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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Rescue

Townsville City, Townsville Area
30 November 2019 – 8 March 2020
How would you react in a high-pressure scenario with lives at stake? Rescue puts you in charge as you discover what it’s like to be involved in land, sea and air rescues. Experience the challenges, technology and training used by specialist rescue teams through a range of exciting hands‑on exhibits.

Cardwell Pioneers Tour

Cardwell, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 10 February 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 - Creekwatch

Belgian Gardens, Townsville Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 11 – 12 February 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.

Conservation Volunteers Australia Townsville - Beach Scrub Conservation

Pallarenda, Townsville Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 13 – 14 February 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 14 February 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.

Mission Beach Markets

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
16 February 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.

Raintree Markets

Ingham, Hinchinbrook Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 16 February 2020
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.

QCWA Sunday Markets Charters Towers

Charters Towers Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 16 February 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.

PechaKucha Night Townsville VOL. 23

Townsville, Townsville Area
From AU$5.00 - 5.00
Quarterly from 20 February 2020
What is PechaKucha? PechaKucha 20x20, or “PKs”, are a simple and visual way to tell stories. You show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images.

Centenary Park Charity Markets

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 23 February 2020
On the fourth Sunday of each month, local producers gather at Centenary Park to sell fresh produce, home made crafts, jewellery, clothing and just about anything else you can think of. Stroll through the beautiful surrounds of Centenary Park and chat to a local, with over 50 stalls each month and the local Country Music Club providing live music.
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