InTownsville and Magnetic Island Guide September 2019 to February 2020

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A free guide to the area of Townsville, Magnetic Island and surrounding areas in Tropical North Queensland, Australia

FREE GUIDE

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ACCOMMODATION | DINING | ATTRACTIONS | MAPS | ACTIVITIES


TOWNSVILLE

Morning Presentations

9:10am Kangaroo Feeding

9:15am Koala Feeding

10:00am Cassowary Feeding

10:30am Turtle Feeding

10:45am Wombat Experience**

11:15am Koala Experience**

12:00 Reptile Experience**

1:00pm Crocodile feeding

Afternoon Presentations

2:00pm Free Flight Bird Show

2:30pm Turtle Feeding & Turtle Races

2:45pm Dingo Experience

3:15pm Crocodile Feeding

3:45pm Wombat Experience**

4:00pm Koala Experience**

4:20pm Reptile Experience

4:40pm Kangaroo Feeding

5:00pm Park Closes

** Souvenir Photo Opportunity

7 days per week – pick up from Townsville

accommodation and Ferry Terminal

Phone 0401 270 470

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Open every day 9.00am - 5.00pm

(Closed Christmas Day)

A1 Bruce Highway – 17km south of Townsville

Ph 07 4778 8344 | rangers@billabongsanctuary.com.au

www.billabongsanctuary.com.au


Photo Tourism and Events Queensland

Nowhere else in the world will you find the

fascinating diversity of North Queensland.

In just hours you can move from lush rainforest

to the Great Barrier Reef or from a luxurious

resort on a tropical island to a cattle ranch in

the golden outback.

Townsville, Australia’s largest tropical city, is the

focal point to this region which is bounded by

Mission Beach to the north, Charters Towers to

the west, and Bowen to the south. The resort

islands - Magnetic, Orpheus, Hinchinbrook

and Bedarra - are all different in character

and all offer a unique experience for the

holiday maker.

Townsville’s many attractions include the

world’s largest living coral reef aquarium, a

wildlife sanctuary, casino, beaches, museums,

theatres, galleries, nightclubs and restaurants.

Many people who come to Townsville on a

visit or short term stay, like what they see

and decide to live here. Little wonder that

the Townsville region has one of the highest

residential growth rates in Australia. The focal

point these days is the wonderful beachfront

along The Strand.

Beautiful Magnetic Island is just 25 minutes

from the city centre by ferry. Day cruises

WELCOME TO

TOWNSVILLE

and diving expeditions to the Great Barrier

Reef, the Yongala and white water rafting

excursions also depart regularly from the city.

There are quiet places of natural beauty,

including Mt Elliot National Park, Crystal

Creek, Alligator Creek and Paluma, all a short

drive away. Within the city itself don’t miss a

trip up Castle Hill or some of the magnificent

and well kept shady gardens which include

Queen’s Gardens, Anderson Park, Anzac Park

and the Palmetum.

Heading west the rugged outback unfolds

with the historic gold rush mining towns of

Charters Towers and Ravenswood - time

capsules of turn of the century architecture.

National Parks and World Heritage listed

areas lie to the north of Townsville, with

the seaside towns of Ingham, Cardwell and

Mission Beach boasting rainforests, waterfalls,

spectacular beaches and the sheltered

waterways of the Hinchinbrook Channel.

Travelling south through the agricultural basin

are the twin towns of Ayr and Home Hill.

Bowen completes the southern boundary of

this region which also features superb reefs,

beaches and excellent fishing spots.

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CONTENTS

Photo Townsville Events Queensland/ Khy Orchard

INFORMATION CENTRES 7

TOWNSVILLE LOOKOUTS 11

DINING OUT IN TOWNSVILLE 12

AIMS TOURS 14

PUBS, CLUBS & BARS 18

SHOPPING20

GREAT OUTDOORS / CARAVAN PARKS 24

TOWN COMMON CONSERVATION PARK 26

MUSEUMS30

ARMY MUSEUM 31

THE STRAND & THE ROCKPOOL34

10 THINGS TO DO ON THE STRAND 36

PARKS AND GARDENS 44

CASTLE HILL WALKING TRAILS 46

WHAT’S ON 48

MARKETS 48

TOWNSVILLE ART GALLERY TRAILS 51

ART GALLERIES 52

MAGNETIC ISLAND 54

MUST DO ON THE ISLAND 60

ISLAND WALKS 66

BURDEKIN SHIRE AYR & HOME HILL (SOUTH)68

PALUMA (NORTH) 69

BALGAL BEACH & ROLLINGSTONE (NORTH) 70

HINCHINBROOK SHIRE (NORTH) 72

OVERLANDER’S WAY (WEST) 74

CHARTERS TOWERS & RAVENSWOOD (WEST)75

HUGHENDEN (WEST) 76

MATILDA HIGHWAY (WEST) 77

MAPS

TOWN COMMON WALKS MAP 28

TOWNSVILLE SURROUNDS MAP 32

TOWNSVILLE SUBURBS MAP 40

TOWNSVILLE CITY MAP 42

CASTLE HILL WALKING TRAILS 46

TOWNSVILLE ART GALLERY TRAIL 51

MAGNETIC ISLAND MAP 54

TIMETABLES

FANTASEA TIMETABLE 60

SEALINK TIMETABLE 60

PHONE NUMBERS

TAXI 131 008

SUNBUS 4771 9800

EMERGENCY 000

Cover Photos: Neal Saker and various from Tourism and Events Queensland

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CINEMAS

BCC CINEMAS TOWNSVILLE CENTRAL

10 Little Fletcher St, Townsville City

MOVIE INFOLINE 4431 1500

EVENT CINEMAS TOWNSVILLE CBD

Cnr Sturt & Blackwood Streets, City

MOVIE INFOLINE 4771 4101

READING CINEMAS

Cannon Park, Kirwan

MOVIE INFOLINE 4723 6666

WARRINA CINEPLEX

Dalrymple Road, Currajong

MOVIE INFOLINE

4779 8568

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INFORMATION CENTRES

TOWNSVILLE BULLETIN SQUARE

INFORMATION CENTRE

Open: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun 9am-1pm

Phone: 07 4721 3660 Web: www.townsvilleholidays.info

SOUTH

BURDEKIN GATEWAY INFORMATION CENTRE

Old Home Hill Railway Station, 12 Railway Ave

Open: Mon-Sun 9am-4pm.

Phone: 07 4782 8241 Web: www.burdekintourism.com.au

BURDEKIN VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

Plantation Park, Ayr

Open: Mon-Sun 9am-4pm.

Phone: 07 4783 5988 Web: www.burdekintourism.com.au

WEST

‘AT THE CREEK’ JULIA CREEK VISITOR

INFORMATION CENTRE

Open: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm (Oct - Mar)

Mon - Fri 9am-5pm, Sat & Sun 9am-12noon (April - Sept)

Phone: 07 4746 7690 Web: www.atthecreek.com.au

CHARTERS TOWERS VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

Open: Mon-Sun 9am-5pm

Phone: 07 4761 5533 Web: www.charterstowers.qld.gov.au

WINTON VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

Phone: 1300 665 115 Web: www.experiencewinton.com.au

NORTH

CARDWELL VISITOR & HERITAGE CENTRE

Cardwell Bush Telegraph, 53 Victoria St, (Bruce Hwy)

Open: Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm, Sat 9.00am-1pm or other

times by appointment, Sun 10am-1pm

Phone: 07 4066 2412

Web: www.tropicalcoasttourism.com.au/cardwell

INNISFAIL I-VAN

ANZAC Memorial Park, cnr Bruce Hwy & Glady Street

Open: Mon-Fr 9am-3pm Sat 9am-1pm

Phone: 0428 228 962

Web: www.tropicalcoasttourism.com.au/innisfail

MISSION BEACH WET TROPICS VISITOR

INFORMATION CENTRE

Porter Promenade, Mission Beach

Open: Mon-Sat 9am-4.45pm Sun 10am-4pm

Phone: 07 4068 7099

Web: www.missionbeachtourism.com

TULLY VISITOR & HERITAGE CENTRE

Open: Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm, Sat 9am-1pm

Sun 10am-1pm

Phone: 07 4068 2288

Web: www.tropicalcoasttourism.com.au/tully

TYTO INFORMATION AND WETLANDS CENTRE

Corner Bruce Highway and Cooper St, Ingham

Open: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun 9am-4pm

Phone: 4776 4792 Web: www.tyto.com.au

Ignatius Park Hall

384 Ross River Rd, Cranbrook

FOR TRANSPORT ASSISTANCE

Friday night 7.30pm

Sunday 1.00pm

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WELCOME TO THE

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Visit Reef HQ Aquarium’s

Turtle Hospital where sick

and injured turtles are cared

for and rehabilitated.

TURTLE HOSPITAL

Join

our daily

Feeding and

Predator Dive

Shows too.

2-68 Flinders Street

Townsville, 4810

Tel: 4750 0800

www.reefhq.com.au

Join Reef HQ Aquarium’s Turtle Talk,

departing daily at 12 noon and 3.30pm. The Reef HQ

Aquarium Turtle Hospital is designed to rehabilitate

sick and injured turtles so they can be released

back into the ocean, enhancing their long term

survival and sustainability as a threatened species.

As the National Education Centre for the Great

Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Reef HQ

Aquarium plays a lead role in inspiring visitors,

through educational talks and guided tours. Six of

the world’s seven marine turtle species are found

on the Great Barrier Reef and everyone can play

a very special role in looking after them. Reef HQ

Aquarium is a not-for-profit organisation, donations

to the Turtle Hospital are welcome via our website

www.reefhq.com.au or in person when you visit

the aquarium.

Anyone who finds a stranded turtle

is urged to contact the hotline on

1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625).

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TOWNSVILLE LOOKOUTS

Photos Megan MacKinnon

CASTLE HILL

Where: Access via Stanley Street, North Ward.

Castle Hill is a red rock monolith in the heart of

Townsville offering panoramic views and a slice of

military history. There is a popular walking track for

fitness focused locals with the rocky ‘goat track’ a

favourite for shedding those unwanted kilos. A road

offers access for vehicles and pedestrians. The hill is just

metres short of being classified as a mountain.

The rock face is home to Townsville’s iconic ‘saint’ -

a graffiti rendition of the stick figure first seen on the

cover of the 1920s Leslie Charteris ‘The Saint’ books.

The Hill’s advantage was used by visiting American

soldiers during World War II. According to local legend

the visitors famously offered to demolish the hill and use

the rock to build a bridge to Magnetic Island. A World

War II observation bunker sits on one corner of the hillw

which also boasts public amenities and car parking to

those wanting to enjoy the best view of Magnetic Island.

JEZZINE BARRACKS / KISSING POINT

Where: North End of The Strand near the Rock Pool.

Despite its romantic name, Kissing Point was probably

named after a feature in Sydney Harbour.

The area has long associated with the military and

social history of Townsville. Kissing Point Fort, on the

point, was designed by Major Edward Druitt of the Royal

Engineers. Completed in 1891 to defend the harbour

from the threat of foreign attack (at that time by the

Russians). It was manned by One Battery Garrison and

the Kennedy Regiment, composed mainly of volunteers.

Townsville and Cape Cleveland from Castle Hill

They held annual encampments at Norman Park, the

area behind the point, now known as Jezzine Barracks/

Army Museum North Queensland.

During World War II Kissing Point was the headquarters

of the 265th Australian Infantry Battalion, and landing

ship tanks used the beach near the point to embark

and disembark men and supplies.

Kissing Point also has a long association with recreation.

In the first decades of the 20th century, the city’s first golf

course stretched from Eyre Street to Warburton Street

and occupied part of Jezzine Barracks.

MOUNT STUART

Where: Access via Tarakan St off the Flinders Highway

At the top of Mt Stuart is a first class viewing

platform with panoramic views of Townsville City and

the surrounding Tropical Savanna and Coast. In the

distance you can see Magnetic Island and the Great

Barrier Reef World Hertiage Area. Looking up the coast

you can see the Coastal Ranges of the Wet Tropics

World Heritage Area. There is a short 20 minute walk

around the summit with interpretative signage and

spectacular views. The Mt Stuart summit is a 25 minute

drive from the Townsville CBD.

PIPER’S LOOKOUT

Where: Travel up Hervey Range Road, past the suburbs

of Rangewood and Rupertswood to find Piper’s Lookout

which is near the top of the Range, on your right. Piper’s

Lookout offers stunning views over the bushland below

Hervey Range and out to the ocean.

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DINING OUT OUT

IN TOWNSVILLE

Townsville’s dining diversity makes heading out for

dinner an exciting venture. From the thoughtfully

restored heritage restaurants, to the ambience of

al fresco cafés, Townsville boasts four major dining

precincts, each offering its own distinct experience.

PALMER STREET

Located on the city’s south bank, Palmer Street

captures the essence of international cuisine. Boasting

award-winning restaurants for breakfast, lunch or

dinner, Palmer Street offers mouth-watering flavours

guaranteed to tantalise your taste buds. Whether you

desire indian, Asian, Italian, Greek, French, Mexican,

modern Australian or locally caught seafood, this strip

is Townsville’s premium eat street. The central location

offers proximity to public transport, the city’s vibrant

nightlife hub and gorgeous views across Ross Marina.

FLINDERS STREET EAST

Parallel to Palmer Street is Flinders Street East, which

boasts an eclectic mix of restaurants, nightclubs,

pubs and wine bars. The strip is not only the nightlife

precinct of the city, it’s an emerging hot spot for

diners to meet for an evening out. Flinders Street East

is a flurry of lively atmosphere and night-time activity

with cocktails and tapas enjoyed until late.

Photo Tourism and Events Queensland/Ellie Bullen

GREGORY STREET

The Gregory Street precinct near The Strand has

a cosmopolitan village atmosphere. With exclusive

boutique shopping and open-air cafe dining, it is the

perfect stop for lunch, coffee or cake after a long

day shopping.

CANNON PARK

Located a short distance from the Riverway precinct,

Cannon Park offers diners a range of cuisine and

a social atmosphere. You can catch a live show

at Riverway, see a movie at the cinemas or have

a pint at the local Irish pub. There are plenty of

delicious choices around town - just follow your nose

to discover them yourself.

CITY LANE

City Lane is Townsville’s first creative laneway precinct

on Flinders Street where you can drink, dine & discover

all within one of the 6 unique bars and restaurants or

in the shared outdoor communal space. Choose from

Sushi, Italian, Mexican, Tapas, Americana & a clean

eating café. Venues host regular live entertainment

and have unique function spaces for special events.

JOIN US

ON THE DECK

AT THE TOWNSVILLE YACHT CLUB

Waterfront dining 7 days a week for lunch & dinner.

Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and uninterrupted

views the venue has to offer.

