Magnetic Island

It might only be a 20-minute ferry ride from Townsville, but once you set foot on Magnetic Island you’ll soon be running on island time. 

How to get to Magnetic Island

From Townsville, jump on the Sealink passenger service for a 25 minute trip to the Island. For those arriving by car, Fantasea Cruising Magnetic is a 45 minute service which runs daily. 

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Work your camera and your legs on the Forts Walk, keeping an eye out for koalas, WWII military base ruins and views of the island’s 23 bays and beaches. Set out on a self-guided snorkelling tour of Geoffrey Bay then hand-feed rock wallabies once back on shore. Venture off the beaten path to some (almost) secret national park beaches including Arthur, Radical and Florence Bay. Prefer a different mode of transport? Feel the wind in your hair behind the wheel of a classic moke or topless car, or set sail on a tall ship. Saddle up for horse riding through Maggie’s best beach and bush real estate, or, get your heart racing at Horseshoe Bay with jet-skiing and sea kayaking.


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Natural Curiosity: Discovering the secrets of Queensland's Greatest Collections

Townsville City, Townsville Area
6 April – 10 November 2019
An exhibition created by the Museum of Tropical Queensland. We are all curious about the natural world. We are intrigued by how things began, what they are like now and how they will be in the future.

Adventurethon Townsville

Pallarenda, Townsville Area
29 – 30 June 2019
In line with popular demand, Townsville returns to the standard Adventurethon Format again. Gear up for a full on, three discipline, race to test your stamina on the waters and tracks around Pallarenda.

Excavated School Holiday Program

Townsville City, Townsville Area
29 June – 6 July 2019
Discover archaeology and adventure at the Museum these holidays! Have loads of fun as you work through the interactive Field School to complete your Junior Archaeologist passport and explore how scientists link their discoveries to people, stories and moments.

The North Australian Festival of Arts

Townsville, Townsville Area
1 July – 31 August 2019
Townsville will play host to the inaugural North Australian Festival of Arts. The event will solidify their city as a world class tourism and events destination. With a month-long lineup featuring Cabaret acts in the Spiegeltent and Strand Ephemera along the Strand, the Australian Festival of Chamber music in Queens Gardens and an array of local and national talent featured throughout.

Vivaldi Mozart Saint-Saens - Townsville

Townsville, Townsville Area
1 July 2019
Don't miss this rare opportunity to experience one of Germany's finest Ensembles Chamber Philharmonia Cologne Germany performing classics from Germany. The diverse program ranges from Antonio Vivaldi and his tremendously famous "La Tempesta de Mare" to W.

Bernie Dieter's Little Death Club

Townsville, Townsville Area
From AU$57.20 - 72.30
4 – 14 July 2019
The darkest, funniest and most debauched kabarett club this side of Berlin! Hosted by the deliciously salacious, utterly hilarious, über-award-winning Queen of Weimar punk Kabarett, Bernie Dieter. Fresh from a smash hit Edinburgh Festival run, join Bernie and her international family of circus superstars for a hazy night of dangerously funny kabarett, breathtaking circus and fire-breathing sideshow at its most inappropriate, provocative and hilarious best.

Circus Wonderland - A Mermaid's Tale

Townsville, Townsville Area
4 – 6 July 2019
This performance is part of the Northern Fringe Festival Rouge is a decadent blend of sensational acrobatics, operatic cabaret and tongue in cheek burlesque. This is a non-stop celebration of the astonishing, the surprising and the downright sexy, Rouge is circus for grownups.

Supercars Watpac Townsville 400

Townsville, Townsville Area
5 – 7 July 2019
Soak up the colour and atmosphere of North Queensland’s largest annual sporting event at the 2019 Watpac Townsville 400, 5 to 7 July. The rivalry between Supercars teams has never been more intense, and at the halfway point in the Championship the racing is sure to be fierce including a stellar line up of support categories that will round out the on-track action.

Akmal - Open for Renovations

Townsville, Townsville Area
From AU$37.20 - 41.20
5 July 2019
Have you always wanted a perfect body, with rock hard abs and buns of steel without ever getting out of bed? Imagine having enough confidence to get out of your car during a road rage incident that wasn’t your fault, instead of apologising and cowardly driving off as quickly as you can.

Style Over Speed Black Tie Bike Ride

Townsville City, Townsville Area
From AU$10 - 10
6 July 2019
Riding your bike is an ad for cycling…so do it in style! Style Over Speed is a traffic-stopping black-tie affair. Over 80 cyclists parade through town along The Strand, out to the casino and back finishing with live music, a bar and a fashion parade by participants with their bikes.
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