Blackbutt

The distinctive song of the bellbird can be heard in the natural surrounds of Blackbutt, a pretty town, rich in history and heritage and framed by native flora and mountain views. Bushwalkers, cyclists and horse riders can use the Blackbutt Rail Trail entrance to access the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail – the Trail can also be accessed from the Rail Head at Yarraman – refer to the Yarraman section for more detail. Blackbutt is also a great place to join the Bicentennial National Trail, a trail open to walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders which links up over 5000 kilometres of old stock routes along the Great Dividing Range from Victoria to Tropical North Queensland.

In town, next to the park, you’ll find the Visitor Information Centre housed in a replica of an old slab hut. Ask for maps, advice on local attractions and directions to the Woodfired Bakery where you can sample one of Australia’s best pies.

Don’t miss the Blackbutt Art Gallery and Butt Art Gallery (which also operates a regional cellar door). Spend some time browsing memorabilia and photographs at the Roy Emerson Museum, which celebrates the achievements of this locally-raised, international tennis champ. Roy won 12 Grand Slam finals, 16 men’s doubles titles and eight Davis Cup titles.

Cosy accommodation can be found at a range of quality establishments. If you’re travelling in September get along to the Blackbutt Avocado Festival – a vibrant celebration of agriculture, the beauty of the countryside and the local creative community.

Blackbutt, South Burnett Area
Queensland
Australia

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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.

Australia Day Celebrations - Townsville

North Ward, Townsville Area
Free Entry
26 January 2018
Townsville City Council presents a free community event and fun day in celebration of Australia Day. The morning’s schedule of events will include a fun run, free Aussie breakfast, Citizenship Ceremony, State Flag Raising Ceremony with 21-gun salute and Australian Defence Force flypast and will conclude with the Australia Day Awards Ceremony.

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'?

Queen's Baton Relay

West End, Townsville Area
Free Entry
18 March 2018
The Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) is a Games tradition that celebrates the Commonwealth’s diversity, inspires community pride and excites people about the world-class festival of sports and culture to come.

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.

Festival 2018

North Ward, Townsville Area
Free Entry
4 – 15 April 2018
Festival 2018 in Townsville will see a program of diverse arts and culture of all forms, the likes of which never before seen in North Queensland. Located over three iconic Townsville sites their festival program will include national, international, and importantly, local performers and artists in a 12 day program that will amaze visitors and the local community and build a legacy of what an arts festival can bring to the city and region.

Opening Ceremony of Commonwealth Games and Launch of Festival 2018

North Ward, Townsville Area
Free Entry
4 April 2018
Opening of Commonwealth Games 2018 with live cross to the official opening ceremony on the Gold Coast, athlete appearances, 1RAR Performances, official speeches and Festival 2018 launch.
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