Become a member today

to enjoy great benefits.

p. (07) 4772 1192 1 Plume Street Townsville QLD 4810

WWW.TOWNSVILLEYACHTCLUB.COM.AU

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Reef HQ Townsville

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Experience the BEST of the

Central Section of the Great Barrier Reef

with Adrenalin Snorkel & Dive

Family owned and operated, Adrenalin Snorkel

& Dive is Townsville’s longest-established marine

tour operator with over 30 years of experience.

With three boats servicing the region, Adrenalin

Snorkel & Dive is well-equipped to take guests

on day trips or liveaboards. Day boats MV

Endorphin and MV Adrenalin are customfitted

for trips to the reef and Yongala wreck.

The liveaboard vessel MV SeaEsta has airconditioned

cabins and many features that is

guaranteed to make your trip at sea memorable.

Adrenalin Snorkel & Dive operate daily

scheduled trips to the Great Barrier Reef. Dive

into the crystal clear blue waters at the outer

reefs and swim amongst colourful coral gardens

with thousands of tropical fish. They also run

day trips to the world-famous Yongala wreck,

consistently voted Australia’s BEST dive.

If you are looking for the ultimate reef and wreck

expedition, then Adrenalin Snorkel & Dive have

just the thing for you. Their monthly scheduled

liveaboard will take you to places such as

Keeper Reef, Wheeler Reef, Davies Reef and

the Yongala wreck. Try drift diving at Wheeler

Reef or go deep diving at Peacock Bommie on

Davies Reef. Finish off the trip with two early

morning wreck dives at the Yongala, and watch

the transition of the underwater world from night

to day unfold before your eyes.

Adrenalin Snorkel & Dive also offer a wide

range of PADI courses to get you started on

your scuba diving journey. Their instructors are

knowledgeable and passionate and their class

sizes are kept small to ensure plenty of attention

for you. The best thing is that they offer flexible

course options, meaning you can make the

course fit into your schedule!

If you are looking for something a little more

private Adrenalin can also provide whole boat

charters from three hours to as long as three

weeks! Charter one of their boats for a private

cruise around Magnetic Island whilst you sip on

wine and snack on canapes and swim at the

more secluded bays of the island. Whatever your

snorkelling or scuba diving need is, Adrenalin

Snorkel & Dive can definitely provide!

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PUBS, CLUBS & BARS

AUSTRALIAN HOTEL

11 Palmer Street

07 4722 6999

BANK NITECLUB

410 Flinders St East

07 4721 3332

BELLEVUE HOTEL

17 Allen St

07 4772 4265

BOHLE BARN

Cnr Shaw Rd &

Bruce Hwy, Bohle

07 4774 6322

BROTHERS LEAGUES

CLUB

14 Golf Links Drv

07 4773 8000

BULLYS

108 Flinders St East

07 4771 5647

CACTUS JACK’S

SALOON

237 Flinders St East

07 4721 5705

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CASA LOUNGE BAR

145 Flinders St East

07 4771 2173

COMMONWEALTH HOTEL

46 Allen St

07 4771 4215

COWBOYS

LEAGUES CLUB

335 Flinders St

07 4724 5888

DALRYMPLE HOTEL

310 Bayswater Drv, Garbutt

07 4779 6344

DONNA BIONDA

City Lane, 383 Flinders St

07 4771 2245

EXCHANGE HOTEL

151 Flinders St East

07 4771 3335

FLYNNS IRISH BAR

Flinders St East

07 4721 1655

HERBERT HOTEL

102 Sturt St

07 4771 2641

HERITAGE BAR

137 Flinders St East

07 4771 2799

HERMIT PARK HOTEL

100 Charters Towers Rd

07 4721 4143

HOTEL ALLEN

Gregory Street

07 4771 5656

IRISH FINNEGAN’S

Cannon Park Centre,

Kirwan 07 4723 7777

THE VILLE HOTEL

& CASINO

Sir Leslie Theiss Dr

07 4722 2333

KIRWAN TAVERN

154 Thuringowa Drv,

Kirwan. 07 4773 3366

MAD COW TAVERN

129 Flinders St East

07 4771 5727

MOLLY MALONES

Flinders St East

07 4771 3428

MONSOONS

194 Flinders St East

07 4772 0900

NEWMARKET HOTEL

499 Flinders St West

07 4721 1377

RAMBUTAN TOWNSVILLE

113 – 119 Flinders St East

07 4771 6915

ROSS ISLAND HOTEL

99 Boundary St,

Railway Estate

07 4771 4475

ROYAL HOTEL

56 Stagpole St,

West End

07 4771 2549

SANTA FE GOL

108 Flinders St East

SEAVIEW HOTEL

56 The Strand

07 4771 5005

SHAMROCK HOTEL

31 Palmer St

07 4771 4351

SHAW & CO.

City Lane, 383 Flinders St

07 4721 0585

SHOREHOUSE

118 The Strand, North Ward

07 4724 0520

SOVEREIGN HOTEL

807 Flinders St West

07 4771 2909

THE AVENUES HOTEL

270 Kern Brothers Drv,

Kirwan

07 4723 8000

THE BREWERY

252 Flinders St

07 4724 2999

THE CENTENARY HOTEL

35 French St, Pimlico

07 4779 2575

THE COURTYARD

City Lane, 383 Flinders St

07 4772 2302

THE SUN HOTEL

6 Ross River Rd,

Mundingburra

07 4779 5233

THE TAPHOUSE

TOWNSVILLE

City Lane, 383 Flinders St

07 4772 2301

THE WILD GOOSE BREWS

& CHEWS

137 Flinders St

07 4771 2799

TOM’S TAVERN

Nathan St, Aitkenvale

07 4772 9777

TOWNSVILLE RSL

139 Charters Towers Rd

07 4759 9500

VALE HOTEL

222 Ross River Rd,

Aitkenvale

07 4779 0100

WATERMARK

72 The Strand

07 4724 4281

WEST END HOTEL

89 Ingham Rd

07 4771 2872


Ellie Bullen

Photos Townsville Events Queensland

Lauren Bath

Townsville Travel Centre

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SHOPPING

Shopping is a popular pastime. Three major

shopping centres - Castletown, Stockland

and Willows - offer shoppers a wide range

of stores in airconditioned comfort.

Being only five minutes from the city centre

makes Castletown Shoppingworld a handy

place to stop and shop, and offers a range

of more than eighty stores.

Stockland is Townsville’s largest shopping

centre and Townsville’s fashion destination,

with the city’s only Myer and the region’s only

H&M. Stockland Nathan Street Centre is

across the road and caters to convenience

shopping with Kmart and Coles. Both

shopping centres are located in Aitkenvale

on Ross River Road close to the hospital and

the central suburbs of Townsville.

The Willows Shopping Centre is a very

spacious centre with much on offer, with

Sunland Plaza and Cannon Park across the

road, hosting a Cinema and many restaurants

and shops.

NEW SHOP OPEN!

Domain Central on Duckworth Street is a

large outdoor shopping experience and has

much on offer, from fashion to homewares,

hardware and cafés with a fitness centre.

Flinders Street in the city heart has shops

and attractions that are housed in restored

historic buildings dating back to the region’s

European settlement in the late 19th century.

Be sure to check out the little arcades

in Flinders Street for a unique shopping

experience.

T-Shirt World (located opposite the Brewery

on Flinders Street) has souvenirs, ladies, kids,

and menswear, novelty T-Shirts and singlets,

hats, thongs, sunglasses and fishing shirts.

Come in and see their huge range of stock.

with something for everyone.

Fairfield Central Shopping Centre Fairfield

Central Shopping Centre is located at Idalia,

Townsville just 10 minutes from the CBD. The

award winning centre offers Woolworths,

Kmart and 30+ specialty stores. With a

fantastic dining precinct ‘Fairfield Eats’, there

are plenty of great café and restaurant

options to treat your tastebuds after a big

morning of shopping!

• Mens, ladies and kids wear

• Souvenirs

• Fishing shirts, novelty singlets

and T-Shirts

Shop 3, 269 Flinders St, Townsville

Phone: 0432 481 089

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WALKS MAP

RENEGADE

MARKET

Townsville has a rapidly developing

handmade and craft industry thanks to it’s

monthly Renegade Handmade Market. The

Renegade Market began in early 2013 with a

small handful of just 16 stalls and has grown

into a collection of approximately 80 makers

on the 2nd Sunday of each month. The

Marian School hall on Hugh Street, Currajong

overflows with an amazing assortment of

local creatives selling their wares and 100%

locally made products.

If you aren’t in Townsville on the 2nd Sunday

but you’d like to get some unique Australian

made gifts, you can always pop into the

Renegade Gift Shop opposite Otto’s Fresh

Food Market. When you step inside the

Warrina Arcade you will find a hidden gem

with amazing pastries, pies and coffee and

unique shops. The Renegade Gift Shop is

located right near the coffee counter so you

can place your order and browse while you

wait. Townsville has some fantastic little gems

if you just know where to look.

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Head for the Hills, Taste the History

PHONE 07 4778 0199

37 Thornton Gap Rd, Hervey Range

www.heritagetearooms.com.au

OPEN DAILY 9am - 4pm

Thuringowa Drv

Hervey Range Rd

Willows

Mud Map

Not to Scale

32km from Willows

Black River Rd

Thornton Gap Rd

Sharpe Rd

We’re

Here

Tabletop

Station

The perfect getaway 25 minutes from Willows

Shoppingtown. Located at the top of Hervey

Range, the former Eureka Hotel built in 1865, has

been restored and re-opened as the Herveys

Range Heritage Tea Rooms.

It remains one of only a few slab sided inns left

standing in Australia. Once a welcome site to

weary travellers and their horse and bullock

teams en route to the gold fields, the tea rooms

now offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy

delicious food and great tea and coffee within

the heritage listed building or in the peaceful

garden surrounds. The walking track takes

visitors through native bushland to the top of the

dis-used Greenvale railway line tunnel entrance.

JUST A FEW REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT

• Scenic range drive with views

of Townsville & surrounds.

• Great expresso coffee,

including Kopi Luwak ($50 per cup).

• All day breakfast, light lunches,

sweets and scones. Licensed premises.

• Gift shop stocked with local craft.

• Heritage listed split log

construction building, built 1865.

• Spacious gardens and walking track.

• Dog Friendly.

Herveys Range

Heritage Tea Rooms

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GREAT OUTDOORS

CARAVAN PARKS & CAMPGROUNDS

Wallaman Falls

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Alligator Creek Falls

Caravanning has become one of the most

popular means of travel, whether it be up

the coast for a holiday or travelling around

Australia, you are likely to meet many travellers

who are doing just that. Most caravan parks

not only have the beautifully manicured shady

sites, some with their own ensuites, but they

have motel standard villas and cabins. If you

are roughing it, grassed and shady tent sites

are available along with well maintained camp

and washing up facilities with tables and seats.

Townsville has many caravan parks to offer.

Depending on your time available and how

far you are travelling each day, there is a park

for you. Don’t forget if you are travelling in the

summer months it is important to have access

to a pool, especially for the kids. So check

out these great holiday and caravan parks -

guaranteed to make your stay in Townsville an

enjoyable one.

CAMPING

BOWLING GREEN BAY NATIONAL PARK

Campgrounds: Alligator Creek 25km south of

Townsville; Cape Cleveland 33km south of

Townsville; Bowling Green Bay 64km south of

Townsville and 26km north of Ayr.

Rugged mountains rise abruptly from the wetlands,

saltpans and mangrove forests of the coastal plain.

Alligator Creek descends in a series of cascades,

deep pools and waterfalls.

MOUNT SPEC, PALUMA RANGE NATIONAL PARK

Campground: 71km north of Townsville and 46km

south of Ingham.

Rising high above the coastal plains, cloaked in

tropical rainforest and dissected by numerous

streams, Mount Spec is the southernmost national

park section in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.

Railway

Hotel

JOURAMA FALLS, PALUMA RANGE NATIONAL PARK

Campground: 91km north of Townsville or 24km

south of Ingham, via the Bruce Highway.

Fringed by rainforest, Waterview Creek tumbles

down many picturesque cascades and rapids,

offering beautiful spots to relax, camp, walk and

enjoy watching birds, butterflies and other native

wildlife.

For more information:

www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/index.php

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Cloudy Creek Walk

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Payets To

GETTING THERE AND GETTING AROUND

Townsville Town Common Conservation Park is 6 km

north of the Townsville city centre. Vehicle access to the

park is via the main entrance on the turn-off from Cape

Pallarenda Road, near the Rowes Bay Golf Club. The gate

at this entrance is open from 6.30 am to 6.30 pm daily.

Vehicles must remain on Freshwater Lagoon road (see

map). Driving is not allowed in all other areas.

Walkers and mountain bike riders can also enter the

park from the eastern end of the Lagoon trail, off Cape

Pallarenda Road, and from the Shelly Cove trail in Cape

Pallarenda Conservation Park.

The Freshwater bird hide and its access track from Freshwater

car park are wheelchair accessible.

PARK FEATURES

Known locally as the Town Common, the park is close to

the bustling city centre of Townsville and is a great place

to enjoy nature and fantastic coastal views.

Visitors can hike across the Many Peaks Range, enjoy

expansive island views while riding the Under the Radar

or Smedley’s trails or take the trail to the beautiful and

secluded Shelly Beach.

Deep-water lagoons, seasonal wetlands, coastal woodlands

and sheltered beaches bordered by rocky headlands all

feature in this park. Mangrove-lined tributaries of the Bohle

River meander across the floodplains that fill each year

during the wet summer months.

Up to 280 bird species have been recorded in the area.

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Magpie geese, brolgas and many others gather here to

feed and nest, particularly as the wetlands dry out and food

sources become concentrated in the remaining lagoons.

WALKING AND MOUNTAIN BIKING

The Cape Pallarenda Trails are a network of shared

walking and mountain biking trails in the Townsville Town

Common and Cape Pallarenda conservation parks.

The trails range from short, easy trails to challenging

hikes and cross-country mountain bike rides. Consider

your fitness level before undertaking the extended trails.

ESSENTIALS TO BRING

Make sure you bring enough drinking water for your visit,

appropriate clothing, sunscreen, hat and sunglasses to

protect yourself from the sun, insect repellent to avoid

mosquitoes and sandflies and rubbish bags, as there are

no rubbish bins.

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Shelly Cove

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Park road

Walter Nesbit

Park

Cleveland Bay

Cape Pallarenda Road

SHELLY BEACH TRAIL

(8.2km return - 4 hrs walking) Moderate - difficult.

Following the edge of a large marine plain, this trail

leads through coastal woodland before finishing at

the western end of Shelly Beach. Trail users must return

the way they came. The northern part of this trail,

towards the beach, is soft and sandy, and can be

physically demanding.

