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2019 Events and Insider Guide

Whether it's on the beach, the stage, or field, be prepared to experience world-class events in spectacular settings. View or download your 2019 Events and Insider Guide to start planning your perfect holiday to Townsville North Queensland. 

Events

17th November 2019 to 20th December 2020

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. Hosted on the 1st and 3rd Sunday in February and March followed by every 3rd Sunday of the month from April to December. All monies raised proudly supports Ingham Palliative Care.

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30th November 2019 to 8th March 2020

Rescue

How would you react in a high-pressure scenario with lives at stake? Rescue puts you in charge as you discover what it’s like to be involved in land, sea and air rescues. Experience the challenges, technology and training used by specialist rescue teams through a range of exciting hands‑on exhibits. Take the controls of a full-size helicopter simulator, navigate jet skis around obstacles, find your way through a smoke-filled room and much more!

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18th December 2019 to 22nd December 2019

Stable on the Strand

Townsville's Christmas Festival, Stable on the Strand, celebrates its 18th birthday in 2019 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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19th December 2019

PechaKucha Night Townsville VOL. 22

What is PechaKucha? PechaKucha 20x20, or “PKs”, are a simple and visual way to tell stories. You show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images. PKs are presented at inspiring public events, PechaKucha Nights, and are saved as shareable content on their Website. 6.00pm, talks start at 6:30pm sharp.

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26th December 2019

Australia Day - Great Australian Bites 2020

• Multi-cultural food court • Kite display along the foreshore • Live entertainment featuring local bands • Free amusements and kids activities • Licensed bar area showcasing local craft beers and distilleries (TBC)

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31st December 2019 to 1st January 2020

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 2019 to 1st January 2020

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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8th January 2020 to 15th January 2020

School Holiday Camp

The Paluma Adventure Camp is designed for kids (10 to 15 years) who love the outdoors and would like to learn more outdoor skills in a fun and safe environment. This camp requires biking skills and some hiking experience or being able to hike for a few hours with a small pack. Home base will be the Outer Limits Adventure Centre and from there we will explore the many amazing places Paluma National Park has to offer. Price includes: accommodation/camping, fresh food, activities run by professional and experienced staff, all activity equipment, a ton of adventure and priceless memories. Transport to and from Paluma is NOT included (they will organise carpooling).

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12th January 2020

Get Active Expo 2020

Lets get active Townsville! At the 2020 Get Active Expo. Now in its fifth year the expo is a one stop sport, recreation, health and fitness exhibition. Try sports in the active zone, sign up to a sporting club, check out over 100 exhibitors and meet your active hero’s. There will be healthy eating workshops, giveaways and more. The 2020 Get Active Expo, Sunday 12 January at Townsville Stadium, entry is FREE, visit Council’s What’s On website for more details.

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19th January 2020 to 15th November 2020

QCWA Sunday Markets Charters Towers

The QCWA markets promises to be a feast for your senses. Indulge yourself and experience Charters Towers' local hospitality and listen and chat with the stallholders who love nothing better than to share their local knowledge and experiences. With their vibrant colours, locally grown and freshly picked produce is a delight to the eyes, and those freshly harvested fruits and veggies smell wonderful, good enough to eat straightaway. Charters Towers boasts some of the best cooks in the country there are baked goodies, bottled jams and all kinds of condiments for all occasions. Your taste buds will thank you. Craftsmen and craftswomen create a feast for your eyes by proudly spreading their wares, ranging from leather work, handmade jewellery, knitting, crocheting and machine made garment, card making, potted plants and knick knacks that will bring a smile to your face. These indoor markets are a delight whatever the weather may bring. So rain or shine the hall provides a very comfortable venue for everyone to feel at home. Come along and treat your senses to an array of delights. The funds raised are utilised by the local QCWA branch to help individuals and families identified as needing assistance.

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25th January 2020 to 27th January 2020

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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26th January 2020

Australia Day

Townsville City Council will host Australia Day celebrations starting at 7am at Jezzine Barracks followed by the Great Australian Bites event from 12pm to 5pm at Strand Park. These events bring the community together to celebrate the multicultural society and the values, freedoms and lifestyle of the nation. The 2020 Australia Day Flag Raising Ceremony and 2020 Great Australian Bites are presented by the Townsville City Council in partnership with the Queensland Government. The Australia Day Flag Raising Ceremony and Great Australian Bites are assisted by the Australian Government through the National Australia Day Council.

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30th January 2020

Paul Fenech: Fat Pizza

Enjoy all the laughs from cult comedy television sensation 'Fat Pizza' performed live by iconic Australian comedian Paul Fenech in The Ville Resort-Casino's Grand Ballroom.

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4th August 2018 to 5th December 2020

Mercer Lane Markets

Set against the stunning backdrop of Mercer Lane Mosaics, this market brings to life Hinchinbrook's finest hand made local art, craft, produce and garden plants. Located beside Westpac Bank

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2nd February 2020 to 6th December 2020

QCWA Sunday Markets

The QCWA markets promises to be a feast for your senses. Indulge yourself and experience Charters Towers' local hospitality and listen and chat with the stallholders who love nothing better than to share their local knowledge and experiences. With their vibrant colours, locally grown and freshly picked produce is a delight to the eyes, and those freshly harvested fruits and veggies smell wonderful, good enough to eat straightaway. Charters Towers boasts some of the best cooks in the country there are baked goodies, bottled jams and all kinds of condiments for all occasions. Your taste buds will thank you. Craftsmen and craftswomen create a feast for your eyes by proudly spreading their wares, ranging from leather work, handmade jewellery, knitting, crocheting and machine made garment, card making, potted plants and knick knacks that will bring a smile to your face. These indoor markets are a delight whatever the weather may bring. So rain or shine the hall provides a very comfortable venue for everyone to feel at home. Come along and treat your senses to an array of delights. The funds raised are utilised by the local QCWA branch to help individuals and families identified as needing assistance.

