Things to do in Townsville

You’ll be surrounded by water in the Townsville region, from the crystal-clear Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef to tumbling waterfalls in lush national parks. Discover Townsville’s offshore jewel, the delightful Magnetic Island, or check in to an exclusive resort on secluded Orpheus Island.

Great Barrier Reef

Discover the secret side of the Great Barrier Reef with a day trip to dive or snorkel at remote, uncrowded reefs. The SS Yongala, one of the world’s best wreck dives, is accessible from Townsville or Ayr. You can even experience the Great Barrier Reef on land with a visit to Reef HQ near the city centre. It’s home to the world’s largest living coral aquarium, a turtle hospital and a number of conservation programs that the whole family will enjoy.

Islands

There’s an island for everyone close to Townsville: Magnetic Island for families, Hinchinbrook Island for adventure-seekers and Orpheus for couples. On family-friendly Magnetic Island, look for rock wallabies, and members of one of Australia’s largest colonies of wild koalas. Test yourself and hike the famous Thorsborne Trail on Hinchinbrook Island; relax in absolute luxury or snorkel over a giant clam nursery on Orpheus Island. For the ultimate fishing adventure, take a helicopter to a deserted island for a private heli-fishing safari.

Nature and History

There’s plenty to discover on the mainland as well. Marvel at Wallaman Falls, Australia’s highest single-drop waterfall that’s almost 270m tall, and visit one of the many national parks in the region. Hike up the goat tracks to Castle Hill, the striking pink granite monolith overlooking the town, or discover some of the other walking, hiking and mountain-biking trails that cover the region. The Townsville region also has a rich WWII history, including the Forts Walk on Magnetic Island and Jezzine Barracks on Kissing Point headland.



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Art in the Park

Cardwell, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
3 April – 13 June 2020
Bringing artistic expression out into a shared community space, it creates opportunities for everyone to engage with, be challenged by and be inspired by art in its many forms. Set along the Cardwell Foreshore.

Life Festival 2020

Vincent, Townsville Area
Free Entry
7 – 10 April 2020
Life Festival is a free event for the whole family running for three days in the first week of the school holidays in April. Including internal guest speakers: Janine Kubala: International Communicator with inspiring life stories shaped by hope and spirituality.

Cardwell Pioneers Tour

Cardwell, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 9 April 2020
The Cardwell Pioneer Tours are currently operating every Monday and Thursday morning from 10am at the Visitor Information and Heritage Centre located in Cardwell. The tour incorporates all the buildings in the historic precinct and takes visitors on a fascinating journey of the area’s colourful history as they move through each building.

Conservation Volunteers Australia Townsville - Beach Scrub Conservation

Pallarenda, Townsville Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 9 – 10 April 2020
Conservation Volunteers believes in a healthy and sustainable environment, and for everyone to be involved in managing and protecting that environment. We offer volunteer opportunities in and around the Townsville region that connect people to nature and contribute to improving and protecting native habitats.

2020 Townsville North Queensland Games

Townsville, Townsville Area
10 – 13 April 2020
The North Queensland Games is the largest multi-sport event in regional Australia. The NQ Games is held biennial and shared between Mackay, Townsville and Cairns. The 2020 NQ Games will be staged in Townsville and surrounding regions and will be the 19th Games.

Conservation Volunteers Australia Townsville - Ocean View Nursery

Town Common, Townsville Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 10 April 2020
Conservation Volunteers believes in a healthy and sustainable environment, and for everyone to be involved in managing and protecting that environment. We offer volunteer opportunities in and around the Townsville region that connect people to nature and contribute to improving and protecting native habitats.

Conroy Hall Markets

Ingham, Hinchinbrook Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 11 April 2020
A fantastic all weather market with a great selection of antiques, bric-a-brac, books, home made treats, local craft and clothing. Fantastic cooked breakfast available between 7.30am and 9.30am Market held on the second Saturday of the month between February and December Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

Cardwell Easter Markets

Cardwell, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
11 April 2020
The Cardwell foreshore is a beautiful location the Cardwell Easter Markets. They run from 10am to 2pm. There will be scrumptious fresh local seafood, crab races, prawn peeling competition and a Beat the Pro - crab tying competition.

Cotters Market Townsville

Townsville, Townsville Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 12 April 2020
Townsville's most iconic farmers market for over 35 years! From fresh herbs to hand made goods, Cotters Market is your one-stop to taste and experience the real Townsville! Every Sunday morning, in the heart of Townsville's Central Business District, enjoy live music, fresh foods and exotic goods.

Conservation Volunteers Australia Townsville - Creekwatch

Belgian Gardens, Townsville Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 14 – 15 April 2020
Conservation Volunteers Australia believes in a healthy and sustainable environment and for everyone to be involved in managing and protecting that environment. They offer environmental volunteer opportunities in and around the Townsville region that connect people to nature and contribute to improving and protecting native habitats.
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