UNDER THE RADAR TRAIL (UTR)

(10.1km return - 5hr walking) Easy. This narrow two-way

trail is for cross country mountain biking. At its western

end, the trail starts 500m along the Shelly Beach trail

and crosses the western and northern slopes of Many

Peaks Range. At its eastern end, the trail begins 700

m along the Shelly Cove trail. UTR has rough surfaces

and some steep sections. Trail users can return the

way they came or may use the other trails and internal

park roads to return to their starting point.

SMEDLEY’S TRAIL

(6.8km - 3 hrs walking) Moderate. Accessed via a link

from UTR (6.6 km from the eastern beginning of UTR)

or 2.8 km from the beginning of Shelly Beach trail. This

circuit winds around Smedley’s hill taking in panoramic

views over the Town Common wetlands, Bohle River

and the Coral Sea to the north. It is a challenging

but rewarding ride with steep sections, rock obstacles,

rock armoured corners and optional B lines that are

rated as difficult.

MANY PEAKS TRACK

(5.7km - 3 hrs walking ONE WAY) Difficult. Starting at

the western end, or 450 m along the eastern end of the

Lagoon trail, this challenging walk across Many Peaks

Range leads to the summit of Mount Marlow. Some

sections of the trail are very steep and there are many

steps. In some areas the trail can be indistinct and

walkers must follow the orange trail markers. Walkers

may return on the same trail or via the Lagoon trail.

LAGOON TRAIL

(5.7km - 3 hrs walking ONE WAY) Moderate. Starting

at the intersection of Freshwater and Shelly Beach

trails or opposite Walter Nesbit Park at the end of

Cape Pallarenda Road, this trail follows the edge

of Freshwater Lagoon at the southern base of Many

Peaks Range. The trail can become boggy after wet

weather. Trail users can return the way they came or

can walk the Many Peaks track or ride the Under the

Radar trail to complete a loop.

FRESHWATER TRAIL

(3.6km - 2 hrs walking ONE WAY) Moderate. Starting

at the intersection with Shelly Beach and Lagoon

trails, or 1.2 km along the eastern end of the Lagoon

trail, Freshwater passes through coastal sand dune

vegetation, crosses the dam wall of Freshwater

Lagoon and provides access to the Freshwater and

Jacana bird hides. Trail users can return the way they

came or use the Lagoon or Under the Radar trails to

complete a loop.

JACANA BIRD HIDE

(450m - 30 mins walking ONE WAY) Easy. Access the

Jacana bird hide from the Freshwater trail—the turn-off

to the hide is 350 m from the Freshwater car park. The

track leading to the hide is 100 m long. Overlooking

Freshwater Lagoon, the bird hide is a good place

to spot nesting and foraging waterbirds. Trail users

can return the way they came or continue along the

Freshwater trail.

WETLAND WALK

(850m - 30 mins walking ONE WAY) Easy. This short

walk starts 150 m along the eastern end of the Lagoon

trail and meanders through melaleuca forest within a

seasonal wetland.

FOREST WALK

(1.7km - 1 hr walking) Easy. Starting beside Freshwater

Lagoon Road in the southern part of the park, this

walk follows the edge of Barramundi Waterhole and is

shaded by melaleucas, eucalypts and acacias. In the

cooler parts of the day this is a good area for viewing

forest birds such as honeyeaters and kingfishers.

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MUSEUMS

Museum of Tropical Queensland

The Yongala Gallery, Maritime Museum

ARMY MUSEUM NORTH QUEENSLAND

Where: Jezzine Barracks. Kissing Point,

Mitchell St, North Ward

Open: Wednesday, Friday & Sunday 9am - 1pm

(other times by arrangement)

Phone: 4721 1495 or 4772 7276

The Army Museum of North Queensland is located

within Jezzine Barracks. The Museum displays the

proud army history of units and personnel within

the North Queensland area. The Museum houses

weapons, uniforms, photographs and equipment

from Colonial times through to the present day.

Entry to the Museum is free but donations are

greatly appreciated.

MARITIME MUSEUM

Where: Palmer St, South Townsville

(Map Ref. 11. Page 43)

Open: 7 days 10am - 3pm (excluding public holidays)

Phone: 07 4721 5251

Web: www.townsvillemaritimemuseum.org.au

The complex was completed in 2000, and consists

of two galleries, a model boat building room, a

boatshed and BBQ area. The original building

houses the SS Yongala shipwreck collection and was

once the pier master’s office when located at the

port. The lighthouse was relocated from Bay Rock

and dates from 1886.

MUSEUM OF TROPICAL QUEENSLAND

Where: Flinders St East, Townsville

(Map Ref 10. Page 43)

Open: Daily 9.30am - 5pm

(Closed Christmas Day, Good Friday and the

morning of Anzac Day, 25 April)

Phone: 4726 0600

Web: www.mtq.qm.qld.gov.au

Discover the natural and cultural heritage of North

Queensland at the Museum of Tropical Queensland.

Located in the heart of Townsville, the Museum is

filled with exhibitions to captivate visitors of all ages.

Learn about HMS Pandora, the ship sent by British

Admiralty to capture the Bounty and her mutinous

crew, explore a typical North Queensland rainforest

environment in the Enchanted Rainforest, admire

historic dive helmets in the Langley Collection:

Heritage of Helmets, or immerse yourself in the

interactive Colour: Secret Language of the Reef.

NATIONAL TRUST HERITAGE CENTRE

Where: 5 Castling St, West End

Open: Wednesday 10am - 2pm,

Weekends 1pm - 4pm

Entry: $8 Adult, $2 child, $5 Concession

Phone: 4771 5873

Web: www.heritagecentre.org.au

RAAF TOWNSVILLE MUSEUM

Where: Ingham Rd, Garbutt

Open: Tuesdays & Thursdays 9am - 12pm and

Sundays 10am - 4pm or by appointment phone

4752 1712.

Web: www.raafmuseum.com

The RAAF Townsville Museum promotes and

preserves the military aviation history of North

Queensland from WWII to present time and includes

all theatres of conflict associated with the area.

TOWNSVILLE MUSEUM & HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Where: 27 Barbeler St, Currajong (behind Hugh St.

Ambulance Centre)

Open: Monday to Friday 9am – 2.30pm

1st & 3rd Sunday of month 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Phone: 4775 7838

Email: admin@townsvillemuseum.com.au

Web: www.townsvillemuseum.com.au

QUARANTINE MUSEUM

Where: Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park

1 The Esplanade, Pallarenda

Open: Monday - Friday 9am - 3.30pm

Phone: 4722 5224

The historic Quarantine Museum at Cape Pallarenda

is an interesting place. The hill behind it contains

World War II gun emplacements you can explore

along a good walking track from the museum.

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ARMY MUSEUM

NORTH QUEENSLAND

The Army Museum of North Queensland is located

within Jezzine Barracks, Kissing Point in Townsville.

The Museum collects and exhibits memorabilia,

objects and stories associated with past and

current military units and personnel from North

Queensland, including a geographic area between

Rockhampton in the south, extending north to Torres

Strait and west to the Northern Territory border.

The Collection extends from the establishment of

the first defences at Townsville and Thursday Island

until the present day. Initially housed in the old

Kissing Point Fort, the new Museum has moved

to the newly refurbished building at the centre of

Jezzine barracks. Showcased within the Museum

is a gallery displaying pre-federation Army and a

gallery showing more recent conflicts of Vietnam

and Korea, and the history of Sir John Lavararck

and Lavarack Barracks. A third gallery houses

World War I and World War II displays, including

the Townsville Honour Boards from both these

conflicts.

Come with a picnic lunch and enjoy an amazing

day out at the museum. The museum with its

amazing historical army collections and beautiful

surrounding gardens is a great place for a one day

discovery with the family.

Jezzine Barracks

LOCATION:

Jezzine Barracks, Kissing Point, Townsville

CONTACT:

Phone/fax 07 4721 1495 or

email: army_museum_nq@bigpond.com

www.armymuseumnorthqueensland.webs.com

ENTRY & OTHER INFO:

• Free

• Donations are greatly appreciated

• The Museum is wheelchair friendly

• Parking is available at the front door

OPENING HOURS:

• Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays

from 9am to 1pm

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Ravenshoe

Tully Falls

Paronella Park

Japoonvale

To CAIRNS

& Kuranda

Australian Sugar

Industry Museum

Silkwood

A1

INNISFAIL

Etty Bay

Mourilyan Harbour

Cowley Beach

Kurrimine Beach

TOWNSVILLE

SURROUNDS MAP

GREAT BARRIER REEF

Murray Falls

State Forest

TULLY

MISSION BEACH

South Mission Beach

Silky Oak

Dunk Island

Tully Heads

Bedarra Island

Rockingham Bay

Wallaman Falls

Girringun

National Park

CARDWELL

Abergowrie

A1

Goold Island National Park

Hinchinbrook Island

Upper Stone

Hidden Valley

Jourama Falls

Long Pocket

Hinchinbrook

Paluma Dam

Trebonne

INGHAM

Paluma

Toobanna

Frosty Mango

Crystal Creek

Paluma Range

National Park

Halifax

Palm Islands

Rollingstone

Lucinda Beach

Taylors Beach

Forrest Beach

Halifax Bay

Black River

Caravan Park

Balgal Beach

Bluewater

Toolakea

Saunders Beach

A1

Orpheus Island

Bushland Beach

Great Palm Island

Magnetic Island

TOWNSVILLE

Swimming

Lookout

Camping

Hiking

Boat Ramp

Accredited

Information Centre

Information

Piper’s Lookout

Lake Ross

A1

Alligator

Creek

Bowling Green

Bay National Park

Cungulla

A6

Bowling Green

Bay National Park

Burdekin

AYR

Home Hill

A1

Cape Upstart

National Park

To BOWEN

To HUGHENDEN,

RICHMOND, JULIA CREEK

& CLONCURRY

CHARTERS TOWERS

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Danger

Marine

Stingers

Marine stingers are present on the

beaches of Townsville and Magnetic

Island year round. They are most

likely to be encountered between the

months of October and May.

The stings of the Chironex (box

jellyfish) and the Irukandji can be life

threatening.

sting prevention

• Only swim in stinger nets during

the summer months

• Always swim at patrolled beaches,

between the red and yellow flags

• Consider wearing a full-body lycra

suit to protect against marine

stings

• Look for and obey safety signs

• Don’t enter the water when

beaches are closed

• Ask lifesavers for help and advice

if you need it

• Don’t touch marine stingers

washed up on the beach, they can

still sting you.

sting treatment

If stung, dial triple zero (000) and

ask for an ambulance. While waiting

for the ambulance, pour vinegar onto

the sting and administer oxygen or

CPR if required.

Symptoms of Irukandji stings may

take 20–40 minutes to develop—if in

doubt, seek medical aid.

further information

13 48 10

enquiries@townsville.qld.gov.au

townsville.qld.gov.au

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THE STRAND

& THE ROCK POOL

Strand Jetty

The Rock Pool

Strand Water Park

Photos Tourism and Events Queensland

One of the man-made wonders in Townsville is The

Strand on the beachfront. Being close to the centre

of town The Strand offers a variety of activities for

all ages.

There are four rock headlands that you can enjoy,

with fishing, parks, childrens playgrounds, scenic

walks, kiosk, restaurants, coffee shops and an

awesome view worth capturing on film from Kissing

Point. The Picnic Bay Surf Lifesaving Club has toilet

facilities located on the Burke Street headland. An

icecream shop is situated on the Landsborough St

Headland. You will find a restaurant and coffee

shop on the Gregory Street headland. With a bar

and restaurant located at the Rock Pool.

The Strand has stunning views across to Magnetic

Island from the promenade, with rollerblading,

jogging and biking very popular activities along the

pathways. Note that courtesy rules apply on the

pathway. Three swimming areas obviously feature,

being the Rock Pool at one end of The Strand, and

the Tobruk Pool at the other, and there’s plenty

of beach in between. In the summer months the

beach has two purpose built stinger proof nets

out (November - May is the official stinger season)

providing two safe swimming areas in the sea.

Weddings are popular on The Strand and in other

Townsville parklands, with the most popular months

being March to October. A hire fee applies to

parkland weddings and bookings must be made at

least six weeks prior to the wedding date. Contact

the Strand Office for bookings on 4727 9000.

THE ROCK POOL

The most popular saltwater swimming destination

is the Kissing Point Rock Pool at the extreme

northern end of The Strand in North Ward. Offering

a sheltered environment, the rock pool is a marvel

of natural engineering. Sea water is constantly

pumped into the pool, after being strained from

marine life and stingers into a natural beach

setting.

A special pumping system was imported from

Sweden for the rockpool and it pumps water in the

pool 24 hours a day. The pool, which is about 10

times the size of an Olympic pool, has the entire

water volume replaced every three hours.

The Rock pool is a great spot to get wet and

cool down from the summer heat. The Rock Pool

is closed on Wednesdays for maintenance. Toilet

and shower facilities are available and the lawns

surrounding the pool provide a great place for

a picnic or barbecue and a buzz on the flying

fox. Lights in the pool are turned on every night

for those wanting a moonlit dip. Offering copious

seating areas and parkland, with free electric

barbeques, this is the perfect location to have a

safe swim and a picnic during your stay.

There is a second beach swimming enclosure half

way along The Strand, and the Strand Water Park

is a favourite family outing.

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10 THINGS TO DO ON THE STRAND

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COOL OFF IN THE SEA...

Swim in the Rock Pool or stinger resistant

enclosures during the November to May

northern stinger season. Swim between

the flags at all times.

COOL OFF IN THE POOL...

At the famous Tobruk Pool where many

former Olympic swimming stars trained.

PLAY...

At the Water Park or one at the

following playgrounds: Sunrise Rotary

Sister Kenny Equal Access, Teenrager,

Galaxy, or at the Townsville Rotary

playground.

FISH...

Off the Strand Pier, Rock Pool or beach.

ENJOY...

The many cafes, gelaterias, bars and

restaurants.

PICNIC...

Relax with your family at a host of great

spots and enjoy the fantastic views to

Magnetic Island.

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PARTICIPATE...

In the public activities and events in

Strand Park. View the public artwork

reflecting the significant heritage of

The Strand.

EXPERIENCE...

Skydiving, rockwall climbing, beach

volleyball, bicycle hire, yoga, coin

operated binoculars and lockers.

GET FIT...

Enjoy walking, basketball, bike riding

and ball sport activities.

CHALLENGE YOURSELF...

On the eight exercise points positioned

along the Strand promenade. Or sign

up with Picnic Bay or Arcadian Surf

Life Saving Clubs for some real action.

There are also 3 outrigging clubs

positioned on the Strand - Townsville,

Magnetic Island, and Coral Sea. The

Townsville Sailing Club operates from

the southern end of The Strand.

