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Tipsy Doodle Paint and Sip
Unleash your inner artist with Tipsy Doodle art parties! Join them for a 3-hour session where they walk you through how to create one of their masterpieces. You don't have to be an artist to walk our with a creation you can be proud of. You can byo drinks and nibbles and make a party of it....Find Out More
Stable at Riverway
The Stable is back at Riverway in 2023! This heartwarming Christmas Festival has delighted the Townsville community for 22 years. As the signature Christmas event of North Queensland, the festival draws over 30,000 people to Riverway for five exciting nights from the 18th - 22nd of December. The event brings to life the timeless Bethlehem Christmas story with live animals, convincing actors, authentic props, and a real Baby Jesus, to immerse attendees in the true spirit of the season which embraces families and people of all ages, ethnicities and abilities. The festival also offers a range of family-friendly activities for everyone including a side show alley, youth area, petting farm, yarning circle, oasis of hope, the Stable express and Raintree Grove where there will be free Christmas cake and tea and coffee for all attendees. There are two stages with excellent local singers and musicians and a food fair every night. Tuesday night there will be a special 'food fiesta' with over 20 food trucks representing a range of different tastes and cultures. Thursday night is 'Christmas market night' for those last-minute Christmas presents. The Stable once known as Stable on the Strand now calls Riverway home continuing to bring this unique festival to life for the Townsville community to experience the joy, hope, and meaning of Christmas through a free community event....Find Out More
Moulin Rouge New Years Eve 2024
Indulge in a night of Parisian decadence to bring in 2024! The doors to The Banquet Centre will swing open at 7pm where you'll be met with curated canapes, French-inspired cocktails, Cabaret and Burlesque performances from the Vavoom Room Dance Group and the sultry sounds of the Sarah Lane Quartet. Live music will keep you moving through the night to call in the new year! Dress to impress in your most glamorous attire. Inclusions: 5-hour beverage package (7pm -12am) including Townsville Brewing Co Beers, premium wines, selected French cocktails, soft drinks & juices. A large selection of Canapes from 7pm Live Music from 7pm Burlesque & Cabaret performances from the Vavoom Room Dance Group This is an 18+only event...Find Out More
Creedence - North QLD Tour - Mansfield Hotel Townsville
Creedence - The John Fogerty Show returns to South-East Qld, embarking on their Fortunate Son Tour. Written and released in 1969, Fortunate Son, has become one of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s most famous anthems, epitomising the sound, spirit and attitude of late 60’s Rock n Roll. World-class lead singer, Andre Lemberg, is the embodiment of brilliant songwriter, guitarist and singer, John Fogerty - legendary front-man of Creedence Clearwater Revival. He gives-his-all, delivering that powerful and emotive Fogerty voice loved by all. As a bonus, audiences enjoy some Texas boogie to open the show, with Oz ZZ TOP ripping through a fun set of greatest hits including Sharp Dressed Man, Tush, La Grange, Gimme All Your Lovin and more! Experience classic Rock n Roll at its best and sing along to the greatest hits of both CCR and Fogerty’s solo careers Bad Moon Rising, Fortunate Son, Green River, Proud Mary, Suzie Q, Run Through The Jungle, Born on the Bayou, Centerfield and many more....Find Out More
Recovery of the Great Barrier Reef
Travellers from around the world come to the Great Barrier Reef, an Australian World Heritage Area, to explore its extraordinary diversity of animal and plant life. Coral reefs face a growing number of threats, from climate change and storm damage, to sediment and nutrient run-off. Join them on an Earthwatch expedition in the water around Magnetic Island to help scientists develop best-practice methods for coral recovery. On this expedition, participants can get involved through scuba or snorkel activities. You will assist researchers in making baseline measurements of environmental conditions, actively removing algae, deploying coral recruitment (settlement) tiles and assessing fish and invertebrate diversity and abundance. By joining this expedition, you’ll be at the forefront of active reef restoration science. You will assist researchers in experiments that aim to develop best practice methods for removing this macroalgae and allowing coral to regrow. You will be directly involved in filling in the gaps that will enable reef managers to make evidence-based decisions about active interventions that support the recovery of the Great Barrier Reef, and reefs all over the world. All accommodation, meals, transfers and research activities included....Find Out More
2024 NRL Harvey Norman All Stars
The NRL Harvey Norman All Stars game is set to be played at Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville. This exciting collision of cultures is set to be an action-packed triple header, kicking off with the Australian Indigenous All Stars vs Aotearoa NZ Māori All Stars in mixed touch football, followed by the women’s Rugby League match with the Women’s Australian Indigenous All Stars vs Aotearoa NZ Māori Wahine Toa All Stars. The men’s game will close the night out with the Men’s Australian Indigenous All Stars vs Aotearoa NZ Māori Tane All Stars. Experience an event like no other, where two cultures with real pride and tradition go to battle in an unreal exhibition of skill, athleticism, and passion. Be there to witness the start of the 2024 NRL Telstra Premiership season as the NRL Harvey Norman All Stars returns to Townsville. Stay tuned for more ticketing information....Find Out More
Castle Hill Trail Run
This event, being early in the the year, is designed to get people into trail running and utilise Townsville’s biggest icon. Castle Hill, just meters short of a mountain, is the city’s most popular walking and running destination. The trails are nothing short of a trail runners dream, flowy single track, challenging climbs, rewarding descents and spectacular views over the city as well as Magnetic Island and beyond. Don’t be fooled by the shorter distances in kilometres as in trail running you also have to take into account the elevation and technicality of the terrain. There is stairs and rock scrambles to be conquered, but the finish line will leave you with a sense of achievement and a want for more. The event offers a three kilometre course for beginners and kids, a seven kilometre intermediate course and a tough 10 kilometre for the more experienced runners. This event offers a great trail running experience right on your front door step. We acknowledge the Wulgurukaba people of Gurambilbarra as the Traditional Owners of this land. We pay our respects to their cultures, their ancestors and their Elders, past and present – and all future generations....Find Out More
Ocean Film Festival World Tour - Townsville
The Ocean Film Festival World Tour includes a unique selection of films of varying lengths and styles covering topics such as ocean adventure and exploration, the oceanic environment, marine creatures, ocean related sports, coastal cultures and ocean lovers. Whether you're into boating, (free)diving, surfing, snorkelling or just enjoy inspiring ocean stories - this is the perfect event to make you love this world's oceans even more, and to dream up your own next adventure! At the Ocean Film Festival World Tour they are committed to conserving the oceans. In each tour location they work with local ocean charities to support them in their crucial work conserving the oceans....Find Out More
Tom Curtain's Katherine Outback Experience Show - Loxton, SA
Saddle up for an epic outback adventure with Tom Curtain's national award winning Katherine Outback Experience! Catch this fascinating one hour showcase of real horse training and working dog demonstrations including hands-on fun for the kids. This is complimented by at least an hour and a half of live music, headlined by multiple Golden Guitar winner Tom Curtain, and special guests Chris Matthews, Melissa Fraser and Laura Frank. This event is all about family fun, it's an experience for all ages. Grab your tickets today!...Find Out More
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