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22nd September 2018 to 7th October 2018

Dino Descendants School Holiday Program

It’s time for children of all ages to have fun learning about the real relatives of dinosaurs with the Dino Descendants school holiday program. Commencing Saturday 22 September, the Museum of Tropical Queensland invites kids to explore and create in the Palaeo Playspace with a gigantic skeleton dig pit, interactive fossil touch tables and dinosaur craft. There is also an all new Dinosaur Trail through the Museum – follow the clues to find all the mini dinosaurs to win an exclusive back-of-house experience. Visitors can also meet and interact with the living descendants of dinosaurs, feathered raptors whose claws and bite are just as impressive as their ancestors, in live birds of prey shows. From 2-4 October, everyone’s favourite singing palaeontologist Professor Flint takes visitors on a journey of discovery through the age of dinosaurs, exploring and challenging all that they thought they knew about these extraordinary creatures in the Legends of the Dinosaur Show. For show times and dates please visit the web site. All activities and shows are free with admission. Admission is free for Annual Pass holders.

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2nd June 2018 to 21st October 2018

Dinosaur rEvolution: Secrets of Survival

Not long ago, what was known about dinosaurs was based almost totally on assumptions made from studying their internal body structures. The rest, including colours and skin coverings, was left to the imagination. Now thanks to incredible research and technology, that this time emphasises also skin and ornaments, we are now able to get a glimpse of the true, bizarre and complex nature of the evolution of the Dinosauria. Dinosaur rEvolution: Secrets of Survival explores the predatory prehistoric world of dinosaurs with animatronics, 3D models and fossil casts that visitors can touch. The exhibits are also backed with close-to-life-sized murals of all the protagonist species, fully fleshed, feathered and restored in living and breathing colours. A travelling exhibition by Luis V. Rey and Gondwana Studios.

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27th May 2018 to 23rd September 2018

Forrest Beach Market

Unwind and enjoy the relaxed beach setting. Market boasts a variety of local arts and craft, fresh produce, plants, bric-a-brac, raffles, kids activities and barbeue lunch. Market occurs on the fourth Sunday of the month between May and September.

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26th September 2018

Run Nation Film Festival 2018 presented by Travelling Fit (Townsville)

Live the passion, the purpose and the people. Now in the fourth tour, the very best running films have been selected to leave your heart pounding and your mind mesmerised. Presented by Travelling Fit, the 2018 collection of original short films will focus on human-interest stories that use running as the medium of storytelling. Two hours of heart-pounding of running – you won’t break a sweat, but you may wipe a tear. From the elite athletes’ experience through to the back of the pack runners, you’ll live the good, the bad and the painful. Because it’s more than just tracks and trails, roads and ultras; these are films that will inspire you all to put on your sneakers and pound the pavement. Real life stories with heart, soul and passion that will leave you thinking, talking and to inspire you to reach your next level best. *Please note: All ticketing is General Admission with no allocated seating with no refunds available.

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28th September 2018 to 29th September 2018

Ewan Races

The Ewan Races honour the true spirit of country racing, by conducting its annual two-day race meeting, on the banks of Stockyard Creek, Charters Towers in North Queensland. With its on track facilities, EATC is proud to offer two days of first class, professional country racing with a prize pool of over AUD100,000, making it one of the richest country meetings on the racing calendar. And what is racing without fashion? Ewan’s Fashions on the Field is a fiercely contested event: Friday dedicated entirely to Microfashion (ages 0 to 17), and Saturday for the adult categories. Other activities include: Live music each night, children’s fancy dress, jumping castle, fun run and children’s sports.