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7th February 2020 to 8th February 2020

Manpower Australia - Live at The Ville Resort-Casino

Australia’s Thunder from Down Under return in Manpower – Girls’ Night Outback! The boys are back! The award-winning male revue show Manpower returns with their all-new stage show Girls’ Night Outback. Direct from Las Vegas, these sexy performers raise ladies nights to a whole new level of entertainment. Watch your fantasies come true as these Aussie hunks show off their chiseled bodies, seductive dance moves, cheeky humour and more!

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14th December 2019 to 12th December 2020

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. Fantastic cooked breakfast available between 7.30am and 9.30am Market held on the second Saturday of the month between February and December

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12th February 2020

International Ocean Film Tour - Townsville

The International Ocean Film Tour is the ultimate film event for all ocean lovers. Adventure. Action. Ocean Life. The International Ocean Film Tour is headed to Australia with the best ocean adventures and environmental documentaries on board. 120 minutes packed with the most inspiring short films from the seven seas and the best water sports action of the year. This year's program consists of six short films including Julie, where you hold your breath and meet a free diving filmmaker who has found her creative voice under the ocean’s surface, a special tour edit of the award-winning film Andy Irons - Kissed by God and the environmental film Chasing the Thunder, in which the activists of Sea Shepherd put their lives on the line to protect endangered species from cunning poachers. The International Ocean Film Tour is the world’s premiere ocean film tour. Now in its sixth year, the International Ocean Film Tour visits 14 countries and 150 locations worldwide each year. Book your tickets now!

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15th February 2020

Glory Days: The Bruce Springsteen Show

Get ready for a night of high octane rock n roll when Glory Days: The Bruce Springsteen Show hits the stage at The Ville Resort-Casino with this massive tribute to 'The Boss'. Enjoy all of Springsteen's biggest hits performed live.

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15th February 2020

Hotter Than Hell 2020 - Townsville

The sizzling Hotter Than Hell line up has arrived in style, with 90s and 00s USA rock and punk royalty Everclear and Unwritten Law leading the announcement. Everclear (US) head up the bill with memories of triple j Hottest 100 hits like 'Santa Monica' and 'Father of Mine' due to come burning back as Hotter Than Hell unleash their first ever international headliners. Previously laying low after a 14 year absence, Everclear last made an appearance down under celebrating their 20th anniversary tour in a string of hugely successful shows and return for the first time in three years to pump out their unique brand of singalong rock. Adding more fuel to the fire, multi-platinum punk outfit Unwritten Law (USA) heat things up in Mt Evelyn. The Southern Californian punk legends have endured with Aussie fans for their high energy live shows and distorted power riffs across favourites such as 'Celebration Song' to 'Seein' Red' and 'Save Me'.

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22nd February 2020 to 23rd February 2020

Taylors Beach Family Fishing Tournament

A family friendly fishing tournament provided by Taylors Beach Progress Association. Competition is based at Taylors Beach and has various categories within family, Junior and Open classes. Awards includes best family catch, best junior catch, longest mangrove Jack, Longest Barramundi, Largest Mud Crab and various encouragement awards for Juniors. Competition. Start Time: 7.00am Saturday 22 February 2020 Competition Finish Time: 11.00am Sunday 23 February 2020 Festivities at Taylors Beach Progress Park: Saturday 23 February: Bar opens at 5pm with steak sandwiches and sausage sizzle Sunday 24 February: Bar opens at 12noon with presentation and sausage sizzle For more information please visit Taylors Beach Progress Association Facebook Page. Or contact Chris Clapperton on 0418 716 829 or Brett Haupt on 0488 440 671

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23rd February 2020

Castle Hill Trail Run

The first run in the Outer Limits Trail Running Series 2020: The Castle Hill Trail Run. This event being early in the year is designed to get people into trail running and utilise Townsville's biggest icon. The race will start and finish from the West End State School and the course will cover the trails on the western side of the hill. The trails will not be closed to the public but they will not be using the popular “goat track”. The race has a three kilometre for beginners and kids, a six kilometre and a tough nine kilometre for the more experienced runners. This event will offer a great trail running experience right on your front door step. Registration opens 1 January 2020.

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29th February 2020

Elton John at North Qld Stadium - Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour

After more than half a century on the road and an unparalleled career, superstar icon Sir Elton John will perform his last ever Australian and New Zealand shows as part of the global Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour. Beginning in Pennsylvania, USA in September 2018, Elton John’s three-year Farewell Yellow Brick Road global tour has already been hailed as energetic, dazzlingly-original, bombastic, and a musical masterpiece. The milestone itinerary comprises more than 300 shows across five continents, stopping off in Australia 2019/20 for record-breaking shows. Elton’s legendary catalogue, including beloved songs such as “Bennie and the Jets”, “Rocket Man”, “Tiny Dancer”, “Crocodile Rock”, “Philadelphia Freedom” and more, are showcased in this musical masterpiece – a reflection of his great career, and 51 year collaboration with lyricist Bernie Taupin. “I always love coming back to Australia. Ever since my first visit in 1971 it has held a very special place in my heart.” More than a concert; an unforgettable memory. Tickets will sell fast, so don’t miss your chance to say farewell to music’s greatest treasure.

