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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Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous

Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous gives you a chance to experience life on earth 145 million years ago. Featuring more than 20 animated, life-size dinosaur models, including the fearsome T-Rex, and Queensland’s very own Muttaburrasaurus, the Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous exhibition will transport you back millions of years to when dinosaurs ruled the earth.

10th December 2016 to
8th July 2017

Shaun Tan’s The Lost Thing: From book to film

Set in a city overrun by bureaucracy, Shaun Tan’s picture book The Lost Thing tells the story of a boy who befriends a strange creature that doesn’t appear to fit in any of the available pigeon holes. Melbourne-based production company Passion Pictures Australia invited Shaun to direct an animated version of The Lost Thing. Several years later, the Oscar®-winning short film emerged. This exhibition features Shaun’s exquisite original drawings and working sketches alongside exclusive footage of the animators and sound artists demonstrating how the drawings were brought to life on screen with movement, sound effects, music and narration.

5th May 2017 to
2nd July 2017

Strata: Faraway Nearby

The collaborative artworks in Strata: Faraway Nearby are not simply an illustration of the experience of place. Rather, they are a layering of similar and diverse experiences from and of different places and spaces that bring varied parts of both Barbara Cheshire and Deborah Cavanagh together to work in concert. Although the sense of a place can be unique, the conception behind each artwork was experienced as more than the sum of parts. Each painting has overarching characteristics from both macro and micro experiences that are identified and described as they understand they are their places and not separate from them.

2nd June 2017 to
9th July 2017

MagnetiCon - Townsville Pop Culture Event

Townsville's first Pop Culture Event was a roaring success, so they are set to bring everything pop culture to Townsville. They will have movie stars, cosplayers from Australia and the United States of America as well as cartoonist that have done work from the Simpsons to My Little Pony. Join in the cosplay competition with a new Corporate Cosplay Competition this year, see Doctor Who's Tardis a Dalek and you might even see someone dressed up as the eleventh Doctor. They will have memorabilia from the Infamous Geek(Platinum Sponsor) on site as well. They will have vendors travelling from all over Queensland selling everything pop culture so they can't wait to see you in Tropical North Queensland during their beautiful winter 17 to 26 degrees.

3rd June 2017 to
4th June 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

Townsville Eco Fiesta

Eco Fiesta is a free event that assists the community in becoming more environmentally conscious. There will be a wide range of exhibitors, live entertainment and the JCU Education Hub to provide you with ideas, advice and inspiration! Why not offset your carbon footprint by making a gold coin donation when you enter Eco Fiesta? All donations are distributed and presented to environmentally-focused non-profit organisations at the following year’s event.

4th 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

Charters Towers Motor Show and Swap Meet

The Annual Motor Show and Swap Meet is a must see event for all car buffs featuring a 'show n shine', super cruisers and go-to-whoa. There is something for everyone including a large selection of swap sites, demonstrations, feature attractions, a vast array of vintage cars and stationary machinery on display and much more including live band, licensed bar and children's entertainment.

9th June 2017 to
11th June 2017

Australian Exotica: An MGA travelling exhibition

Ever since the 15th century, when European cartographers began including the contour of Terra Australis Incognita (‘the unknown land of the south’) in their speculative maps of the globe, the continent of Australia has been thought of as an exotic place. For many of the artists in this exhibition, this European vision is something that needs to be subverted and critiqued. For others, the idea of living in an eccentric environment, with surreal undertows, continues to inform a distinctively Australian sense of place.

16th June 2017 to
16th July 2017

1RAR Band

Come and be entertained as they showcase the many musical talents of Townsville's own 1 RAR Band, featuring vocalist Corporal Deb O'Toole. Enjoy the sounds of the Big Band as they perform music selected from musical theatre, the big screen and popular recorded artists over the past 50 years.

20th June 2017 to
21st June 2017

TheatreiNQ - Alice In Wonderland

Join TheatreiNQ for a madcap adventure down the rabbit hole with Alice and all the crazy characters from Lewis Carroll's enduring classic including the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts and many many more. "I want a clean cup, let's all move one place down. Clean cup!! Clean cup!!! All move round!" Directed by Terri Brabon, Alice in Wonderland will feature members of the TheatreiNQ ensemble including their youngest actress, Emma Smith in the title role. This TheatreiNQ Original Production will thrill audiences of all ages as Alice and the White Rabbit lead the audience on a hilarious journey through beautiful Anderson Gardens. The performance concludes with a very special Tea Party including photo opportunities with the cast. Tickets are limited to each session so bookings are essential. So grab the kids, pack a picnic and enjoy a Townsville winter with Alice and her friends.

24th June 2017 to
9th July 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