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The Strand from Jezzine Barracks

Jezzine Barracks Boardwalk

on the strand

(Gregory St corner)

FRESH REEF SEAFOOD

WILD BARRA, REEF FILLETS

SUCCULENT PLATTERS

of PRAWNS, CRABS, OYSTERS

MORETON BAY BUGS

LEGENDARY FISH & CHIPS

ATTRACTIVE DAILY SPECIALS

Our popular Breakfasts

with LAVAZZA coffee

Every Morning 365

PHONE ORDERS WELCOME

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To Bushland Beach

MT LOW

To CAIRNS

GARLAND RD

TOWN

NORTH SHORE

Woodlands

GEANEY LANE

DEERAGUN

BRUCE HIGHWAY

A1

SHAW RD

M

INGHAM RD

WOOLCOCK ST

MATHER ST

ABATTOIR RD

TOMPKINS RD

Townsville

Karting Club

BAYSWATER RD

MOUNT LOUISA

BANFIELD DR

D

THE RING RD

A1

DALRYMPLE RD

DALRYMPLE RD

FULH

H

BOHLE PLAINS

HERVEY RANGE RD

To RUPERTSWOOD

& HERVEY RANGE

THE RING RD

A1

Willows

Golf Course

1300smiles

STADIUM

GOLF LINKS DRIVE

HERVEY RANGE RD

BROTHERS DRIVE

KERN

Willows

Cannon Park

THURINGOWA DRIVE

Riverway

Federation

Footbridge

KIRWAN

Black Weir

BAMFORD LANE

RIVERSIDE

GARDENS

Gleesons

Weir

ROSS RI

CHA

CRA

DOUGLAS ARTERI

ANGUS SMITH DR

A1

THE RING RD

A1

BECK DRIVE

CONDON

To Ross River Dam

RIVERWAY DRIVE

TOWNSVILLE

SUBURBS MAP

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RASMUSSEN

KELSO

Main Road

Major Shopping Centres

Parks/Gardens, Golf Course


VER RD

COMMON

omain

AM RD

EATLEY

RLES ST

RAAF BASE

DUCKWORTH ST

NATHAN ST

Nathan

Street

Centre

NBROOK

DOUGLAS

M

PILKINGTON ST

TOWNSVILLE

AIRPORT

MAIN DALRYMPLE RD

M

ANNE ST

Palmetum

MOONEY ST

CHARLES ST

BAYSWATER RD

CURRAJONG

GULLIVER

Stockland

PALMERSTON ST

AITKENVALE

YOLANDA DR

To PALLARENDA

Rowes Bay

Golf Course

FULHAM RD

ANNANDALE

GARBUTT

WOOLCOCK ST

HUGH ST

Mater Private

Hospital

L

Aplins Weir

ROWES BAY

Belgian Gardens

Cemetery

PIMLICO

GULLIVER ST

ROSS RIVER RD

PERCY ST

BUNDOCK ST

INGHAM RD

M

Castletown

KINGS RD

BALLS LANE

BOWEN RD

M

CHARTERS TOWERS RD

WARBURTON ST

STUART DR

QUEENS RD

STURT ST

OONOONBA RD

BOUNDARY ST

AL RD

IVE

JAMES COOK

UNIVERSITY

MACARTH UR DRIVE

Mater

Private Hospital

MUNDINGBURRA

LOVE LANE

BELGIAN

GARDENS

HYDE

PARK

MYSTERTON

Rock Pool

Jezzine

Barracks

NORTH WARD

ACKERS ST

ROSSLEA

M

M

M

Murray Sporting

Complex

M

M THE STRAND

M

M

Casino

Queens

Gardens

HERMIT

PARK

Townsville

Golf Course

STANLEY ST

CASTLE HILL

M

CASTLE HILL

WEST END West End

Cemetery

M

Railway

Station

Anderson

Park

Civic

Theatre

TOWNSVILLE

FLINDERS ST W

IDALIA

L

DEAN ST

SAUNDERS ST

RAILWAY

ESTATE

ABBOTT ST

FLINDERS ST E

PALMER ST

OONOONBA

M

M

Fairfield

Shopping Centre

M

MAGNETIC

ISLAND

Convention

Centre

Coach & Ferry

Terminal

Car Ferry

Terminal

Townsville

Hospital

A1

UNIVERSITY RD

LAVARACK

ARMY BARRACKS

A1

M

WULGURU

BRUCE HIGHWAY

Cluden

Racecourse

FLINDERS HIGHWAY

A6

A1

To AYR

& Billabong

Sanctuary

To Mt Stuart Lookout

& CHARTERS TOWERS

*Map is not to scale. Main roads shown only. For a more detailed map, see the nearest Information Centre

M

Accommodation

Hospital

Bike Way

L

Library

Service Station

Railway Line

Caravan Park

Public Swimming Pool

V8 Supercar Track

2km

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HILL

TOWNSVILLE

CITY MAP

Townsville Art

Society

Kissing Point

Fishing Deck

Rock Pool

A

6

HEATLEYS PDE

BISHOP ST

To Airport

ROWES BAY

To Rowes Bay &

Pallarenda

PRIMROSE ST

Soroptomist

Park

ST JAMES DR

BUNDOCK ST

EDEN ST

BELGIAN

GARDENS

ESPLANADE

LITTLE ST

MARSHALL ST

M

Jacobs

Ladder

ESPLANADE

RYAN ST

HAYES ST

ROSE ST

YARRAWONGA DR

Jezzine

Barracks

M

PRIMROSE ST

BALMORAL DR

GILBERT CRT

Army Museum

North

Queensland

ISLEY ST

A

M

HOWITT ST

ROP ER CT

MCKINLEY ST

COOK ST

LANDSBOROUGH ST

M

NORTH WARD

WARBURTON ST

LANDSBOROUGH ST

Sports Reserve

THE STRAND

STUART ST

MITCHELL ST

EYRE ST

Queens

Park

BURKE ST

CASTLE HILL RD SCENIC DRIVE

STANLEY ST WEST

STUART ST

PAXTON ST

M

M

Landsborough

Headland

18

H

Reservoir

Reservoir

ALEXANDRA ST

STANLEY ST

KENNEDY ST

Queens

Gardens

STANLEY ST

GREGORY ST

MUR

QUEEN ST

STANTON TCE

Castle Hill

Lookout

17

Walking Trail

CASTLE HILL

R

HAROLD ST

STAGPOLE ST

FRANCIS ST

FRANCIS ST

WILLS ST

WAL

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Fishing

Jetty

i

Information

Centre

located in

Flinders Square

Stuart

eadland

Burke St

Headland

NORTH

1 Public Bus Terminal

2 Taxi Rank

3 Car Ferry Terminal/Fantasea

4 Passenger Ferry/SeaLink

5 Coach Terminal

6 Jezzine Barracks/Kissing Point Lookout

7 Water Park

8 Anzac Park - War Memorials

9 Reef HQ/Cultural Centre

10 Museum of Tropical Queensland

11 Maritime Museum

12 Perc Tucker Gallery

13 CityLibrary Flinders Street

14 Movie Cinema

15 Historic Railway Station

16 Entertainment Centre

17 Castle Hill Lookout

18 Strand Park

i

SWIMMING ENCLOSURE

TOURIST INFORMATION

BARBEQUE H HOTEL

PUBLIC TOILETS M MOTEL

P PARKING B BACKPACKERS

FERRY DEPARTURE

FISHING A ART GALLERY

TO MAGNETIC ISLAND 8km

Via Sealink & Fantasea

M

M

CLEVELAND BAY

KENNEDY ST

GREGORY ST

LEICHHARDT ST

VICTORIA ST

WILLS WILLS ST

WALKER ST

FLINDERS ST CENTRAL

OGDEN ST

FLINDERS ST WEST HANRAN ST

RAY ST

SIDE CR

KER ST

M

M

H

HALE ST

STOKES ST

STANLEY ST

BLACKWOOD ST

2

North Ward

Shopping Centre ATM

M

eservoir

JONES ST

M

M

B

M M

B

APLIN ST

M

M

14

STURT ST

Gregory

Headland

A

P

15

P

A

ATM

OXLEY ST

THE STRAND

FRYER ST

DENHAM ST

2

1

M

Water

Park

P

7

HERBERT ST

12

A

13

Tobruk

Pool

CLEVELAND TCE

H

i

City

Lane

City Arcade

Woolworths

Citilink

Metway

H

A

WILLMET ST

Northtown

ATM

ATM

MELTON TCE

FLINDERS ST EAST

DEAN ST

Victoria Bridge

(Footbridge)

P

ATM

H

2

SAUNDERS ST

M

B

P

H

M

PALMER ST

MOREY ST

P

B

H

H

8

Free Unlimited

Car Park

WICKHAM ST

PLUME ST

GRIFFITH ST

Entertainment

Centre

The Ville

Casino & Hotel

10

2

Marina

KING ST

9

P

ROSS CREEK

M

11

McILWRAITH ST

MOREHEAD ST

H 2

P

DAVIDSON ST

P

4 5

SIR LESLIE THIESS DR

B H

PERKINS ST

16

SeaLink

Passenger

Terminal

3

ROSS ST

ARCHER ST

CANNAN ST

LENNON DR

Fantasea

Car Ferry Terminal

SOUTH TOWNSVILLE

MACROSSAN ST

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PARKS & GARDENS

Queens Gardens

ANDERSON PARK BOTANIC GARDENS

Where: Gulliver Street, Pimlico (vehicle access)

Fulham Road, Balls Lane, Gulliver and Wellington

Streets (pedestrian access)

Facilities: Toilets, picnic areas, internal car parking,

10,000 step circuit.

Anderson Gardens is the largest botanic garden

in Townsville covering 25 hectares. Centrally

located in Mundingburra, the garden contains fine

specimens of tropical trees, palms and pandanus.

The World Cycad Garden, Grand Avenues

and Tropical Orchard are of particular note. A

representative collection of Cape York Peninsula

rainforest specimens are displayed along with

native plants and flora of the dry tropical regions

of the world. Anderson Gardens was named in

appreciation of the work of William Anderson,

Townsville’s first Curator of Parks from 1878 - 1934.

DAN GLEESON MEMORIAL GARDENS

Where: Thuringowa Drive, Kirwan.

The gardens feature a wide range of native flora

situated amongst large lawn parks and paved

pathways.

THE STRAND

Where: The Strand

Townsville’s fantastic beach front promenade, The

Strand incorporates a jetty, recreational park,

restaurants, cafes, a series of headlands, a free

water park, picnic areas, swimming pools and

stinger enclosures.

QUEENS GARDENS

Where: Paxton Street, Gregory Street and

Kennedy Lane, North Ward.

Facilities: Toilets, picnic areas, aviaries and a

children’s playground.

Initiated in 1870, Queens Gardens is the oldest

Botanic Garden in Townsville. Now covering 4

hectares, reduced from an original 40 hectares, it

is considered a fine example of a tropical garden

for european settlement. Plantings include timber

and fruit trees and collections of Dracaena,

Codiaeum and Cordyline. Today the emphasis of

the collection is on the colonial ornamental plants

with colourful, attractive flowers, foliage or fruit.

TOWNSVILLE PALMETUM

Where: University Road, Douglas.

Facilities: Toilets, botanical displays, tourist

information, selected art exhibitions and a café

are all located in Tumbetin Lodge. The Palmetum

is a 17 hectare Botanic Garden displaying one of

the largest and most diverse public collections of

palms in the world. It has a range of habitats to

suit flora originating from the dry tropics through

to the wet tropical lowlands. In addition to the

recreated habitat zones, there are expansive lawns

and water features frequented by numerous bird

species. A ‘Birds of Palmetum’ brochure is available

in the foyer of the Tumbetin Lodge.

PIONEER PARK & ROSS RIVER

Riverway Drive, Thuringowa.

The park provides recreational facilities and is a

popular fishing location.

RIVERWAY

Located in Townsville on the magnificent Ross River,

Riverway offers a dynamic combination of cultural,

sports, leisure, residential and commercial activities.

With two huge swimming lagoons, the Riverway

Arts Centre, Pinnacles Gallery, the Riverwalk and

parklands, there truly is so much to explore.

RIVERWAY - RIVERWAY LAGOONS

Where: Riverway Drive, Kirwan

The Riverway Lagoons cover an area in size of

more than three Olympic swimming pools. The

lagoons are nestled among shady raintrees, with

the picturesque Ross River providing a peaceful

backdrop. Water cascades connect the two

distinct lagoon areas, which vary in depth up to

2 metres. Unlike coastal beaches there are no

waves or stingers to bother you and you can

feel comfortable knowing that the lagoons are

patrolled by professional lifeguards seven days a

week, 365 days a year.

RIVERWALK

The Riverwalk overlooks the beautiful Ross River

and is a great place to view the prolific birdlife in

this area. A three metre wide pathway runs along

the river and provides numerous opportunities to

enjoy its natural beauty. After taking a stroll, all

the family can enjoy the nearby barbecue facilities

provided or have a game of footy in the beautifully

landscaped open space.

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Jacobs

Ladder

YARRAWONGA DR

CASTLE HILL WALKING TRAILS

PERCY ST

POTTS ST

Reservoir

BALMORAL DR

STANLEY ST WEST

STUART ST

PAXTON ST

Sports Reserve

ALEXANDRA ST

TRACKS

Erythrina

West Ridge

Ironbark

Cudtheringa

Goat

Maidenhair Lower

Maidenhair

‘Scramble’

Reservoir

CASTLE HILL RD SCENIC DRIVE

STANLEY ST

WILLIAM ST

Castle Hill

Lookout

Walking Trail

CASTLE HILL

STAGPOLE ST

HAROLD ST

SHARE THE HILL SAFELY

• Cyclists watch your speed, look out for signs,

other roads users and do not exceed 40km per

hour. Please ensure that you warn pedestrians and

reduce your speed.

• Walkers and runners must walk no more than two

people across - this allows safe space for all users,

including cars and cyclists.

IRONBARK TRACK

This trail is nice and challenging, but not nearly as

populated as the city side tracks. Starting at James

Street in West End it takes you about three quarters of

the way up Castle Hill Road. From here you can reach

the top via the bitumen or continue off-road up the

‘Scramble Track’. The Ironbark Track is very rocky and

can be a little slippery coming down, but it’s a great

heart starter. From there it tapers off for about 20m,

before it’s up, up, up again.