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6th March 2020

Rescue Up Late

The Museum of Tropical Queensland becomes a live action, interactive playground for everyone 18+ at a special event to celebrate the final weekend of the exhibition 'Rescue'. Rescue puts you in charge as you discover what it's like to be involved in land, sea and air rescues. You can experience the challenges, technology and training used by specialist rescue teams through a range of exciting hands-on exhibits. Take the controls of a full-size helicopter simulator, navigate jet skis around obstacles , find you way through a smoke-filled room and much more. At Rescue Up Late enjoy live music, drinks, fun activities and access to all the Museum galleries - without kids to worry about! Tickets will be available to purchase online in early 2020.

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7th March 2020

Don't Change: The INXS Show

Relive the magic of one of Australia's biggest and best rock bands of all time: INXS. With high energy performances of all the biggest hits, this is a must for any INXS fan. Catch it live at The Ville Resort-Casino in March 2020.

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8th March 2020

March 4X4 Come and Try 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 Come and Try 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 March 2020

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Brisbane Broncos

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys are back in 2020 in their brand new home, the North Queensland Stadium! Experience a Cowboys home game like never before, and be there to cheer on your Cowboys! 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!

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28th March 2020

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Parramatta Eels

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys are back in 2020 in their brand new home, the North Queensland Stadium! Experience a Cowboys home game like never before, and be there to cheer on your Cowboys! 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!

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4th April 2020 to 5th April 2020

Shane Muspratt Cup

The Shane Muspratt Cup is an Annual Under 12’s Junior Rugby League Carnival Hosted by the Burdekin Roosters Junior Rugby League Club at Rugby Park, Wickham Street Ayr.

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5th April 2020

Elliot's Revenge Trail Run

The Elliot's Revenge Trail Run is the second event in the Outer Limits Trail Run Series 2020. 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 male and female in each distance, top 3 junior boys and girls in the short distance as well as recognition 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 local food and coffee carts. Registration opens 1st January 2020, get in early as the event will sell out!

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7th April 2020 to 10th April 2020

Life Festival 2019

Life Festival will be held at 210 Palmerston Street, during the Easter School holidays from 7 April to 10 April 2020. Guest Artists: Pat Morgan - Award-winning Australian Indigenous Country Gospel Singer-Songwriter. More artist to come. Local Artists will also performing Activities will include carnival rides, jumping castles, children and youth activities and a resource expo.

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10th April 2020 to 13th April 2020

2020 Townsville North Queensland Games

The North Queensland Games is the largest multi-sport event in regional Australia. The NQ Games is held biennial and shared between Mackay, Townsville and Cairns. The 2020 NQ Games will be staged in Townsville and surrounding regions and will be the 19th Games. There will be over 30 sports to choose from with an estimated 4000 plus participants to be involved. The 2020 Townsville NQ Games is an action packed weekend commencing with the official opening ceremony to be held on Thursday 9 April 2020. Athletes, supporters and officials participating in the games can enjoy one of the most picturesque coastal cities in northeastern Queensland, Australia. The Strand esplanade, with its pier and water park, is popular. The Reef HQ Aquarium has marine life and coral from the Great Barrier Reef, plus a sea turtle hospital. Southeast of the city, the Billabong Sanctuary wildlife park is home to koalas, wombats and crocodiles. Offshore, Magnetic Island has coral reefs and a national park full of wildlife.

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16th April 2020

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Melbourne Storm

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys are back in 2020 in their brand new home, the North Queensland Stadium! Experience a Cowboys home game like never before, and be there to cheer on your Cowboys! 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!

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18th April 2020 to 19th April 2020

Burdekin Junior Netball Carnival

The Burdekin Netball Association will this year be holding its annual junior carnival at their Association courts at 56 Twelfth Avenue, Home Hill. Teams from all over the North Queensland region will diverge on the Burdekin with an expected 400 competitors preparing to take to the courts.

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18th April 2020

Fiona O'Laughlin Live at The Ville Resort-Casino

Catch one of Australia's favourite comedians, Fiona O'Loughlin, as she brings her trademark dry wit to the stage at The Ville Resort-Casino as part of her latest national tour in 2020.

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18th April 2020 to 19th April 2020

Townsville BIG BOYS TOYS Expo

It's the Expo to discover New Products & Services. We'll be showcasing the Latest Models of 4WDs; Bikes; Boats; BBQs; ATVs; Campers; Cars; Caravans; DIY; Fishing Gear; Hobbies; Quad Bikes; Remote Control Vehicles; SUVs; Tanks; Tents; Trucks; Utes. Plus Weekend Getaways; Staycations & Holiday Destination suggestions Plus everything the Consumer needs to take with them - from Aftermarket Accessories to Home & Travel products It's a Family-friendly Event. Entertainment for ALL ages. 2020 line-up includes: Jetpack Stunt Show; Flying Motorcross Show;

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22nd April 2020 to 26th April 2020

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.

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24th April 2020 to 26th April 2020

Burdekin Auto Festival

A three day event with up to 200 classic cars, hot rods and motorcycles on display including three on site driving events, dancing, live entertaintment and competitions. To keep up-to-date with the event details, please like the Burdekin Cruisers Car Club Inc on Facebook.

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25th April 2020

Anzac Day Charters Towers

Anzac Day is the day to remember every Australian who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. A National Day of remembrance for Australia and New Zealand, originally commemorated annually by both countries on 25 April to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli during World War I. Anzac Day commemorative services are held in Hervey Range, Pentland, Greenvale, Ravenswood and Sellheim, with a Dawn Service at the Charters Towers War Cemetery and morning service at the Cenotaph, observe the Anzac Parade as it makes its way along Gill Street from City Hall to the Cenotaph.

