Events


Townsville North Queensland offers a huge line up of entertainment and events with sports, food, cultural and music festivals in full swing throughout the year. Cheer yourself hoarse at a national sporting match, bask in the sun during Magnetic Island Race Week or enjoy a performance by the world’s finest chamber musicians at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Become part of the exciting calendar of events and immerse yourself in the laid back, vibrant lifestyle. 

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North Queensland Elite Rodeo

North Queensland Elite Rodeo is an invitational only event putting the very best rodeo athletes against the best animals in the country. Theur goal is to not only put on one of the greatest competitions for spectators but to also show junior and emerging rodeo stars that there is a pathway for this great sport.

27th August 2016 to
26th August 2017

Goldfield Ashes

The Charters Towers Goldfield Ashes is the largest amateur cricket carnival in the southern hemisphere. It is conducted in January by the Charters Towers Cricket Association Incorporated (CTCA). The event was recently given the status of being a Queensland Iconic Event. Matches are played on 58 different playing fields, including some which are privately owned. Whilst 'The Ashes' has grown to levels well beyond the imagination of President Jack Mann's original concept, it has not lost its reputation for friendliness and hospitality. Perhaps within that reputation, lies the secret of its past success and assured growth in the future.

20th January 2017 to
28th January 2018

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys v South Sydney Rabbitohs

Witness first-hand the thrilling atmosphere of a North Queensland Toyota Cowboys home game at 1300SMILES Stadium in 2017! Leading the charge is four-time Dally M winner Johnathan Thurston and Australian and Queensland representative Matt Scott, backed up by reigning dual Dally M winner Jason Taumalolo and an outstanding lineup of state and international representatives and NRL talent, assembled by head coach Paul Green. The Cowboys won an NRL record of 11 out of 12 regular season home games in 2016, delighting passionate members and fans and delivering the exciting brand of attacking football they’re known for. Secure your tickets now to see these 12 action-packed match days full of live entertainment, on-field competitions and rugby league at its best!

31st March 2017

Adventurethon Magnetic Island

Paddle, mountain bike and trail run tropical Magnetic Island, North Queensland in the Adventurethon Magnetic Island. This multi-disciplined physical challenge has varying levels of difficulty, catering to the most seasoned athletes or first time fitness enthusiasts. The great thing about this multisport challenge is that newcomers can tackle the leg of the race they are comfortable with, and share the other legs as part of a team. There is even a duathlon option for the non-paddling athlete! The Magnetic Island Adventurethon is one of Queensland's toughest races, and the pinnacle in a series of five events around Australia. Completing this challenge creates a lasting memory for those with the courage to take it on. Be part of the action, either as a supporter or as a competitor. Add a splash of tropical adventure to your life!

1st April 2017

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys v Wests Tigers

Witness first-hand the thrilling atmosphere of a North Queensland Toyota Cowboys home game at 1300SMILES Stadium in 2017! Leading the charge is four-time Dally M winner Johnathan Thurston and Australian and Queensland representative Matt Scott, backed up by reigning dual Dally M winner Jason Taumalolo and an outstanding lineup of state and international representatives and NRL talent, assembled by head coach Paul Green. The Cowboys won an NRL record of 11 out of 12 regular season home games in 2016, delighting passionate members and fans and delivering the exciting brand of attacking football they’re known for. Secure your tickets now to see these 12 action-packed match days full of live entertainment, on-field competitions and rugby league at its best!

8th April 2017

Elliot's Revenge Trail Run

The Elliot's Revenge Trail Run is the second event in the Outer Limits Trail Run Series 2017. This run will take you through the beautiful Bowling Green Bay National Park, testing your stamina on steep hills and satisfying your sense of adventure with creek crossings and challenging trails. With multiple distances to choose from, this event offers fun and challenge to the whole family. There will be prizes for the first three runners in each distance as well as prizes for first place in each age category. Reward yourself with complimentary refreshments after you cross the finish line and enjoy great food and drinks from their local food and coffee carts. Registration is now open, get in early as the runs sell out quick!

