Conondale

Conondale, like many rural towns in South East Queensland, is pretty. The town might be a great spot for a chance to catch your breath during what is a very scenic drive but there is something about Conondale that is as subtle as it is magic. When travelling from Maleny, Conondale is the first opportunity to take a close-up and easy look at the river that gives its name to the valley through which it passes - the Mary River.

Just near where the Maleny-Kenilworth Road crosses the Mary River, Fritz Park offers the chance for a picnic and time to contemplate exactly why this little village is so special.

Conondale is distinctive because of its proximity to the rugged beauty of the range to its west called the Conondale Range. Within the Range a national park called Conondale National Park is an unspoilt and undeveloped park of harsh beauty. Conondale National Park protects important remnants of grassy open Eucalypt forest, tall wet sclerophyll forest and subtropical rainforest that once covered large areas of the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

The park is the central undisturbed core of an extensive area of forest reserves in the Conondale Range and an important refuge for many rare and threatened animals, including the Mary River Turtle, which, until recently, had not been discovered.

It is important to remember that this park is suited to very experienced walkers only. The turn off to the national park is about 15 kilometres north of Conondale at Sunday Creek Road. The turn is marked by a pretty park called Keith and Ivy Boon Memorial Park.

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Lustre: Pearling and Australia Exhibition

Townsville City, Townsville Area
From AU$8.80 - 38.00
2 September 2017 – 28 January 2018
From a 2,000-year-old natural pearl found in a Kimberley rock shelter to modern lustrous pearl jewellery, the exhibition Lustre: Pearling and Australia traces the fascinating heritage of pearling across the north of Australia, from Shark Bay to the Torres Strait Islands.

Horrible Histories - Pirates: The Exhibition

Townsville City, Townsville Area
From AU$8.80 - 38.00
16 September 2017 – 4 February 2018
Do you have what it takes to be a pirate? Get hands-on with pirate history at this Australian National Maritime Museum travelling exhibition based on the bestselling Horrible Histories series and developed in association with Scholastic UK.

Drawn: From the City of Townsville Art Collection

Townsville, Townsville Area
Free Entry
24 November 2017 – 21 January 2018
This exhibition is curated from works which are drawn from the City of Townsville Art Collection. The focal point of the show is works with a drawn aspect to their medium, as drawings can be seen as the fundamental skill underpinning most, if not all, forms of visual art.

Stable on the Strand

Townsville City, Townsville Area
Free Entry
18 – 22 December 2017
Townsville's Christmas Festival, Stable on the Strand, celebrates its 16th birthday in 2017 at Townsville's premier event location, Strand Park. Stable on the Strand is one of Australia's most spectacular Christmas events, delighting crowds of 40,000 people over five nights as Christmas is shared with story, song and festivity.

Full Moon Down Under - Base Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
From AU$20 - 125
Monthly from 31 December 2017
The Biggest Island Party In Australia, at Townsville - Queensland. For the last five years, Full Moon Down Under has become one of Queensland's, and Australia's most iconic events. Full Moon is staged monthly and set on the ridiculously beautiful Magnetic Island's Nelly Beach.

Casino Royale New Year's Eve Party

Townsville City, Townsville Area
From AU$170 - 170
31 December 2017
It's all glamour and class at this years New Year's eve soiree! Ticket price includes a gourmet three course dinner, five hour beverage package and entertainment by Abbey Road! Menu Freshly baked bread rolls TO START Tiger prawn, crab and lime tian, green pea, chilli oil and micro cress Alternatively served Char grilled harissa spiced lamb fillet, fried chickpea, tabouli and minted yoghurt IN BETWEEN Barkers Creek pork cutlet, rosemary buttered chat potatoes, wilted spinach and beetroot relish Alternatively served Bindaree grain fed eye fillet of beef, pommes Anna, field mushroom, broccolini and thyme jus TO FINISH Strawberry and white chocolate delice, champagne jelly, berry coulis and white chocolate shard Freshly brewed coffee and tea Tickets on sale at their website.

Castle Hill Trail Run

West End, Brisbane Area
25 February 2018
The first run in the Outer Limits Trail Running Series 2018: The Castle Hill Trail Run. This event being early in the the year is designed to get people into trail running and utilise Townsville biggest icon.

Women's Mountain Bike Retreat

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
8 – 11 March 2018
That's right - they have another Women's Mountain Bike Retreat with Lauretta Howarth from Ride Fundamentals Mountain Bike Skills for you. March 8 to 11, 2018 on Magnetic Island. Learn new skills, meet new friends, maybe even discover a new 'you'?

Multi Sport Sprint Series 2018 - Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
25 March 2018
Join Outer Limits for a fun, but yet challenging multi sport adventure on the island. This event combines kayaking, mountain biking and trail running into a fast multi sport event. You can either do it solo or in a team or two or three.

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Basketball - Townsville Prelims

Townsville, Townsville Area
From AU$15 - 30
5 April 2018
Individual athleticism and skill, combined with teamwork and tactics will have Basketball crowds cheering and chanting all over Queensland. With four captivating quarters of end-to end action each match, spectators will witness sporting entertainment like nothing else.
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