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25th April 2020

ANZAC Day Services 2020

Townsville City Council presents official ANZAC Day Commemorations in partnership with the Townsville RSL Sub-Branch and the Thuringowa RSL Sub-Branch ANZAC Day is nationally recognised as a day to pay respect to and acknowledge those Australian and New Zealand service men and women who have served and lost their lives in war ANZAC Day services and marches are held to mark the anniversary of the first major military action, wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

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25th April 2020 to 26th April 2020

Canefield Ashes Carnival

The Canefield Ashes brings the excitement of 20/20 cricket to the sugar capital of Australia. The competition has quickly developed into a great weekend of cricket, mateship and socialising. The two-day contest is held over a weekend and attracts teams from the Burdekin as well as Bowen, Proserpine and Charters Towers.

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25th April 2020

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys are back in 2020 in their brand new home, the North Queensland Stadium! Experience a Cowboys home game like never before, and be there to cheer on your Cowboys! 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!

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26th April 2020

Burdekin Sugar Rush

The Burdekin Sugar Rush is the signature running event for the Burdekin Road Runners and Walkers Club. The event not only showcases the spectacular features of the Burdekin Shire, but also celebrates the role that fun and fitness has in the community. The event attracts running enthusiasts from around the region (including Townsville, Cairns, Charters Towers, Whitsundays and Mackay) and also has a key focus of attracting first time competitors through the provision of a half marathon (21 kilometres), five and ten kilometre fun run, team challenge and kids fun run. Most participants take part for the personal challenge, the experience of a vibrant community event and embracing an active and healthy lifestyle. The Rush Aims to: Create a signature running event for the district. Profile the Burdekin’s quality health and fitness facilities which enhance the visitor experience, which will in turn increase economic activity for the district. Promote to visitors that participating is an excellent way to experience the district’s wonderful lifestyle. Sugar Rush Start Times: 6.30am 21 kilometres. 7.15am 10 kilometres. 7.30am 5 kilometres, Seniors, Juniors Under16 and Pram Push.

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1st May 2020 to 3rd May 2020

North Queensland Sportfishing Championships

The North Queensland Sportfishing Championships "NQ Champs" is an equal opportunity, family friendly sportfishing event catering for male, female and junior anglers. Participants are invited from sportfishing clubs across Queensland to come together, compete, socialise and experience what Hinchinbrook has to offer. The event also encourages non-club members from within the Hinchinbrook community, as well as other regions across Queensland to attend the event. Fishing: 1 May 2020 to 3 May 2020 Camping: Halifax Hall Grounds: 30 April 2020 to 4 April 2020 Presentations: Halifax Hall: 3 May 2020

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2nd May 2020 to 4th May 2020

Home Hill Sugar Bowl

The Home Hill Sugar Bowl will celebrate its 40th year of team tennis in 2020. Teams come from Mackay to Ingham and west from Charters Towers to compete.

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2nd May 2020

Two Fires: The Chisel/Barnes Show

Get ready for a night of classic Australian tunes like no other as Two Fires: The Chisel/Barnes show hits the stage at The Ville Resort-Casino with an epic tribute to rock royalty Jimmy Barnes.

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3rd May 2020

Groovin the Moo

Groovin the Moo (GTM) is now hitting the road for the 2020 tour! Landing in Townsville on Sunday 3 May (long weekend). GTM’s increasingly recognised trademark is that of a fun and value-packed day complete with a twist of country hospitality and inclusivity. GTM tours acts from all genres which in turn reflects the importance of diversity for the festival. General on sale starts in early February. Life's better when you're Groovin.

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8th May 2020 to 18th May 2020

Burdekin Junior Eisteddfod

The largest event held in the Burdekin for the youth of North Queensland will showcase their talents in all cultural fields including music, visual art, dance and theatre. Over 2000 competitors perform on the Burdekin Theatre stage during this 10 day event.

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8th May 2020 to 9th May 2020

Ingham Sugar City Rodeo

A full-points ABCRA affiliated rodeo, Ingham Sugar City Rodeo is action-packed family fun for competitors and spectators alike. Bulls, Broncs, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Rope and Tie, Break-Away Roping, Steer Undecorating, Barrel Racing – just to name a few events – will keep spectators engaged and enthralled. Licenced bar and hot food is available for purchase.

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9th May 2020

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Gold Coast Titans

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys are back in 2020 in their brand new home, the North Queensland Stadium! Experience a Cowboys home game like never before, and be there to cheer on your Cowboys! 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!

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10th May 2020

Townsville Mothers Day 5k Colour Frenzy

Mothers Day Colour Frenzy is coming! A Colourful day for everyone! Sunday 10 May 2020, they will be holding the Fun Walk / Run at Riverway Stadium. Their Colour Frenzy Goal is to raise over AUD5000 for Angel Paws Animal Rescue Townsville and to raise over AUD100000 for Animal Rescues across Australia in 2020. They are bringing the best of all events with their Colour Stations, Foam Station and Obstacles designed for all ages! Come have a laugh and join in the Colour Frenzy family fun! Markets and Event start at 7am at Park lands, with their fun run warm up starts at 8.15am and the walk / run at 8.30am. They will have a short 1.65 kilometre loop track marked out for everyone to follow with multiple colourful zones along the way. You can do 1, 2 or 3 laps, its your choice! You can Walk, Jog, Run or even crawl. It’s completely self-paced and untimed. No pressure! Make your Mothers Day with Colour!

