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.

The Percivals 2020

Townsville City, Townsville Area
Free Entry
22 May – 19 July 2020
Having begun in 2007, The Percivals is an open competition for artists. Call for entries are now open for the biennial Percival Portrait Painting Prize (North Queensland’s own portrait prize), together with the Percival Photographic Portrait Prize (returning for the fourth instalment since its debut in 2014) and the Percival Animal Portrait Prize.

Cardwell Pioneers Tour

Cardwell, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 4 June 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 4 – 5 June 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.

PechaKucha Night Townsville

North Ward, Townsville Area
From AU$5.00 - 5.00
Quarterly from 5 June 2020
PechaKucha Night Townsville, Volume. 24. As is customary, they have amazing presenters lined up to share their stories about exploring the tropical north by sketching. See you there! Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

Conservation Volunteers Australia Townsville - Ocean View Nursery

Town Common, Townsville Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 5 June 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.

Mercer Lane Markets

Ingham, Hinchinbrook Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 6 June 2020
Set against the stunning backdrop of Mercer Lane Mosaics, this market brings to life Hinchinbrook's finest hand made local art, craft, produce and garden plants. Located beside Westpac Bank Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Sydney Roosters

Railway Estate, Townsville Area
6 June 2020
The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys are back in 2020 in their brand new home, the North Queensland Stadium! Experience a Cowboys home game like never before, and be there to cheer on your Cowboys! Secure your tickets now to see these 12 action-packed match days full of live entertainment, on-field competitions and rugby league at its best!

QCWA Sunday Markets

Charters Towers Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 7 June 2020
The QCWA markets promises to be a feast for your senses. Indulge yourself and experience Charters Towers' local hospitality and listen and chat with the stallholders who love nothing better than to share their local knowledge and experiences.

Mission Beach Markets

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
7 June 2020
The Mission Beach Markets are local community markets run by Rotary Mission Beach. The Mission Beach Markets are held in the shady Ulysses Day Park beside the beach on Porter Promenade, Mission Beach.
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