafood and traditional Australian pub feeds, Townsville North Queensland’s dining culture is as diverse as the landscapes it originates from. Mixed with leading shopping centres and boutique outlets across the region, we’ve got you covered!


MAJOR DINING PRECINCTS IN TOWNSVILLE

FLINDERS STREET, CITY LANE AND FLINDERS LANE At the heart of Townsville’s nightlife is Flinders Street, offering an eclectic mix of restaurants, nightclubs, pubs and specialty bars. Try a tall glass of the locally-brewed Townsville Bitter at The Brewery, taste a signature cocktail at Hooch and Fellow, or venture into the New Yorkinspired City Lane for a lively atmosphere with plenty on offer. The newest CBD offering is Flinders Lane, Townsville’s latest dining and entertainment destination. The laneway provides a link between Flinders Street and the Ogden Street Bus Hub and features an amphitheatre alongside vibrant food and retail outlets.

PALMER STREET Palmer Street is the perfect place to begin your day with Australia’s best breakfast at JAM, or start a night out with a delicious meal and drinks. Whether you’re craving Indian, Italian, Mexican, modern Australian, great steak or locally caught seafood, it’s all at your fingertips! Palmer Street is also home to exclusive boutique shopping, and microbrewery - Tiny Mountain Brewery. GREGORY STREET AND THE STRAND The alfresco dining and its close proximity to the beach makes Gregory Street and The Strand the perfect stop for a meal. Kick start your morning with a breakfast bowl, treat yourself to some gelato following an afternoon swim, or refuel after some retail therapy along Gregory Street with fashion boutiques and quirky homewares. CANNON PARK Close to Riverway, Cannon Park offers a range of cuisine and social atmospheres to kickstart a night out. Catch a movie, challenge your friends at tenpin bowling, spend time with mates over a Mexican fiesta or enjoy a pint at the local Irish pub. CENTRAL VILLAGE Situated along Flinders Street west, all the action starts at Central Village with dining and entertainment at your fingertips. Stop in for a brunch or coffee catch up or make a night of it with dinner and a movie. THE PRECINCT Find yourself spoilt for choice at The Precinct in Townsville’s outer suburbs. Otto’s Fresh Food Market has it all from artisan bakery to fresh food market and European deli. This urban village combines a diverse selection of local food experiences in one location.

Otto’s Fresh Food Market, Townsville by @ elsas_wholesomelife

Nightlife at City Lane, Townsville by Megan MacKinnon

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Dal Santo’s Deli, The Burdekin by Budd Photography

INTERNATIONAL CUISINE With a rich history and diverse cultural influences, treat your taste buds to a range of unique international tastes. You’ll find an assortment of delicatessens – including JK’s Deli and Lou’s Food Emporium (Ingham) and Dal Santo’s Deli (Ayr) – thanks to the strong Italian communities across our region. SEAFOOD Local fishmongers take incredible pride in sourcing locally sustainably caught seafood. Whether you’re enjoying classic fish and chips or cooking up a storm, you’ll be treated to the freshest delights, from prawns, fish, bugs and more! AMONGST THE HILLS Sit amongst the mountains and try a delicious meal, sweet treats or a delectable drink at the Herveys Range Heritage Tea Rooms. Coffee connoisseurs can try the infamous Kopi Luwak coffee bean – just don’t ask how it’s made before you taste it.

PRODUCE You’ll be spoilt for choice by Townsville North Queensland’s produce selection, readily available at markets and roadside stalls. Try the exotic South American Achacha fruit in the Burdekin or sample Hinchinbrook’s gourmet mushrooms and rare varieties of Damree Honey. Don’t miss a visit to the iconic Frosty Mango, offering locally made ice-cream from fresh fruity produce. ALL AUSTRALIAN EXPERIENCES It’s not a North Queensland holiday without experiencing an all-Australian pub! Visit Lees Hotel in Hinchinbrook, (the original ‘Pub With No Beer’, famed by Slim Dusty’s iconic tune), or dine in the heritage listed hotels in Ravenswood that will transport you back to the times of the gold rush. Enjoy the North Queensland hospitality in Charters Towers’ pubs and cafes and be sure to taste a local Whitbread’s soft drink while you’re there.