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10th May 2020

May 4X4 Come and Try 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 Come and Try 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 May 2020 to 13th September 2020

Lucinda Markets

The Lucinda markets are on every second Sunday from May to September. Win a meat tray or a bag of prawns. Soak up the relaxing casual atmosphere. Enjoy the music. Indulge in a coffee, hot food, seaside views. Entertain the children (playground); stroll the beach; lunch in Lucinda; browse over 20 stalls. Make sure you plan enough time to enjoy the Lucinda. Lucinda is a photographer's dream destination. The contrast of the rising or setting sun, golden beach, calm sea and backdrop of Hinchinbrook Island juxtaposed against the engineering marvel that is Lucinda jetty makes for a composition that even amateur photographers will delight in. With a plethora of vantage points to capture the an array of shots, the incredible opportunities for photography have been known to waylay plans for the day or even longer.

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16th May 2020

Burdekin Growers Race Day

The Burdekin’s premier annual social event celebrates racing, fashion, mega prize draws, super bets, five event local horse racing program, boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables to give away and live entertainment. For more info visit their website.

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16th May 2020

Street Science! Townsville

Word Science Festival Brisbane returns to Townsville in 2020 with an action-packed regional program! On Saturday 16 May the Museum of Tropical Queensland will turn into a science playground with free admission all day and immersive, family-friendly events for everyone to enjoy. From virtual reality to robotics, and geoscience to chemistry, the wonder and excitement of STEM will be open for business in all its colour, noise and glory!

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22nd May 2020 to 19th July 2020

The Percivals 2020

Having begun in 2007, The Percivals is an open competition for artists. Call for entries are now open for the biennial Percival Portrait Painting Prize (North Queensland’s own portrait prize), together with the Percival Photographic Portrait Prize (returning for the fourth instalment since its debut in 2014) and the Percival Animal Portrait Prize. The Percivals awards provide a platform to showcase the outstanding and innovative work currently being produced by Australian artists, both experienced and emerging.

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22nd May 2020

Elvis: The Early Years

Catch acclaimed Elvis impersonator, Brody Finlay live on stage at The Ville Resort-Casino as he pays tribute to the early year's of The King. With performances of some of Elvis' biggest hits, this is a show not to be missed for any die-hard Elvis fan.

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22nd May 2020

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus South Sydney Rabbitohs

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys are back in 2020 in their brand new home, the North Queensland Stadium! Experience a Cowboys home game like never before, and be there to cheer on your Cowboys! 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!

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23rd May 2020

Tasman Turtle's Picnic Day

Enjoy a day of adventure and discovery of art, culture, nature and knowledge with Tasman Turtle and his friends at their annual family Picnic Day. The day will be filled with activities, workshops, games, food and entertainment for you and your family. Cost: Free entry.

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23rd May 2020

The Two Bays Trail Run 2020

Outer Limits hosts the Two Bays Trail Run on Magnetic Island. The spectacular run takes you from Nelly Bay to the other side of the Island and finishes at the picture perfect Arcadia Bay. And the best part, the finish line is at the Arcadia Hotel, only 3 steps away from the pool and the bar. The event offers a 6 kilometre, 10 kilometre and a 20 kilometre course, both are challenging and beautiful at the same time.

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24th May 2020 to 27th September 2020

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 food vendors. Market occurs on the fourth Sunday of the month between May and September.

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28th May 2020 to 30th May 2020

Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festival

Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festival is now a three day festival that incorporates the First Fire of the crushing season, Burdekin Cultural Fair and the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships. The Burdekin region is one of the last regions in Australia to still burn sugar cane before it is harvested. The First Fire celebrates that fact and involves burning the purpose grown cane to be cut in the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships. The Burdekin Cultural Fair celebrates the many cultures that make the Burdekin the friendly, multicultural town it is and 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. The First Fire and 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. The Burdekin Cultural Fair is held next to the PCYC on Macmillan Street in Ayr.

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28th May 2020 to 30th May 2020

Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festival

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. 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. Sit back and enjoy live entertainment, wander through vintage machinery from yesteryear, take part in a workshop or two, enjoy a bite to eat from one of the many food providers or have a cold drink from the bar. There is something to do for the whole family with free children’s craft and activities, an animal farm, jumping castle and mini train rides. 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.

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30th May 2020 to 31st May 2020

Townsville Magneticon Cosplay and Gaming Expo

Townsville's first and largest Cosplay and Gaming Expo with exhibitors from all over Australia. A local event that allows those to find their alter ego and dress in their favourite character. Join in the fun and explore the many things to see and do over a massive two day fan fair.

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5th June 2020 to 7th June 2020

Charters Towers Motor Show and Swap Meet

The Annual Motor Show and Swap Meet is a must see event for all car enthusiasts featuring a 'show n shine', super cruises 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.

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6th June 2020

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Sydney Roosters

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys are back in 2020 in their brand new home, the North Queensland Stadium! Experience a Cowboys home game like never before, and be there to cheer on your Cowboys! 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!

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7th June 2020

Eco Fiesta 2020

Find out how you can lead a more sustainable lifestyle at Townsville City Council's Eco Fiesta. This popular annual event features exhibitors and market stalls, demonstrations, presentations from guest speakers, live entertainment, tree giveaways, food vendors and amusements. Come along and also celebrate the Queens Gardens 50th Anniversary!

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11th June 2020 to 14th June 2020

Palm Creek Folk Festival

The Palm Creek Folk Festival is held annually on the first weekend on June starting on the Thursday and running until Sunday. The festival features live music from a cross section of musical genre's from artists and bands from all over Australia and internationally. The festival incorporates workshops, a Kids Festival, Youth live music stage, great market stalls, street theatre and performance art. The festival is snuggled at the foot of the Mount Surround at the Mountain View Caravan park on the Bruce Highway. The festival is run by the Townsville Folk and Acoustic Music Club.