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29th September 2018

Bikes and Bulls 2018 Tour: Battle of the States

Bikes and Bulls is the Number1 Family Entertainment event of its kind. In 2018 they have designed a brand new show that includes never seen before acts with the same heart-stopping Bikes and Bulls entertainment that everyone loves! Whether you have been to Bikes and Bulls in previous years or never seen this show before, there will be action packed entertainment that will keep you on the edge of your seat. They have combined two of the most dangerous sports in the world and turned them into a professionally staged production designed to have the adrenaline pumping from start to finish. Australia’s top FMX motocross riders and the toughest, craziest bull riders go head to head in this world-first event. FMX riders turn themselves upside down over the top of the rodeo arena, while Australia’s top cowboys battle the toughest bulls in the country. With some of the craziest stunts ever attempted in a rodeo and freestyle motocross, they’re strapped in and tapped out. So get ready for some high jumping, adrenaline pumping action.

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1st October 2018 to 7th October 2018

Mermaids are making a splash at Reef HQ Aquarium!

Flipping by for a visit these school holidays are Mermaid Cora, Mermaid Cheili and their friends Mermaid Amelia and Mermaid Jess. Mermaids Amelia and Jess have joined them from the coastal waters off Perth. They swam via the northern channel up the Western Australian coast and along the Top End to reach the Great Barrier Reef. 9.30am to 10.30am daily: meet and greet. 11am t0 11.30am daily: the mermaid show.

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3rd October 2018

The Orchid and the Crow

Theatre Season 2018 Presented by Salvador Dinosaur and Critical Stages. A comedy about an atheist surviving cancer by finding God in Lance Armstrong. Reflecting on Daniel’s real life (and almost death) experiences, The Orchid and the Crow is a solo performance that is part story-telling, part-theatre featuring original songs from the award-winning writers of Otto and Astrid (Die Roten Punkte). Created by the artists behind the hugely successful Otto and Astrid, this is a unique, brilliantly clever and ultimately moving story that audiences have described as ‘life-changing’. The play deals with rarely discussed themes in an entertaining, theatrical, accessible and comical form.

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5th October 2018 to 7th October 2018

Ravenswood's 150 Year Celebration

Celebrate Ravenswood's sesquicentennial with a spectacular weekend of entertainment for the whole family. The town's gold mining history through to the present day mining operations is transformed by a mosaic art project by local artist Shelley Burt in the town common. Throughout the weekend take a step back in time with a Historic photo display, old-fashioned games, blacksmith, Kennedy Regiment display and more. Saturday kicks off at 10am with a parade and unveiling of the mosaic art project followed by live roving theatre performance and children's art workshops. Live music will fill the park from midday until late with a whip cracking demonstration and fireworks. Be entertained on Sunday with market stalls, 'Ravenswood Rush', children's entertainment and live music.

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4th August 2018 to 6th July 2019

Mercer Lane Markets

Set against the stunning backdrop of Mercer Lane Mosaic, a 42 metre long homage to their heritage, this market brings to life Hinchinbrook's finest hand made local art and craft.

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6th October 2018

Kitty Flanagan: Smashing - Townsville

Love songs, algorithms, chimps, clowns and psychics, everything is getting “smashed”. Smashing. It’s fun and learning. Leave the kids at home unless you fancy them getting a real Flanagan style education. Suitable for ages 15 years and older. Contains adult content, occasional coarse language and smoke effects. Transaction fee may apply at time of booking.

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23rd June 2018 to 7th October 2018

Magnetic Island Triathlon

North Queensland's own tropical destination adventure island brings you a great weekend of thrills and spills, an exotic racing adventure begins on the Friday evening, all the way through to Sunday afternoon. They have a Barge to Beach mystery swim on the Saturday to whet your appetite for some scrumptious cuisine on Saturday evening. Sunday you get to swim over part of the Great Barrier Reefs pristine waters as you start your triathlon, for a magnificent sprint course, all around Picnic Bay. Then relax after the race in the iconic bay with a celebratory beer and cocktail.