Starts: James Street, West End, or around the corner at

Green Street, West End

Ends: Three quarters of the way up Castle Hill Road

Distance: 0.7km one way

Best bit: The bench at the top of the trail for a rest

FRANCIS ST

FRANCIS ST

CUDTHERINGA TRACK

The most popular Castle Hill walking trail, the

Cudtheringa Track is accessed from opposite the first

car park at the bottom of Castle Hill Road and ends

just before the summit. While the start and end are

challenging due to the sharper incline, the mid section

is moderate and has stunning views out to the city

and Magnetic Island. If you don’t like crowds, avoid it

around 5-7pm on weekdays as this track in particular

tends to be the choice for post work workouts. During

quieter times, it’s also a fantastic option to practise your

trail running.

Starts: Opposite the first car park on Castle Hill Road

Ends: Castle Hill Road, just short of Castle Hill summit

Distance: 1.1km one way

‘SCRAMBLE’ TRACK

This trail is very steep and challenging. It is opposite

the top of the Ironbark Track or it connects with the

Erythrina Track.

Starts: Three quarters of the way up Castle Hill Road

Ends: Radar Hill Walk on the summit

Distance: 0.5km one way

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ENNEDY ST

Queens

Park

Queens

Gardens

STANLEY ST

STANTON TCE

WILLS ST

GREGORY ST

MURRAY ST

QUEEN ST

HILL

SIDE CR

VICTORIA ST

Reservoir

WALKER ST

JONES ST

HALE ST

BLACKWOOD ST

WILLS ST

MAIDENHAIR TRACK

This walk is relatively easy as it has few climbs and hugs

the base of the hill from West End Cemetery to the Goat

Track in town. There are some pretty sections, including

a bridge over a stream that flows in the wet season

and a little rockpool after it’s rained. It gets a bit more

challenging near the Goat Track where a little bit of rock

hopping is required.

Starts: West End Cemetery at Church Street, West End

Ends: Near the start of the Goat Track

Distance: 1.13km one way

Best bit: The little rock pool that appears after the rain

THE GOAT TRACK

Starting from Hillside Crescent just outside the CBD, the

Goat Track is short and sharp. Getting to it requires a steep

climb up the road before the incline begins again to take

you to a lookout at the intersection of the Cudtheringa

Track. The Goat Track is a good way to add a bit of

variation if you usually just stick to the Cudtheringa Track

and you prefer the city side tracks.

Starts: Hillside Crescent, Townsville City

Ends: Castle Hill Road, just short of Castle Hill summit

Distance: 0.63km one way

Best bit: Views over the city, Magnetic Island,

Pallarenda and around to Cleveland Bay from the

lookout.

MAIDENHAIR LOWER TRACK

This easy trail starts just behind the West End Cemetery

on Church Street, West End and offers a pleasant

walk parallel to the Maidenhair Track. Although the

elevation isn’t high, the view out to Mount Stuart is

surprisingly impressive. You will come out on Wilson

Street where there’s a small climb via the road until

you’ll rejoin the track. Follow a short set of stairs and

you’ll eventually come to the Maidenhair Track.

Starts: West End Cemetery at Church Street, West End

Ends: Wilson Street, West End, but rejoins to the

Maidenhair Track

Distance: 0.8km one way

Best bit: Fantastic vista with minimal effort.

ERYTHRINA TRACK

We like to call this one the ‘sneaky shortcut track’ as

it allows you to cut a big corner of road off if you

are going up or coming down the hill. While this track

is short and easy, it’s also very convenient. A lot of

walkers know it exists, but many don’t realise that it

actually starts from Balmoral Place (off Yarrawonga

Drive) in Yarrawonga. It’s handy to know if you park

at the bottom of Jacob’s Ladder, do that challenging

climb, turn right onto Yarrawonga Drive, right into

Balmoral Place and then onto the Erythrina Trail and

the hill.

Starts: Balmoral Place, Yarrawonga

Ends: Castle Hill Road, about half way up

Distance: 0.4km one way

Best bit: Being a sneaky little shortcut if you are

running late/lacking energy

WEST RIDGE TRACK

It seems not many people know the existence of this

fantastic trail that starts on William Street in West End

and finishes half way up the hill, just opposite the end

of the Erythrina Track. It has a rocky and relatively

steep, but steady, start (it can get slippery and muddy

at times). Then it flattens out onto the ridge line where

there are stunning views of The Strand and Magnetic

Island one way and Mount Stuart the other - 360

degrees of bliss. The track is easier after this, still

climbing but quite gradually and with the help of stairs

in some sections.

Starts: William Street, West End (between Ernest Street

and Claude Street)

Ends: Half way up Castle Hill Road, opposite the

Erythrina Track

Distance: 1km one way

Best bit: Jaw dropping 360 degree views

SUMMIT WALK, RADAR HILL WALK AND PILLAR

BOX WALK

These are all short, well-maintained, concreted

paths you can do at the top of Castle Hill. They are

particularly great for visitors as they afford unrivalled

views of Townsville and surrounds and have historical

significance but the Summit Walk is great for those

wanting an extra physical challenge. Run that flight

of stairs a few times and it will finish you off before

your descent.

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What’s On

Regular Events

FULL MOON DRUM CIRCLE MONTHLY

(weather permitting)

Venue: Gregory Street Amphitheatre

Time: 6pm - 7.30pm

Contact: Alex: 0414 803 666

www.therhythmconnection.com

COTTERS MARKETS

Venue: Flinders Street, Townsville City

(Between Stanley St and Denham St)

Time: Every Sunday 8.30am - 1pm

www.sundayonflinders.com.au

WILLOWS ROTARY MARKETS

Venue: Willows Shopping Centre,

Thuringowa

Time: Every Sunday 7.30am - 11.30am

(Excl. Christmas and New Years)

www.townsvillerotarymarkets.com.au

RENEGADE HANDMADE MARKETS

Venue: Marian School, Cnr. Hugh and

Corcoran Sts, Currajong

Time: 2nd Sunday of the month,

8am - 1pm

www.facebook.com/morethanamarket/about

FULL MOON DRUM CIRCLE

COTTERS MARKETS

AITKENVALE UNITING CHURCH

MARKETS

Venue: Aitkenvale Uniting Church

Time: 3rd Saturday of month

8am - 12 noon

BALGAL BEACH MARKETS

Venue: Fisherman’s Landing, Beachside

Time: 1st Saturday of the month,

8am - 1pm

CARLYLE GARDENS ARTS & CRAFTS

MARKET

Venue: 60 Beck Drive, Condon

Time: 1st Saturday of the month,

9am - noon

CASTLE HILL PCYC MARKETS

Venue: Castle Hill PCYC, Belgian Gardens

Time: Every Sunday 7am - 11am

HORSESHOE BAY MARKETS

Venue: Horseshoe Bay Foreshore,

Magnetic Island

Time: Sunday 9am - 2pm

MUNDINGBURRA MARKETS

Venue: Mundingburra State School,

77 Ross River Rd, Mundingburra

Time: 3rd Sunday of the month

7.30am - 12 noon

MAGNETIC ISLAND RSL

NIGHT MARKETS

Venue: Magnetic Island RSL, Arcadia

Time: Friday 5.30pm - 8pm

NORTH SHORE MARKETS

Venue: Main Street, North Shore

Time: Saturdays 7am - 12.30pm

www.northshoremarket.net.au

STRAND ROTARY NIGHT MARKETS

May - December

Venue: Strand Park, North Ward

Time: 1st Friday of the month

5pm - 9.30pm

www.townsvillerotarymarkets.com.au

UPPER ROSS COMMUNITY MARKETS

Venue: Apex Park Rasmussen, on Ross

River across from the shops

Time: 1st Saturday of the month,

3pm - 6pm

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September

MUSEUM OF TROPICAL QUEENSLAND

Palm Island and Our People -

The history of Palm Island in images and

digital stories

Discounts for locals

Venue: 70 – 102 Flinders St, Townsville

Open daily 9.30am – 5pm

Contact: 4726 0600

TOWNSVILLE CINEMA GROUP

BORDER

7pm 5th September

Venue: Event Cinemas, Cnr Sturt and

Blackwood Sts, Townsville City

Contact: info@cinemagroup.org.au

www.cinemagroup.org.au

BURDEKIN WATER FESTIVAL

PARADE & MARDI GRAS

5pm - 10pm Saturday 7th September

Venue: Queen St, Ayr

INGHAM SUGAR CITY RODEO

9am - 10pm 6th - 7th September

Venue: Cooper St, Ingham

UNDER THE MANGO TREE

Townsville Watercolour Group

10am - 4pm 7th - 8th September

Venue: Mo’sart Gallery

14 Anderson St, Railway Estate, Townsville

Contact: 4724 2742

SOFT CORE

8.30am 5pm 6th September - 3rd

November

Venue: Perc Tucker Regional Gallery,

Corner Denham St & Flinders St, Townsville

Contact: 4727 9011

October

DANCE TROPICS DANCE!

5th October

Venue: Jezzine Barracks,

19 Isley Street, North Ward, Townsville

Email: admin@dancenorth.com.au

MAGNETIC ISLAND TRIATHLON

6th October

Venue: From Picnic Bay, Magnetic Island

Email: nqtriacademy@outlook.com

OKTOBERFEST

11.30am - 11.30pm 6th October

Venue: Townsville Brewery,

252 Flinders St, Townsville

Web: www.stickytickets.com.au

KINDNESS WALK

6pm - 9pm 12th October

Venue: The Strand, Townsville

TOWNSVILLE SPIRIT & SOUL FESTIVAL

9am - 2pm 13th October

Venue: Herveys Range Tearooms

Entry: Free

THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ

23rd October

Venue: Townsville Civic Theatre

41 Boundary Street, South Townsville

Email: enquiries@townsville.qld.gov.au

INGHAM MARAKA FESTIVAL

26th October

Venue: Rotary Park, Ingham

Contact: 4776 2066

SYDNEY COMEDY SHOWCASE

7.30pm - 9.30pm 24th October

Venue: Townsville Civic Theatre

41 Boundary Street, South Townsville

Web: www.ticketshop.com.au

TRAVELLING BY STRING

12 noon - 5pm until 22nd September

Venue: Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts

380 Flinders Street, Townsville OKTOBERFEST

BURDEKIN WATER FESTIVAL

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November

SHAGGADELIC

6.45pm - 10.45pm 2nd November

Venue: Stage Door Theatre Restaurant

5 Hayles Avenue, Arcadia. Magnetic Island

Email: au.patronbase.com

JOHN EDWARD LIVE

7pm - 9pm 7th November

Venue: Townsville Civic Theatre

41 Boundary Street, South Townsville

Email: ticketshop@townsville.qld.gov.au

TOWNSVILLE REMEMBRANCE DAY

10.30am 11th November

Townsville City, Anzac Park

10.45am Thuringowa Central, Riverway

PBR AUSTRALIA GRAND FINALS

15th - 16th November

Venue: Townsville Entertainment and

Convention Centre

Email: pbra@pbr.com

BUSBY MAROU - GREAT DIVIDE TOUR

7pm 23rd November

Venue: Kirwan Tavern, 154 Thuringowa

Drive, Kirwan

Email: oztix.com.au

January

GOLDFIELD ASHES

25th - 27th January 2020

Venue: Cricket Ground, Charters Towers

Contact: ww.goldfieldsashes.com.au

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS

YEAR OF THE RAT

25th January 2020

AUSTRALIA DAY

26 January 2020

NEW YEARS EVE

AUSTRALIA DAY

STABLE ON THE STRAND

December

MUSEUM OF TROPICAL QUEENSLAND

NEW Permanent Science Gallery

Venue: 70 – 102 Flinders St, Townsville

Open: 15 December daily 9.30am – 5pm

Contact: 4726 0600

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT

9th December

Venue: Reid Park, Railway Estate

Contact: 1300 878 001

STABLE ON THE STRAND

18th - 22nd December 2018

Venue: Strand Park, North Ward

GOLDFIELD ASHES

CHINESE NEW YEAR

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DINING OUT

TOWNSVILLE ART GALLERIES TRAIL

The Townsville Art Gallery Trail is a self

guided free tour that will take you on a

journey to several art galleries in the

Townsville CBD and the Strand. The galleries

you will visit along the trail are a mix of

privately owned, and council run galleries.

With regular exhibitions the galleries are

proud to be showcasing the creations

and artwork by local and international

artists. Each gallery has its own curator and

is distinctly unique, and you will find a wide

variety of art styles represented!

This is a great activity to do for half a day

for adults and kids alike. The trail begins by

winding through the heart of the Townsville

CBD with heritage listed buildings on both

sides. Continuing along the trail brings you

past St James Cathedral with a stunning

view overlooking the Strand ahead and

the Townsville CBD behind. Finally the trail

leads you along the length of the beautiful

Strand beaches.

As this trail is self paced you’re free to

explore the boutique shops hidden in the

CBD, spot the city street art and have a

relaxing coffee or ice cream along The

Strand! There is a wide variety of possibilities

and you’re encouraged to make the trail

your own and tailor it to your liking!

Enjoy the trail! #TownsvilleArtGalleriesTrail

Distance is approximately 3.5km one way

and takes 45mins not including time spent

in the galleries.

Opening hours for the galleries listed below are correct as

of January 2019 however they are subject to change.

