Muttaburra

Muttaburra derives its name from the local Aboriginal tribe of Mootaburra which means the meeting of waters and has the distinction of being the town closest to the geographic centre of Queensland. Although Muttaburra is only small in population with around 200 people, it has a huge reputation for its hospitality and a strong community minded population. Muttaburra’s most famous moment heads back to when grazier Doug Langdon uncovered the fossilised skeleton of a dinosaur.

The Muttaburrasaurus Langdoni was a land living, plant eating dinosaur that roamed the earth 100 million years ago. The discovery of the skeleton was the first of its kind in Australia and Muttaburra celebrates this with a statue of the Muttaburrasaurus Langdoni in the Park in Bruford Street. This was the second most complete dinosaur skeleton found in Queensland and is the first of five Muttaburrasaurus skeletons found in Australia. While th fossilised remains of the dinosaur are currently housed in the Queensland Museum in Brisbane, a wire replica of the dinosaur situates in town.

As there are several spots along the Thomson and Landsborough Rivers, camping, fishing and water sports are some of the greatest leisure activities on offer. The Muttaburra area is renowned locally for being a great place to fish for the famous Yellow Belly or Golden Perch.

Dr Joseph Andrew Arratta was the resident doctor in Muttaburra from 1925 until he retired in 1960. He was not only a popular local figure, but a pioneer in techniques for performing operations in isolated areas under clinically demanding conditions. After the closure of the hospital in 1989, the building was converted into a historical medical display museum and named after its longest serving doctor - Dr Arratta. Guided tours of the Museum can be arranged by calling into the Muttaburra Visitor Information located in the post office.

Muttaburra, Barcaldine 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.

Stable on the Strand

Townsville City, Townsville Area
Free Entry
18 – 22 December 2017
Townsville's Christmas Festival, Stable on the Strand, celebrates its 16th birthday in 2017 at Townsville's premier event location, Strand Park. Stable on the Strand is one of Australia's most spectacular Christmas events, delighting crowds of 40,000 people over five nights as Christmas is shared with story, song and festivity.

Full Moon Down Under - Base Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
From AU$20 - 125
Monthly from 31 December 2017
The Biggest Island Party In Australia, at Townsville - Queensland. For the last five years, Full Moon Down Under has become one of Queensland's, and Australia's most iconic events. Full Moon is staged monthly and set on the ridiculously beautiful Magnetic Island's Nelly Beach.

Casino Royale New Year's Eve Party

Townsville City, Townsville Area
From AU$170 - 170
31 December 2017
It's all glamour and class at this years New Year's eve soiree! Ticket price includes a gourmet three course dinner, five hour beverage package and entertainment by Abbey Road! Menu Freshly baked bread rolls TO START Tiger prawn, crab and lime tian, green pea, chilli oil and micro cress Alternatively served Char grilled harissa spiced lamb fillet, fried chickpea, tabouli and minted yoghurt IN BETWEEN Barkers Creek pork cutlet, rosemary buttered chat potatoes, wilted spinach and beetroot relish Alternatively served Bindaree grain fed eye fillet of beef, pommes Anna, field mushroom, broccolini and thyme jus TO FINISH Strawberry and white chocolate delice, champagne jelly, berry coulis and white chocolate shard Freshly brewed coffee and tea Tickets on sale at their website.

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'?

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.

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Basketball - Townsville Prelims

Townsville, Townsville Area
From AU$15 - 30
5 April 2018
Individual athleticism and skill, combined with teamwork and tactics will have Basketball crowds cheering and chanting all over Queensland. With four captivating quarters of end-to end action each match, spectators will witness sporting entertainment like nothing else.
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