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WelcomeWelcome to the Townsville Meeting Planner’s Guide.It is my pleasure to introduce you to the best part of the best country in the world. Townsville offersexperiences and facilities to rival its capital counterparts through a range of venues, accommodationand leisure activities to compliment your conference or convention needs.As the largest centre north of the Sunshine Coast, Townsville offers all the benefits of a big cityand has established itself as the events capital of northern Australia. Showcasing major attractionsincluding the Townsville 400 V8 Supercars, U19 Cricket World Cup and the Australian Festival ofChamber Music, Townsville has something to capture everyone’s interest.Cr Jenny HillMayor of TownsvilleCouple this experience with some of the best weather in the world, including 300 sunny days a year,and brilliant recreational facilities such as our iconic Strand foreshore, Riverway and Castle Hill.Townsville will entice even the most discerning participant to your event.The city is not starved for culture or food. We boast wonderful restaurants and cafés with viewsto be envied as well as world class public art galleries and theatre venues hosting national andinternational exhibitions and shows.We are lucky to boast the world recognised Reef HQ Aquarium, the Museum of Tropical Queenslandand the vast facilities and knowledge of James Cook University. All make for an interesting andeducational delegate experience.A 20 minute ferry ride to Magnetic Island offers delegates the ultimate island experience. Visitorscan choose from 4 star hotels to backpacker hostels as well as fully equipped conference facilitiesguaranteeing the trip to be unique and much remembered.The World Heritage listed rainforest is only a couple of hours drive, with a scenic tour to our“village in the clouds” at Paluma. The real outback also awaits, only an hour away with a trip toCharters Towers to discover our ancestors’ gold mining stories. Whatever the size of your eventor conference, the Townsville Enterprise Convention Bureau can offer a range of alternatives toguarantee success. They will work with you every step to plan and deliver an event your clients anddelegates will long remember.I trust you will find this Planner a helpful resource, and I look forward to welcoming you to Townsville.Cr Jenny HillMayor of TownsvilleView of Castle Hill, Townsville 2012Welcome | Page 1

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ContentsBureau Services 7Bureau ServicesCase StudyTownsville 15About UsFacts & FiguresAccessibilityGetting around on the groundVisitor Information CentresKey Industries 27Venues & Accommodation 33Support Services 57Pre & Post Touring 67Regional ServicesTownsvilleMagnetic IslandGreat Barrier ReefPaluma and Northern BeachesCharters TowersRavenswoodBurdekinHinchinbrookMission BeachGreat Tropical DriveCultural ExperiencesIncentives 99Three Day Incentive ItineraryFive Day Incentive ItineraryThe Strand JettyWelcome | Page 3

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Bureau ServicesWhy not?When you have 300 daysof sunshine a year and anisland paradise on yourdoorstep, why not meet inthe tropics?Townsville is the largest cityin Northern Australia andoffers amazing indoor andoutdoor venues with uniquereef, rainforest, outback andisland touring experiences.The Townsville Enterprise Convention Bureau wants your businessevent to be an outstanding success and we will assist you toachieve optimum results. Get the edge on the Townsville Region’sbusiness events scene with the professional team at the TownsvilleEnterprise Convention Bureau.We are the essential first point of contact for meeting planners interested in sourcinginformation about the destination or discovering how your North Queensland event willbe a memorable occasion for all.Whether you need to request a proposal, attend a familiarisation tour, bid to bringa conference to the Townsville Region or require assistance to boost delegateattendance - our services are extensive and incur no cost.Townsville Quarry FunctionBureau Services | Page 7

Venue: The Brewery, Flinders StreetShould you confirm Townsville as thehost destination for your event, TownsvilleEnterprise Convention Bureau is pleasedto offer ongoing support to assist inmaking it a success.We can also offer suggestions toincorporate local and regional suppliersto ensure an exciting and memorableprogram for your delegates.

Cultural Centre TownsvilleThe Townsville EnterpriseConvention Bureau isable to provide full biddocuments to PCOs andEvent Planners requiringdirection and optionsfor conferences andevents. We can illustratesuggestions best suited toyour specific event needsand best of all – we offer aFREE SERVICE.CASE STUDYThe Townsville Enterprise Convention Bureau was approached by the AustralianRegional Tourism Network (ARTN) to help the organisers bring 200 Australian tourismindustry representatives from inter and intra state together for their annual forum.The Townsville Enterprise Convention Bureau worked with the organisers to meetthe needs of the event criteria which was supplied and distributed as a lead out to allrelevant members for availability and costing. When all the data was received by theBureau it was compiled and forwarded to the ARTN organisers.OUTCOMEWelcome to Country was conducted by the Wulgurukaba and Bindal TraditionalOwners welcoming the delegates and this was followed by a dance performanceby the Wulgurukaba Walkabouts Dancers. This was hosted by the Cultural CentreTownsville, located adjacent to Reef HQ.Welcome Reception Reef HQ Aquarium – Australia’s largest living coral reefaquarium provided the ideal setting for the welcome reception allowing delegates,with their canapés and cocktails, to wander through the viewing tanks which weremood lit for ambiance. Divers also interacted with the delegates from inside the tanks.We act as a facilitator between localconference venues, accommodationhouses, service providers and therequirements of the event planner. We offerprofessional service, industry expertiseand effective support from the earliest daysto the final realisation of the program.We can assist you with: Delegate boosting General information Site inspections Professional support Field trips Event ideas Regional promotional material Sourcing corporate giftsBureau Services | Page 9

No matter how large or small your event is,contact the Townsville Enterprise ConventionBureau for free advice and assistance.Townsville Enterprise Convention BureauPhone:Fax:Email:Web:07 4726 273207 4726 Townsville Hotel and Casino

Conference Venue Rydges Southbank Townsville on Palmer Street providedthe perfect location for the delegates combining both business and leisure.The 4 star property is luxurious yet affordable and boasts stunning views ofthe city, Castle Hill and the marina, with a full range of onsite facilities includinga bar, swimming pool, spa, complimentary parking and an award winninga-la-carte restaurant.Transport Kookaburra Tours & Charters provided transport and guided tours.The Palmer Street precinct provides a variety of accommodation optionsranging from 3 to 4 star hotel rooms and serviced apartments for longer stays.With a taxi rank and bus pick up points centrally located, delegates were freeto choose their own accommodation preferences with minimal impact ontransit time.The Townsville Enterprise Convention Bureau assisted ARTN with field trips,some of which included an overnight stay on Magnetic Island (Townsville’sAward Winning Solar City) with a focus on Climate Change and Sustainability,Tourism in non-traditional locations took the delegates to Hidden Valley Cabins,an eco-certified resort and one of North Queensland’s first carbon neutralaccommodation and tour company that operates on solar power. The groupalso visited Tyto Wetlands that incorporates lagoons, interpretative signs,hides and lookouts where visitors can appreciate over 200 different speciesof native birds amongst other wildlife. Also visited was Mungulla Station todiscover the culture and history of the station and the Nywaigi AboriginalTraditional Owners.Having key industries within the Townsville region we are able to assist withfield trips that focus on our industry strengths. We are able to assist with theformulation of field trip itineraries and excursions.Bureau Services | Page 11

View to Townsville and Castle Hillfrom the waters of Cleveland Bay.

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About UsNorth Queenslandoffers a myriad ofexperiences from theawe-inspiring GreatBarrier Reef and theWorld Heritage WetTropics Rainforestto the dirt and dustof the AustralianOutback.With the idyllic paradise of Magnetic Island right on thedoorstep, it’s not hard to see why people are attractedto Townsville.With an eclectic mix of rainforest, reef, sandy beaches, outback and big city benefits,Townsville has something for every itinerary.The city is more than a tropical destination - it’s the very heart of life in the tropics- with the Region extending north to captivating Mission Beach, south to the rusticBurdekin and west to historic Charters Towers.The city has continued to evolve without losing its laidback and vibrant lifestyle.Shorts and T-shirts are the core of the local wardrobe. Little wonder consideringthe city’s 191,000 residents enjoy 300 days of sunshine each year. April toSeptember is the most popular time to visit because in these months the city’sentertainment and events are in overdrive, with spectator sports, food andmusic festivals.Townsville, North Queensland | Page 15

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Facts and FiguresLocal Transport / Getting AroundWithin the Townsville city centre, there are several transport options, including theSunbus service which connects all the inner city precincts. There is an abundanceof taxis, airport shuttle and frequent bus services which connect the inner city to thesuburban areas of Townsville.ClimateTownsville enjoys a tropical climate.Average Minimum and Maximum Temperatures:Month J F M A M J J A S O N DMax °C 31 31 31 30 28 26 25 26 28 29 31 31Min °C 24 24 23 21 18 15 14 14 17 21 23 24PopulationQueensland: 4.5 millionTownsville: 191,000AccommodationTownsville offers accommodation choices from luxury hotels and apartments to 3 starmotels and budget hostels. With more than 3,200 rooms in Townsville, 1,900 of thesewithin the CBD, there is an accommodation venue to suit everyone’s needs.Venue CapacityTownsville offers: Conference, meeting and exhibition space with capacity for 10 to 5,000 delegates Majority of venues located less than five minutes from each other and thecity centre Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre has capacity for 5,000 delegateswith five break out spaces including a large outdoor area Various open spaces for large outdoor events 200 - 1,000 delegatesVenue: Billabong Sanctuary, NomeTownsville, North Queensland | Page 17

© Townsville AirportLimitedAccessibilityWith over 24,000 seats into Townsville each week it’s never been more convenient totravel to Townsville. Airlines including Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Blue, Regional ExpressAustralia (REX), QantasLink, Regional Domestic Charter and Sunstate transport over1.67 million passengers in and out of the city each year.The airport has shuttle bus services, rental car facilities, long term parking and taxicab transfers, and is located only 10 minutes from the CBD and hotel precinct.DarwinCairnsMt IsaMackayMoranbahRockhamptonBrisbaneSydneyMelbourne© Townsville Airport Limited

Getting aroundon the groundWithin the Townsville city centre, there are several transport options,including the Sunbus service which connects all the inner city precincts.There is an abundance of taxis, airport shuttle and frequent bus serviceswhich connect the inner city to the suburban areas of Townsville. Averagetravel time between the airport and the city centre, where the majority of thehotels and venues are located, is approximately a ten minute drive.Townsville, North Queensland | Page 19

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Magnetic Island bus routeHorseshoe BayRADICAL BAY RDHORSESHOE BAY RDzone 4MAGNETIC ISLAND RDzone 3ARMANDWAYArcadiaMIRIMAR CRzone zone 2 2HAYLES AVMCCABE CRMANDALAY AVELENA STMURRAY STBARTON STKELLY STSEXTANT DRis an initiative of theQueensland Government tomeet the public transport needsof regional Queensland.In addition to standardised fares andticket types, qconnect has introduceda zonal fare system with improvedbus routes and timetables to make iteasier for you to get around.Ticket optionsqconnect single:One-way ticket toreach your destination,including transfers within twohours on any qconnect service.qconnect daily:Unlimited travel within the zonespurchased until the last servicescheduled on the day of issue,valid on all qconnect services.qconnect weekly:Unlimited travel within the zonespurchased for one week (sevenconsecutive days) from the date ofissue, valid on all qconnect services.TimetablesThis timetable is one of six coveringthe Townsville area. All timetablesare available from Sunbus andHermit Park Bus Service or are calculated on the number ofzones you use in your journey.Fare concessionsConcession and discount fares apply to:children aged five to fourteen yearsinclusive - children four years andunder travel freefull-time secondary studentsattending an approvedQueensland schoolfull-time tertiary students holdinga current Tertiary Transport Cardseniors holding a Seniors Card (notSeniors Discount Business Cards orInternational Seniors Cards)pensioners holding a currentQueensland PensionerConcession Cardpeople with a vision impairmentholding a Vision Impairment TravelPass (VIP). VIP holders travel freeveterans holding a currentQueensland Repatriation Health Card- for all conditions (Gold Card)people holding a Queensland Totallyand Permanently Incapacitated (TPI)Veteran Travel Pass travel freecarers presenting the CompanionCard (including CompanionCards from other states andterritories) will travel free onthe qconnect network.Please note-To be eligible for a concession fare youmust produce a valid concession card.Further information on discounts andconcessions is available 14 50 - Translating and Interpreting Service.If you have any problems with reading and speaking English,contact the Translating and Interpreting Service on 13 14 50for assistance from anywhere in Queensland at any time.Zone calculatorDestination zone1 2 3 41 1 2 3 42 2 1 2 33 3 2 1 24 4 3 2 1Origin zoneHorseshoe BayNelly BayYATES STMAGNETICISLANDSOONING STNELLY BAY RD4725 of 3effectiveSeptember 2011Nelly BayTransport and Main Roads© State of Queensland The Department of Transport and Main Roads 2011zone 1Picnic BayWEST POINT RDBIRT STYULE STGRANITE STTOWNSVILLEPICNIC STPicnicBayTownsville, North Queensland | Page 21your Townsville/Bushland Beach/Magnetic Island bus

Corporate SocialResponsibilityTownsville – A Sustainable Regionon the RiseTownsville is a sustainable Region on the rise with a myriad of local projectsand initiatives that focus on providing environmental and/or communitybenefit. The Region offers a diverse range of opportunities to include aCorporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program in your conference itinerary.Contact us: sustainable field tripTownsville is the only Queensland city chosen to be part of the $94MAustralian Government Solar Cities Program. This Program incorporates arange of initiatives that focus on increasing solar energy usage and cuttinggreenhouse gas emissions by more than 50,000 tonnes.Townsville Queensland Solar CitySolar powered conferencingTownsville RSL Stadium offers your conference the opportunity to meetunder the roof of the Region’s largest solar project. With more than 1,600solar photovoltaic panels on the stadium roof and on shade structureswithin the car park, this solar photovoltaic system generates approximately335kW of power, an adequate supply for the stadium’s day time use. That’sthe equivalent of supplying the daily requirements of 66 homes.Experience a sustainable communityThe Townsville Regionprovides a sustainableconferencing experienceto suit your requirements.Magnetic Island is a strong focus for the Solar City Program with the Islandundergoing a complete sustainable energy transformation. An educationinitiative and increased installation of solar photovoltaic systems has seen33,520 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions saved and a reduction of 40%in the Island’s peak energy demand.Give your delegates the opportunity to really experience Magnetic Islandas a sustainable community through a field trip. View a skate park with adifference. The Magnetic Island Solar Skate Park encompasses a 100kwPV system that not only provides shade for the skaters but also producespower for 22 homes on the Island. Your delegates can learn more aboutMagnetic Island as a sustainable community through the Smart LifestyleCentre. This interactive display gives an insight into the Solar City Projectand will offer delegates a few handy tips on saving electricity in their ownhomes and workplaces.