Jezzine

Barracks

Stanley St

Flinders St West

A

TOWNSVILLE

ART SOCIETY

The Strand

GALLERY 48 A

Townsville

CBD

SYLVIA DITCHBURN

GALLERY

Flinders St

Mitchell St

Oxley St

Denham St

A UMBRELLA

STUDIO

Leichardt St

THE

STRAND

THE DRILL HALL

STUDIO

A

St James Cathedral

REGIONAL

GALLERY

A A PERC TUCKER

UMBRELLA STUDIO

www.umbrella.org.au

408 Flinders Street, Townsville

Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

Sun 9am-1pm

SYLVIA DITCHBURN GALLERY

www.sylviaditchburnfineartgallery.com

261 Flinders Street, Townsville

Tue - Fri 10am-4pm

Sun 10am-1pm

PERC TUCKER REGIONAL GALLERY

Corner Denham and Flinders Street,

Townsville

Mon-Fri 10am-5pm

Sat-Sun 10am-2pm

THE DRILL HALL STUDIO

www.thedrillhallstudio.com.au

27 Mitchell Street, Townsville

Mon - Fri 9am-5pm

Sat - Sun 9am-4pm

GALLERY 48

www.gallery48thestrandtownsville.com

2/48 The Strand, Townsville

Wed and Sat 12 noon-5pm

TOWNSVILLE ART SOCIETY

www.townsvilleartsocietyinc.org.au

Hut 25 Jezzine Barracks, Townsville

Mon - Sun 10am-4pm

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ART GALLERIES

ALUMINIUM ART EXCLUSIVES

263 Flinders St, Townsville City

Open: Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri 10am - 5pm

Sat & Sun 9am - 1pm

Phone: 4427 5497

Web: www.aluminiumart.com.au

CASTLETOWN JUMP IN SHOP TOWNSVILLE

ART SOCIETY

Castletown Shoppingworld, next to Westpac

Open: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm

Sat - 9am to 4pm

DESIGNS BY COTTERS

390 Flinders Street, Townsville

Open: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm,

Sat 9am - 1pm, Sun 8am - 1pm

Phone: 0458 735 447

GALLERY 48

2/48 The Strand, North Ward

Open: Wed & Sat 12 noon - 5pm,

Phone: 4724 4898

Web: www.gallery48thestrandtownsville.com

MO’S ART GALLERY &

TOWNSVILLE WATERCOLOUR GROUP

2/14 Anderson Street, Railway Estate

Open: Wednesdays (or by appointment)

From 3rd Wednesday in January to 2nd

Wednesday in December

Phone: 4724 2742

NQ POTTERS WORKSHOP

NQ Potters workshop at 15 Flowers Street,

Railway Estate. Fully equipped workspace for

members, classes and workshops

Phone: 4772 3458 for more info

PERC TUCKER REGIONAL GALLERY

Cnr Denham St & Flinders St

Open: Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm,

Sat & Sun 10am - 2pm

Phone: 4727 9011

PINNACLES GALLERY

Riverway Arts Centre, Thuringowa Central

Open: Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm

Phone: 4773 8871

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Photos Julie Stark

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SYLVIA DITCHBURN FINE ART

1/261 Flinders Street, Townsville

Open: Tues - Fri 10am - 4pm, Sun 10am - 1pm

Phone: Sylvia 0419 790 245 Ken 0414 594 621

www.sylviaditchburnfineartgallery.com

THE DRILL HALL STUDIO

27 Mitchell Street, North Ward

Open: Weekdays 9am - 5pm, weekends

9am - 4pm (Closed Easter weekend)

Phone: 4721 2634

TOWNSVILLE ART SOCIETY

Hut 25, Jezzine Barracks,

Mitchell St, North Ward

Open: Monday - Sunday 10am - 4pm

Phone: ‘Art at Jezzine’ 4771 3484

TYTO REGIONAL ART GALLERY

73-75 McIlwraith St, TYTO Wetlands Precinct,

Ingham

Open: Mon - Sun 10am - 4pm

Phone: 4776 4725

UMBRELLA STUDIO

408 Flinders Street, Townsville

Open: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm,

Sun 9am - 1pm

Phone: 4772 7109

Web: www.umbrella.org.au

GALLERY

48

2/48 The Strand

Contemporary Visual Arts

from the tropics and art collections

Gallery at Hut 25

Jezzine Barracks Ph 47713484

Art at Jezzine

Up the hill from the

Rockpool on the Strand

Original local artworks and crafts for sale

OPEN DAILY from 10 to 4

or visit our “Jump In Shop”

at Castletown Shoppingworld

Open: Wednesdays & Saturdays

12 noon - 5:00pm

p: 4724 4898 or m: 0408 287 203

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e: gallery48thestrand@gmail.com

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TOWNSVILLE’S ISLAND PLAYGROUND

FIV

Magnetic Island is magnetic both by name and

nature. Originally named for its interference with

Captain Cook’s compass, it now draws visitors from

far and wide, and for good reason. With more than

22 secluded bays and beaches, spectacular fringing

reefs and a flora and fauna filled National Park,

Magnetic Island is a nature lover’s paradise and with

an average of 320 fine days every year, Magnetic

Island is the sunniest spot on the Queensland coast.

The Island is a charming holiday destination

characterised by the fact that it is an island community

with a resident population of over 2000, and has

a wide variety of environmental experiences and

attractions.

There are tracks meandering all over the island and

perhaps the most popular of them is the one that leads

to the now disused World War II emplacements that

face out to sea from the camouflage of huge granite

boulders. The Command Post offers a breathtaking

360 degree panoramic view of Townsville, Cape

Cleveland and Palm Island.

A huge variety of wildlife can be seen on Magnetic

Island. In fact the Island is sometimes known as the

‘Koala Capital of Australia’. There are also large

numbers of possums, rock wallabies, curlews, raptors,

eagles and parrots, to name a few.

The more observant visitor should be able to spot

most of the 160 species of Magnetic Island birdlife. The

vegetation on the Island is also diverse, with pockets

of lowland, tropical rainforests, mudflats, freshwater

lagoons, eucalypt woodlands and mangrove fringes

supporting an abundance of habitats.

You can get to the island by the Fantasea car and

passenger barge located on Ross Street, South

Townsville or you can jump aboard the 25 minute

Sealink ferry service at their city Breakwater Terminal

on Sir Leslie Thiess Drive.

Come over and enjoy the most relaxing stay you will

ever experience!

West Point

Rollingstone

Bay

MAGNETIC ISLAND

Road

Road restricted to

private vehicles

Walking track

Lookout

National Park

Beach

Young Bay

Retreat Creek

M

Bolger

Bay D

Reef

Shipwreck

Surf Life Saving Patrol

Nelly Bay Ferry Terminal

Helipad

Marine National Park

Huntingfiel

Bay

Take a walk on the iconic Picnic Bay Jetty

Rock Wallabies at Old Barge Terminal, Geoffrey Bay

Photo Neal Saker

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E BEACH BAY

d

Wilson

Bay

Joyce

Bay

Lovers

Bay

Maud Bay

Norris Bay

Endeavour

Creek

HORSESHOE BAY

White

Lady Bay

PACIFIC DR

Balding

Bay

Radical

Bay

Gowrie

Bay

HORSESHOE BAY RD

Florence

Bay

AGNETIC ISLAND

NATIONAL PARK

Gorge Creek

Arthur

Bay

MT COOK

493m

uck Creek

Ned Lee Creek

Gustav

Creek

SOONING ST

Petersen

Creek

ARCADIA

ARCADIA RD

MARINE PDE

Bright Point

ARMAND WAY

Whitfield

Cove

ALMA BAY

Geoffrey

Bay Bremmer

Point

NELLY BAY

Butler

Creek

Cockle

Bay

Rocky Bay

Nobby

Head

PICNIC

BAY

Hawkings Point

Snorkel Trails, Geoffrey and Nelly Bays

Photo Krista Eppelstun

Photo Tourism and Events Queensland

Command Post, The Forts Walk

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WELCOME TO

MAGNETIC ISLAND

Photo Tourism and Events Queensland

Beautiful Alma Bay

Florence Bay

Magnetic Island Race Week

Photo Neal Saker

Nelly Bay is the main access point for

transport into Magnetic Island. The people

mover, Sealink, transfer hundreds of tourists

and locals daily to this point where buses,

taxis, mokes, scooters, and bikes disperse

their passengers onto all the other many busy

locations found on the island. The car and

passenger ferry, Fantasea also docks next to

the terminal.

As you step off the ferry and pass through

the modern terminal, within walking distance

you will find shops including supermarkets,

cafés, a bottleshop, bakery, pharmacy, service

station, real estate agent, ATMs, post office,

travel agency, gift and clothing shops and

car/moke/scooter hire.

Walking tracks winding up through the hills

start or end here. These walks may take a

little while to complete so be prepared with

water, sunscreen, closed shoes and hats.

Picnic Bay is now the most tranquil of the

Horseshoe Bay

bays. It is well worth a stroll along the old

jetty; now that there are no ferries, the fish

life abounds, turtles are frequent visitors and

occasionally you may see a shy dugong

come around the point from Cockle Bay.

Have a game of golf at the island’s only

golf course. The views are breathtaking so

you won’t be in any hurry to finish the nine

holes. You’ll have plenty of company as the

course is home to all sorts of wildlife including

wallabies, curlews and koalas who all enjoy

watching a casual game by holiday makers.

Head along the western track to discover

West Point. Its an ideal fishing spot and a

chance to escape from busy island life.

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Discover the best of

Magnetic Island

VALUE PACKAGES

● Ferry + Bus ● Ferry + Tours ● Ferry + Car Hire

● Ferry + Accommodation

Adult fares from $30 return. See website for details.

18 trips. 20 minutes.

Your quickest link to Magnetic Island.

TROPIC

HIGHLIGHTS

Give us two days and we will

show you the very best of

Townsville and Magnetic Island

in one convenient package

which includes:

• Return ferry transfers

• All day Island bus pass

• Entry into Bungalow Bay

Koala Village

• Entry into Reef HQ

• Entry into Museum of

Tropical QLD

priced from $108pp *

*Concession, child and family packages also

available. Prices subject to change.

BOOK ONLINE AND SAVE

sealinkqld.com.au or call 1300 624 443

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Hotel and Bars 07 4778 5177

1-4 Marine Parade, Arcadia

hotel@arcadiavillage.com.au

www.arcadiavillagehotel.com

GREAT BEER • GREAT FOOD • GREAT PUB

• Bikini Tree Café open to

10 o’clock

• Free Public & Kids Pools

• Beachfront location

• Weddings, Parties,

Functions, Conference

Monday: International Parmi Night $15

Tuesday: Steak Night $15

Wednesday: World Famous Toad Races

Thursday: Trivia

Friday: Live Entertainment

Saturday: Live Entertainment

Sunday: Free Bingo $1,000

Jackpot

• Free Wifi

• Public Laundromat

• 2 ATMs • Ice

• Bars • Bistro

• Pokies • Keno • U Bet TAB

• Drive-in bottleshop

• Live entertainment

every weekend

FREE $1000

JACKPOT BINGO

EVERY Sunday from 2pm

HOME OF THE

WORLD FAMOUS

TOAD RACES

Every Wednesday night

Proud sponsor of Arcadia SLSC

and many other island

community services


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MUST DO ON THE ISLAND

> Navigate your way around the island by road,

or learn more about island life on a stretch jeep

or Segway tour

> Explore the walking tracks through the

National Park

> Take the Forts Walk to spot a koala, see the

World War II ruins and many amazing views of

the Coral Sea

> Observe the rock wallabies at Geoffrey Bay

in Arcadia

> Snorkel the fringing reef surrounding the island

> Cuddle a koala or wombat or kiss a crocodile

at Bungalow Bay

> Visit the local artists and art galleries

> Take the 4WD road and picnic at secluded West

Point

> Sail or charter a boat around the island to

discover one its many secluded bays

> Test your fitness level or just have fun with a

great selection of water sports at Horseshoe Bay

> Climb the island’s spectacular rocky outcrops

> Stop at Horseshoe Bay, West Point or the end of

Picnic Bay Jetty and catch a brilliant sunset

> Back a toad at the weekly cane toad races on

Wednesday nights at Hotel Arcadia

> Grab a bargain at one of 2 markets - Friday

nights at the RSL Club from 5.30 - 8pm or

Horseshoe Bay Markets on the second and last

Sunday of the month, with extra markets during

school holidays.

> Take in a cabaret dinner at Stage Door

Theatre Restaurant

> Play a round of golf at the Picnic Bay

Country Club

> Test out the greens at the Magnetic Island

Bowling Club

> Gallop from the bush to the Coral Sea on

horseback

> See the island from the air with a helicopter ride

> Try a bush tucker breakfast at Bungalow Bay

> Watch the yachts racing in Magnetic Island’s

Race Week

FERRY TIMETABLE

DAY DEP TOWNSVILLE DEP MAGNETIC IS

Mon–Sat* 5:30am 6:10am

Mon–Sun* 6:30am 7:10am

Mon–Sun 7:05am 7:50am

Mon–Sun 7:45am 8:25am

Mon–Sun 8:45am 9:25am

Mon–Sun 9:30am 10:15am

Mon–Sun 10.30am 11.10am

Mon–Sun 11:30am 12.15pm

Mon–Sun 12:55pm 1:35pm

Mon–Sun 2:15pm 3:00pm

Mon–Sun 3:45pm 4:25pm

Mon–Sun 4:30pm 5:10pm

Mon–Fri* 5:25pm 6:00pm

Mon–Sun 6:00pm 6:40pm

Mon–Sun 7:30pm 8:00pm

Mon–Sun 9:15pm 10:00pm

Mon–Sun 10:30pm 11:00pm

Fri–Sat* 11:30pm 12:00am

* Indicates services that may not operate on

Public Holidays. See website for further information.

BOOK ONLINE AND SAVE

Call 1300 624 443 sealinkqld.com.au

MONDAY TO FRIDAY

Depart

Townsville

Depart

Magnetic Is.

5.20am*^ 6.15am*^

7.10am 8.05am

9.00am 9.55am

10.45am^ 11.40am^

12.35pm 1.25pm

2.40pm 3.30pm

4.25pm^ 5.15pm^

6.05pm 6.55pm

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Depart

Townsville

Depart

Magnetic Is.

7.10am 8.05am

9.00am 9.55am

10.45am 11.40am

12.35pm 1.25pm

2.40pm 3.30pm

4.25pm 5.15pm

6.05pm* 6.55pm*

^ Limited availability Tuesday & Thursday only

* Not operating public holidays

* Not operating Saturday except during QLD school holidays

BOOK NOW

MAGNETICISLANDFERRIES.COM.AU

07 4796 9300

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Hawkings Point Track, Magnetic Island looking over Picnic Bay Jetty

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ADVENTURE: ISLAND STYLE

Jet Skiing island style

Water sports are popular all year round.

Plunge into the tranquil waters, or snorkel

along the fringing reef and explore the

island snorkelling trails. Go on a scuba

dive tour to discover the marine life -

it’s a great way to see the tropical fish

and coral reefs. See the splendour of

the dolphins, turtles, and sea eagles

by taking out a paddle board or a jet

ski. Water ski around the island or hire

a yacht and sail through the secluded

waters.

You can go horse riding on the beach at

Horseshoe Bay or for the ultimate views

try skydiving over the island. And when

the sun goes down you can still enjoy the

beaches. Every month there’s a Full Moon

beach party.

Take in the natural wonder of the island

and tour around by bus or taxi. For the

more adventurous cruise the island with

rental transport vehicle, you can even

hire trail bikes, scooters or bicycles or get

off the beaten track with a 4WD drive

tour. There are also 25 kilometres of

walking trails through the National Park.

HORSESHOE BAY WATER ADVENTURE

Horseshoe Bay is the island’s largest beach and it’s

northerly aspect shelters its waters, making it the

premier location for all the island’s water activities. Hire

a jet ski with Jet Ski Hire for the family or cut loose on

your own. Go for a wild tube ride or water ski. Discover

nature from the sea on a stand-up paddle board.

HORSESHOE RANCH

Trekking on horseback through the Horseshoe Bay

hinterland to the beach is an experience exclusive to

Horseshoe Ranch Magnetic Island, with the opportunity

to unsaddle your horse and go bareback riding into the

blue waters of the bay or Coral Sea.

MAGNETIC JET SKI TOURS

Magnetic Jet are the ultimate in jet ski experience.

