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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Full Moon Down Under - Base Magnetic Island

The Biggest Island Party In Australia, at Townsville - Queensland. For the last five years, Full Moon Down Under has become one of Queensland's, and Australia's most iconic events. Full Moon is staged monthly and set on the ridiculously beautiful Magnetic Island's Nelly Beach. They hand pick the artists, bringing the biggest acts Australia and the world has to offer so they can commit to delivering an explosive night full of entertainment. With up to 3,000 people from different parts of the world travelling to experience their unique island party, you can expect nothing less then fire twirlers, body paint, plenty of colour and good times! From sunset to sunrise, it is a night you may or may not remember.

22nd July 2016 to
1st January 2018

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

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

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

Townsville Style Over Speed (SOS) Black-tie Bike Ride

Riding your bike is an ad for cycling…so do it in style! Style Over Speed is a traffic-stopping black-tie affair. Over 80 cyclists parade through town along The Strand, out to the casino and back finishing with live music, a bar and a fashion parade by participants with their bikes. Have fun and get dressed up in your fanciest formal gear, match your handbag or manbag to your bicycle and come along! The ride is designed to encourage spectators to smile and cheer at their display because cycling is something to celebrate.

1st 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

Ingham Show

Come along to this classic country show with all the favorites: horses, dogs, birds, wood chopping, art, cooking and school displays, animal nursery, fireworks, night entertainment and side shows. The whole family will enjoy it!

6th July 2017 to
7th July 2017

Landscape with Monsters

Landscape with Monsters is a bold new acrobatic work, a physical symphony to the joyous complexity of being human. Created in response to evolving industrial landscapes, it inhabits the emotional highs and lows of a place faced with uncertainty.

7th July 2017 to
8th 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

Teeming with Life: The Wongaloo Project. Pamela Griffith

Townsville is blessed by beautiful wetlands. In 2014 artist Pamela Griffith visited Clevedon / Cromarty protected wetlands 30 kilometres south of Townsville. Some of the most extensive water-bird habitat in Australia occurs between Giru and Cleveland Bay. This area, with Wongaloo Regional Park at the core is seen by many thousands of travellers passing along the Bruce Highway that runs beside the Mt Elliot range. This is the subject of Pamela Griffith’s exhibition.

14th July 2017 to
20th August 2017

The Marriage of Figaro

Mozart’s brilliant opera The Marriage of Figaro follows the adventures of a household over one crazy day. Masters are lusting over their servants, servants are outwitting their masters – Figaro is the Downton Abbey of opera – but a whole lot more fun!

14th July 2017 to
15th July 2017

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Hermia and Lysander are madly in love and wish to marry. But Hermia’s father, Theseus, wants her to marry Demetrius, who is keen to marry her. Her father threatens Hermia with a future in a nunnery or death if she does not obey him. Hermia’s childhood friend, Helena is in love with Demetrius and his romantic feelings are not returned. Lysander and Hermia run away together into the forest, and Demetrious and Helena follow after. Oberon, the King of the fairies, sees Demetrious and Helena and wants to give her the man of her dreams, with a little help from a love potion. Whilst a person is sleeping, the potion can be poured over their eyes and they will fall in love with the first person he or she sees. He asks his fairy friend, Puck, to help him with the task. But something goes wrong. Falling in love can make fools of us all…

21st 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

Black Mist Burnt Country: Testing the Bomb. Maralinga and Australian Art

This national touring exhibition project commemorates the 60th anniversary of the British atomic test series at Maralinga. The exhibition visits the events and its location through the artworks by Indigenous and non-Indigenous contemporary artists across the mediums of painting, print-making, sculpture, installation, photography and new media.

22nd July 2017 to
3rd September 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

Pop Up North Queensland

Experience Townsville's tropics transformed into a bustling hub of creativity at the Pop Up North Queensland Festival. They've worked with landlords and businesses in the main city street to offer space to artists and other creatives to take them over for nine days. Visit an exhibition or take part in a workshop while you're there to get the most from your experience. Drop in to see an artist work in an open studio, or hear them speak about their work in an artist talk. The Pop Up festival features local, national and international artists - something for everyone. Participants include Ashley Ronning, Jo Lankester, Rosie Deacon, Toby Cedar and international guest artist Piyali Ghosh.

28th July 2017 to
6th August 2017

Strand Ephemera 2017: The North's Sculpture Festival

Beginning in 2001, ‘Strand Ephemera’ has developed to be a locally loved, nationally significant outdoor sculpture festival. The event has grown from within the community, with the support of collaborating partners, and in 2015 attracted over 138,000 visitors. ‘Strand Ephemera’ is a free event and presents a spectrum of work from the popular to the conceptually demanding, and attracts national and international works, while also providing opportunities for regional artists. 2017 will be the biggest and best 'Strand Ephemera' in the history of the event, featuring an exhibition of site-specific works chosen from a nation-wide call for artists; a curated selection of contemporary works by leading Australian and international artists; and a range of musical and theatre performances. Visitors can engage with 'Strand Ephemera' in a range of ways that go beyond viewing the range of artworks on display, including a range of art workshops, guided tours, and taking part in the photographic competitions.

28th July 2017 to
6th August 2017

Australian Festival of Chamber Music

The Australian Festival of Chamber Music presents the finest musicians from around the world in a wonderfully unique and innovative nine day program of 30 concerts set in the tropical warmth of Townsville, North Queensland. The Festival has been delighting audiences for 26 years and has earned a reputation for the quality of its programming and performances along with its friendly, intimate and relaxed atmosphere. There is truly nothing else like it in the world - the unique combination of music, warmth and tropical location create a special atmosphere that entices audiences and artists back year after year.

28th July 2017 to
5th August 2017

Tectonic

Tectonic exists within shifts: Shifts in land, sea, time, space and thought. Dancenorth join forces with the Urab Dancers from Poruma Island, Torres Strait for the creation of this bold new collaboration. Measuring 1.1 kilometres long and 400 metres wide, Poruma is home to 180 residents and is about as close to paradise as you can get. However as global sea levels begin to rise, Poruma is slowly sinking. Performed along a beautiful stretch of the Townsville Strand, Tectonic unites sculpture, movement and sound in a dazzling site specific performance presented as part of the 2017 Strand Ephemera. With the Coral Sea and Magnetic Island as the backdrop, and featuring 180 fit balls buried in the sand; Tectonic is unlike any dance show you have seen before. These micro-trampolines ignite the performance and the dancers as they run, bounce, flip, soar and ricochet across the stage. The fits balls remain buried for the duration of the festival, providing a large-scale interactive installation for the public. Choreographed by Kyle Page and Amber Haines, with guest artists from Poruma Island.

29th July 2017 to
5th August 2017

AFCM Concert

Co-presented by Townsville City Council and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, this free outdoor music concert is proving to be an incredibly popular event in the calendars of music lovers. Located in the beautiful Queens Gardens this is a perfect Sunday afternoon of classical music, showcasing local talent alongside some of the featured artists from the festival. Further details to follow. *Strictly no bring your own alcohol.

30th July 2017