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7th October 2018

October 4X4 Fun Day

Keen to try out your new 4x4 and don't know where to go? Had a 4x4 for years and have run out of new places? Don't have anyone to go with? CT 4x4 Club Fun Day allows novice and experienced drivers an area to test their vehicles in a range of terrain including soft sand and rocky outcrops, with the surety of having experienced Four Wheel Drive Queensland members on-hand to assist and guide where required or just for recovery. Located just nine kilometres from Charters Towers central business district, the Millchester Motor Sport and Recreation Facility has it all from winch walls to mud pits that host the NQ Off Road Challenge, participants can come for the weekend and enjoy all that the Towers has to offer. CT 4x4 Club is a family friendly club catering for all 4x4 enthusiasts..

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10th October 2018

Constellation Cup Australia vs New Zealand - Townsville

The Samsung Diamonds will bring international netball to regional cities this year, playing a test match in Townsville for the first time, as well as Newcastle as part of the 2018 Quad Series and Constellation Cup. The Diamonds are set to take on England at Newcastle Entertainment Centre on Wednesday 19 September. The last time they played in Newcastle was 17 October 2012 against South Africa. The series will move to Hisense Arena in Melbourne as part of a Quad Series double-header with Australia versus New Zealand and South Africa versus England on Sunday 23 September. The team will then shift its focus to the Constellation Cup, in which it will first face New Zealand at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Sunday 7 October, and again at the Townsville Entertainment Centre on Wednesday 10 October. The regional test matches will give thousands of netball fans the opportunity to witness international netball in their home city, many for the first time.

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10th October 2018

Morning Melodies: Frankly Sinatra

Australian Music Theatre Star Philip Gould and Award winning singer/actress Michelle Fitzmaurice team up to sing and dance their way through 22 hits of the man they called the ‘Chairman of The Board’, Frank Sinatra. But this will be much more than that. The fascinating life story of Frank Sinatra will be told through skillfully written narration and all of this in front of the backdrop of wonderful stills of many of Frank's life on the big screen. The show will also contain many hits from the women in Frank's Life. Nancy Sinatra, Liza Minelli and Judy Garland will be some of the wonderfully talented women highlighted in the production. Classic Sinatra hits will be performed, including My Way, Three Coins in a Fountain, Fly Me to the Moon, High Hopes to name but a few.

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12th October 2018 to 28th October 2018

Burdekin Singers Presents: Madagascar - A Musical Adventure Jr.

Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. follows all of your favourite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York's Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends – Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo – have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided for them. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape – with the help of some prodigious penguins – to explore the world. Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score, Madagascar JR. will leave audiences with no choice but to “Move It, Move It!”

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12th October 2018 to 14th October 2018

Burdekin Readers' and Writers' Festival

Ignite Your Mind Burdekin Readers' and Writers' Festival 2018 will be the third literary festival staged, the inaugural festival occurring in 2015. Organisers of the three day event endeavour to give the local community and surrounding regions the opportunity to attend "conversations with high profile Australian authors" and explore and expand their writing skills by attending Writing Workshops. On the Friday evening "Dinner with the Authors' is a further opportunity for attendees to mix and mingle with guest authors in a pleasant, social atmosphere. Differing from the sometime industrial feel of big city festivals, this Literary Festival will inspire, stimulate and entertain.

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12th October 2018

Arj Barker - We Need To Talk - Townsville

Hey, you got a hour? Look, I've been doing a ton of thinking about...us, and where we're headed. This isn't easy, but I need to be 100 per cent honest with you, even if what I say makes you laugh, very, very hard. You had better sit down for this.... Australia's adopted son of comedy returns with his brand new show We Need To Talk.

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12th October 2018

Happily Ever After

Riverway Session 2018 Presented by Little Match Productions Three unlikely princess want to tell you a very grown-up bedtime story. Having performed to rapturous applause at Queensland Cabaret Festival, Melbourne Cabaret Festival and the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the three princesses of Babushka want to tell you some brand new fairytales. After hit tours of Doll and I Can Keep A Secret, Babushka is back with Happily Ever After to turn your best-loved children’s stories inside out. Be entertained by this wickedly funny cabaret that features the raucous music of Kurt Weill and modern muses from Rihanna to Violent Femmes to Tom Waits. Babushka are ready to give Rapunzel a sharp new haircut, put Goldilocks in charge of the three bears and give a whole new meaning to Puss in Boots. These Princesses who didn’t quite make the Disney cut, but still demand to live happily ever after.

