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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Mission Beach Markets

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
17 November 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.

Raintree Markets

Ingham, Hinchinbrook Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 17 November 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.

Cardwell Pioneers Tour

Cardwell, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 18 November 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.

Morning Melodies - Christmas with Karen Knowles

South Townsville, Townsville Area
From AU$12.50 - 15
20 November 2019
Karen Knowles, one of Australia's favourite singers, will return to Townsville for a special Christmas concert on 20 November 2019. Well known for her Carols and Christmas repertoire and regular performances as part of the Lord Mayors Carols broadcast throughout Queensland on Channel 7, Karen will perform with her musical director.

Reel Rock 14 - Townsville presented by The North Face

Townsville, Townsville Area
From AU$18 - 22
20 November 2019
The Reel Rock Tour 14 presented by The North Face is coming to Townsville. The Reel Rock Film Tour, one of climbing's greatest celebrations, returns this November with a new collection of world premiere films.

Dylan Moran - Townsville

Townsville, Townsville Area
From AU$89.90 - 89.90
22 November 2019
Legendary Irish comedian Dylan Moran is returning to Australia with a brand-new show Dr. Cosmos. Moran will once again offer his unique take on love, politics, misery and the everyday absurdities of life, all served with poetical panache from one of the finest comedians of his generation.

Jade Holland - Thank You North Queensland Tour

Home Hill, Burdekin Area
From AU$5.00 - 5.00
23 November 2019
Country music star Jade Holland is coming to perform in the Burdekin! See Jade perform live at the Burdekin Memorial Hall and enjoy a drink and a night out with your family and friends. All proceeds will be donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Mission Beach Monster Market

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 24 November 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.

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.

Mercer Lane Markets

Ingham, Hinchinbrook Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 7 December 2019
Set against the stunning backdrop of Mercer Lane Mosaic, a 42 metre long homage to their heritage, this market brings to life Hinchinbrook's finest hand made local art and craft.
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