9th April 2017

Fantasea Destintation Adventure Clint Robinson Paddling Retreat

How does four days of learning from the master Clint Robinson on Maggie Island sound? A paddling intensive clinic with technique lessons, downwind paddling, strength and endurance sessions , cross training, motivational seminars and some great local food! Each paddler will also go home fully decked out in Zhik 's Clint Robinson range of paddling gear. Awesome! Only 12 places available for this amazing event at Peppers Blue On Blue Resort. Get some skills for the Adventurethon Australia in Townsville or a perfect lead in to Molokai2Oahu if you're keen.

20th April 2017 to
23rd April 2017

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys v Newcastle Knights

Witness first-hand the thrilling atmosphere of a North Queensland Toyota Cowboys home game at 1300SMILES Stadium in 2017! Leading the charge is four-time Dally M winner Johnathan Thurston and Australian and Queensland representative Matt Scott, backed up by reigning dual Dally M winner Jason Taumalolo and an outstanding lineup of state and international representatives and NRL talent, assembled by head coach Paul Green. The Cowboys won an NRL record of 11 out of 12 regular season home games in 2016, delighting passionate members and fans and delivering the exciting brand of attacking football they’re known for. Secure your tickets now to see these 12 action-packed match days full of live entertainment, on-field competitions and rugby league at its best!

22nd April 2017

Tropix Townsville Classic

The Tropix is the largest regional fitness show in the country and continues to deliver the ultimate fitness experience to Townsville and surrounds. This event is the showcase of Models, Bikini Divas, Fitness Models and BodyBuilders with something for the whole family of all ages. Now averaging 350+ entrants year on year the inspiration provided by this event is one you need to see. Situated in the iconic Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre the venue truly lends itself to showcasing the Townsville Region. With the beautiful winter escape weather there is no better place to come and visit then Townsville, North Queensland in April.

22nd April 2017

Dust N Gold Rodeo

Charters Towers is indisputably the centre of Rodeo in the north and has a long history with rodeo. You will be entertained by the best competitors in rough stock and timed event action. A live band will keep the mood going once the arena action is completed. The rodeo is a great family friendly outing and constantly draws crowds in excess of 1,000 people. All the extreme rodeo action takes place under the covered arena at the Dalrymple Equestrian Complex.

22nd April 2017

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys v Parramatta Eels

Witness first-hand the thrilling atmosphere of a North Queensland Toyota Cowboys home game at 1300SMILES Stadium in 2017! Leading the charge is four-time Dally M winner Johnathan Thurston and Australian and Queensland representative Matt Scott, backed up by reigning dual Dally M winner Jason Taumalolo and an outstanding lineup of state and international representatives and NRL talent, assembled by head coach Paul Green. The Cowboys won an NRL record of 11 out of 12 regular season home games in 2016, delighting passionate members and fans and delivering the exciting brand of attacking football they’re known for. Secure your tickets now to see these 12 action-packed match days full of live entertainment, on-field competitions and rugby league at its best!

28th April 2017

Townsville MTB Festival

Mountain Bike Australia are pleased to present the inaugural Townsville MTB Festival. This event will incorporate: - 2017 Cross-Country Marathon National Championships - Explore Townsville Adventure Ride - Castle Hill DHI Eliminator The Explore Townsville Adventure Ride will be a family-friendly event, consisting of two to three hours of riding various trails and locations throughout greater Townsville each day. The Castle-Hill DHI Eliminator will be an invitational and wild-card event for participants and is sure to draw a crowd of spectators. The XCM National Championships will as always be open to all MTBA members with categories ranging from Junior through to Masters. This truly unique event is sure to offer something for all mountain bike enthusiasts.