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13th January 2018 to 13th July 2019

Conroy Hall Markets

A fantastic all weather market with a great selection of antiques, bric-a-brac, books, home made treats, local craft and clothing Market held on the second Saturday of the month

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13th October 2018 to 14th October 2018

Glendi Festival Townsville

Enjoy 'A Taste of the Mediterranean' with the Glendi Festival! Glendi is Greek for festivity, revelry, merrymaking ­ - a celebration. Festival goer's senses will come alive with traditional music and dancing displays, delectable foods and cooking demonstrations from around the Mediterranean including Greece, Italy, France and Turkey The festival has always been and continues to be, a free event for over 25,000 attendees. There will also be a variety of children's entertainment and fun­filled activities for the whole family to be involved in. The festival is proud to offer the community an opportunity to reflect on the values and traditions that have helped shape the country and, more importantly, the region.

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15th April 2018 to 21st July 2019

Raintree Markets

Under the shade of Ingham's iconic raintrees of Rotary Park, right in the heart of Ingham. This market offers a diversity of offerings from local craft, bric-a-brac, fresh produce, real coffee, tropical plants and tasty treats. Markets are held on the third Sunday of every month from April to December

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24th October 2018

Morning Melodies - Rachel Cairns

After a sensational start to last years Morning Melodies, Rachel Cairns is welcomed back for another concert in 2018. Join Rachel as she presents Act 2 of her hugely successful ‘A Few of My Favourite Things’ - a journey through more hits from well-known musicals as well as some new and exciting repertoire from more recent Broadway shows. 2018 TicketShop Member Discount Available. Please Note: All tickets include FREE light refreshments.

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27th October 2018

Halloween Dance - Ravenswood

Dance the night away! You're going to have a frightfully great time! Live Band: Mystery Road, Awesome prizes for best dressed categories and lucky door prizes. Bar and Food available throughout the night. Accommodation available at: Imperial Hotel, Railway Hotel, Top Camp Hotel and Camping at the Campgrounds. The Halloween Dance is proudly supported by Resolute and Carpentaria Gold.

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27th October 2018

Townsville Rock Fest

Townsville Rock Fest is an outdoor Rock Concert for the "Mature" minded person , but still young at heart !! With live music from 2pm to 10pm, food trucks and a great atmosphere for an afternoon/evening of catching up with mates and dancing into the night the Townsville Rock Fest is a must for anyone who wants to relive their concert - going heydays and even the younger generation with an appreciation for some good old classic Rock! This is a capped event so get in and secure your tickets quickly so you don't miss out!

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27th October 2018

Ingham Maraka Festival

Ingham Maraka Festival will feature steam train rides, cocktail night, Try-Athlon, rock and roll dinner dance, afternoon tea, pet parade, float procession, finishing with entertainment and fireworks in Rotary Park.

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28th October 2018

Paluma Dam Good Trail Run 2018

Join them for the last trail run of the year in the village of the clouds, Paluma. The event offers a 6 kilometre, 10 kilometre and 20 kilometre course, taking you through the stunning rainforest scenery of Paluma, up and down hills and across creeks. The cooler temperatures make it perfect for running at this time of the year.