James Cook University -Campus District CoolingDiscover an innovative andsustainable UniversityJames Cook University (JCU) TownsvilleCampus is home to the largest CampusDistrict Cooling (CDC) system in the SouthernHemisphere holding 12.5 million litres ofwater. This system produces chilled waterfor most of JCU’s buildings and providesthe University with a highly efficient airconditioning system. As a result JCU hasseen daytime peak energy usage reduce byup to 40%.If you are conferencing in Townsville, why not incorporate a guided tour of the University Campus District Cooling system intoyour itinerary. While there, discover JCU’s other sustainable and innovative projects, and perhaps get your delegates involved inthe University’s TropEco Program - clean the campus, participate in the community garden planting or removal of the conferencesfood waste through the Bio-Regen Unit (converts food waste into bio-fertiliser).Reef HQ AquariumSpread the word aboutmarine conservationReef HQ Aquarium is home to a dedicatedturtle hospital that offers a facility to rehabilitatesick and injured marine turtles. Since openingthe hospital in August 2009, more than 36turtles have been rehabilitated and releasedback into the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.All species of marine turtles found within theTownsville Region are considered threatenedspecies, with the hawksbill turtle listed as beingcritically endangered.Get up close and personal with the turtles andfind out how you can help the Reef HQ Aquarium Turtle Hospital through one of the regular interactive tours. Delegate participationin these tours assists the Aquarium in achieving its key role of raising community awareness about marine life and encouragingbehavioural change towards nature conservation.Solar Farm at Reef HQAs well as educating the community about marine conservation, the Reef HQ Aquarium is dedicated to being a Climate ActionBusiness. With a 153kW Solar PV System on the Aquarium room, Reef HQ is able to offset 15 – 20% (260.58 tonne greenhouseemissions) of its annual energy usage. If you wish to reduce the environmental impact of your next business meeting and/orfunction, Reef HQ’s venue facilities might be a solution for you.Mercure Townsville Worm FarmIf you are looking for ways to reduce the amount of food waste produced at your conference - look towards Mercure Townsvilleand its worm farm. Mercure Townsville is a local accommodation provider with a strong focus on providing low impact andenvironmentally friendly services. At Mercure Townsville, leftover food is broken down and feed to a worm farm. The by-product ofthe worms is used within the gardens of the property as the ultimate fertiliser, potting mix and soil conditioner. The farm consistsof four beds and four cubic metres of soil, with these hungry worms eating 300kg of kitchen food waste and one cubic metre ofpaper annually.Townsville, North Queensland | Page 23

Visitor Information Centrerestaurants or any activities in the TownsvilleRegion, simply contact one of the followingVisitor Information Centres:Flinders Squarep 07 4721 3660freecall 1800 801 902e www.townsvilleholidays.infoOpening Hours:Mon - Sat: 9am – 5pmSunday: 9am -1pmBruce HighwayBruce Highway, Stuart(South of Townsville)p 07 4778 3555freecall 1800 801 902e www.townsvilleholidays.infoOpening Hours:9am – 5pm Daily

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Key IndustriesSustainable economicdevelopment isa priority for theTownsville precinct andencourages projectsthat will enhanceeconomic wellbeingwithin the area.Townsville is a vibrant, dynamic and opportunistic precinct that thrives on growth. Noother Australian region boasts the resilience, diversity, lifestyle and economic potentialthat the Townsville North Queensland Region enjoys.Townsville has a population of 191,000 projected to grow to 295,578 by 2031.Sustainable economic development is a priority for the Townsville precinct andencourages projects that will enhance economic wellbeing within the area. Acommitment to infrastructure investment ensures continual economic growth.The Region has experienced strong and steady economic growth with $56 billion worthof projects in the development pipeline and an average increase of 10% over the pastdecade. Due to industry diversity, the Townsville Region is the largest urban centre innorthern Australia.Image courtesy of the Port of TownsvilleKey Industries | Page 27

The lifestyle in North Queensland is second to none- ocean views, leisure activities, extensive healthcare, quality housing, retail and dining options, allshowcase why the Townsville precinct is known as athriving and dynamic zone.

Key industries include: Public Administration and Safety (including Defence and Government) Manufacturing (particularly minerals processing) Housing and Construction Health Care and Social Assistance Transport and Warehousing Science, Research, Education and Training Retail Sustainable ServicesA variety of professional services are available to ensure your business needs arecatered for. A highly capable workforce and internationally recognised educationand research facilities make certain the Region continues to grow and maintain itscompetitive advantage.Key education and research facilities include: James Cook University (JCU) Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE Tec-NQ Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA)Townsville is one of only seven cities chosen to be part of the $94 million AustralianGovernment Solar Cities initiative. The program works closely with industry,businesses, and the local community to cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than50,000 tonnes over seven years.Land availability, abundant water, transport links to Asia-Pacific, super-fastcommunication technology (National Broadband Network) and a superb tropicallifestyle mean that the Region offers investment potential like no other.Key Industries | Page 29

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Venues &AccommodationAccommodationTownsville and theNorth QueenslandRegion boasts avariety of venues andaccommodation tosatisfy every delegate.Townsville offers accommodation choices from luxury hotels and apartments to 3star motels and budget hostels. With more than 3,200 rooms in Townsville, 1,900 ofthese within the CBD, there is an accommodation venue to suit everyone’s needs.Venue CapacityTownsville offers: Conference, meeting and exhibitions space with capacity for 10 to 5,000 delegates Majority of venues located less than five minutes from each other and thecity centre Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre has capacity for 5,000 delegateswith five break out spaces including a large outdoor area Various open spaces for large outdoor events 200-1000 delegatesFacilities KeyRestaurantTour DeskLaundry FacilitiesBar/LicencedGymDisability AccessDay Spa24 Hour ReceptionEcological CertificationsPoolRoom ServiceWireless InternetParkingVenues & Accommodation | Page 33

VenueNo. ofAccommodationRoomsNo. ofMeetingRoomsMaximum Room CapacityTheatre Style Banquet Style Cocktail StyleTownsville Venues With AccommodationChifley Plaza Townsville 93 3 180 130 260City Oasis Inn 42 1 - 70 70Holiday Inn Townsville 200 5 150 72 180Hotel Ibis Townsville 117 2 80 80 80Jupiters Townsville Hotel & Casino 194 9 700 400 600Mercure Townsville 144 8 380 200 400Metropole Hotel/Oaks M on Palmer 104 2 120 120 140Peppers Blue on Blue ResortMagnetic Island60 3 110 100 150Rydges Southbank Townsville 110 5 500 350 500The Newmarket Hotel Townsville 13 2 60 30 120Townsville Venues Without AccommodationBillabong Sanctuary - Melaleuca Function Room - 70 On Applic. On Applic.Black River Stadium - Spectator Capacity 3,500Brothers Leagues Club 3 180 160 250Dairy Farmers Stadium - Spectator Capacity 26,500Jam Corner 2 40 50 100James Cook University 34 500 On Applic. On Applic.Museum of Tropical Queensland 2 70 300 400Perc Tucker Regional Gallery - n/a 50 100Picnic Bay Surf Lifesaving Supporters Club 1 50 45 150Pinnacles Gallery - - 50 100Reef HQ Aquarium 4 90 100 250Reid Park 5 50+ 50+ 50+RSL Stadium Townsville 7 20-1,500 - -Sealink QLD 1 - 40 250The Brewery Townsville 1 300 180 250The Cultural Centre Townsville - - 150 200Townsville Civic Theatre 5 8-1,000 - -Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre 7 4,128 1,000 2,500Townsville Golf Club 2 200 120 300Townsville Turf Club 2 Spectator Capacity 15,000The RegionsArthur Titley Centre - Charters Towers - 800 500 1,000Australian College of Tropical Agriculture 2 140 On Applic. On Applic.Beef and Gold Rooms - Charters Towers - 60 50 400Burdekin Memorial Hall 3 1,000 500 On Applic.Burdekin Theatre 1 550 100 On Applic.Excelsior Library - Charters Towers - 40 30 60Kelly Theatre - Hinchinbrook - Maximum Capacity 263Shire Hall - Hinchinbrook - Maximum Capacity 530The World Theatre - Charters Towers 6 660 50 250Tyto Conference Centre - Hinchinbrook - Maximum Capacity 100Townsville Convention Bureau has made every effort to ensure that details provided are as correct and accurate as possible at the time of printing.

Townsville Civic TheatreThe Townsville Civic Theatre is the premier arts and cultural centre inTownsville. The architecturally award winning building offers outstandingfacilities and services for live theatre, corporate events, social functions,wedding receptions, conventions and exhibitions.The theatre boasts a 1000 tiered seated auditorium, a fully serviced barlocated in the theatre’s forecourt and an outdoor dining area.Located next to the theatre is C2, a brand new $12.7 million extension witha range of facilities including a function space for groups of up to 300,business meeting room, ticketing office and balcony bar.” All catering at thetheatre is provided by a first class catering contractor who will work with youto plan and prepare this most important facet of your function.For a function with a difference consider the Townsville Civic Theatre foryour next business event.RoomTheatreCocktailCabaretBanquetBoardClassroomPerformance Space 1000 - - - - -C2 250 300 - 150 - 75Balcony Bar - 80 - - - -CONTACT INFORMATIONAddress 41 Boundary Street,South Townsville 4810Phone 07 4727 9013Fax 07 4727 9066Email & Accommodation | Page 35

Reid ParkHome to the iconic V8 Supercar Sucrogen Townsville 400 Races, ReidPark is a multi-purpose precinct that has a diverse range of uses includinglarge concerts/festivals, school and career expos, business forums, filmand music productions, driver training programs, car and truck shows,rehearsal spaces for the arts and private and commercial social functions.At its centre is the Reid Park Pit-Lane Complex, a venue in the heart ofthe action offering a range of meeting rooms and break-out function areasincluding a 15 bay pit-lane garage complex offering a unique setting foryour next business event.15 x Garages1 x Passenger Lift1 x Raw Kitchen2 x Disabled Toilets4 x StairwellsLittle Reid Park Capacity (open space and track beside Townsville StateHigh School) 10,000 Standing roomReid Park Open Space Capacity (West and East, Track and Hardstandsurrounding the complex beside Civic Theatre) 22,000 standing roomCatering: Hirers are FREE to select their own preferred service providersto support their event.RoomTheatreCocktailBanquetBoardClassroomCONTACT INFORMATIONAddress Boundary Street,South Townsville 4810Phone 1300 878 001Email Room 1 80 100 60 30 30Meeting Room 2 50 80 50 25 25Meeting Room 3 90 120 70 35 35Meeting Room 4 100 200 100 40 40Meeting Room 5 90 120 70 35 35Terrace West 100 250 120 40 40Terrace East 100 250 120 40 40