HERVEYS RANGE HERITAGE TEA ROOMS “Head for the hills, taste the history.” A scenic 25 minutes’ drive from Willows Shopping Centre; enjoy breakfast, lunch, scones, sweets, tea and coffee in our heritage listed building or spacious gardens. Licensed – Local Craft – Walking Trail – Dog Friendly. Bookings Recommended. Open daily 9am – 4pm (may vary during COVID). 37 Thornton Gap, Hervey Range QLD 4817 07 4778 0199 | scones@heritagetearooms.com.au heritagetearooms.com.au 68

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Markets TOWNSVILLE Townsville’s Cotters Market features over 150 stalls offering an amazing selection of arts, craft, food, local produce and more. The Cotters Markets are held each Sunday in Flinders Mall from 8:30am to 1pm. Other Townsville markets: Strand Night Markets – first Friday of the month (May – Dec) Willows Rotary Markets – every Sunday at Willows Shopping Centre Renegade Handmade Market - second Sunday of each month, Marian School Hall North Queensland Baby and Kids Markets every three months in Townsville MAGNETIC ISLAND Horseshoe Bay Markets – second and last Sunday of each month HINCHINBROOK Mercer Lane Markets – first Saturday of each month Conroy Hall Markets – second Saturday of the month (excluding Jan) Ingham Raintree Community Markets – third Sunday of the month (excluding Jan) Forrest Beach Markets – fourth Sunday of the month (May-Sep) CHARTERS TOWERS QCWA Markets - first and third Sunday of each month Showground Markets – second Sunday of the month (except June when held on fourth Sunday) Centenary Park Charity Markets – fourth Sunday of the month (excluding Jan, Mar, Aug and Dec) Ravenswood Imperial Winter Markets – first Sunday of the month (excluding Nov – Feb) BURDEKIN Plantation Park Markets – first and third Sunday of every month (excluding Jan – Feb)

Shopping Centres

Townsville offers five main shopping centres, with a range of outlets to suit everyone’s needs. CastleTown Shoppingworld Homewares to fashion, beauty to technology, you can find everything to style your life in CastleTown’s 144 stores, including Target, Big W, Woolworths and Cotton On. Stockland Townsville Boasting a diverse offering with over 120 specialty stores, you’ll find labels you’ll love in Stocklands, including Myer, H&M, Big W and Woolworths. Willows Shopping Centre With 140 stores on offer, you’ll love the variety and convenience at Willows, including Cotton On, Target, Big W, Coles and Woolworths. Domain Central One of Queensland’s largest homemaker, lifestyle and outlet centres, Domain includes over 60 big brands such as JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, BCF, Camera House and Bunnings. Fairfield Central and Homemaker Centre One of Townsville’s newer retail destinations, Fairfield Central’s outlets include Beacon Lighting, Kmart, Pillow Talk, Petbarn, Lincraft and Bunnings.

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CITY OASIS INN Located in the heart of Townsville’s city, City Oasis Inn offers the perfect base to explore Townsville. With a wide range of accommodation to choose from, guests can enjoy the tropical pool with hot spa, all set amongst a tropical oasis. Call or email City Oasis directly for the best available rate. Townsville, Queensland 4810 07 4771 6048 | reservations@cityoasis.com.au cityoasis.com.au

MARINER’S NORTH HOLIDAY APARTMENTS TOWNSVILLE With spectacular ocean views from every apartment, private balconies, full-size kitchens, air conditioning and a wide range of onsite facilities, our accommodation is the perfect base for your dream holiday.

07 4722 0777 | info@marinersnorth.com.au marinersnorth.com.au

CRIKEY TRIKEY JOY RIDES CITY SIGHT TOURS Enjoy the sights of Townsville with uninterrupted 360° views on the back of a Trike. Castle Hill Lookout, Cape Cleveland, Harbour, Strand, CBD, Stadium and V8 Track. Hear information from a born local Steve, through helmets fitted with intercoms. An unforgettable awesome experience! Free pickup available from CBD area. 0432 902 039 | info@crikeytrikeyjoyrides.com.au crikeytrikeyjoyrides.com.au 70

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Queens Gardens, Townsville by Mark Fitz

GILBERTON OUTBACK RETREAT

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Perfect pathway to serenity, the beauty of pristine rugged outback awaiting for your unique and genuine experience, 5 star inclusive private luxury at Gilberton Outback Retreat.

Family owned and operated, located in the heart of The Strand. Walk to restaurants and cafes and other local attractions. Accommodation to suit every traveller.

07 4062 5329 gilberton@gilbertonoutbackretreat.com gilbertonoutbackretreat.com

66 The Strand, North Ward QLD 4810 07 4721 1333 | info@beachhousemotel.com.au beachhousemotel.com.au

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RYDGES TOWNSVILLE www.rydges.com/townsville (07) 47 265 265

EXPLORE A SHIPWRECK, VISIT A RAINFOREST AND DISCOVER THE REEF, ALL IN ONE DAY 70–102 Flinders Street, Townsville

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