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 28 May 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 28 – 29 May 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.

Conservation Volunteers Australia Townsville - Ocean View Nursery

Town Common, Townsville Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 29 May 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.

Townsville Magneticon Cosplay and Gaming Expo

Townsville City, Townsville Area
From AU$5 - 40
30 – 31 May 2020
Townsville's first and largest Cosplay and Gaming Expo with exhibitors from all over Australia. A local event that allows those to find their alter ego and dress in their favourite character. Join in the fun and explore the many things to see and do over a massive two day fan fair.

Mission Beach Monster Market

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 31 May 2020
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.

Relics on the Range

Hervey Range, Charters Towers Area
Free Entry
31 May 2020
Static Display of Motorcycles - Last Century (Pre 2000). Off road, racers, road bikes. Get your old bikes out of the shed and display them - fully or partially restored, original.... Spend the day with like-minded enthusiasts.

Cotters Market Townsville

Townsville, Townsville Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 31 May 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 2 – 3 June 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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