Established in 1996, they are definitely NOT just another

jet ski hire. There are tours to suit all budgets and have

a flexible timetable. The scenery and rock formations

will blow you away, chance encounters with the local

wildlife will certainly make your day.

The stability and power of LUXURY personal watercraft

is sure to leave a lasting impression. Total exhilaration;

either the 3 hour Circumnavigation or the 2 hour Top

End Tour. Both; value for money, no license required, all

equipment included. Your qualified LOCAL guide will

showcase all the beauty Magnetic Island has on offer.

Open 7 days a week, weather permitting.

Bookings are highly recommended, families welcome.

Phone Pete or Sharon 4778 5533 or AH 0407 785 533.

(See back cover.)

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Car Hire

FROM

$50

• Auto and manual available

• Open top or with a roof

• Free pick up and drop off

from anywhere on the

island

Explore Westpoint and Radical Bay,

the hidden gems of the island only

accessible by 4WD

• Unlimited KMs included

• Insurance included

• Family cars available

• Free child seats if

required

SNORKEL GEAR

FOR HIRE

Hire for Events

Arcadia Beach Guest House & Car Hire

FROM

$35

Beachfront Location

• Self-contained beachfront

house

• King bed air-con en-suites

• Private air-con rooms

• Budget air-con rooms

• Safari Glamping Tents

• Ocean

Views

• Kitchens

• Pool Table

• Swimming

Pool

• BBQ &

Pizza Oven

• Laundry

Facilities

27 Marine Parade, Arcadia, Magnetic Island

Email: info@arcadiabeachguesthouse.com.au

www.arcadiabeachguesthouse.com.au

Phone: (07) 4778 5668

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BIG MAMA

SAILING

Big Mama Sailing offers a unique and

memorable sailing experience exploring

beautiful Magnetic Island with a small

personalised group of 12 guests & three

friendly crew Lisa, Stu, Fletcher (& Coco

the Boat dog). We are owner/operators and

we welcome you into our home, 60ft (18m)

Big Mama. We have a variety of sailing

options available departing Magnetic

Island and we are happy to pick up/drop

off from Townsville for private charters and

large groups. We love sharing our lifestyle

& backyard with others, so if you are

wanting a memorable and unforgettable

sailing experience - join us on Big Mama.

Also, commencing trips in the near future

we offer the option of our other yacht,

Ragamuffin 3.

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SAIL • SNORKEL • EXPLORE • RELAX

COMING

SOON:

Ragamuffin

3

• Adventure Island Sail

Circumnavigate Magnetic Island.

Morning/afternoon tea & BBQ lunch.

Kayaks, paddleboards & boom

netting included.

• Half Day Island Sail

Depart at 9am and return at

1.30pm. Morning tea & BBQ lunch.

• Sunset Sail

2 hours of sailing.

Complimentary beverage on

arrival & antipasto platters.

• Private Charters

Small personalised groups

of 12 Max. BYO is welcome.

Contact Lisa:

0437 206 360

Small personalised groups

www.bigmamasailing.com

Set on 10 acres of peaceful tropical gardens,

plenty of room for the whole family, or a quiet

relaxing getaway by yourself. Enjoy our large

swimming pool, tennis courts, & free BBQ, &

mingle with the wildlife.

61- 79 Mandalay Ave, NELLY BAY

PHONE (07) 4778 5200

info@amarooonmandalay.com.au

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Your ultimate Magnetic Island fun car!

Seats

4

in style!

Includes

Island

highlights

map

• Lots of fun colour options to choose from

• Lower cost Sedans, 5 Seaters & Automatics

also available

For all bookings and

enquiries please call

(07) 4758 1111

FERRY

IGA

SUPERMARKET

CAR PARK

We’re here!

Call in and see us

right next to IGA,

opposite Nelly

Bay Harbour

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ISLAND WALKS

The Forts Walk

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HAWKINGS POINT

Distance: 1.2km return Time: 1 hour Grade: easy

From the eastern end of Picnic Street in Picnic Bay, a

track winds to the top of a large boulder, affording

views over the island to Nelly and Geoffrey bays and

back towards Townsville.

PICNIC BAY TO WEST POINT

Distance: 16km return Time: 5 hours Grade: easy

This walk follows an unsealed road that links the bays

on the western side of the island. The track starts

at Yule Street near the golf course, passing a tidal

wetland, mangroves, paperbark swamps and savanna

grasslands.

NELLY BAY TO ARCADIA BAY

Distance: 5km one way

Time: 2.5 hours Grade: moderate

From the end of Mandalay Avenue in Nelly Bay, this walk

passes through a vine-thicket pocket, climbs gradually

to the saddle between Nelly and Horseshoe bays and

then follows a ridge with views over Horseshoe Bay. The

track then branches, with one track leading to Arcadia

Bay and the other to Horseshoe Bay Road, where you

can continue on to other tracks. A 400m return sidetrack

to the Sphinx lookout branches from the main track,

750m from Arcadia.

THE FORTS WALK

Distance: 4km return

Time: 1.5 hours Grade: moderate

One of the most popular tracks on the island, the

Forts walk leads to historic WWII fortifications and

infrastructure. Lookouts along the way afford excellent

views to the Palm Island Group in the north and Bowling

Green Bay National Park in the south. Koalas are often

seen in trees along the track. The walk culminates in 360

degree views from the top of the fortifications. Starting

on Horseshoe Bay Road at the turn-off to Radical Bay,

the track ascends, sometimes steeply, to follow a ridge

behind the bays before arriving at the ruins of the Forts

complex operated during World War II.

ARTHUR, FLORENCE AND RADICAL BAYS

Distance: 1.4km - 6km return

Time: 30mins - 2 hours return

Starting from the Forts carpark, an easy track leads

down to these undeveloped bays, which provide

excellent swimming and snorkelling.

HORSESHOE BAY LAGOON

Distance: 200m return Time: 15mins

Horseshoe Bay Lagoon is a popular area for

birdwatching. The track begins on Horseshoe Bay Road,

about 200m from the beach, and leads to a lagoon

where a number of waterbirds can be seen.

HORSESHOE BAY TO BALDING & RADICAL BAYS

Distance: 3.4km return

Time: 60 mins return Grade: moderate

The track begins at the eastern end of Horseshoe Bay

beach and climbs through a steep gully of closed forest

to an open eucalypt ridge. One branch of the track

leads down to the secluded Balding Bay (popular with

‘sun lovers’) and the other continues onto Radical Bay

north facing so it’s cool in summer and warm in winter.

Both bays offer excellent swimming opportunities. From

Radical you can continue on along the ungraded road

to end up at the Forts carpark.

FOR THE FIT AND ADVENTUROUS

Time: A few hours (depends on drink and rest stops)

Take in a day of walking from Nelly Bay to Horseshoe

Bay and discover the entire beauty of the Island. Stop

at the many views and see wildlife along the way,

including rock wallabies, koalas and an abundance of

birdlife. All tracks join at various points with distances

well marked. Be prepared for some uphill climbs, the

views are rewarding. Once at Horseshoe Bay, reward

yourself with a cold refreshing drink, a gelato or coffee

while waiting for the bus for the return trip.

SAFETY TIPS

To help protect the environment, and to make

your stay more enjoyable: Take your time, stop

often for rest breaks. On hot days, you can suffer

heat exhaustion. Try to avoid the heat of the

midday sun.

Stay on track and take care on uneven or loose

surfaces. Take care around cliffs, steep slopes

and rock faces along the tracks and at lookouts.

Always carry plenty of drinking water. Wear

sunscreen and a hat. Wear sturdy footwear, not

thongs. Take care for the environment as most

of the island is National Park.

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many stories and special places to share!

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BURDEKIN SHIRE

AYR &

HOME HILL

Photo David Lynham

Photography

Diving on the Yongala wreck

Alva Beach

Welcome to the Burdekin, where unspoilt natural

beauty meets a thriving rural community right on

the doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef.

From pristine beaches to exhilarating adventure sports,

world-class fishing and unique cultural attractions,

there is so much to discover.

Famous for its wealth of water, abundant sunshine

and rich agriculture, the Burdekin is home to over

30km of unspoilt beaches – perfect for walking,

swimming, picnics, kitesurfing, fishing and more.

Boat ramps and landings situated around the district

provide access to creeks, rivers and estuaries as well

as shoals and reefs situated just off the coast.

For experienced divers or those wanting to take up

diving, the S.S Yongala shipwreck is located just 22kms

from Alva Beach. Rated one of the top dive sites in

the world it is one of the only places along the east

coast of Australia where reef and estuary fish can be

seen together.

The Burdekin boasts spectacular wetlands offering

a diverse range of bird species which rival that of

Kakadu National Park. The Burdekin is home to over

26% of bird species found in Australia.

The towns of Ayr and Home Hill offer great boutique

shopping with an abundance of specialty stores

offering fashion, homewares, giftware and more. The

quaint and funky cafés offer delicious coffees and

the many restaurants and eateries offer a range of

cuisines.

The region is alive with events with few weekends

having nothing planned. Get frocked and attend

the infamous Burdekin Grower Race Day; head to

the Sweet Days Hot Nights Festival where you will

experience the First Fire of the season and the back

breaking work of a by-gone era with the Australian

Hand Cane Cutting Championships, or spend a night

at the Theatre and catch a live show.

For more information on what’s on visit one of our

Visitor Information Centres either in Ayr or Home Hill.

Our volunteers offer a wealth of knowledge about

the area and there is some great information on

experiences available in the Burdekin and surrounding

regions as well as accommodation options. For those

who are fully self-contained and just passing through,

the Home Hill Comfort Stop offers a maximum of two

free nights stay.

Where else can you visit in the world where there

are over 300 days of sunshine a year and with an

abundance of fresh water? Visit the Burdekin today

and discover your very own adventure.

‘First Fire’ event

Mt Inkerman Lookout

Top 10 Experiences

1. Dive the world famous S.S Yongala shipwreck

2. Shop ‘til you drop along Queen Street

3. Taste the Burdekin at one of the quaint and

funky cafes or many hotels and restaurants

4. Experience the raw power of a cane fire up

close from June to November

5. Catch a ‘barra’ in one of the many creeks or

estuaries

6. Visit Alva Beach or Wunjunja with your family for

a picnic, water sports or to just relax

7. See it from the top. Mt Inkerman provides

panoramic views of the vast surrounding

landscape, drive up using the road or walk up

the Mt Inkerman Nature Trail (#MINT)

8. Immerse yourself in the history and culture and

follow the Art Trail through Ayr and Home Hill,

walk Pioneer Avenue or stop in at the Brandon

Heritage Precinct

9. Enjoy a show at the Burdekin Theatre

10. Step back in time to WWII and visit Charlie’s Hill

BURDEKIN VISITOR

INFORMATION CENTRE

Plantation Park, AYR.

Phone 07 4783 5988

BURDEKIN GATEWAY

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

Railway Avenue, HOME HILL.

Phone 07 4782 8241

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PALUMA

©Roslyn Budd (Budd Photography)

Cloudy Creek

Crystal Creek Bridge

Paluma Range National Park is at the southern end

of the World Heritage Wet Tropics. Although this area

was settled approximately 120 years ago, its scenic

beauty ensured its national park status. Today, Paluma

Range National Park and the mountain settlements of

Paluma and Hidden Valley are popular retreats which

have never been exploited or overdeveloped.

About 60km north of Townsville, or 40km south of

Ingham, the Mt Spec Road leaves the Bruce Highway

and turns inland towards the beautiful mountains of

the Paluma Ranges. Separating the National Park

from the Mt Spec State Forest, this scenic road is a

monument to human effort as it was built mostly by

hand during the 1930’s Great Depression.

Along the winding mountain road can be found

examples of original stonework and ingenuity, the

most popular of which is the photogenic stone bridge

over Little Crystal Creek 7km from the bottom of the

range. This historical arch was the first of its kind in

Queensland and spans the icy cold crystal clear

water rushing down the gorge. The clear pools, huge

granite boulders and lush rainforest vegetation make

Little Crystal Creek a popular stopover on the way

up to the village of Paluma. Picnic, BBQ and toilet

facilities are available both at Little Crystal Creek and

at Paluma. Walking tracks, some of which provide

stunning views, wind through the National Park.

LAKE PALUMA

Crystal Creek

Lake Paluma is an attractive lake surrounded by

World Heritage Rainforest. It provides a water supply

for approximately one third of the year. Access is

via a 12 kilometre gravel road just past the Paluma

township. There are weather proof shelters for day use

with barbecues and camping sites for longer stays. All

rubbish taken in must be removed, and no domestic

animals are allowed.

Swimming and non-motorised vessels are allowed.

If you are lucky you may see a platypus, peregrine

falcon or eastern water dragon. Due to the popularity

of Lake Paluma as a camping destination, there are a

limited number of camp sites available and you must

pre-book a permit.

Photos Tourism and Events Queensland

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BALGAL BEACH

& ROLLINGSTONE

A A A beachside community with with plenty to to to offer, Balgal

Beach Beach is the is is the the ideal ideal location for for for a day a day trip trip or or or holiday.

The The The beach beach has has has many many attractions and and includes a

swimming enclosure during during marine stinger season

from from from

November November

to to to

May, May,

licensed licensed

café café

and and store,

coffee coffee

shop, shop,

picnic/BBQ picnic/BBQ

areas areas

and and camping

facilities. facilities.

The

The The

BP

BP BP

Service Service

Station, Station,

located located

on on

the

the

Bruce Highway at at Rollingstone, also provides fuel,

Bruce Highway at Rollingstone, also provides fuel,

tourist information, cappuccinos and a selection of of

tourist information, cappuccinos and a selection of

homemade food. The The beach and creek are great

homemade food. The beach and creek are great

fishing spots and there are are excellent boat ramp

fishing facilities spots available and there and are pontoon. excellent boat ramp

facilities The The available natural bush and surrounds pontoon.

cater for the native

The wildlife natural or or bird bush bird watching surrounds enthusiast. cater for Other popular native

wildlife activities or bird and and watching attractions enthusiast. in in the Other area include popular

a

activities nine-hole and golf golf attractions course, lawn in the bowls, area war include memorials, a

nine-hole and and network golf course, of of interpretive lawn bowls, historic war signage memorials,

that

and showcases network the of the interpretive area’s colourful historic history. signage Vincent that

showcases ‘Bushy’ Parker the area’s Park, colourful a a well shaded history.

designated Vincent

‘Bushy’ camping Parker area Park, located a well right shaded next to to designated

a scenic

camping freshwater area creek, located is is ideal right for for swimming. next to a scenic

freshwater A A variety creek, of of accommodation is ideal for swimming. is is available, including

A variety beachfront of accommodation holiday units and is available, cottages, including a caravan

beachfront park and and holiday the the Rollingstone units and Hotel cottages, which is is a located caravan

on

park the the and Bruce the Highway. Rollingstone Designated Hotel which free vehicle is located and on tent

the Bruce

camping

Highway. is is available

Designated for for a a maximum

free vehicle of of 48

and hours.

tent

camping BALGAL

BALGAL is BEACH available BEACH

MARKETS

MARKETS for a maximum of 48 hours.