RiverwayTownsville RSL StadiumTownsville RSL Stadium is Townsville’s newest multi-purpose indoorsporting venue and can provide you with a range of services to suityour needs.The facility features an international standard wooden sports floor, multipurposefunction rooms, a public gym, stadium administration and TownsvilleCity Council - Sports Facilities offices, community sporting groups and ishome to the WNBL Townsville McCafe Fire.The whole venue, individual meeting rooms or court bookings can bemade by the general public at the stadium. The arena can be set up forfeature sports events with tiered seating on either side of the court for 1600.Dividing screens provide the option of playing multiple sports on three linemarked courts. The arena can also be carpeted to provide an ideal spacefor Expo’s, dinner’s, conferences or other events. The Skybox rooms canbe used as corporate entertaining areas for sports events or as individualmeeting/ conference rooms. Townsville RSL Stadium has the latest audiovisual equipment with Smart Board technology available, portable LCDprojectors and audio throughout the building.Townsville RSL Stadium’s design incorporates full disability accessthroughout the building and has a built in hearing augmentation systemto allow the full enjoyment of the audio system. The stadium has onsiteparking for 310 spaces with 6 dedicated handicapped spaces.Catering: Customers are welcome to use any of Townsville RSL Stadiumsapproved catering panel that can organise everything from basic meetingsthrough to fine dining.RoomTheatreCocktailBanquetBoardClassroomSportExpoArena 1500 - 1300 - - 2200 2500Meeting Room 1 30 30 - 20 20 - -Sky Boxes (x5) 30 30 - 20 20 - 30Ground Floor Foyer 100 100 110 - - - 100Bar Foyer 80 120 60 - - - 100CONTACT INFORMATIONAddress 40-48 Murray Lyons Cres,Annandale 4811Phone 07 4778 4404Email & Accommodation | Page 37

Riverway Arts CentreLocated along the foreshore of the Ross River is the Riverway Precinct,one of Townsville’s most exciting destinations for your next business event.Boasting two huge swimming lagoons, a multi-purpose arts centre with acapacity of 420, a contemporary art gallery, and a 10,000 capacity sportsstadium, the options are truly endless for your next function or event.The Riverway Arts Centre interlinks arts, business, leisure and the naturalenvironment to create a versatile, first-class cultural facility. The centre’swelcoming atmosphere, versatile room setups, range of equipment andservices, affordable fee structure and dedicated staff make it the perfectvenue for all community and commercial events.CONTACT INFORMATIONAddress 20 Village BoulevardThuringowa Central 4817Phone 1300 878 001Email*Performance Space 400 420 160 180 24Foyer 60 150 40 80 24Meeting Room 70 80 30 40 24*Additional tables can be hired in at organisers expense.

Tony Ireland StadiumTony Ireland Stadium is one of Townsville’s most unique venues formeetings, functions or special events. With large modern function facilitiesoverlooking the picturesque grounds of Riverway, incorporating state-ofthe-artaudio/visual equipment, multiple break out rooms, a licensed barand a fabulous catering panel, anything is possible.Tony Ireland Stadium comprises an Australian Football League (AFL) andcricket oval, a 1,000-seat grandstand and supporting facilities, the RiverwayOval, and cricket practice nets.Tony Ireland Stadium has been home to AFL and cricket matches at local,regional, state, and national levels.The stadium features a two storey grandstand, featuring a cantilevered roofcurving in both cross and long sections, which rises from just above thespectator berms.The lower level incorporates change rooms, storage for gardeningequipment, externally accessible amenities, an AFL Townsville developmentoffice, a shared meeting room, and facilities for medical and drug testing.The Riverway Oval underwent a $250,000 lighting upgrade in July 2010,allowing opportunities for more sport and community events to be stagedat the oval.RoomTheatreCocktailCabaretBanquetBoard*Function Room 180 190 - 130 50Meeting Room x 4 20 - - - 16Stadium 1000 - - - -*Additional tables can be hired in at organisers expense.CONTACT INFORMATIONAddress 20 Village BoulevardThuringowa Central 4817Phone 1300 878 001Email & Accommodation | Page 39

Peppers Blue on Blue ResortMagnetic IslandLocated on the water’s edge, overlooking Nelly Bay and a private marina,Peppers Blue on Blue Resort at Magnetic Island is one of Queensland’smost desirable conference destinations.Located just 20 minutes by ferry from Townsville and nearby to the MagneticIsland Ferry Terminal, Peppers Blue on Blue Resort features premiumconference and meeting facilities for up to 110 delegates.There are three function spaces to choose from, all set within a beautifultropical setting. The main venue, the Indigo room, is spacious and wellsuited to larger conference groups. It can also be split into two smallerrooms - Indigo Sky and Indigo Sea. The Indigo Sky room is ideal formedium to larger groups while the Indigo Sea room is perfect for small tomedium functions and the serving of morning and afternoon tea.The resort’s premium dining destination is Boardwalk Restaurant & Barwhere a fresh tropical menu and fine wine selection is served in modernsurrounds. The indoors and outdoors blend harmoniously at BoardwalkRestaurant & Bar to deliver the perfect venue for hosting conferencedelegates. Alternatively, private dinners or themed nights can be arrangedin one of the function rooms.There are so many natural attractions within close proximity of PeppersBlue on Blue Resort including national parks, beaches, bays and the WorldHeritage listed Great Barrier Reef. Leisure breaks can be filled with sailing,snorkelling, jet skiing, diving, riding and even swimming on horseback.Peppers Blue on Blue Resort accommodation encompasses a selectionof hotel, studio and apartment style accommodation. Accommodation iscontemporary yet timelessly designed fully embracing the resort’s waterfrontlocation. Peppers Blue on Blue Resort is also a perfect destination forinclusion in your corporate incentive programme.CONTACT INFORMATIONAddress 123 Sooning Street,Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island 4819Phone 07 4758 2400Fax 07 4758 2499Email (m)TheatreClassroomBoardroomU-ShapeCocktailsCabaretBanquetIndigo (main) Room 160 4.2 110 80 - 60 150 60 100Indigo Sea or Sky 80 4.2 50 30 30 30 60 30 40

Rydges Southbank TownsvilleAttention to detail, flexibility and quality produce, are the hallmarks of theRydges Southbank Townsville conference experience.The classic North Queensland architecture and heritage style décor ismatched with progressive service and menu concepts to ensure your eventis easily planned and seamlessly executed.Catering for groups of up to 500, the Southbank Convention Centre has anumber of flexible venue options to provide unique and memorable events.From the colonial charm and grandeur of the Ballroom to the tropical oasisthat is the poolside gazebo and our executive style boardrooms, eachspace is classically North Queensland appointed with modern technologyessential for today’s corporate events. Unique Benefits:8 Flexible function spaces including al fresco optionsProfessional audio visual suppliersAir conditioned and individually controlled lightingFull event co-ordination and supportThe Marketplace dining conceptRoomTheatreBoardU ShapeClassroomCocktailBanquetCabaretGrand Ballroom 500 - - 250 500 360 280Raffles + Kingston 250 70 50 180 300 230 180Savoy + Kingston 150 60 50 80 150 150 120Raffles 150 35 45 80 100 120 80Kingston 80 30 27 42 80 70 50Savoy 60 20 25 35 60 60 40Palmer Boardroom - 8 - - - 12 -Savoy Balcony 30 - - - 40 30 24Portside 60 25 25 36 60 40 30Poolside Garden 50 - - - 80 40 -Poolside Boardroom - 12 - - - - -CONTACT INFORMATIONAddress 23 Palmer Street, Townsville 4810Phone 07 4726 5222Fax 07 4721 2010Email functions_townsville@rydges.comWebsite & Accommodation | Page 41

Jupiters TownsvilleWith a dedicated event coordination team and over 25 years experience in theindustry, Jupiters Townsville Hotel & Casino has built a reputation as the leadingdestination for conferencing and events in the North Queensland region.Seating up to 750 delegates, the Grand Ballroom is the largest pillar-freeballroom space in Townsville and can be divided into three individual meetingspaces. The ballrooms are supported by 4 additional meeting rooms perfectfor breakout spaces, event registration, board meetings or small conferences.For an open air event the tropically landscaped poolside terrace and lawnarea is ideal for marquees, cocktail parties and product launches from 10to 2000 and is sure to impress.Our team of award-winning chefs have created a range of menus to suitevery palate we are happy to accommodate specific dietary requirementsand approach themed menus with innovation and flair.Delegates can also enjoy some of the best dining experiences Townsville hasto offer at Jupiters’ award-winning restaurants. From buffet breakfasts throughto fine dining there is an option to suit all budgets and tastes at Jupiters.Jupiters features a variety of hotel accommodation types, available in bothtwin and king configurations. Choose from spectacular ocean views acrossthe Coral Sea to Magnetic Island, or a stunning city lights vista.RoomArea (m 2 )Height (m)TheatreClassroomCocktailsBanquetCONTACT INFORMATIONAddress Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, TownsvillePhone 07 4722 2333Fax 07 4772 4741Email Ballroom 500 5 800 380 700 420Ballroom 1 280 5 300 150 350 200Ballroom 2 150 5 120 60 120 90Ballroom 3 70 5 60 40 50 40Boardroom 40 3 - - - 18Coral Sea Room 84 3 80 50 80 60Coral Sea 1 42 3 30 18 30 20Coral Sea 2 42 3 30 18 30 20Lobby Bar 170 3 100 50 150 80Poolside Meeting Room 36 3 25 15 N/A N/APoolside Gardens - - - - 2000 800The Pavilion 450 5m pitch 500 250 600 250

Townsville Entertainment& Convention CentreThe Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre (TECC) is the North’spremier convention and entertainment venue positioned on the BreakwaterMarina, within walking distance to the city heart.Designed as a multipurpose facility, the Townsville Entertainment &Convention Centre hosts a variety of concerts, conventions, exhibitions,seminars, gala dinners and indoor sporting events.The Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre encompasses sevencomfortable and stylishly appointed rooms that can be used individually orcollectively in a variety of modes.Regardless of the size or type of event, each client is assisted by their owndedicated Event Manager who will advise with planning and organising toensure the event is a complete success.From floor plans and room capabilities, to themed events and menuselections, our experienced staff will take care of all the details – includingsome you may not have even thought about!RoomTheatreBanquetClassroomCocktailArea (m 2 )Height (m)Auditorium 4128 1000 980 2500 1500 18-14Magnetic Room 350 180 190 300 433 3.3.9Palm Room 350 180 220 250 322.5 3.3.9Orpheus Room 50 - 30 30 55.25 3Yongala Room 50 - 30 30 55.25 3Cleveland Room 30 15 - 50 40.9 3Queensland Foyer - - - 1000 558 42.5CONTACT INFORMATIONAddress Entertainment Drive, TownsvillePhone 07 4722 0600Fax 07 4771 4888Email & Accommodation | Page 43

Grand Hotel TownsvilleThe Grand Hotel Townsville on Palmer Street is your contemporary choicefor convention organisers and delegates. The hotel offers modern onebedroom apartments and king hotel rooms in a fantastic central location.Events also can be hosted with one of our local partners catering from 20to 200 guests with intimate and state of the art facilities.The hotel is matched in quality by a warm and friendly “home away fromhome” feel. Expect all the luxuries and conveniences of a brand newfull service deluxe hotel, and the charm and caring touch of a privatelyowned hotel’s personalised service. Our 24 hour front desk (one of thefew in Townsville) and professional staff are here to support your everyneed. Whether that is assisting in booking restaurants, or helping you outwith any business or planning related needs, we are here, and we are atyour service.Property features include:24 hour front desk24 hour room service menufull gym facilitiesan expansive sundeck pool areafull kitchenetteswashing/drying machineslarge bath’soversize balcony’scable TV and latest release movieshigh speed in room internetsame day dry cleaningsecure undercover parkingCONTACT INFORMATIONAddress 8 - 10 Palmer Street, Townsville 4810Phone 07 4753 2800Email

Jam CornerJAM Corner is a local Townsville restaurant with several dining andfunction opportunities available. We are passionate in showcasing modernseasonally inspired menus while providing a high level of personal andprofessional service. Located at 1 Palmer Street, several major hotels arelocated close by to take care of your accommodation requirementsThe elegant new private dining room “Luxe Room” is perfect for gatheringsseating up to 18 guests.By day JAM Corner overlooks the relaxing riverfront and by night it capturesthe bright lights of the city. With stunning views of the Ross River, CBD,Castle Hill and Mt Stuart you will not want to be anywhere else in Townsville.The JAM Corner Function Room is located on the first floor with largebalconies overlooking the Townsville city skyline and river. Bookingsavailable for Breakfast, Lunch or dinner with tailored menus forall occasions.Our Food has a very strong focus only using the best seasonal produce,and all canapes are made in house. Choose from an intimate sit downgathering for up to 50 guests or mingle with a stylish cocktail party for upto 100.RoomTheatreCocktailCabaretBanquetBoardroomClassroomFunction Room 40 100 - 50 28 30Luxe Room - - - - 18 -CONTACT INFORMATIONAddress 1 Palmer Street, Townsville 4810Phone 07 4721 4900Email & Accommodation | Page 45