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12th June 2020 to 14th June 2020

Gold City Campdraft

Campdrafting is a fun, family friendly event. Come and experience the art of campdrafting, in which a horse and its rider needs to control a beast around a set course. It requires a 'cowy' horse, a talented rider, lots of skill and a fair bit of luck!

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13th June 2020

Fleetwood Mac: Running in the Shadows

Experience the iconic music of Fleetwood Mac performed live at The Ville Resort-Casino in this stunning tribute show. With performances of all the biggest hits, this is an essential experience for any Fleetwood Mac fan.

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14th June 2020

Pet Expo

Gather your paw-fect pals and slither on down to Townsville City Council’s Pet Expo! All pets are welcome if they are safe and secure at this FREE family event. Don’t miss the huge range of exhibitors attending including animal behavioristics, groomers, vets, pet services and so much more. Plus, there will be lots of Op-paw-tunities to enter competitions and win prizes!

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18th June 2020 to 30th June 2020

Dam Fine Rally

Dam Fine Rally is a gathering of campervans, mobile homes and caravans from all around Australia that come together for social activities and markets. A program of activities is organised for five days and visitors are encouraged to enjoy other events and tourist attractions in the Region.

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19th June 2020

Practically Perfect: The Music of Julie Andrews

Get ready for a night of magic as they take a trip down memory lane, with Practically Perfect: The Music of Julie Andrews. With performances of all her most celebrated tunes, settle in for a showstopping tribute to a genuine entertainment icon.

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20th June 2020

Mike Carney Toyota Townsville Barbecue Battle

On June 20, 2020 the ABA Sanctioned Townsville Barbecue Battle returns to Strand Park. Building on the success of the inaugural event in 2019, this year’s competition will be bigger and better. Again you will see teams from Townsville and across the State will compete in the world of Low and Slow barbecue. The proteins are still being finalised but teams will use only the power of wood, fire and smoke to create mouth watering, tender, succulent sensations. There will be plenty for the whole family with Celebrity Chef- Matt Golinski, cooking demonstrations, Rides, Slides and Pop Up Food Trucks. There will also be a classic car show and an awesome Fireworks display to end the night. Put the date aside in your calendar now – gates open at 9am!

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21st June 2020

Heritage Day

Heritage Day is a free, family friendly event that promotes Townsville’s unique heritage and increases community awareness of our local heritage groups and organisations. Enjoy live entertainment, food court and a range of other free activities. Pay a visit to stalls featuring local heritage and historical groups.

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25th June 2020

Watpac Townsville 400 Supercruise

Don’t miss your chance to meet the Supercars drivers at the Watpac Townsville 400 Supercruise, presented by Townsville City Council. Cheer as the drivers cruise along The Strand, stopping at Strand Park for a special meet and greet.

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26th June 2020 to 28th June 2020

Supercars Watpac Townsville 400

Soak up the colour and atmosphere of North Queensland’s largest annual sporting event at the 2020 Watpac Townsville 400, 26 to 28 June. The rivalry between Supercars teams has never been more intense, and at the halfway point in the Championship the racing is sure to be fierce including a stellar line up of support categories that will round out the on-track action. With a host of family entertainment both on and off the track, and free Trackside admission for kids 12 and under, you can bring the whole crew. Tickets at Ticketek.

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2nd July 2020 to 2nd August 2020

North Australian Festival of Arts

Get ready Northern Australia for the return of the North Australian Festival of Arts! NAFA will return bigger and better in July 2020 with an exciting new focus that puts emphasis on a NAFA concert series and The Northern Fringe Festival. After a hugely successful debut in 2019 the festival is bound to be jam-packed with performances including live headline acts, cabaret, theatre, dance, circus, exhibitions and more.

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2nd July 2020 to 2nd August 2020

Northern Fringe Festival

The Northern Fringe – in the spirit of Fringe Festivals across the globe – is an inclusive and organic festival hosted in theatres, cafés, pop-up venues, laneways and street corners right across Townsville. From live acts, music and comedy to cabaret, freaks and funk; all forms of art and performance can play in what will become a welcomed addition to the Australian Fringe Festival scene.

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4th July 2020 to 5th July 2020

Millchester Festival of Dirt

Come check out the annual Millchester Festival Of Dirt. This a state round for Queensland Off Road Championship played out in their own backyard!! More details to come!

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12th July 2020

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Newcastle Knights

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys are back in 2020 in their brand new home, the North Queensland Stadium! Experience a Cowboys home game like never before, and be there to cheer on your Cowboys! 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!

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12th July 2020

July 4X4 Come and Try 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 Come and Try 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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15th July 2020 to 19th July 2020

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.

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17th July 2020 to 13th September 2020

North Queensland Ceramic Awards

Pinnacles Gallery and the North Queensland Potters’ Association Inc. invite entries into the 2020 biennial North Queensland Ceramic Awards. The biennial North Queensland Ceramic Awards has long aimed to increase public exposure to a high standard of pottery from around the nation. A showcase for both well-known and emerging artists, this competition displays the diversity of ceramic art currently being produced in Australia. The City of Townsville Art Collection Award of AUD10000 continues to provide both opportunity for artists to become a part of one of the nation’s most significant ceramic collections, as well as ensuring the continued growth of this important subsection of the City of Townsville Art Collection.

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17th July 2020 to 19th July 2020

Burdekin Readers and Writers Festival

The focus of the “Ignite Your Mind” Burdekin Readers’ and Writers’ Festival has always been to bring together Australia’s best authors so residents and visitors could enjoy an intimate weekend of words, while also enjoying the delights of this beautiful region.

