Torres Strait Islands

At the very tip of Cape York where the South Pacific Ocean and the Arafura Sea mix their currents are the 274 islands of the Torres Strait, including Thursday and Horn Islands. This unique tropical region is home to the indigenous Torres Strait Islanders whose culture is rich in the arts and whose lifestyle has evolved from the sea and its abundance of wildlife.

This unique tropical location is a melting pot of Melanesian and Indigenous Australian cultures boasting about 20 different communities and offering visitors a rich cultural experience. Step back in time to discover a diverse history spanning World War Two and the pearling industry, vibrant headdresses and colourful dance, ancient carving and modern printmaking, plus a welcoming people who live in paradise.

Thursday Island is the administrative centre of the Torres Strait with modern accommodation, tours and the award-winning Gab Titui Cultural Centre which takes visitors on a journey from the past to the present and into the future showing Torres Strait Islander culture through artefacts, artwork, song, dance and stories.

Virtually untouched, the Torres Strait islands and surrounding Great Barrier Reef are home to some of the world's most stunning blue waters as well as an abundance of marine life including dugongs, dolphins, giant marlin and sea turtles.

With beautiful beaches, awesome fishing and rich indigenous culture, visit the far corner of nature's theme park in the Torres Strait to experience one of Australia's most beautiful, natural hidden gems. Time slows down in the Torres Strait so you, too, can enjoy the peaceful existence of island life.

Thursday Island can be accessed via boat from Bamaga on the mainland and nearby Horn Island where the Torres Strait's airport is located. There are landing strips on some of the smaller islands which can be reached by boat or light aircraft.

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3 March 2017
In March 2017, the World Science Festival Brisbane will once again bring together the world’s best thought leaders to produce a stunning program of live and digital content that connects Asia-Pacific audiences of all ages with the concepts, challenges, discoveries and advancements that are shaping our world.

Boyne Tannum HookUp

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28 April 2017
The Boyne Tannum HookUp is Australia's top family fishing competition which is held annual with the aim of bringing together friends and family from all parts of Australia. With a prize pool worth over AUD300000, the event attracts around 4000 registered fishing competitors and 30000 visitors to Bray Park, Boyne Island where fishing weigh-ins and family entertainment is provided over the three days of competition.

Feast On East Markets

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23 February 2017
The Feast on East Markets will provide an exciting event at the newly redeveloped East Shores Precinct, in conjunction with the P&O Cruise ships coming to Gladstone. These modern markets will showcase local art, handmade crafts and enticing cuisine, set in the beautiful East Shores Precinct.
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4 March 2017
Beach Arts Music is a free community event held on the first Saturday of every month from 2.00pm to 7.00pm at Millennium Esplanade, Tannum Sands. Featuring food stalls, live entertainment, arts and creation stalls and lots more making this event an awesome family friendly outing.

Rotary Kmart Markets Gladstone

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19 February 2017
The Kmart Midday Markets held on the third Sunday of every month and run by Rotary. Come and enjoy their family friendly all-weather free markets held in the Kmart car park at Stockland Gladstone from 7:

PCYC Markets Gladstone

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12 February 2017
The PCYC Markets Gladstone are held every second Sunday of each month at the Gladstone PCYC from 8am to 12pm. With a variety of stalls including clothings, soy candles, fruit and vegetables, furniture and much more, there is always something for everyone at the PCYC Markets!

City Farmers Markets

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11 February 2017
Held in the heart of Gladstone's Central Business District at Library Square, Gladstone residents and visitors can purchase delightful fresh produce, handmade arts and crafts and much more at the City Farmers Markets.

Gladstone Weekly Parkrun

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21 January 2017
Parkrun is a free, weekly, timed five kilometre run or walk, which takes place every Saturday at 7am sharp in the Lions Park, Kin Kora Gladstone. Participating is easy, however you must register before the event on the Parkrun website to get your time.
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