Mercure TownsvilleMercure Townsville is an unique ‘resort-style’ corporate hotel set amidst4.5ha of lush tropical gardens on the shores of Lake Curralea. The hotelfeatures 144 rooms, 2 tennis courts, free-form pool, 24hr Reception,restaurant and bar. With 8 different sized conference venues and a numberof ‘green space’ areas, the Mercure can cater for any size conferenceor event.All venues have natural lighting, state-of-the-art AV, internet access as wellas the support of a professional team to ensure your event is a success. Onsitecar-parking is complimentary. Mercure is dedicated to the environment,with all meetings being carbon neutral, at no cost to the client.RoomArea (m 2 )TheatreClassroomBoardroomU-ShapeCocktailsBanquetCONTACT INFORMATIONAddress Woolcock Street, TownsvillePhone 07 4759 4900Fax 07 4725 1384Email Room(Eacham + Tinaroo)176.4 120 65 - 50 120 80Eacham 104.86 60 45 - 30 80 50Tinaroo 78.4 30 18 - 24 40 30Ballroom(Burdekin + Crystal)302.4 300 150 - - 350 200Crystal Room 158.4 150 90 - 35 100 80Burdekin Room 145 120 60 - 30 70 80Plantation Room 140 100 48 20 30 250 70Boardroom 1 18 10 - 10 - - -Boardroom 2 24.5 15 - 10 - - -Boardroom 3 24.5 15 - 10 - - -

The Brewery - Banquet CentreThe VenueIt’s easy to forget that the Townsville Brewery is conveniently located inTownsville’s busy CBD, because once you are inside The Banquet Centreit’s a completely different atmosphere. The stunning facilities are suitableor small to large meetings or conferences and can seat up to 180 people.The FacilitiesThe Banquet Centre offers a comprehensive range of fully integrated, inhouseservices suitable for a variety of boutique conferencing needs. Thecombination of state of the art AV equipment and stunning furniture andaccessories will surely make an impressive statement.The PeoplePersonalised service from our experienced team will ensure your nextseminar, lecture, conference or tradeshow will be one of excellence. Fromthe event coordinator who will ensure everything goes to plan, to the Chefwho will produce food to die for, every staff member will always be willing toassist to make your experience one to remember.RoomTheatreCocktailCabaretBanquetClassroomCONTACT INFORMATIONAddress 252 Flinders Street Townsville 4810Phone 07 4724 2999Email Banquet Centre 200 250 140 180 100Venues & Accommodation | Page 47

The Hinchinbrook RegionHinchinbrook in the Herbert River Valley is a destination must. This scenicregion is just an hour’s drive north of Townsville and is a wonderland ofnature based attractions in a vibrant cultural setting.The main town in Hinchinbrook is Ingham, where more than 5,000 residentsenjoy a multicultural town with an Italian flavour. The charming coastaltownships of Lucinda, Taylors and Forrest Beaches are a fishing paradise.Hinchinbrook Shire offers a number of venues for hire which cater for arange of occasions.Tyto Conference CentreThe TYTO Conference Centre is nestled in the award winning TYTOPrecinct which is conveniently located close to Ingham’s main street and isable to cater for a range of events, from small meetings to conferences forup to 100 people.Kelly TheatreThe Kelly Theatre on Townsville Road, Ingham, is often used by theatregroups, musical performers and the like. It is suitable for lecture styleconferences seating up to 263 people. The Kelly Theatre has comfortableseating, an orchestra pit and a baby grand piano.Hinchinbrook Shire HallThe Hinchinbrook Shire Hall is a multipurpose venue catering for large andsmall events. Gala balls, presentations and conferences are just some ofthe events that take place within the Hall. The Hall holds up to 530 personswith onsite cooking facilities, bar and stage.CONTACT INFORMATIONPhone 07 4776 4600Fax 07 4776 3233Email 25 Lannercost St Ingham QLD 4850Postal Address PO Box 366 Ingham QLD 4850RoomTYTO Conference CentreKelly TheatreShire HallMax Cap100 pax263 pax530 pax

The Charters Towers RegionDriving down the wide streets of Charters Towers is like viewing a montageof Australian heritage. Once the second largest city in Queensland,Charters Towers is as rich in history as it is in gold. Charters Towers lies atthe strategic crossroad of the Overlander’s Way and the Great Inland Way,located just 137kms or a 90 minute drive from Townsville. It is a scenic goldmining city with history and character at its heart.World TheatreFor larger events, Charters Towers World Theatre provides a unique venuewith the latest in production capabilities. In addition to the cinema space,The World Theatre offers a gallery collection which reflects the many facetsof the Region. The gallery’s compilation ranges from important Queenslandartists and objects of historical significance to valuable contemporary andhistoric photographic works showcasing urban and rural landscapes.Beef and Gold RoomsThe Charters Towers Gold and Beef Rooms are conveniently located withinthe Charters Towers Regional Council’s Administration Complex. TheGold and Beef Rooms can be hired as one complete room or two separaterooms. The combines rooms offer full kitchen facilities and optional breakout spaces to cater for events up to 100 people.The Arthur Titley CentreSituated in the heart of the Mosman Street precinct, the Arthur TitleyCentre is a great venue choice to host your special occasion. The scopeof the facilities means that the Centre can host all types of events whethercocktail, banquets, trade shows or conference style. The fully maintainedArthur Titley Centre offers an insight into the elegance and class of eventsgone by. Officially named in 1986, 101 years after it was built, the ArthurTitley Cente offers a full commercial kitchen and separate bar area. TheCentre is fully air conditioned, and both function rooms feature a stage area.CONTACT INFORMATIONPhone 07 4761 5300Fax 07 4761 5344Email 12 Mosman St,Charters Towers, QLD 4820Postal Address PO Box 189Charters Towers, QLD 4820Excelsior LibraryOpened as the Excelsior Hotel in 1887 this newly refurbished building nowoperates as a library and home to the Charters Towers and DalrympleArchives group. Featuring two key meeting rooms the Flo Fitzgerald Roomand Meeting Room 2, the Excelsior Library can comfortably cater forgroups up to 60. Kitchenette facilities, Wi-Fi and audio visual services areavailable on request.Venues & Accommodation | Page 49

The Burdekin RegionJust one hour’s drive south of Townsville is the Burdekin Shire – sugarcapital of Australia, fishing mecca, bird-watching paradise and traditionalhomeland of the Bindal and Juru Aboriginal people.Based around the twin towns of Ayr and Home Hill, the district includes overa dozen other smaller centres and is as famous for its rich, flat farmlands asit is for its amazing waterways and scenic beauty.The Burdekin TheatreThe Burdekin Theatre and Complex is located at 161 Queen Street, Ayrand is the home of arts and entertainment in the Burdekin region. TheBurdekin Cultural Complex houses the 530-seat Burdekin Theatre, the150-seat Music Loft, the 700 capacity outdoor entertainment Plaza and theStarlight Foyer – cabaret performance and function space. The Complex isalso used as a conference, function and meeting facility.Burdekin Memorial HallThis air-conditioned complex is an extremely popular venue for major balls,conference/workshops, fashion shows, cabarets, dance nights, schoolformals and weddings.It has a seating capacity at tables for up to 500 patrons and concert style of1,000 patrons. Modern dressing rooms are available and there is a front ofhouse stage curtain, plus back drops.A smaller hall and meeting room for up to 30 people is also available.Burdekin Shire CouncilCONTACT INFORMATIONPhone 07 4783 9800Fax 07 4783 9999Email 145 Young St, Ayr, QLD 4807Postal Address PO Box 974, Ayr, QLD 4807RoomTheatreClassroomBoardroomCaberetCocktailsBanquetBurdekin Memorial Hall 1000 - - - On Applic 500Burdekin Theatre 550 - - - On Applic 100

Oaks Gateway on PalmerCONTACT INFORMATIONAddress 2 Dibbs Street, TownsvillePhone 07 4778 9000Fax 07 4778 9099Email www.oakshotelsresorts.comOaks Gateway on Palmer is Townsville’s next generation in resort-styleaccommodation. Located within easy walk of the CBD, the hotel has a rangeof restaurants and cafes on it’s doorstop on cosmopolitan Palmer Street.Oaks Gateway on Palmer offers hotel, one and two bedroom apartmentsand is a perfect choice for families, couples or the business traveller. Allaccommodation options offer spacious, sleek modern décor and spectacularriver, ocean and hinterland views. Apartment features include full kitchen andlaundry facilities, separate lounge and dining area, work desk and balcony.The hotel boasts a spectacularly located infinity edge swimming pool on podiumlevel with views over the river and city, as well as a fully equipped gym, saunaand spa.Metropole Hotel/Oaks M on PalmerCONTACT INFORMATIONAddress 81 Palmer Street, TownsvillePhone 07 4753 2900Fax 07 4753 2999Email www.oakshotelsresorts.comOaks M on Palmer is a boutique 4.5 star property featuring 11 floors ofmodern and fully self contained studio apartments, ideal for the businessand leisure traveller alike. Each chic studio features a kitchenette, laundryfacilities, Cable TV, Internet access, air conditioning and a balcony. On-sitefacilities include a gymnasium, pool and tour booking facilities.Located onsite is The Metropole Hotel which is a true Queensland icon andoffers conference room facilities with natural light and breakout balconies.With three rooms to choose from including a boardroom and a main spacethat breaks into two separate rooms that can seat up to 120 people theatrestyle combined and include in house AV with drop down screen from the roofit’s the perfect inner city space for your next conference.Venues & Accommodation | Page 51

Reef HQ AquariumCONTACT INFORMATIONAddress 2-68 Flinders Street, TownsvillePhone 07 4750 0800Fax 07 4772 5281Email HQ Aquarium... a venue with a differenceReef HQ Aquarium offers a unique and versatile venue for breakfasts, lunches,cocktails, dinners, special events, meetings, seminars, conferences, productlaunches and training. With shimmering tropical fish, eerie predators andstunning live coral reef galleries as a backdrop, Reef HQ Aquarium becomesan exciting and unique venue for your next event.Reef HQ Aquarium’s Conference and Training centre offers cutting edgestate-of-the-art technology, including videoconferencing, taking yourconference to audiences anywhere around the world.Roux BlondCONTACT INFORMATIONAddress 18 Allen StreetSouth TownsvillePhone 07 4724 4018Fax 07 4771 3146Email Blond has been servicing the greater Townsville region for the last sixyears. Everything from our kitchen starts at the beginning of the cookingprocess; everything is made fresh and delivered that way. Our team hasearned its fair share of awards in the past few years, the most recent beingthe high honour of Savour Australia Restaurant and Catering HOSTPLUSNational Awards for Excellence 2011 Wedding Caterer of the Year.The offsite capabilities of Roux Blond allow us to service venues big andsmall and bring a fine dining experience not only a range of venues in thearea but to your personal home or office as well. Some popular choicesinclude the Museum of Tropical Queensland, Reef HQ, Magnetic Island,Tony Ireland and RSL Stadium.