29th April 2017 to
5th May 2017

Fantasea Destination Adventure Melinda Gainsford Taylor Running Retreat

This is your time! Join them for three days on beautiful Magnetic Island learning from the Olympic Legend Melinda Gainsford Taylor. The package includes motivational and informative seminars, strength sessions, mobility workshops, yoga, free dive lessons, amazing local food all whilst exploring the hidden gem that is Magnetic Island

4th May 2017 to
7th May 2017

Townsville MS Swimathon

The Kokoda Memorial Pool will host the last MS Swimathon event of the season to raise vital funds to help people living with multiple sclerosis (MS). It doesn't matter if you can do 100 fast laps or doggy paddle one, everyone can join in, have fun and support people living with MS - an incurable disease which affects a person's central nervous system. Designed as a relay event, teams must have one swimmer in the water at all times throughout the entire 12 hour event period. Participants can raise donations by asking for a one off donation from friends and family or being sponsored based on the number of laps they can do. Registrations open 29 February, so get involved to help support those individuals living with MS and their families.

7th May 2017

GSM Gruelling Games

Done Miss Muddy…Done Tough Mudder? Accept the gruelling games challenge. Plenty of mud, sweat, tears and prizes! Get your team together, dress up and come for a great day of fun. GSM Gruelling Games is an obstacle course event over two kilometres in length with 20+ obstacles. Complete it as many times as you want in an hour.

20th May 2017

Burdekin Growers Race Day

Burdekin Growers Race Day has cemented its place in the 2017 North Queensland Events Calendar, celebrating their 18th year for the event this year. The day has been hailed as 'the best tropical race day in North Queensland' and boasts one of the states richest fashions on the field prize packages. Their local produce growers display their fruit and vegetables and at the end of the day patrons are invited to take a box of produce home with them. They anticipate another excellent crowd of in excess of 3,000 patrons to be in attendance at the track once again this year.

20th May 2017

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys v Gold Coast Titans

Witness first-hand the thrilling atmosphere of a North Queensland Toyota Cowboys home game at 1300SMILES Stadium in 2017! Leading the charge is four-time Dally M winner Johnathan Thurston and Australian and Queensland representative Matt Scott, backed up by reigning dual Dally M winner Jason Taumalolo and an outstanding lineup of state and international representatives and NRL talent, assembled by head coach Paul Green. The Cowboys won an NRL record of 11 out of 12 regular season home games in 2016, delighting passionate members and fans and delivering the exciting brand of attacking football they’re known for. Secure your tickets now to see these 12 action-packed match days full of live entertainment, on-field competitions and rugby league at its best!

3rd June 2017

Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships

The Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships is a test of skill and endurance, with thousands of dollars in prize money up for grabs for competitors. Bring the family to experience history coming back to life, in the sugar capital of Australia- the Burdekin region. Spectators will have the opportunity to walk through a paddock of burnt sugarcane - an unusual and memorable experience for many city dwellers. Watch tonnes of burnt sugarcane being cut through the grit and determination of the competitors. The dirty, back-breaking work of a by-gone era, the expertise of the 'old-timers', and the excitement of the 'Cut, Top and Load' will be on show again at this iconic Australian event. Novice and Ladies Cup competitions have been added to the program. Championship titles and trophies are presented at the end of the day's competitions. Displays, and a free jumping castle, will add to the day's activities, with food and drinks available throughout the day. The Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships are held at the Home Hill Showgrounds, about one and a quarter hour's drive south of Townsville, and 15 minutes from Ayr.

3rd June 2017

Fantasea Destination Adventure Fitness and Wellbeing Retreat

Your time is now! A Fitness Retreat and a Tropical Island holiday all rolled into the one week – a sweet escape from daily routine to explore your true potential and the rugged beauty of Magnetic Island. They invite you to join them in a place where you can challenge yourself and relax completely, seek insight or escape, flirt with adventure or hang at the beach. Join them for an fitness experience that spans all its offerings, from strength sessions to mobility workshops, free diving, snorkelling and mountain biking to yoga and mediation. Informative seminars to keep your mind active. There will be time to walk the unique island tracks, explore the nearshore coral reefs and time for the beach. They offer healthy meals or the alternative of self-catering, simple group accommodation or the alternative of seeking your own space, and gaps in the program for precious time to yourself. The program is adaptable to different weather conditions and the sessions will be modified to suit all levels of ability. Book now, and let them take care of the rest