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18th July 2020

Ladies Day 2020

Ladies Day at Cluden Park embodies a world of glamour and sophistication - only to be matched by an impressive day of premiere racing.  Everyone from fashion lovers to racing die-hards to first-timers they cater to everyone’s delight. Although the dress code is formal it's an incredibly colourful day of spectacular originality and classic show pieces. Fashions on the Field debuts Emerging Townsville Fashionistas and adores their winners with a dazzling array of prizes. Off the track there's plenty of action from live music, artistic pop up activations and touch up stations and a festival of entertainment.

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19th July 2020

Paluma Push 2020

Townsville's iconic Mountain Bike event is an individual challenge as well as a great social ride. Riders start in the dreamy Paluma Village following a course that winds its way through lush World Heritage Rainforest, past the Paluma Dam, down into shady big timber and open cattle country and finishes at the historic tin mining settlement of Hidden Valley. Take a dose of Paluma Push tropical riding to cure your southern winter blues.

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23rd July 2020 to 26th July 2020

9th Biennial Queensland Heritage Rally

Step back in time and experience a weekend of vintage machinery in action, including for the first time on display the only functioning 1910 Marshall Tractor in the world. The rally is also aiming to bring together the largest collection of vintage motorcycles ever seen in Australia.

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25th July 2020

Townsville Cup

Townsville Cup is an established event steeped in history and ingrained in the North Queensland cultural fabric. It is North Queensland’s premiere racing event which shares the spotlight with fashion, talent and entertainment. With a bold reputation for showcasing the best North Queensland has to offer Townsville Cup is the social event of the year. Cluden Park the home of the Townsville Turf Club transforms into a place where they celebrate the colourful North Queensland region and all it has to offer.

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25th July 2020

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Manly Sea Eagles

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys are back in 2020 in their brand new home, the North Queensland Stadium! Experience a Cowboys home game like never before, and be there to cheer on your Cowboys! 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!

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26th July 2020 to 28th July 2020

Charters Towers Show

Charters Towers will be alive with live performances, agriculture, produce, exhibitors and the famous side show alley for three exciting days. There is always something happening in the ring with showjumping and ring events to sit and watch throughout the day. Entertainment aplenty with local performers, whip cracking, wood chopping, racing mowers, agricultural alley and of course, fireworks! The kids will be kept busy with sideshow alley full of rides for all ages and lots of fun to be had, don't forget to pick your self up a showbag! The Pavilions are a must see with competitions featuring art, craft, wood-turning, photography, baking, confectionery, fruit, vegetables, plants, home brew, school student displays and many more.

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26th July 2019 to 9th August 2020

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. More than 40 musicians from all around the world travel to Townsville to perform in world exclusive combinations. 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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1st August 2020 to 2nd August 2020

Australian Italian Festival

The Australian Italian Festival is a signature event in North Queensland. It brings authentic home-cooked Italian food. The entertainment, displays, demonstrations, competitions and workshops including amusement rides are all free to their visitors. It is a two day event held on the first weekend of August each year. This event showcases and relives the heritage, culture and traditions of the first Italian immigrants to Australia. It is truly a unique event and leaves visitors with life long memories.

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1st August 2020

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Canberra Raiders

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys are back in 2020 in their brand new home, the North Queensland Stadium! Experience a Cowboys home game like never before, and be there to cheer on your Cowboys! 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!

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1st August 2020 to 2nd August 2020

McDonalds Townsville Running Festival

In a setting that sees the sunrise over Magnetic Island, the majestic coral sea, the sunset behind the iconic granite of Castle hill, they have picture-perfect prime real estate to bring you a Running Festival that stands like no other. The Townsville Marathon was started by a group of hardcore enthusiasts in 1972, who founded the “Townsville Marathon Club”. The name was a little exclusive and elitist so they toned it down somewhat to become “The Townsville Road Runners” which we all know and love today. In 1999, Townsville Road Runners aimed to raise the profile of running in the region by stepping into the unknown and hosting one of the countries first Running Festivals. The event has evolved into the premier and largest regional marathon in the state today. It is a regional event, with its own vibe, feel and unique welcoming allure, yet the certified racecourses, new race HQ at Jezzine Barracks and professionalism of the event coordinators bring a product on par, if not raising the bar, for major national events and a definite appeal for “race-chasers” and race hardened running purists alike. They are not just a run. They are an experience.

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1st August 2020 to 2nd August 2020

Ironman/Aluminium Lady Motorkhana/Khana Cross

Join in on the action as a spectator or competitor of Motorkhana and Khanacross events! These Motorsport events are designed to test the acceleration braking and handling of cars and the skill and judgement of the drivers. Most importantly, motorkhanas provide fun and enjoyment whilst practicing and learning car control. Oversteer and understeer will be found in abundance, but at safe speeds under controlled conditions . Khanacross events have longer test sections and are faster. On Saturday Motorkhana entrants will manoeuvre their cars through tight tests as quickly as possible - one car at a time - on dirt surfaces. No doubt drivers will be sliding and spinning their car accurately while maintaining speed through the test course, with some reversing included to stretch the drivers skills. Sunday, the Khanacross will see competitors put to the test, with a trickier course at higher speed. Don't miss the action!

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3rd August 2020

2020 Townsville Careers Expo

The 16th Annual Townsville Careers Expo presents an ideal opportunity for anyone interested in education and training or those seeking professional career development and employment opportunities. With exhibitors including Universities, private education providers, TAFE institutes, graduate employment, Defence Force recruiting, student support services and employers, the Expo provide a unique opportunity to find everything related to education and employment, under one roof. Visitors have the chance to win multiple prizes! For more information on the Expo, please visit the website and click on the Townsville Tab, or visit the Facebook page. The expo is on Monday August 3, 2020 from 10am to 1.30pm and 3:30pm to 6:30pm. Admission is free!