Venue:

Venue:

Fishermans

Fishermans

Landing,

Landing,

Balgal

Balgal

Beach

Beach

BALGAL BEACH MARKETS

Time:

Time:

The

The

first

first

Saturday

Saturday

of

of

the

the

month

month

Venue: Fishermans Landing, Balgal Beach

Fruit

Fruit

&

&

veges,

vegies,

homemade

homemade

cakes,

cakes,

preserves,

preserves,

arts

arts

Time:

&

&

crafts,

The crafts, first

plants,

plants, Saturday

homemade

homemade of the month

soaps,

soaps,

lotions

lotions &

oils,

oils,

Fruit

books

books & veges,

and

and

bric-a-brac.

bric-a-brac. homemade cakes, preserves, arts

& Phone: crafts, Phone: plants, 4770

4770

7227

7227 homemade soaps, lotions & oils,

books and bric-a-brac.

Phone: 70 4770 | Sept 7227 2019 - Feb 2020

Frosty

Frosty

Mango

Mango

12km

12km

HENCAMP BEACH RD

HENCAMP BEACH RD

General Store

General Store

Boat Ramp

Boat & Pontoon Ramp

Pontoon

BP

BP

Rollingstone Hotel

Rollingstone Hotel

To CAIRNS

300km

To CAIRNS

300km

Rollingstone Beach Caravan Resort

BALGAL BEACH RD

BALGAL BEACH RD

Fishermans Fishermans Landing

Stinger Landing Enclosure (Nov - May)

Stinger Enclosure (Nov - May)

Balgal Beach

Holiday Balgal Beach Units

Holiday Units

ACHERON DRV

MYSTIC AVE

A1

A1

ACHERON DRV

MYSTIC AVE

OCEAN PDE

OCEAN PDE

Studio 26

Studio 26

OCEAN PDE

OCEAN PDE

Medical Centre

& Pharmacy Golf Course

Medical Centre

& Pharmacy Golf Course

To TOWNSVILLE

CBD 50km

To TOWNSVILLE

CBD 50km


Photo Tourism and Events Queensland

Tranquil Jourama Falls

Pure Fruit Juice &

Homemade Icecream

made from

Real Tropical Fruits

OPEN

7 Days

9am-5pm

Ph: 4770 8184

4770 7296

Mango with Icecream

Mango Cheesecake

Pure Mango Juice

& Mango Trifle

Sandwiches & Meals

On the Highway 65km North of Townsville

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Photo Tourism and Events Queensland

Ulysses butterflies

INGHAM, FORREST BEACH,

HALIFAX, LUCINDA, TAYLORS BEACH

HINCHINBROOK

Hinchinbrook Island

Just over an hour north of Townsville is

the tropical paradise of Hinchinbrook.

With Ingham at its centre, the region is

surrounded by rugged mountain ranges,

giant waterfalls, the Great Barrier Reef,

wild beaches and tropical islands. It’s a

place of breathtaking scenery, unique

wildlife, delicious, locally sourced food,

inspirational art and 60,000 years of

culture all woven into one.

• Experience the festivities at the iconic

annual Australian Italian Festival.

• Sample the gourmet offerings of Ingham’s

famous Italian inspired delicatessens.

• Take in the majesty of Australia’s highest

single drop waterfall: Wallaman Falls,

plunging 268 metres!

• Dive into rainforest plunge pools at

Jourama Falls.

• Discover the diverse wildlife, including

the TYTO Wetlands – home to 27.4% of

Australia’s bird species!

• Escape to Zoe Bay on Hinchinbrook Island.

• Take a drive to discover the Lower Herbert

district and coastal beaches on the

Hinchinbrook Way Drive.

• Take a whale watching tour.

• Dive the Great Barrier Reef.

• See the Herbert River Museum in Halifax.

Photo Neal Saker

Photo Tourism and Events

Queensland - Cristoffer Collin

Jourama Falls

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Zoe Falls Pool, Hinchinbrook Island

Photos Tourism and Events Queensland

Jourama Falls

Countryside around Wallaman Falls

TYTO Wetlands Ingham

Photo Neal Saker

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OVERLANDER’S WAY

N

RY

WOLLOGORANG

icholson River

AVON DOWNS

POLICE STATION

Rankin River

HELL’S GATE

DOOMADGEE

CAMOOWEAL

TIRRANNA

Overlander’s Way

MOUNT ISA

GULF OF CARPENTARIA

BURKETOWN

Leichhardt River

CLONCURRY

A2

KARUMBA

Matilda Highway

83

83

QUAMBY

1

BURKE AND WILLS

ROADHOUSE

A2

NORMANTON

A6

Savannah Way

McKINLAY

QUEENSLAND

Flinders River

JULIA CREEK

CROYDON

1

GEORGETOWN

RICHMOND

MOUNT SURPRISE

THE LYND JUNCTION

HUGHENDEN

Lynd River

Undara

Volcanic NP

PRAIRIE

MAREEBA

ATHERTON

RAVENSHOE

Great Tropical Drive

Porcupine

Gorge NP

62

GREENVALE

Burdekin River

WOODSTOCK

AYR

A6

MACROSSAN

CHARTERS TOWERS

RAVENSWOOD

HOMESTEAD

White

Mountains

NP

TORRENS CREEK

Lumholtz

NP

KURANDA

CAIRNS

Herbert River

63

GORDONVALE

INNISFAIL

A1

INGHAM

Paluma

State Forest

Burdekin River

GREAT BARRIER REEF

MARINE PARK

Lake Dalrymple

Magnetic Island

TOWNSVILLE

MOUNT COOLON

A1

COLLINSVILLE

DAJARRA

KYNUNA

The Overlander’s Way is rich MIDDLETON with authentic heritage experiences that are linked

WINTON

together. The attractions explore the legends, characters, colourful tales and rich

landscapes of our fascinating past, in a modern, interactive way.

NORTH QUEENSLAND GATEWAY, TOWNSVILLE

The Discover Tropical Queensland Gallery at

Townsville Museum of Tropical Queensland provides

visitors to the region with a good introduction to life

in the tropics, telling the stories of North Queensland

through powerful interactive displays.

CHARTERS TOWERS – “GHOSTS OF GOLD”

More than a century ago, the discovery of gold

triggered a massive gold rush to Charters Towers,

which grew to become the second largest city in

Queensland.

FLINDERS DISCOVERY CENTRE, HUGHENDEN

Flinders Discovery Centre is home to Hughie, the

skeletal Muttaburrasaurus, surrounded by a large

fossil and gem display of international standards.

KRONOSAURUS KORNER, RICHMOND

Discover the fascinating pre-historic evidence of when

Richmond was once part of the ancient inland sea.

JULIA CREEK VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

While you are at the Centre take a look at the

mounted Julia Creek Dunnart (Sminthopsis douglasi)

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Display. The Dunnart is a small nocturnal marsupial

thought to be extinct until 1992. It is a feisty yet

endearing endangered species.

CLONCURRY UNEARTHED VISITOR INFORMATION

CENTRE AND MUSEUM

Get up close and personal with memorabilia from

the Mary Kathleen Uranium Mine, Robert O’Hara

Burke’s water bottle (of Burke and Wills fame), as

well as one of Australia’s most comprehensive gem

and mineral collections. Cloncurry Unearthed also

boasts Aboriginal memorabilia and the breastplate

once worn by George, King of Friezland.

OUTBACK AT ISA, MOUNT ISA

The exciting world of mining is a highlight of the Hard

Times Mine, Outback at Isa. Guided tours descend

the 1.2km of working mines directly below the tourist

precinct.

BATTERY HILL MINING CENTRE, TENNANT CREEK

At Battery Hill overlooking the township, the 1930’s site

echoes the soul and spirit of the miners and is named

after the original working ten-head stamp battery.


See,

feel and live a

world of difference

in the Charters

Towers region,

your gateway to

the outback, only

90minutes drive

from Queensland’s

stunning coastline

around Townsville.

Charters Towers -

Ravenswood

“The World” as it is

affectionately known

– is big on history

and character. Today the pace is a little less hectic

than the heady gold rush days with visitors able

to explore the rich heritage of Charters Towers in

their own time and not a traffic light to be seen!

Your first stop should be the Charters Towers Visitor

Information Centre staffed with local volunteers

who are very keen to point you towards the many

Charters

Charters

Towers

Towers

CHARTERS TOWERS

& RAVENSWOOD

attractions and activities on offer and assist you with

plenty of accommodation options available.

You will be amazed at the historical significance of

the region, its prominence in Australia’s gold mining

and military story, the stunning architecture that has

been authentically preserved and the thriving lifestyle

enjoyed by 9,000 residents in the town area.

On your way, take a step back in time and explore

the heritage listed gold mining town of Ravenswood.

Only 83km from Charters Towers or 130km from

Townsville, you can visit a plethora of historic

buildings including two original hotels, the Railway

Hotel and the Imperial Hotel, still in full operation.

See the historic Court House and discover stories

about the people who made Ravenswood. There are

many original buildings that still operate - the general

store, a church with its own special ghost story, private

miners’ cottages and the school buildings, to name

a few. Ask for more information at the Courthouse or

Thorp’s Building and get ready to feel the significant

history of this small township come alive as you

wander leisurely around the area.

You will be surprised at how much there is to see

and do in the Charters Towers region, on guided and

self-guided tours discovering the outback beauty of

the natural environment and the historical attributes

and services in the built environment. So, make sure

you allow plenty of time in your itinerary to explore,

see, feel and live the hidden secrets that are waiting

here for you.

Gateway to

the outback...

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FLINDERS DISCOVERY CENTRE, HUGHENDEN

HUGHENDEN

First Steps

to Discovery and Wonder

Meet ‘Hughie’ a life sized skeletal

Muttaburrasaurus

Porcupine Gorge light and

sound show

Shearing the Stragglers

Exquisite fossil & gem display

Excellent souvenir shop

Local and regional tourist

information

Open 7 days 9.00am - 5.00pm (Closed some public holidays)

37 Gray Street, Hughenden Qld 4821

P: (07) 4741 2970 E: info@flinders.qld.gov.au

www.visithughenden.com.au

Welcome to the Flinders Shire, with over

41,000 km² of diverse landscapes and

history dating back over 100 million years.

Hughenden is situated on the edge of a

vast pre-historic inland sea, once home

to many terrestrial dinosaurs as well as

marine reptiles, making this area well known

as ‘Dinosaur Country’. Flinders Shire also

encompasses the smaller communities of

Prairie, Torrens Creek and Stamford.

First stop when arriving in Hughenden is to

the Flinders Discovery Centre. The Centre is

open seven days a week from 9.00am to

5.00pm and closed on some public holidays

and through the hotter months, weekend

hours are shortened. The staff at the Centre

will direct you to all the points of Interest in

the Shire.

Hughenden’s biggest attraction in Porcupine

Gorge National Park, known as Australia’s

‘Little Grand Canyon’ 73km north of

Hughenden. Camp bookings are essential

before arriving which can be done at the

Flinders Discovery Centre or phone 13 74 68

(24 hours, 7 days).

Ammonites

Kronosaurus Korner, Richmond

Marine Fossils

Photos Tourism and Events Queensland

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MATILDA HIGHWAY

COOKTOWN

GULF OF CARPENTARIA

Savannah Way

A2

MOUNT ISA

83

CLONCURRY

1

BURKE AND WILLS

JUNCTION

QUAMBY

KURUMBA

NORMANTON

A2

MCKINLAY

JULIA CREEK

KYNUNA

QUEENSLAND

1

A6

Matilda Highway

WINTON

Great Tropical Drive

HUGHENDEN

ATHERTON

62

ILFRACOMBE

LONGREACH

BARCALDINE

CAIRNS

Overlander’s Way

BLACKALL

INNISFAIL

INGHAM

TAMBO

TOWNSVILLE

CHARTERS TOWERS

GREAT BARRIER

REEF MARINE PARK

CLERMONT

BOWEN

A1

EMERALD

MACKAY

ROCKHAMPTON

Stretching more

than 1700 kilometres

from Cunamulla to

Karumba on the Gulf

of Carpentaria, the

Matilda Highway is

custom-made for

travellers keen for a

taste of the outback,

its unique heritage,

legendary hospitality

and friendliness.

GLADSTONE

BUNDABERG

CHARLEVILLE

AUGATHELLA

ROMA

CHINCHILLA

A1

GYMPIE

SOUTH

AUSTRALIA

CUNNAMULLA

ST GEORGE

TOOWOOMBA

BRISBANE

TWEED HEADS

The Matilda passes through an ever-changing landscape - from undulating Mulga plains in the south

to open Mitchell grass plains and desert uplands in the central west and gulf plains in the north. There

are picturesque billabongs and vast inland river systems, rugged gorges and escarpments and many

scenic national parks. The towns along the highway offer varied experiences for visitors, each with their

own story and history as varied as the colourful Outback characters you’ll encounter along the way.

You’ll also find authentic heritage attractions along the way.

GOONDIWINDI

CLONCURRY

In Cloncurry, home of the Royal Flying Doctor (RFDS)

at John Flynn Place, the Portrait of Cloncurry, a visitor

orientation exhibition, will present an understanding

of the history, heritage and local characters of this

town that prides itself as the ‘Friendly Heart of the

Great North West’.

WINTON

In nearby Winton, the Waltzing Matilda Centre plays

host to the ghost of Banjo Paterson and the legend

surrounding the creation of a national song. South of

Kynuna, explore the Combo Waterhole Conservation

Park, believed to have inspired Banjo Paterson to

write Waltzing Matilda. A 40 minute return walk from

the car park leads to picturesque waterholes on the

Diamantina River, perfect for a picnic. Also well worth

the one hour detour is a visit to the Lark Quarry

Dinosaur Trackways, believed to be the world’s only

preserved dinosaur stampede.

LONGREACH

The Qantas Founders’ Outback Museum traces the

history of our national airline and its very important

links to the Outback and its towns. The new building,

which links to the original heritage-listed 1922 Qantas

Hangar, houses the museum, theatrette and exhibition

hall, a visitor information centre and restaurant. The

displays eloquently tell the inspirational stories of

an Australian business success and the people that

made it happen.

For more information go to:

www.queensland.com/Explore-Queensland/

Outback-Queensland or see the nearest

Information Centre.

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Country near Winton

Julia Creek Dunnart

display

Views from Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum

THE WEST

Horse racing during Julia Creek Dirt n Dust

Festival

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