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2nd November 2018

Katchafire (New Zealand) and EarthKry (Jamaica) and Naâman (France) - Townsville

Friday 2 November at The Ville, Townsville with EarthKry and Naâman (France) and DJ Red at 7pm. NZ’s Katchafire will be joined by Jamaican maestros EarthKry on the ‘Legacy Love Today’ Australia 2018 tour! Whilst this will be EarthKry’s first trip down under, earlier this year they joined Katchafire on their USA tour and they guarantee they are going soothe your soul with their wholesome fusion of Roots Reggae and Rock! Katchafire’s new ‘Legacy’ album is exciting and fresh with messages of love, hope, togetherness, and family; with the 12 songs on this album being recorded in numerous studios around the world from New Zealand and Australia to LA and Hawaii to Jamaica, featuring collaborations with some of reggae’s finest. Recent line-up changes have added new fuel to the ‘Fire and the first three singles from the ‘Legacy’ album—‘Addicted’, ‘Way Beyond’ and 'Love Today'—have been picking up airplay on roots reggae radio and added to playlists around the world with 'Love Today' hitting the Top 20 on the Global Reggae Chart and a new video for “100” will be revealed soon! There is no stopping the Fire!

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3rd November 2018

Away

Australian National Theatre Live presents a film of a live theatrical performance in partnership with Sydney Theatre Company and Malthouse Theatre. It is summer, 1967, and three families head for the coast to get away, to move on, to change. Set against the backdrop of an Australia recovering from the Vietnam War, and wrestling with social upheaval, this production of one of Australia’s greatest classics pits the internal conflict of family life against the struggle of a country shaping its future. A triptych of glorious mothers—one recovering from the loss of a child, one who fears the same for her own, and one learning to let go—are each determined to take this holiday as a restful time of rejuvenation. Taking up playwright Michael Gow’s challenge to break apart the rules of theatre, Matthew Lutton’s production of Away unleashes the full theatricality of the text; intimacy gives way to the epic, and suburbia is replaced with the dark spectacle of a tempest. As the pressures of family secrets swell and gather into a storm, each mother and each family feels their way towards new, more hopeful ground.

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4th November 2018

Cyclone Sunday

Cyclone Sunday is a free community-awareness event for the public and new residents to Townsville. It informs the community on how to be ‘Cyclone Ready’ at the beginning of the Cyclone Season. Held in Strand Park there are predominately community and emergency organisations that have information available to assist residents prior to, during and after a cyclone. Gather tips on how to prepare yourself, your family and your property for cyclones. Bring the kids, bring the family and get prepared for cyclone season!

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4th November 2018

Towers Rush

This year you'll participate in an Amazing Race style treasure hunt in Charters Towers where you will race to checkpoints and complete challenges to gain points. Be the team with the most points at the end of the race to take out the title at Towers Rush. Be part of the event which has captivated the community and led competitors to abseil heritage buildings, constructing food masterpieces, paddling the river, completing puzzles and challenges and much more!

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11th November 2017 to 10th November 2018

Home Hill Harvest Festival

Home Hill Harvest Festival celebrates the rich agricultural history of the Burdekin and the great lifestyle that comes from living off the land. The festival program commences early October and concludes with the Grande Parade and Mardi Gras in early November. The Grand Parade is a display of colourful floats, magical performances and lots of giveaways. The Mardi Gras features children’s activities, rides and entertainment. As well as interesting and interactive information stalls, displays and art exhibitions. Food and beverage stalls are a plenty offering a wide array of locally made delights and the bar has cold beverages ready to serve. Enjoy live entertainment from an array of musicians and performers throughout the night.

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11th November 2018

November 4x4 Fun Day

Keen to try out your new 4x4 and don't know where to go? Had a 4x4 for years and have run out of new places? Don't have anyone to go with? CT 4x4 Club Fun Day allows novice and experienced drivers an area to test their vehicles in a range of terrain including soft sand and rocky outcrops, with the surety of having experienced Four Wheel Drive Queensland members on-hand to assist and guide where required or just for recovery. Located just nine kilometres from Charters Towers central business district, the Millchester Motor Sport and Recreation Facility has it all from winch walls to mud pits that host the NQ Off Road Challenge, participants can come for the weekend and enjoy all that the Towers has to offer. CT 4x4 Club is a family friendly club catering for all 4x4 enthusiasts.