5th June 2017 to
11th June 2017

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys v Penrith Panthers

Witness first-hand the thrilling atmosphere of a North Queensland Toyota Cowboys home game at 1300SMILES Stadium in 2017! Leading the charge is four-time Dally M winner Johnathan Thurston and Australian and Queensland representative Matt Scott, backed up by reigning dual Dally M winner Jason Taumalolo and an outstanding lineup of state and international representatives and NRL talent, assembled by head coach Paul Green. The Cowboys won an NRL record of 11 out of 12 regular season home games in 2016, delighting passionate members and fans and delivering the exciting brand of attacking football they’re known for. Secure your tickets now to see these 12 action-packed match days full of live entertainment, on-field competitions and rugby league at its best!

24th June 2017

Spartan Race Townsville

Welcome to Spartan Australia’s first Winter Escape event. By the end of June most people are over the cold and wet, dreaming of warm summer sunshine. In 2017 you’ll be able to escape it all to tropical Townsville where June temps will be in the mid 20s to soak up the sun, race an all new Spartan course on a stunning property is less than 15 minutes from the central business district. This Townsville winter escape will be much more than just a race weekend, they are partnering some of the best locations in Townsville to bring you amazing travel/accommodation package options. The weekend will include a four hour Hurricane Heat on the Friday evening up and around the iconic Castle Hill; Spartan Sprint, Beast and Ultra race on the Saturday, a post-race street party on Saturday night with live music, food and drink, and a free group hike around stunning Magnetic Island on Sunday finishing back at Peppers Blue on Blue Resort for a poolside barbie.

24th June 2017

Fantasea Destintation Adventure Yoga Holiday

Somewhere between a yoga retreat and a tropical island holiday – a sweet escape from daily routine to explore your potential on the yoga mat and the rugged beauty of Magnetic Island. They invite you to join them in a place where you can challenge yourself and relax completely, seek insight or escape, flirt with adventure or hang at the beach. Join them for an experience of yoga practice that spans all its offerings, from dynamic to soft asana practice, pranayama, guided relaxation and meditation, to lively discussions of yoga philosophy, and more. There will be time to walk the unique island tracks, explore the nearshore coral reefs, and time for the beach. We offer healthy meals or the alternative of self-catering, simple group accommodation or the alternative of seeking your own space, and gaps in the program for precious time to yourself. The program is adaptable to different weather conditions and the yoga sessions will be modified to suit most levels of ability. Book now, and let us take care of the rest.

29th June 2017 to
2nd July 2017

Adventurethon National Challenge Townsville

Adventurethon is a multi-sport outdoor activity incorporating paddling, mountain biking and trail running. Each event offers five exciting off-road courses to suit all types of fitness levels including pain seekers, the casual trainers to parents, family members and even juniors! Routes can range from one to eight hours, depending on what the competitor believes they can achieve. Their courses are off road, frequenting areas like national parklands, beaches and hiking trails to enjoy the spectacular sceneries and to experience the alfresco of each location. Any Adventurethon challenge can be done as an individual, tag team or side by side team to gain a different experience for the day. They want you to step out of your comfort zone and try something new!

1st July 2017 to
2nd July 2017

Supercars Townsville 400

North Queensland’s loudest weekend is coming for the Virgin Australian Supercars Townsville 400. Featuring high octane Supercars racing through the streets of Townsville and exciting on and off track entertainment. Children 12 and under receive free Trackside Admission with a paying adult.

7th July 2017 to
9th July 2017

Kids Rock Junior Rodeo, Heart of the Goldfields Rodeo and King of the Goldfields Steer Wrestling

Charters Towers is indisputably the centre of Rodeo in the North and has a long history with Rodeo with the Charters Towers Rodeo Association hosting events since 1948. The event features bulls, broncs, barrels, roping, bulldogging and bucking bareback ponies. A live band will keep the mood going once the arena action is completed. The rodeos is a great family friendly outing, with all of the extreme rodeo action taking place under the covered arena at the Charters Towers Dalrymple Equestrian Complex.