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14th August 2020 to 23rd August 2020

Intersport Townsville Triathlon and Multisport Festival

Introducing the brand new Intersport Townsville Triathlon Festival Multisport Event. The TTF is entering its 18th year and is established as a significant race on the National Triathlon circuit as a World Age Group Qualifying Olympic Distance event. The Festival will host the Triathlon Queensland Club Championships North Queensland. The Townsville Triathlon Festival is the “Big Weekend” - a weekend of racing, fun and a full festival atmosphere with an array of events and activities to take part in across one massive weekend. Triathlon is one of the world’s fastest growing sports. Multisport events (Aquathon, Duathlon and Cross Tri) are set to be added to 2020 event schedule. The Festival will also offer dinner competitors entertainment options including the opening night ‘With The Stars’ dinner, the option to go to the North Queensland Cowboys home game on the Saturday night, and post event get together on the Sunday afternoon, as part of the “Big Weekend”.

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14th August 2020 to 15th August 2020

North Queensland Elite Rodeo

North Queensland Elite Rodeo has changed to two nights of action packed Rodeo. The 2019 Prize money was over AUD70,000. It is no longer invitational only. The aim of the event is to put the very best Rodeo athletes against the best Rodeo stock 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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20th August 2020

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Cronulla Sharks

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys are back in 2020 in their brand new home, the North Queensland Stadium! Experience a Cowboys home game like never before, and be there to cheer on your Cowboys! 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!

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23rd August 2020

Cape Pallarenda Trail Run 2020

The signature event in the Outer Limits Trail Run Series. So close to home and taking in some of the best trails in Townsville with stunning views onto Magnetic Island. The event offers a distance for everyone, a five kilometre course for the kids or first timers, 12 kilometres for the runners who are craving more and 21 kilometres- the half marathon distance for the ones who like a good challenge. Join them for a great day out on the trails. The event is now part of the Townsville Triathlon and Multipsort Festival- Off Road Event. Registrations will be on their website.

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29th August 2019 to 2nd September 2020

SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week

Bringing together the excitement of competitive sailing and community events, along with the ambience of Magnetic Island each August/September, 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.

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28th August 2020 to 30th August 2020

Townsville Expo 2020

Bring the family along and discover all the latest outdoor adventure gear and accessories plus home and lifestyle products at the 2020 Townsville Expo. Everything will be on display from the latest caravans, camper trailers and motorhomes to vehicles, camping accessories, holiday destinations and more! There’s so much to see across the weekend including great entertainment the whole family will love. They look forward to seeing you at the 2020 Townsville Expo.

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29th August 2020

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus New Zealand Warriors

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys are back in 2020 in their brand new home, the North Queensland Stadium! Experience a Cowboys home game like never before, and be there to cheer on your Cowboys! 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!

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5th September 2020

Burdekin Water Festival

Celebrating the abundance of water in the district. The Burdekin Water Festival is one of the longest running festivals in Queensland. The celebrations include a wide variety of exciting events that encompass the whole community. This includes an art exhibition that features an extensive display of artworks various mediums created by local artists.

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12th September 2020 to 13th September 2020

Relay For Life 2020

Relay For Life is a fun and moving overnight experience that raises vital funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention, information and support services. Relay is a chance for the Townsville community to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer and to raise money to help save more lives. Join the thousands of Australians who take part in Cancer Council’s Relay For Life each year in the fight against cancer: start or join a team in the Townsville 2020 Relay today!

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12th September 2020

Rollingstone Pineapple Festival

The Rollingstone Pineapple Festival is an annual event held in Balgal Beach, North Queensland to celebrate Australia's real gold fields - the farms and communities who grow and sell the worlds best pineapples. The Pineapple Festival has an ever evolving format of markets, food, workshops and music throughout the day with kid's activities and plenty of games for people of all ages. It's a fun family day in support of local farmers and the local community. The Festival is a licensed event celebrating everything pineapples!

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13th September 2020

September 4x4 Come and Try 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 Come and Try 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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19th September 2020

The Great Island Trek

Not a race but an adventure with spectacular scenery. Trek, walk or run across Magnetic Island and see secluded bays, spot koalas in the wild, keep at eye out for sea turtles and discover the hidden gem that is Magnetic Island.

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19th September 2020

ICN Tropix North Queensland Championships

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 body builders with something for the whole family of all ages. Now averaging over 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.

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17th October 2020

Ingham Maraka Festival

For two weeks in October, Hinchinbrook comes alive with a diversity of events. Ingham Maraka Festival features steam train rides, cocktail night, Try-Athlon, dinner dance, afternoon tea, pet parade, float procession finishing with entertainment and fireworks in Rotary Park. Main event: Street Parade 17 October 2020. Float procession commencing at 5pm followed by street entertainment at 6pm.

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21st October 2020 to 25th October 2020

Recovery of the Great Barrier Reef expedition

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.

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24th October 2020

Dinner under the Stars

Join them for a dinner under the stars at their Adventure Centre in Paluma. They are getting together for a social night before their last trail run event (Paluma Trail Run) in 2020 the next morning. The Feel Good Foodie will be catering for the night and offering their delicious meals (from AUD15). The event is BYO drinks and please RSVP before Thursday, 24 October.

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25th October 2020

Paluma Dam Good Trail Run 2020

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. Join us for Dinner Under the Stars the night before, RSVP essential.

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8th November 2020

November 4x4 Come and Try 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 Come and Try 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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