Billabong SanctuaryAt Billabong Sanctuary, where else on earth could you have such a unique diningexperience? Surrounded by Crocodiles, snakes and cuddly wombats and Koala’s.Located just south of Townsville, and situated on 11 hectares of rainforest, eucalyptforest and wetlands, Billabong Sanctuary is a refreshingly different venue to bring yourguests away from the hotel and city environment.Melaleuca on Billabong is our stunning new function centre. Nestled under the teatreesbeside the dingo enclosure, with spacious timber decks overlooking the water, thisfacility is designed to comfortably accommodate anything from a no-nonsense businessmeeting to a fully-catered dinner party. With a wide range of versatile facilities, from anintimate dining room to an open air pavilion under the trees, we can host gatheringsfrom thirty to a thousand.CONTACT INFORMATIONAddress Bruce Highway, NomePhone 07 4778 8344Email TownsvilleQuest Townsville, the business and extended stay specialists is located in the CBD andheart of the city’s dining precinct. Providing spacious 4.5 star accommodation, with 138rooms (studio, one and two bedroom apartments) and chargeback facilities available toa variety of restaurants.Quest Townsville’s apartments are complete with fully equipped kitchen and laundryfacilities, separate lounge and dining areas, allowing guests to relax in perfect comfortand privacy. Balconies in all apartments featuring outdoor furniture, everything you needat your home away from home in North Queensland - Quest Townsville.CONTACT INFORMATIONAddress 30-34 Palmer Street, TownsvillePhone 07 4726 4444Email Leagues ClubProud winners of four categories in Club Queensland’s awards, 2011, Brothers LeaguesClub boast three private function rooms (including outdoor) and cater for numbers from50 to 160 seated/250 standing. Seating options range from theatre, roundtable, u-shape,cabaret and classroom styles, making it ideal for any upcoming corporate function.For smaller events, our boardroom will accommodate up to 24 persons. Moreover, ourdiversity allows us to cater for morning/afternoon tea, lunch, dinner and cocktail events,whilst our head chef, with over 10 years’ experience, has created a quality menu sureto satisfy every palate. We are conveniently located in Kirwan, close to the Ring Road,with ample free parking and invite you to book your next event with us.CONTACT INFORMATIONAddress Golf Links Drive, KirwanPhone 07 4773 6699Email of Tropical QueenslandThe Museum of Tropical Queensland’s ‘Queensland Nickel’ Boardroom offers one of thebest settings in Townsville with balcony views to Ross Creek marina and floor to ceilingwindows with views to the grand reconstruction of HMS Pandora inside the museum.The boardroom seats up to 20 and is fully equipped with a ceiling mounted projector andscreen, built-in speakers and audio system and wireless connections.Full catering can be arranged including corporate breakfasts, morning tea, lunch andafternoon tea.CONTACT INFORMATIONAddress 70-102 Flinders Street, TownsvillePhone 07 4726 0600Email & Accommodation | Page 53

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Support ServicesThe Townsville EnterpriseConvention Bureau hasaccess to a diverse rangeof AV suppliers, eventtheming companies,exhibitions providers, qualityrestaurants, accommodationproperties and conferencevenues that can be utilisedfor conferences and eventsheld in Townsville.Townsville is regarded as the Second Capital of Queensland. There is a vast varietyof support service options for conference organisers to choose from that will assistin enhancing the experience for delegates attending conferences or meetingsin Townsville.From event theming companies to a range of restaurants and accommodation, weoffer an eclectic mix of beachside promenade complimented by a buzzing city hub –the urge to arrive early and stay on post conference is irresistible.Support Services | Page 57

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Contact the TownsvilleEnterprise ConventionBureau for your FREEcopy of the TownsvilleRegional GuidePre andPost TouringTownsville city hascemented its reputation asthe entertainment capitalof the north.With frequent artexhibitions, concerts,expos, festivals, carnivalsand sporting competitions,thousands of visitorscome to Townsville eachyear to enjoy the best theregion has to offer.North Queensland offers a myriad of experiences from theawe-inspiring Great Barrier Reef, World Heritage Wet TropicsRainforest to the dirt and dust of the Australian Outback.Take the time to meet the locals and experience the lifestyle, culture and heritage thatmake North Queensland so unique. The options are endless and rest assured it is boththe journey and the destination that make North Queensland so spectacular.Make sure you pack your swimming attire, sunscreen and a sense of adventure - theyare essential for your North Queensland discovery.Pre and Post Touring | Page 67

View to Magnetic Island from The StrandThe StrandThe Strand is the perfect placeto unwind during any holiday toTownsville. The popular foreshorestretches for 2.5km and offers viewsacross Cleveland Bay to MagneticIsland.The Strand is a favourite, offeringswimming enclosures, freshwatershowers, playgrounds and BBQfacilities for social gatherings.The Rock Pool draws its water supplyfrom the ocean, while the state-ofthe-artwater park is a must for thekids. The most amazing views are onoffer in the early morning when thesunrise glistens across the water.

TownsvilleGetting here and aroundTownsville is easilyaccessible with all majorairlines flying into the city.On the ground, rail and busservices are available viacoastal and inland routes.Exploring the city is easywith a number of optionsavailable. Sunbus City looptakes you to all the majorinner city attractions. Taxies,public buses and city sightstours are also available.With the idyllic paradise of Magnetic Island right on the doorstep, it’s not hard tosee why people are attracted to Townsville. With an eclectic mix of rainforest, reef,sandy beaches, outback and big city benefits, Townsville has something for everyholiday itinerary.The city is more than a tropical destination - it’s the very heart of life in the tropics - withthe region extending north to captivating Mission Beach, south to the rustic Burdekinand west to historic Charters Towers.LifestyleThe city has continued to evolve without losing its laidback and vibrant lifestyle. Shortsand T-shirts are the core of the local wardrobe. Little wonder considering the city’s180,000 residents enjoy 300 days of sunshine each year. The months between Apriland September are the most popular time to visit as the city’s entertainment and eventsare in overdrive, with spectator sports, food and music festivals.Pre and Post Touring | Page 69

Billabong SanctuaryAttractionsThe attractions located inTownsville’s city heart are easilyexplored by foot.Reef HQ Aquarium is the world’slargest living coral reef aquarium andis your opportunity to visit the reefwithout getting wet. The aquariumboasts a range of exhibits, talksand tours and now has a dedicatedTurtle Hospital facility where visitorscan see live turtles in rehabilitation(provided there are patients).Just next door discover the naturaland cultural heritage of NorthQueensland at the Museum ofTropical Queensland, suitable forvisitors of all ages. Learn aboutthe HMS Pandora, the ship sentby British Admiralty to capture theBounty and her mutinous crew, ortest your skills at the interactivescience centre, Mindzone. TheMuseum recently receivedan international award for itsLangley Diving Collection: HeritageHelmets exhibit.The Townsville Cultural Centreoffers an authentic Indigenousexperience. The Centre showcasesregional artists with performancesof dance, music, story telling andan interpretive gallery providinginsight into the Indigenous people ofthe North.On the outskirts of the city, BillabongSanctuary is a truly interactivewildlife park set on 11 hectares ofwilderness. Experience the natives -hold a koala, hug a wombat or wrapa python around your neck. Animaltalks and feedings occur throughoutthe day with abundant photographicopportunities.

TownsvilleMuseumsVisitor Information CentresWhile in Townsville, dropinto one of the two VisitorInformation Centres. Bothare accredited and staffedby friendly volunteers whocan assist with directions orplanning your time in the city.In addition to the Museum of Tropical Queensland, there are other museums wellworth discovering, including the National Trust Heritage Centre, which showcasesthree typical North Queensland houses from as early as 1884, featuring furnishingsand items made locally. The Maritime Museum has a collection of historical items andis a good place to learn the complete history of the S.S. Yongala.The Townsville Royal Air Force Museum displays the aviation and military history ofNorth Queensland from WWII to today, while the Townsville Museum displays thecity’s history.Shopping and MarketsShopping is a popular pastime. Three major shopping centres - Willows, Castletown andStockland – offer shoppers a wide range of stores in air-conditioned comfort. Marketsare regularly held throughout the region, with fresh fruit, vegetables, home made sweets,plants, flowers and crafts such as pottery, jewellery and silk paintings available.Pre and Post Touring | Page 71

Night lifeAs northern Australia’s largest city, Townsville offers arange of funky bars and trendy restaurants. Palmer Streetfeatures a smorgasbord of flavours from around theworld, produced by top quality chefs using the freshestlocal produce.Flinders Street East is home to the city’s night life; itcontinues to trade until the early hours of the morning.Once a month Magnetic Island hosts a Full Moon Party,with up to 2,000 people dancing on the beach until thesun comes up to the sounds of internationally renownedDJ’s

TownsvilleThe ArtsAccommodationTownsville has a varietyof accommodation optionsranging from backpacker toluxury resort. Palmer Street’saccommodation has plenty ofdining choices close by, whileThe Strand and BreakwaterMarina boasts unparalleledviews of Magnetic Island.In addition to these iconiclocations, accommodation isavailable close to all self driveroutes into the city includingBowen Road, Paluma andthe Northern Beaches.Townsville’s burgeoning cultural and performing arts scene is part of the fabric ofcommunity life and there’s always something on for visitors to enjoy. A variety ofacts, live shows and exhibitions are regularly presented throughout the city’s creativespaces and galleries.The Perc Tucker Regional Gallery is housed in one of Townsville’s finest heritagebuildings and hosts exhibitions with a special focus on North Queensland art, whilePinnacles Gallery at Riverway is a public space with a dynamic blend of local andtouring exhibitions.Townsville’s performing arts program features a mix of quality local companies andtravelling shows from around the world. Dancenorth is one of Australia’s leadingcontemporary dance-theatre companies with shows choreographed in Townsvilletouring the globe.The Tropic Sun Theatre troupe presents four major shows a year with a number ofshort plays set at smaller venues.The Civic Theatre regularly presents national and international touring acts throughoutthe year and serves as the home of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music.Pre and Post Touring | Page 73

National ParksThe island is two thirds protectednational park and is home to someamazing adventures that areguaranteed to make you wish you’dstayed longer. Magnetic Island has25kms of walking tracks guidingvisitors from bay to bay throughbushlands of dry wattles andeucalyptus, to pockets of rainforest.The island’s national park is alsohome to a large colony of koalas androck wallabies.These bush walks allow nativeanimals to be viewed up close in theirnatural habitats.

Magnetic IslandAccessMagnetic Island is a quickferry ride from the mainlandof Townsville and onceyou’ve docked it’s easy toslip into ‘island time’. If youhaven’t brought your ownvehicle over on the car ferry,the public bus service makestripping around the islanda breeze or hire a scooter,colourful mini moke or babyfour wheel drive.Other options for the fitnessconscious traveller includeexploring the wilderness viawalking tracks or bike ridingfrom bay to bay.Located within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park just 8km off thecoast of Townsville, Maggie - as 2,500 locals affectionately knowher - is the perfect island escape. With 23 beaches and bays,Magnetic Island has the natural beauty and serenity of untouchedparadise and all the luxuries of today’s modern cities.AccommodationMagnetic Island offers accommodation right across the tourist spectrum. Most inhabitedbays have plenty of options to choose from including backpackers, holiday rentals, selfcontained apartments and luxury resorts.DiningFinding the perfect meal on Magnetic Island is no problem, there’s always a restaurantor bar just around the next corner of the island’s hilly terrain. Horseshoe, Alma, Nellyand Picnic Bays offer variety, from pub fares and French cuisine, to Italian and finedining. You can even purchase your own supplies and prepare a favourite dish yourself- the options should satisfy whatever urge you have.Unforgettable Experiences Learn more about island life on an exciting guided tour Snorkel the fringing reefs around Magnetic Island’s mostpopular beaches Explore the 25kms of walking tracks throughout the island Observe the rock wallabies at Geoffrey Bay in Arcadia Drop a line off the old Picnic Bay jetty Put your dancing shoes on and rave all night at the famous FullMoon parties See northern Australia’s largest colony of koalas in the wild on theForts Walk Picnic at West Point, a secluded beach looking back to themainland and watch the sunset Sail around the island to discover some secluded bays Watch kookaburras feed at the All Seasons or participate inlorikeet feeding at Bungalow Bay.Pre and Post Touring | Page 75

Contact us about special rates for grouptravel to Magnetic Island// 18 return services daily to Magnetic Island// 20 or more people fr group travelCreate a special event with a PrivateCharter or cruise around Magnetic Island.// Island transfers or Bay cruisesExperience Magnetic Island with these greatgroup activity ideas// Champagne Breakfast with the Koalas// Round of Golf at the Magnetic Island Country Club// Afternoon Tall Ship Sail// Stage Door Theatre Restaurant- comedy cabaret show & dinnerDiscover Magnetic Island and Townsville on agreat day tour// Half day guided bus tours of Magnetic Island// Townsville Heritage & Highlights City Sights Tour// 3hr Stretch Jeep Tropicana Tour// Customised tours availableExtend your stay in North Queensland with afantastic accommodation package// 5 star & 4.5 star hotel accommodation// Self-contained apartments// Waterfront bungalows// Family rooms & budgetaccommodation options

Magnetic IslandIconic WalkThe Forts Walk is home to Northern Australia’s largest colony of koalas – definitelyworth a visit. This is roughly a 90 minute return walk and is the best place on the islandto see koalas in the wild. You’ll increase your chance of seeing them early morningor late evening, so don’t forget, water, a hat and sunscreen. The Forts Walk offersmagical 360 degree views of the coast and Coral Sea. There is also some fascinatingWWII history worth seeing, with the Forts gun emplacements still intact.FishingIf you’re a keen fisherman or would just like to have a crack at it, there are plenty ofgreat spots to cast your line including the historic Picnic Bay jetty. Exotic tropical fishand marine life flourish in the surrounding coral reef and tranquil waters, meaning tightlines are a common occurrence. Chartered fishing trips are available for those wishingto fish the hot spots and get some good tips and advice from the locals. You can alsohire gear on the island - remember to be up to date with Marine Park Zoning areas.BirdlifeBirding enthusiasts will enjoylooking for kookaburras,sulphur-crested cockatoos,red-tailed black cockatoos,brahminy kites and ofcourse the island’s iconicbird, the bush stone-curlew.Kookaburra and lorikeetfeeding happens regularly –don’t forget your camera.GalleriesA number of local artists exhibit their unique work throughout the island community.Paintings, jewellery and sculptures are on display at the various galleries on Maggie.Local EventsMaggie has a wide range of evening entertainment. Those willing to place a bet canback a toad at the weekly cane toad races on Wednesday nights, while lorikeet andkookaburra feeding happens daily. Disco beats occur monthly with guest DJ’s mixingtunes on the shores of Nelly Bay at monthly Full Moon parties.For bargain hunters, the island hosts three regular markets - Friday nights at the RSLClub, every second Sunday at Alma Bay and on the last Sunday of the month atHorseshoe Bay. Pool competitions are held regularly with lawn bowls a year roundchallenge for visitors against the locals. There’s even a comedy theatre restaurantperfect for a night out with friends.There’s something attractive about the Island that will draw you back year after year.Magnetic Island is definitely a unique tropical destination perfect for your next getaway.Pre and Post Touring | Page 77

Image: Great Barrier Reef, Courtesy ofCommonwealth of Australia (GBRMPA)IslandsNorth Queensland’s Islands of the Great Barrier Reef are easily accessible from Townsville.Hinchinbrook IslandThinking eco-adventure? Think Hinchinbrook. It is North Queensland’s largest national park island with theneighbouring channel home to an impressive collection of marine life including dugongs and green sea turtles.The world-famous Thorsborne Trail is 32km of mountainous tropical terrain stretching along the eastern side ofthe island, perfect for the traveller with a serious adventurous streak.Orpheus IslandOrpheus is part of the Palm Group of islands and is located 110km north of Townsville. This amazing island offerssecluded, sheltered bays and fringing reefs perfect for sailing and snorkelling.Dunk IslandDunk is situated off the coast of Mission Beach and is the largest of the Family Islands Group. With sun soakedbeaches, swaying palm trees, crystal clear waters and lush green rainforest, Dunk Island is a tropical retreat.Bedarra IslandBedarra is a stunning island which is part of the Family Islands Group located off the coast of Mission Beach. Theisland covers 100 hectares and is a romantic’s paradise, with only a few places to stay. This lush tropical paradiseoffers visitors the opportunity to go fishing, snorkelling or exploring in the secluded wilderness.