21st July 2017

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys v New Zealand Warriors

Witness first-hand the thrilling atmosphere of a North Queensland Toyota Cowboys home game at 1300SMILES Stadium in 2017! Leading the charge is four-time Dally M winner Johnathan Thurston and Australian and Queensland representative Matt Scott, backed up by reigning dual Dally M winner Jason Taumalolo and an outstanding lineup of state and international representatives and NRL talent, assembled by head coach Paul Green. The Cowboys won an NRL record of 11 out of 12 regular season home games in 2016, delighting passionate members and fans and delivering the exciting brand of attacking football they’re known for. Secure your tickets now to see these 12 action-packed match days full of live entertainment, on-field competitions and rugby league at its best!

22nd July 2017

The Paluma Push

Held in July each year, the Paluma Push is a race from the Paluma Village via the Paluma Dam through World heritage rainforest and cattle property to Hidden Valley cabins. Three courses are available, the 42 kilometre recreational course, the 53 kilometre intermediate course and the competition course which is 70 kilometres. This is a race that changes lives! If you are competitive, the prizes are substantial with both cash and equipment on offer. If you are a rider who loves a challenge, The Push is your perfect ride. But if you want to try an achievable personal challenge that will guarantee you a smile and helpful encouragement then this ride will change your life. Sign on commences before Easter 2017. Don't miss out! Hop in and register when the gate goes up. More than 600 riders every year can't be wrong.

23rd July 2017

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys v Melbourne Storm

Witness first-hand the thrilling atmosphere of a North Queensland Toyota Cowboys home game at 1300SMILES Stadium in 2017! Leading the charge is four-time Dally M winner Johnathan Thurston and Australian and Queensland representative Matt Scott, backed up by reigning dual Dally M winner Jason Taumalolo and an outstanding lineup of state and international representatives and NRL talent, assembled by head coach Paul Green. The Cowboys won an NRL record of 11 out of 12 regular season home games in 2016, delighting passionate members and fans and delivering the exciting brand of attacking football they’re known for. Secure your tickets now to see these 12 action-packed match days full of live entertainment, on-field competitions and rugby league at its best!

3rd August 2017 to
6th August 2017

Fantasea Destintation Adventure Celebrate U

Three massive days dedicated to health, fitness, wellbeing and nutrition - Fantasea Destination Adventure in conjunction with The McDonald’s® Townsville Running Festival is now offering an exclusive package to not only give you the opportunity to achieve your goals in a running festival, but to indulge in meaningful workshops, complementary yoga relaxation mornings, and beautiful new friendships at the same time. This is your time!

4th August 2017 to
7th August 2017

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys v Cronulla Sharks

Witness first-hand the thrilling atmosphere of a North Queensland Toyota Cowboys home game at 1300SMILES Stadium in 2017! Leading the charge is four-time Dally M winner Johnathan Thurston and Australian and Queensland representative Matt Scott, backed up by reigning dual Dally M winner Jason Taumalolo and an outstanding lineup of state and international representatives and NRL talent, assembled by head coach Paul Green. The Cowboys won an NRL record of 11 out of 12 regular season home games in 2016, delighting passionate members and fans and delivering the exciting brand of attacking football they’re known for. Secure your tickets now to see these 12 action-packed match days full of live entertainment, on-field competitions and rugby league at its best!

17th August 2017 to
20th August 2017

Intersport Townsville Triathlon Festival

The Townsville Triathlon Festival is entering its fifteenth year and is now the "Big Weekend" with nine events over three massive days. Catering for any fitness level aged seven to 70, The Big Weekend has something for everyone, also now the proud home of the Club Championships North Queensland, bringing Triathlon Clubs from Harvey Bay to Mount Isa and north of Cairns to the region to compete for the title. Challenge yourself at the 2017 Intersport Townsville Triathlon Festival, and give yourself the greatest sense of achievement for getting involved. The Festival also offers a number of packages including an unlimited race pass for just AUD150. The Festival kicks off in style every year with the Carbs with the Stars Dinner, an event not to be missed.