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13th November 2018 to 14th November 2018

The Gruffalo

A mouse took a stroll through the deep, dark wood ... After sell-out seasons across the world, including London’s West End and Broadway, The Gruffalo returns to Australia. Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in this magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there? Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3+ and their grown-ups… The Gruffalo © Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler 1999 – Macmillan Children’s Books. Family Season 2018 Presented by CDP and Tall Stories

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17th November 2018

Ingham Family Race Day

An all age event that provides exciting horse racing, excellent fashion, live music and a great social day. The annual 'Family Race Day' race meeting is the start of the festive season and this late November race meeting is the perfect venue to celebrate. Whether it be Christmas parties, end of cane season celebrations or just an excuse to have some fun, don't miss this family race day.

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23rd November 2018 to 24th November 2018

PBR Australia Grand Finals

Welcome to the roller coaster world of the adrenalin cowboy as they take on the nation’s most extreme bucking bulls in a three-hour action packed event that will keep you on the edge of your seat from the first bull of the night through to the last. This is the final and deciding chapter of the PBR year-long race for National Titles. It’s a showdown like no other – 22 riders all eager for glory as they strive to overcome the power of the most extreme bucking bulls in a head to head battle of power, agility and the fight of the fittest eight seconds at a time over the course of two nights of competition. 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 and Convention Centre. This is an event not to be missed. This is the one and only PBR National Finals.

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23rd November 2018 to 24th November 2018

Professional Bull Riding

Welcome to the roller coaster world of the adrenalin cowboy as they take on the nation’s most extreme bucking bulls that will keep you on the edge of your seat from the first bull of the night through to the last. This is the final and deciding chapter of the PBR year-long race for National Titles.

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28th November 2018

Morning Melodies - a Couple of Song and Dance Men

Let’s turn back the clock and celebrate the wonderful era of the Hollywood movie musicals and the song and dance men that made it so magical. In this sensational new show, Just a Couple of Song and Dance Men brings together the exciting dance routines and fabulous songs of legendary performers like Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby, Donald O’Connor, Frank Sinatra and many more in one glorious stage production, especially designed for your enjoyment. Who could forget Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor’s dance in Singin in the Rain, or Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra in High Society or even Bing and Donald in Cole Porter’s Anything Goes, and of course not to mention the extraordinary Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly in Ziegfeld Follies. Take trip down memory lane with some of the most memorable music ever written including: The Way You Look Tonight, Pennies From Heaven, Be A Clown, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Blue Skies, Well Did You Evah, That’s Entertainment, You’re the Top, Make Em Laugh and many more.

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5th December 2018

Morning Melodies: Christmas with Karen Knowles

Karen Knowles, one of Australia’s favourite singers, will come to the Burdekin for a special Christmas concert on 6 December 2018. Well known for her Carols and Christmas repertoire and regular performances as part of the Lord Mayors Carols broadcast throughout Queensland on Channel 7, Karen will perform with her musical director David Cameron accompanying her on piano and guitar. Join Karen for a wonderful selection of her hits, standards and your favourite Christmas songs as her music moves you into the true spirit of Christmas.

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9th December 2018

Carols by Candlelight

Join Townsville City Council and celebrate the Christmas spirit at the 2018 Carols by Candlelight. The event will feature a headline artist, performances from plenty of local talent and vocal support from the 80 piece community choir - all backed by the 1RAR band!

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18th December 2018

Stable on the Strand

Townsville's Christmas Festival, Stable on the Strand, celebrates its 17th birthday in 2018 at Townsville's premier event location, Strand Park. Stable on the Strand is one of Australia's most spectacular Christmas events, delighting crowds of 40,000 people over five nights as Christmas is shared with story, song and festivity. Stable on the Strand will feature the Town of Bethlehem: the story of the birth of Jesus told interactively using live actors as wise men, shepherds, Roman soldiers, King Herod, and of course Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus; camels, chickens, goats, sheep, and a donkey for children to pat; huge carousel in the Stable Village; fabulous youth program; great children's activities; amazing entertainment on the Main Stage with local and guest artists; hospitality areas: enjoy the ambiance of Stable on the Strand while enjoying free tea, coffee and Christmas Cake. Entry is free!