GreatBarrier ReefDive and snorkelIf you’ve ever wondered why the Great Barrier Reef is internationally recognised asone of the seven natural wonders of the world, you need to experience it for yourself.From Townsville or Magnetic Island you can take part in a dive or snorkel trip to theGreat Barrier Reef. For the uninitiated, dive operators offer scuba diving lessons withwetsuits, tanks and face masks at affordable rates. Snorkellers can hire gear and divein straight off Magnetic Island’s beaches to explore fringing reefs.Sailing and BoatingNorth Queensland’s tropicalweather is the perfectenvironment for sailing andboating. Experienced sailorscan charter a vessel to selfsail through the many coastalislands. If you prefer, thereare also day tours departingTownsville and Magnetic Island.Experienced divers should visit the S.S. Yongala, a 28m deep shipwreck that sank offthe coast of Townsville during a tropical cyclone in 1911. Rated one of the world’s topwreck dives, the S.S. Yongala is home to a captivating array of hard and soft coral andspectacular marine life including sea turtles, sea anemone and thousands of inquisitivereef fish. Dive trips to the S.S. Yongala depart Townsville, Magnetic Island or Alva Beachin the Burdekin. This historic wreck will leave you with memories that last a lifetime.FishingThe Great Barrier Reef is a fisherman’s paradise with some of the most succulentcatches around including Spanish mackerel, coral trout, red emperor and sweet lip.However, more than one-third of the Great Barrier Reef is declared a no-take zone,making it the largest fully protected section of water on earth. If you are looking to catchand cook, be sure to check the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s zoningregulations before you leave the shore.Saltwater estuaries, creeks, beaches and freshwater rivers within North Queensland’sborders also offer fertile fishing. A short journey south to Barratta Creek or north toHinchinbrook Island will catch you some of the best barramundi from February toNovember. As all good ‘barra’ grounds can also be home to crocodiles, be sure toobserve local signage and advice.Pre and Post Touring | Page 79

Unforgettable Experiences Join a guided tour of the ancient rainforest with Kookaburra Tours Enjoy bird watching at Paluma, Lake Ross or any of the Northern Beaches, all sites arerenowned for their birdlife diversity Stop and revive at a café in the rainforest Take a walk on one of the many local rainforest tracks Watch in awe as the Victoria’s rifle bird dances for its mate Walk through the rainforest from McClelland’s Lookout to Witt’s Lookout Cool off with a swim in the clear waters of Little or Big Crystal Creeks Try your hand at creek or beach fishing Swim at Balgal Beach (stinger net and patrolled beach) Capture some great sunrise photos at one of the Northern Beaches

Paluma andNorthern BeachesFor a relaxing day out or a long secluded walk on the beach, Townsville’s fivenorthern beaches, 60km north of the city, are the ideal getaway. Bushland, Saunders,Toolakea, Toomulla and Balgal combine the rugged bush with necessary amenitiesand beachside hideaways.Fishing, swimming, picnicking and bird watching are ideal at these spectacularbeaches. For a pleasant change of climate and scenery, travel a little further northalong the Bruce Highway and turn left to Crystal Creek and Paluma. These two popularswimming holes offer the perfect place to cool off on a warm day. Big Crystal Creekat the base of the Paluma Range features a large swimming hole and picnicking area,perfect for families and larger groups.Little Crystal Creek, located 11km up the winding road to Paluma Village, is well knownfor its historic stone arch bridge built in the 1930s. Cascading waterfalls feed into oneof the best freshwater swimming holes in the north.Continue up to Paluma Village nestled amongst the misty clouds. Located withinthe Mount Spec National Park, it is the southernmost point in the Wet Tropics WorldHeritage Area. At 1000m above sea level, Paluma is a cool mountain retreat. With cosyaccommodation, cafes, arts and craft, bird watching and a large network of rainforestwalks, Paluma promises the perfect getaway for a quiet, romantic weekend, orplace to unwind.Paluma is also as rich in history as it is in nature. Tin mining in the late 1800s, alongwith an involvement in WWII, made Paluma a hive of activity and this is capturedthroughout the village on interpretive heritage signage.Pre and Post Touring | Page 81

Unforgettable Experiences Towers Hill open air amphitheatre plays the Ghosts after Dark filmreliving the gold rush days Explore the heritage buildings within the One Square Mile Pan for gold at The Miner’s Cottage Play a game of billiards on the 100 year old tables at the Civic Club Take a wagon ride amongst the largest roaming herd of Texas Longhorncattle in Australia Experience the country town shopping strip and local country market Pick up the self-drive audio tour CD and map from the Visitor InformationCentre and go exploring Enjoy a movie at one of the few remaining drive-in cinemas in Australia Watch the weekly cattle sales

ChartersTowersDriving down the wide streets of Charters Towers is like viewing a montage ofAustralian heritage. Once the second largest city in Queensland, Charters Towers isas rich in history as it is in gold.HistoryGold was first discovered in Charters Towers in 1871 by Aboriginal horse boy Jupiter.Thousands soon flocked from across the globe in the mad rush to Charters Towers.The city was believed to have everything the world could offer and soon becameknown as “The World”.The magnificent heritage buildings evident throughout the town are testament to theprosperity of the era. The heritage-listed Stock Exchange Arcade, The World Theatre, CityHall and the Post Office Tower are just a few which will have you reaching for your camera.AttractionsThe nationally significant Venus Gold Battery is the largest surviving battery relic inAustralia and the oldest surviving battery in Queensland. Built in 1872, the battery offersa fascinating insight into the milling process of the time and the “business” of gold. A fewghostly characters will also share some secrets with you.For those looking to explore life on the goldfields - the Ghosts of Gold Heritage trailwill bring to life some of the city’s most colourful and influential characters. ChartersTowers still operates a country drive-in cinema, which offers some of the latest flicksunder the stars.The main street offers a unique shopping experience where bargain hunters can uncoverhidden treasures amongst the arts, crafts, antiques and second hand stores. So leavethe traffic lights and the hustle and bustle behind for a few days and take the shortjourney along the Flinders Highway from Townsville to Charters Towers – a must-see!Pre and Post Touring | Page 83

Unforgettable Experiences Stay the night in a “haunted hotel room” Explore the mullock heaps and abandoned mining equipment Take a short drive to White Blow Conservation Park and see the quartz outcropdating back 300 million years Take one or all five of the self guided walks Walk through the cemetery and marvel at the epitaphs Visit the lookout overlooking the open-cut gold mine and watch the trucks andmachinery at work Trace family history at the Court House Museum Drive to Lake Dalrymple and see the Burdekin Falls Dam which is four times thesize of Sydney Harbour Find the perfect gift amongst the local pottery at Thorp’s Building Peak through the windows at Butler’s Cottage and glimpse a little of life in the 1870s

RavenswoodStep back in time and explore the uniqueness of this heritage-listed gold-mining town.On your way to Charters Towers, a short 40km detour off the Flinders Highway will findyou in historic Ravenswood.GhostsThe late 1800’s was a booming era for the town, with 48 hotels and shanties quenchingthe thirst of the early gold miners. Today two hotels, both more than 100 years old,remain as magnificent reminders of the town’s prosperous beginnings. Both hotels arebelieved to be haunted, with many visitors having ghostly experiences.AttractionsThe main street looks like a set from a movie with its beautiful old buildings, mullockheaps and chimney stacks. The Court House Museum, the restored School House,Thorp’s Building and Butler’s Cottage are just some of the treasures this tinytown holds.Take a self guided walk to visit them all. Climb to the top of the local lookout and viewthe amazing open-cut mine. Or travel just 5km out of town to admire the unusualgeological formation that is White Blow Conservation Park, where a unique whitequartz outcrop stands.TodayAs mining declined, the tiny town survived by relying on the surrounding cattleproperties. A new lease of life came about in 1995, when the population of 100 localswas boosted by the arrival of some 300 miners to once again reap the rewards goldmining has to offer.Pre and Post Touring I Page 85Pre and Post Touring | Page 85

Unforgettable Experiences Walk across the landmark Burdekin River Bridge Witness the sheer majesty of a cane fire Take a barramundi fishing tour Dive the world-famous S.S. Yongala shipwreck Visit Zaro Cultural Gallery in Home Hill Enjoy the unspoilt beauty of Alva Beach Drop into the Silver Link Interpretive Centre Take in panoramic views from Mt Kelly or Mt Inkerman Visit Ashworth’s Treasures of the Earth Gallery See Gubulla Munda, the giant carpet snake sculpture at PlantationPark and visit the Gudjuda Cultural Centre

The BurdekinWetlandsThe Burdekin’s magnificentwetlands are home to anamazing array of bird life,some of which are uniqueto the area. Bird watchersshouldn’t miss the chanceto visit Plantation Park orHorseshoe Lagoon.Just one hour’s drive south of Townsville is the Burdekin Shire – sugar capital ofAustralia, fishing mecca, bird watching paradise and traditional homeland of the Bindaland Juru Aboriginal people.Based around the twin towns of Ayr and Home Hill, the district includes over a dozenother smaller centres and is as famous for its rich, flat farmlands as it is for its amazingwaterways and scenic beauty. The Burdekin maintains a healthy reputation for itsfriendly residents, great specialty stores and laid back lifestyle.SugarAs producer of the biggest and sweetest sugar cane in the country, the Burdekin isalso one of the only cane growing regions left in Australia where cane is burnt beforeharvest. These magnificent cane fires light up the skies every evening between Juneand December and have become a tourist attraction in their own right.FishingFantastic fishing is on offer in the estuaries and waterways of the fertile Burdekin Delta.Fishing tours are available to catch barramundi, mud crabs, prawns, mangrove jackand a host of other estuary species.IconicThe Burdekin River Bridge, which links Ayr and Home Hill, is the district’s best knownlandmark. Known as the Silver Link, the 1103m crossing is the only bridge in Australiabuilt without a solid footing and is longer than the Sydney Harbour Bridge.Pre and Post Touring | Page 87

Wallaman Falls, Girringun National ParkUnforgettable Experiences View the spectacular Wallaman Falls, the highest single drop waterfall in Australia Tyto Wetlands Centre has innovative displays and is the best stop for information about the nearby wetlandsand surrounding region Visit Mungalla Station to meet with local Aboriginal people and learn ancient Indigenous cultural traditions Cast a line at Lucinda or Taylors Beach The Herbert River Museum in Halifax is a treasure chest of historical artifacts and displays Ingham comes alive each May for the Australian-Italian Festival Noorla Hotel is a fine example of art deco heritage Forrest Beach for swimming with a view across to Orpheus Island Discover some of the region’s diverse landscapes and nature on the Wet Tropics Great Walks Stop by the old Trebonne Post Office to mail your postcards home