18th August 2017 to
20th August 2017

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys v Brisbane Broncos

Witness first-hand the thrilling atmosphere of a North Queensland Toyota Cowboys home game at 1300SMILES Stadium in 2017! Leading the charge is four-time Dally M winner Johnathan Thurston and Australian and Queensland representative Matt Scott, backed up by reigning dual Dally M winner Jason Taumalolo and an outstanding lineup of state and international representatives and NRL talent, assembled by head coach Paul Green. The Cowboys won an NRL record of 11 out of 12 regular season home games in 2016, delighting passionate members and fans and delivering the exciting brand of attacking football they’re known for. Secure your tickets now to see these 12 action-packed match days full of live entertainment, on-field competitions and rugby league at its best!

31st August 2017 to
3rd September 2017

SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week

Bringing together the excitement of competitive sailing and community events, along with the ambience of Magnetic Island each August, SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week offers an experience to remember. With top notch racing, live bands and partying galore, the shore side program of this annual regatta is sure to leave you wanting more year after year. You don't need to be a competitive sailor to participate in this great event, there is something available for everyone whether it be jumping onboard the a racing yacht or partying after dark with the crews at one of the social functions.

31st August 2017 to
5th September 2017

Ingham Sugar City Rodeo

Featuring The King of the Cane Fields steer wrestling (Friday night), break-away roping, barrel racing, Pop Sheahan Memorial Bronc Ride, Harry Burdell Memorial Bare Back, jnr. Rodeo and Open Bull Ride Final.

1st September 2017 to
2nd September 2017

Ingham Gold Cup

Since 1879 the annual Ingham Gold Cup provides exciting horse racing, excellent fashion, live music and a great social day. Stay on after the race and party till late with a live band and DJ.

2nd September 2017

Fantasea Destination Adventure Steve Moneghetti Running Retreat

Your time is now! Join Steve Moneghetti for a running retreat on a tropical island – a sweet escape from daily routine to explore your running potential and the hidden beauty of Magnetic Island. They invite you to join them in a place where you can challenge yourself and relax completely, learn new skills , flirt with adventure or hang at the beach. Join them for a running experience that spans all its offerings: long runs, fartlek, motivational seminars, nutrition, strength sessions, mobility workshops, intervals and yoga. There will be time to walk or run the unique island tracks, explore the nearshore coral reefs, and time for the beach. We offer healthy meals or the alternative of self-catering, simple group accommodation or the alternative of seeking your own space, and gaps in the program for precious time to yourself. The program is adaptable to different weather conditions and the running sessions will be modified to suit most levels of ability.

7th September 2017 to
10th September 2017

Ingham Lions Hinchinbrook Family Fishing Classic

Enjoy your weekend at one of the World’s iconic fishing destinations. Great food, live music and up to AUD25,000 worth of prizes. A number of events are displayed on the night for the whole family.

29th September 2017 to
30th September 2017

Rugby League World Cup

Rugby League World Cup – Townsville to host three pool matches. In 2017, the best players and teams from around the globe will descend on Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea for the Rugby League World Cup. The tournament will see 14 teams play 28 games over five weeks – all hoping to be crowned world cup winners, in what is the pinnacle event in international Rugby League. Townsville Stadium, the home of the North Queensland Cowboys will host three pool matches over two weekends, in what is set to be the biggest sporting event in Australia during 2017. The action will kick off in Townsville, when Fiji take on the USA followed by a double header featuring USA vs Italy and Fiji vs Wales. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be at the Rugby League World Cup in Townsville.

28th October 2017 to
5th November 2017

PBR Iron Cowboy

Experience a once in a lifetime event as the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) prepare to deliver two huge nights of the toughest sport on dirt. It's a showdown like no other - elite cowboys versus the toughest bulls on the planet in a three hour action packed sporting entertainment event that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Cowboys all eager for glory as they strive to overcome the power of the 52 most extreme bucking bulls in a battle of power, agility and the fight of the fittest eight seconds at a time. Choreographed with pyrotechnics, lasers, concert sound system and mega screen replays, with multiple camera angles that will take you behind the scenes and inside the bucking chutes as riders prepare for the ride of their life whilst delivering you the ultimate live event bull riding experience inside the Townsville Entertainment Centre. .

17th November 2017 to
18th November 2017