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31st December 2018

New Year's Eve Celebrations

Welcome in the New Year in a relaxed, North Queensland style with Townsville City Council's New Year's Eve celebrations! Join them at any one of the locations for a fun family night out involving a movie on the big screen, food vendors, amusements and exciting fireworks display.

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31st December 2018

New Year's Eve Celebrations

Welcome in the New Year in a relaxed, North Queensland style with Townsville City Council's New Year's Eve celebrations! Join them at any one of the locations for a fun family night out involving a movie on the big screen, food vendors, amusements and exciting fireworks display.

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26th January 2019 to 28th January 2019

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 Meeson'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.

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1st July 2019 to 31st July 2019

Supercars Watpac Townsville 400

The racing is sure to be fierce when the spectacular Supercars race through the streets of Townsville once again at the Watpac Townsville 400, July 2019. Don’t miss the fastest and loudest weekend in North Queensland!

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19th July 2019 to 21st July 2019

Ingham Autofest

Ingham Autofest is back and will taking place in Far North Queensland from July 19 to 21 2019. Ingham Autofest will be held at the Ingham Showground each year and the Autofest Crew look forward to working together with local clubs as well as other events already running in Far North Queensland and they are sure that this exciting new event for their region will also compliment their events as well. Autofest is open to everything automotive from Cars, Trucks, Bikes in fact anything that has wheels is welcomed to join in on all the fun and with the theme of a Family Friendly Festival. Autofest events include, Go To Whoa, Spear A Spud, Dyno Shootout, Show N Shine, Autokana and everyone's favourite, the Mighty Burnout Comp. More details will be released over the coming weeks and Entrant Forms will be posted up at their website.

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22nd July 2018 to 21st July 2019

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 2019. Don't miss out! Hop in and register when the gate goes up. More than 600 riders every year can't be wrong.

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26th July 2019 to 4th August 2019

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 ten day program of 30 concerts set in the tropical winter warmth of Townsville, North Queensland. The Festival has been delighting audiences for almost 30 years and has earned an international 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, winter warmth and tropical location create a special atmosphere that entices audiences and artists back year after year.

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18th August 2018 to 24th August 2019

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. Their 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.

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25th August 2019

Ride for Road Safety

Over 200 people ride 18 kilometres (or four kilometre option leaving from the Bicycle Pedlar) through the main streets of Townsville with a green wave through all lights. In 2013 two cyclists where injured and Sue Bell killed when a truck driver attempted to overtake a group of cyclists on Shaw Road. This incident galvanised the Townsville community in the call for safer roads. Mrs Bell’s death and the community’s response to it contributed towards the push for the introduction of the laws to protect cyclists where motorists are now required to give at least a metre distance when passing cyclists, and a metre-and-a-half where the speed limit is higher than 60 kilometres per hour. in 2016 Jeff Ashby was killed by a B double. More needs to be done to improve conditions both in road design and consideration and courtesy given on the roads and by being part of this ride you are making the impact needed to sustain the push for safer conditions. Become a member of the BUG and join the ride. Please register to order your shirts.

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22nd September 2018 to 21st September 2019

On Country

Mungalla Station presents On Country, an invitation to everyone to come and celebrate their way of life. It will be held on September 22 from 10am to 4pm. You will be swept away by the history and splendor that Mungalla has to offer. See the amazing story of the Aboriginal people and that were exhibited as cannibals and savages in the nineteenth century circuses and sideshows of Europe and America now a permanent photographic exhibit housed in the historic homestead. Try your hand at throwing a boomerang. Enjoy a "Kup Murri" (food cooked underground) or their good old fashioned country barbecues. Enjoy the majestic wetlands and birdlife, whilst spotting a crocodile. Enjoy free Indigenous entertainment, local food and market stalls, Girringun Artist Displays, cart rides and children's activities.

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