HinchinbrookIf tropical rainforest, eco-adventures, cultural heritage and beautiful beaches are onyour list for the perfect holiday, Hinchinbrook in the Herbert River Valley is a destinationmust. This scenic region is just an hour’s drive north of Townsville and is a wonderlandof nature based attractions in a vibrant cultural setting.WetlandsThe main town inHinchinbrook is Ingham,where more than 5,000residents enjoy amulticultural town with anItalian flavour. The annualAustralian-Italian Festivalattracts people from all overand is the locals’ celebrationof their Australian-Italianheritage. The charmingcoastal townships of Lucinda,Taylors and Forrest Beachesshare their fishing paradisewith tourists. Make sureyou stop in Halifax, the firsttownship settled in the area.For nature lovers, Tyto Wetlands is a unique 120 hectare natural wetland area that ishome to over 230 species of birds, tropical plants and native wildlife. Extensive walkingtracks allow visitors to explore the park at their own pace, with a new cultural precinctlinking the lagoons to the nearby Tyto Wetlands Centre. The precinct offers waterfrontdining options, community gardens, and a birds-eye view of the area by climbing the11m observation tower.NatureThose looking for a day’s adventure should visit Australia’s tallest sheer drop waterfall,Wallaman Falls. Girringun National Park is the gateway to the Wet Tropics GreatWalks and home to the shy platypus and endangered southern cassowary. A littlefurther north is Broadwater State Forest, which offers tropical rainforest, open eucalyptforest and exotic pine plantations.Ingham is the closest mainland connection to Hinchinbrook Island with the neighbouringchannel a protected environment for the dugong.IndigenousThe Hinchinbrook region also encompasses the traditional country of the Nywaigi,Warrgamay and Bandjin Aboriginal peoples. Visit Mungalla Station, near ForrestBeach, to hear stories about the local Indigenous and European history of the area.Numerous walking tracks, historic sights as well as national parks for picnics, photographyand bike riding beckon you to explore this piece of North Queensland.Pre and Post Touring | Page 89

Unforgettable Experiences Great Barrier Reef trips including snorkelling and diving White water rafting on the Tully River Jet skiing and kayaking tours Sail around the islands on a luxurious catamaran or cruiser Visit Paronella Park, a 1930’s castle built by a Spanish dreamer Taste exotic fruit wines at Murdering Point Winery Join Aboriginal custodians of the Wet Tropics on a rainforest cultural tour Skydive onto the beach Exotic fruit tasting at the Visitors Information Centre Camping on Dunk, Wheeler or Coombe Islands (permit required)

Mission BeachDiscover a true treasure situated on 14kms of pristine golden sandy beaches. It is oneof a few places in Australia where the World Heritage Wet Tropics Rainforest and theGreat Barrier Reef meet.Diving and SnorkellingRainforests and WalksMission Beach is home tothe endangered southerncassowary, Australia’ssecond largest flightless bird.Sixty percent of Australia’sbutterflies can be found here,including the magnificentBirdwing and Ulyssesspecies.Bicton Hill, Licuala Fan PalmWalk, Edmund KennedyWalking Track and Lacey’sCreek are popular walks.Mission Beach is located closer than any other mainland point to the Great BarrierReef, allowing more time underwater to explore unspoilt coral reefs. Divers can explorethe Lady Bowen shipwreck – at 34m this is a preserved site for the advanced diver.Rest, Relaxation and RestaurantsPamper yourself at the new beachfront day spa or one of the many professional beautysalons. Markets are held on alternate weekends and showcase local produce, clothing,arts and crafts. Restaurants and cafes welcome you to indulge in some of the freshestlocal produce.AccommodationMission Beach offers a range of accommodation such as hilltop and beachfrontresorts, holiday houses and quaint B&Bs. Alternatively caravan parks or backpackeraccommodation is available.IslandsApproximately 4km offshore is Dunk Island, a popular spot for family holidays offeringa range of activities including horse riding, tennis, jet-skiing and rainforest walks.Bedarra is an exclusive resort island with luxury accommodation available.Please remember to visit the friendly volunteers at the Mission Beach Visitor InformationCentre during your visit for valuable tips and information.Pre and Post Touring | Page 91

Unforgettable Experiences Townsville Town Common Tyto Wetlands, Hinchinbrook Horseshoe or Lilliesmere Lagoons, The Burdekin Paluma, Mount Spec National Park Northern Beaches, Townsville Herveys Range, Townsville Charters Towers Weir Ross River Dam, Townsville Hinchinbrook Island, Cardwell Licuala State Forest, Mission Beach

GreatTropical DriveDiscover a touring experience like no other; the rainforest and the reef, short drivesand wild adventures, luxury and discovery. Whether the red dust of the Outback, thewhite sands of the eastern coast, or the rainforest in between appeals to you, theGreat Tropical Drive satisfies every holiday seeker and introduces you to interestsyou never knew you had. In its entirety, the Great Tropical Drive truly is one of life’smany journeys.Located in North Queensland, the Great Tropical Drive is a world-class touring loop.The well planned discovery covers 12 days and stretches along the stunning coastfrom the south of Townsville, up to Cairns and north to Cooktown. Along the way aremajor inroads west to Queensland’s iconic Outback and lush hinterland.For time conscious travellers with more specific itineraries, 14 individual trails comprisethe Great Tropical Drive. Each trail lasts two to five days and delivers at least one ofsix tempting experiences: adventure, nature, Indigenous, food and wine, heritageand wildlife. Put yourself in the driver’s seat for a road trip with a new discoveryaround every corner.BirdingWhether you’re listening out for the‘wallock-a-woo’ of the wompoo fruitdove or the ‘walk-to-work’ of the noisypitta, North Queensland is a birdwatcher’s utopia.There are more than 400 differentbird species waiting to be found,from the relatively common greatbower bird to the rare and intriguingsouthern cassowary.In a region flourishing with wet tropicsrainforest, open woodland and coastalenvironments, bird watchers willenjoy a diverse range of bird habitats.From the fertile Tyto Wetlandsnear Ingham to the World HeritageListed Rainforests of Paluma andthe open woodland of the TownsvilleTown Common, this tropical regionis alive with the flutter, chirp andcolour of some of the world’s mostimpressive birdlife.In fact, this region is so filled withfeathered creatures that you will evenmeet city dwellers like the red-tailedblack cockatoos along Townsville’sesplanade The Strand. Rainbowlorikeets are frequently seen insuburban streets and the always busyAustralian brush turkeys in the city’svarious parks and gardens.Before you venture through NorthQueensland with sharp eyes, keenears and your binoculars in tow, checkout the Great Tropical Drive andBirding Tropical Australia websites foreasy steps on how to be an organisedbird watcher; download or order abird guide, view a pod guide, or printoff a bird list to check as you and Post Touring | Page 93

Townsville’s heritage walking trails are a must do for anybodywho wants to experience the city’s diversity of historicalarchitecture, lush tropical gardens and impressive arrayof natural attractions. The walks are filled with interpretiveinformation and hundreds of pictorial opportunities to getto know the real Townsville. The walking trails will acquaintyou with social and cultural experiences that createlifetime memories.The trails comprise of three parts: a hand held brochure,building markers and interpretive signage. Allow half an hourfor a brisk walk or longer for a leisurely stroll along the CivicPride or Early Townsville trails.Brochures are available at various outlets including TownsvilleVisitor Information Centre, The Knowledge Centre – CityLibrary, and the front counter of the Townsville City Council.Townsville’s first European contact occurred in 1812 whenAllan Cunningham, aboard the survey vessel Mermaid, landedon Cape Cleveland. A further 52 years elapsed before JohnMelton Black and his partner Robert Towns, after whom the citywas named, founded Townsville in November 1864.Originally Townsville was a slowly developing seaport withpastoralists settling in the hinterland. Following the discoveryof gold in 1867 it developed rapidly and by 1880 was theport for five major goldfields and the main supply centre ofNorthern Australia.Later it became the centre for rich sugar growing districts tothe north and south. Today Townsville is a flourishing moderncity and the administrative centre of North Queensland, but stillpreserves a rich heritage from its golden past.Trail 1. Civic PrideThis trail traces the growth of the heart of Townsville’s CentralBusiness District (CBD). The walk displays the consolidationof the westward movement of the CBD in conjunction with theexpansion of insurance, commercial and banking institutions.While many of the buildings exhibit landmark qualities, all contributeto the streetscape and provide an understanding of Townsville’semergence as the administrative centre of North Queensland.Trail 2. Early TownsvilleThis trail reveals the city’s earliest port-related commercialprecinct in the original ‘heart of the city’.The walk traces the 1880’s transformation of the Flinders StreetEast precinct from single storey timber structures into oneand two storey masonry buildings. Reflected in the fabric andfunction of these buildings are glimpses of Townsville’s earlycharacter and development.The walk also includes regional attractions, Reef HQ Aquarium,Cultural Centre and the Museum of Tropical Queensland.Trail 3. South Townsville and PortThis trail tells the story of the relationship between the industrialand the residential aspects of this working class suburb. Fromits earliest days Ross Island, now known as South Townsville,was a hub for industry and many men from the suburb workedat the port and in associated industries.The early architecture of the suburb reflects its social make-up whilstnumerous pubs provided a snapshot of the daily social interactionbetween wharfies, seamen, meatworkers and railway workers.ulturalxperiences

CulturalExperiencesOne of the most engaging ways to explore North Queensland’s natural and culturalattractions is with the local Indigenous people. The region’s Aboriginal and TorresStrait Islander residents invite you to learn more about their culture.With the passing down of cultural knowledge over thousands of years since the time ofcreation, the region’s traditional custodians provide a unique cultural perspective to enhanceyour adventure. Listen to stories, view artefacts and art, or immerse yourself in a culturallandscape to savour bush tucker. Visit special story places on guided walks, fish bountifulwaterways and take part in cultural traditions. Whatever cultural experience you choose,you will be inspired by the pride of the people, the strength of their culture and willingness toshare their stories.Townsville - Use the Townsville Cultural Centre to plan your cultural discovery.An informative display allows visitors to learn about the Indigenous history of NorthQueensland while artworks display a wide range of artistic styles both traditionaland contemporary.The Burdekin - Zaro Cultural Gallery in The Burdekin is a must with a fine collection ofartworks and souvenirs inspired by both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage.Ingham - Mungalla Station near Ingham operates local Aboriginal tours of the propertyand its expansive wetlands and recounts the pioneering history of the first settlers and theenduring culture of the Nywaigi people. Experience the “Captive Lives” exhibition that tellsof the Palm Island and Mungalla Aborigines who were exhibited in circuses and sideshowsacross Europe and America in the late 1800s.Cardwell - As you drive north over the Cardwell Range you pass through the countryof the Warrgamay and Bandjin tribes. The saltwater lifestyle of the traditional people ofHinchinbrook Island is still evident with ancient tidal fish traps still visible.Once you reach Cardwell, the Information Centre has an interactive display ofGirrugarr, part man and part eel. The Girringun Arts Centre displays local traditionaland contemporary artworksTully - On your way to Tully drop in to the Jumbun Aboriginal Community adjacent tothe sacred Murray Falls to visit their “Keeping Place” housing priceless local artefactsor take part in a personalised cultural tour. Take a guided walk to Echo Creek Falls withthe “Spirit of the Rainforest” Tour.Charters Towers - Charters Towers is the traditional country of the Gudjal people.Visit the Information Centre to learn about Jupiter Mossman, an Aboriginal boy whowas the first to discover gold at Charters Towers. All experiences are easily accessiblefrom Townsville. For a unique encounter with Indigenous culture and history visit www.dreamtimetracks.comA five day Dreamtime Journey Indigenous cultural experience is also hosted byKookaburra Tours. See and Post Touring | Page 95


Incentive ItinerariesThree-day itineraryDay 1MorningStylish transferUpon arrival at Townsville Airport you will be whisked away by limousine transfer to Jupiters Hotel & Casinohigh-roller style! Settle into your classically styled Superior Room. Deep reds, soft tans and crisp whitescreate a distinguished yet cosy ambience, along with dark timber furnishings. A quaint desk provides spacefor the travelling corporate along with a high-speed broadband internet connection. Sprawl on your chaiselounge and admire the picturesque view of either the beautiful Coral Sea or the Townsville cityscape.AfternoonSkydive Townsville or take some time for a strollA representative from Skydive Townsville will collect you from the hotel and transfer you to your pickuppoint where the tandem skydive experience starts. You will take to the sky before jumping out of the planestrapped to your experienced instructor. Feel the indescribable rush of freefall as the Townsville coastlineand hinterland spreads out beneath you. After freefall, your parachute deploys and you float gently back toearth.OrHead to The Strand, Townsville’s seaside foreshore with a magnificent view of the Port of Townsville andMagnetic Island, as well as views stretching all the way out to Cape Cleveland. Townsville’s fantasticbeachfront promenade, The Strand, incorporates a jetty, recreational park, restaurants, cafes, a series ofheadlands, a free water park, picnic areas and swimming pools and enclosures.DinnerWaterfront dining at its bestThe Pier Restaurant offers panoramic views across Townsville’s Marina and some of the region’s finestcuisine. The restaurant is spacious and with its floor to ceiling windows offers superb views of the yachts,harbour and marina by day and by night. The spectacular sunsets provide a magnificent backdrop for dinnersand functions. Corporate functions of all shapes and sizes can be catered for by the Pier’s friendly staff, withset or bespoke menus on offer.Incentives | Page 99

