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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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.

Raintree Markets

Ingham, Hinchinbrook Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 20 October 2019
Under the shade of Ingham's iconic raintrees of Rotary Park, right in the heart of Ingham. This market offers a diversity of offerings from local craft, bric-a-brac, fresh produce, real coffee, tropical plants and tasty treats.

Mission Beach Markets

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
20 October 2019
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.

Cardwell Pioneers Tour

Cardwell, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 21 October 2019
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.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

South Townsville, Townsville Area
From AU$20 - 35
23 October 2019
Melbourne City Ballet will recreate the cherished story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz for audiences across Australia in 2019. The dancers will click their heels together and get a little bit wicked as they follow the classic tale of Dorothy Gale, a young country girl who is swept away to the magical world of Oz.

Halloween Dance - Ravenswood

Ravenswood, Charters Towers Area
26 October 2019
Dance the night away! You're going to have a frightfully great time! Live Band: Mystery Road, Awesome prizes for best dressed categories and lucky door prizes. Bar and Food available throughout the night.

Ingham Maraka Festival

Ingham, Hinchinbrook Area
26 October 2019
Ingham Maraka Festival will feature steam train rides, cocktail night, Try-Athlon, rock and roll dinner dance, afternoon tea, pet parade, float procession, finishing with entertainment and fireworks in Rotary Park.

Paluma Dam Good Trail Run 2019

Paluma, Charters Towers Area
From AU$10 - 45
27 October 2019
Join them for the last trail run of the year in the village of the clouds, Paluma. The event offers a six kilometre, 10 kilometre and 20 kilometre course, taking you through the stunning rainforest scenery of Paluma, up and down hills and across creeks.

Mission Beach Monster Market

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 27 October 2019
The Mission Beach Monster market is a local community market run by Rotary Mission Beach. Traditionally this market starts on Easter Sunday and then on the last Sunday of each month up to and including November.

Towers Rush

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
From AU$40 - 40
27 October 2019
Participate in an Amazing Race style treasure hunt in Charters Towers where you will race to checkpoints and complete challenges to gain points. Be the team with the most points at the end of the race to take out the title at Towers Rush.
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