Day 2BreakfastAqua’s it for breakfastIndulge yourself with a tempting and delicious buffet in Jupiter Hotel & Casino’s Aqua. Open daily forbreakfast and dinner, Aqua provides a diverse buffet menu choice made daily on site.Morning/LunchHelicopters and Horseshoe B LonghornsAfter a leisurely breakfast at Jupiters Hotel & Casino you will be transferred out to the Townsville Airportwhere you will board a Nautilus Aviation Helicopter for a western experience. Nautilus Aviation’s R44 ClipperII Helicopter has leather seats, airconditioning, and pop-out floats – it’s Helicopter flying at its best! NautilusAviation has a number of scenic flight options, or you can create your own. Your destination in this instanceis Horseshoe B Longhorns, Leahton Park, Charters Towers. Established in 1997 it is home to the largestherd of purebred Texas Longhorns in the country. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride and a trip back in time tothe old west - to the time of the legendary Texas Longhorns! A traditional outback lunch will be served beforeyou leave the station and head for the hills.AfternoonHerveys Range quad bike experienceOnce the local watering hole and overnight accommodation for bullock teams and Cobb and Co Coaches enroute to the gold fields, this historic split log inn is the oldest known building in North Queensland and hasbeen lovingly restored to its former glory.Located at the top of Herveys Range west of Townsville and set in the peace and tranquility of the country,you will be met by your guide who will take you to Quad Bike Central. You will be given safety instructionand then away you go to the test track where you will get to know your bike and the terrain discovering thebeauty and wonders of the Herveys Range region.OvernightIsland time - It’s goodbye ranges and hello beautiful Magnetic IslandLocated within the waters of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, MagneticIsland’s beautiful bays and rocky headlands provide a home for fringing coral reefs and a widevariety of fish and other sea-life, offering a great opportunity for diving and snorkeling. MagneticIsland is a haven for wildlife including rock wallabies, possums, koalas and a wide variety ofbird life.Accommodation Peppers Blue on BluePeppers Blue on Blue Resort is positioned on the water’s edge in the heart of a new waterfront precinct thatincludes its own marina. The sleekly decorated suites boast sundrenched balconies with some featuringprivate plunge pools.DinnerTonight you dine at the Boardwalk Restaurant & Bar. Its massive outdoor deck is ideal for embracing theclassic Queensland climate. The fresh tropical menu and fine wine selection will provide a wonderful end toa great day.Venue: Peppers Blue on Blue

Day 3BreakfastChampagne bush tucker with the koalasBush Tucker is all about the use of native herbs, spices, fruits, flowers and meats. UniquelyAustralian, the flavours of the bush are something you will not find anywhere else. Local rangerswill guide you through the events of the morning beginning with native guava champagne toget you into the swing of things. The chef cooked breakfast is set within a unique purpose-builtsetting among native trees in a typically outback setting - you’ll even be greeted by native animalsincluding cuddly koalas.MorningJet ski funHorseshoe Bay on Magnetic Island, with its northerly facing aspect, sheltered waters and longsandy beach, make it the premier location for all the island water activities. Get out on the waterand see all beautiful Magnetic Island has to offer including incredible marine life and beautifulflora and fauna.AfternoonCar rally adventuresPick up your vehicle and drive out to see some more of Magnetic Island with the wind in your hair!A ‘car rally’ can be organised as a team-building exercise where participants have to find locationsand gather information to see who wins. Alternatively, you can find some fantastic walking tracks,park your vehicle and admire the beauty of the island by foot after you’ve explored it by road.Incentives | Page 101

Five day incentiveDay 1Morning stylish transferUpon arrival at Townsville Airport you will be whisked away by limousine transfer to Jupiters Hotel & Casinohigh-roller style! Settle into your classically styled Superior Room. Deep reds, soft tans and crisp whitescreate a distinguished yet cosy ambience, along with dark timber furnishings. A quaint desk provides spacefor the travelling corporate along with a high-speed broadband internet connection. Sprawl on your chaiselounge and admire the picturesque view of either the beautiful Coral Sea or the Townsville cityscape.AfternoonSkydive Townsville or take some time for a strollA representative from Skydive Townsville will collect you from the hotel and transfer you to your pickuppoint where the tandem skydive experience starts. You will take to the sky before jumping out of the planestrapped to your experienced instructor. Feel the indescribable rush of freefall as the Townsville coastlineand hinterland spreads out beneath you. After freefall, your parachute deploys and you float gently back toearth.OrHead to The Strand, Townsville’s seaside foreshore with a magnificent view of the Port of Townsville andMagnetic Island, as well as views stretching all the way out to Cape Cleveland. Townsville’s fantasticbeachfront promenade, The Strand, incorporates a jetty, recreational park, restaurants, cafes, a series ofheadlands, a free water park, picnic areas and swimming pools and enclosures.EveningWaterfront dining at its bestThe Pier restaurant offers panoramic views across Townsville’s Marina and some of the region’s finestcuisine. The restaurant is spacious and with its floor to ceiling windows offers superb views of the yachts,harbour and marina by day and by night. The spectacular sunsets provide a magnificent backdrop for dinnersand functions. Corporate functions of all shapes and sizes can be catered for by the Pier’s friendly staff, withset or bespoke menus on offer.

Day 2MorningAqua’s it for breakfastIndulge yourself with a tempting and delicious buffet in Jupiter Hotel & Casino’s Aqua. Open daily forbreakfast and dinner, Aqua provides a diverse buffet menu choice made daily on site.Lunch/AfternoonHelicopters and Horseshoe B LonghornsAfter a leisurely breakfast at Jupiters Hotel & Casino you will be transferred out to the Townsville Airportwhere you will board a Nautilus Aviation Helicopter for a western experience. Nautilus Aviation’s R44Clipper II Helicopter has leather seats, airconditioning, and pop-out floats – it’s Helicopter flying at its best!Nautilus Aviation has a number of scenic flight options, or you can create your own. Your destination inthis instance is Horseshoe B Longhorns, Leahton Park, Charters Towers. Established in 1997 it is hometo the largest herd of purebred Texas Longhorns in the country. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride and atrip back in time to the old west - to the time of the legendary Texas Longhorns! A traditional outbacklunch will be served before you leave the station and head for the hills.AfternoonHerveys Range quad bike experienceOnce the local watering hole and overnight accommodation for bullock teams and Cobb and Co Coachesen route to the gold fields, this historic split log inn is the oldest known building in North Queensland andhas been lovingly restored to its former glory. Located at the top of Herveys Range west of Townsvilleand set in the peace and tranquility of the country, you will be met by your guide who will take you toQuad Bike Central. You will be given safety instruction and then away you go to the test track whereyou will get to know your bike and the terrain discovering the beauty and wonders of the Herveys Rangeregion.Evening/overnightEco experienceHidden Valley Cabins is an award winning eco resort, Australia’s first carbon neutral resort and tourcompany which operates on 100% solar power, located one and half hours northwest of Townsville, nearrunning river on the western slope of the Paluma Range.Enjoy some of the wonderful tours available at Hidden Valley CabinsTake a two hour personally guided tour to view the platypus - travel down to Running River where theplatypus can be viewed frolicking and feeding in the fresh mountain water.Night safari for nature and adventure enthusiastsJoin Ian and Bonnie on an adventure through the dry sclerophyll scrub and see Australia’s cutest and,in some cases, rare nocturnal animals. It will be a great evening of adventure, education and relaxation.Experience why the Australian bush is so special.Texas Longhorn Wagon ToursIncentives | Page 103

Day 3MorningDepart Hidden Valley to Townsville via the Tyto WetlandsThe Tyto Wetlands, located in Ingham, incorporates lagoons, interpretive signs, hides and lookoutswhere visitors can appreciate over 200 different species of native birds amongst other wildlife.There is also a unique array of native Australian flora for the keen nature observer. Tyto is aunique experience as it gives people the chance to observe this unique facet of nature while notinterfering with the habitat and surrounds. The Wetlands feature extensive walking tracks whichallow visitors to explore the park at their own pace.AfternoonYour next stop will be Reef HQ Aquarium.Reef HQ Aquarium is the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium and is a must see attractionin the Townsville region. Here you will get to dive in the predator tank with all the marine animalsof the Great Barrier Reef. Home to an outstanding array of reef predators this ¾ million-litre tankallows you to get centimetres from reef sharks, stingrays, sea turtles and large predatory fish suchas Giant Trevally and Humphead Maori Wrasse.This afternoon you will cruise over to Magnetic Island.EveningBeautiful Magnetic IslandLocated within the waters of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, MagneticIsland’s beautiful bays and rocky headlands provide a home for fringing coral reefs and a widevariety of fish and other sea-life, offering a great opportunity for diving and snorkeling. MagneticIsland is a haven for wildlife including rock wallabies, possums, koalas and a wide variety ofbird life.Accommodation Peppers Blue on BluePeppers Blue on Blue Resort is positioned on the water’s edge in the heart ofa new waterfront precinct that includes its own marina. The sleekly decoratedsuites boast sundrenched balconies with some featuring private plunge pools.Tonight you dine at the Boardwalk Restaurant & Bar. Its massive outdoor deck is ideal forembracing the classic Queensland climate. The fresh tropical menu and fine wine selection willprovide a wonderful end to a great day.

Day 4BreakfastChampagne bush tucker with the koalasBush Tucker is all about the use of native herbs, spices, fruits, flowers and meats. Uniquely Australian, theflavours of the bush are something you will not find anywhere else. Local rangers will guide you through theevents of the morning beginning with native guava champagne to get you into the swing of things. The chefcooked breakfast is set within a unique purpose-built setting among native trees in a typically outback setting- you’ll even be greeted by native animals including cuddly koalas.MorningJet ski funHorseshoe Bay on Magnetic Island, with its northerly facing aspect, sheltered waters and long sandy beach,make it the premier location for all the island water activities. Get out on the water and see all beautifulMagnetic Island has to offer including incredible marine life and beautiful flora and fauna.AfternoonCar rally adventures – convertiblePick up your Tropical Topless car and get out to see some more of Magnetic Island with the wind in yourhair! A ‘car rally’ can be organised as a team-building exercise where participants have to find locationsand gather information to see who wins. Alternatively, you can find some fantastic walking tracks, park yourvehicle and admire the beauty of the island by foot after you’ve explored it by road.EveningYacht setMoored outside your accommodation at Peppers Blue on Blue is the destination for this evening’s festivities,your own private yacht.As the sun sets and the soft glow of the moon and the stars illuminate the tropical water you will enjoy thefinest of meals prepared by your personal chef.Dance the night away as the live band puts on a performance you will not forget.Enjoy the evening like the yacht set do… in style!Incentives | Page 105

Day 5All daySail away aboard a tall shipSpend a magical day on Providence V, a 62-foot tall ship that looks like it’s been plucked from the set of‘Pirates of the Caribbean’! Enjoy a gourmet picnic at one of Magnetic Island’s 23 picturesque secludedbays and enjoy snorkelling and swimming from the boat and the beach. There’s also a half-houroptional bushwalk.OrFor smaller incentive groupsTropic Sail offers bareboat and skippered sailing holidays from Townsville. Further exploration of MagneticIsland and discover 13 other unspoiled and secluded islands of the Palms Group aboard your own luxurycharter yacht.If you are looking for a unique holiday destination and a way to escape the crowds, then the serenityof sailing these spectacular waters will not disappoint. Lush tropical rainforests, deserted sun drenchedbeaches, Aboriginal culture, pristine fringing coral reefs and fascinating historic ruins makes this one ofQueensland’s most exclusive and exciting holiday destinations - and to date its best kept secret.When you have a sailing holiday with Tropic Sail, you will be provided with an extensive cruising guide of allthe islands and their vast number of beaches, bays and best anchorages to explore.Return to TownsvilleDinnerWatermark TownsvilleThe Watermark Townsville is a unique waterfront restaurant located in the centre of Townsville’s numberone tourist destination, The Strand, and features breathtaking views of Cleveland Bay and Magnetic Island.The Watermark Townsville offers a contemporary and sophisticated dining experience with a renownedatmosphere. Watermark Townsville embraces all North Queensland has to offer and showcases it to local,interstate and international visitors alike.OvernightJupiters Townsville Hotel & CasinoJupiters Townsville Hotel & Casino is superbly located on the Townsville Breakwater, set amongst tropicallandscaped gardens and overlooks magnificent Magnetic Island, the Coral Sea and Townsville City. Theproperty is within walking distance of the Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal, the CBD, and the restaurantprecincts of Palmer Street and Flinders Street. Jupiters Townsville is also a short stroll to Reef HQ Aquarium,Museum of Tropical Queensland, the Cultural Centre, shopping malls and Townsville’s award winningbeachfront, The Strand.

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