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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. 


28th April 2019 to 20th October 2019

Spirit and Soul Festival

A day to explore and experience a wide range of holistic and natural therapies. Treat yourself to a massage, reflexology or reiki treatment. Seek guidance from the spiritual side with readings. Browse market stalls offering a variety of products including essential oils, crystals, new age products, jewellery and clothing.

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3rd May 2019 to 5th May 2019

Charters Towers Country Music Festival

A weekend of Country Music at it's finest! 2019 will mark the festival's 42nd year, the Charters Towers Country Music Festival appeals to all ages - young and old. The festival offers both an amateur Talent Quest that has seen the likes of Samantha McClymont, Brendan Walmsley, Anthony Taylor and Judah Kelly compete and win prizes; and professional live shows in the evenings of the three day event.

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5th May 2019

Groovin the Moo

Groovin the Moo (GTM) is now taking reservations for the 2019 tour! Checking-in to Townsville on Sunday 5 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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16th May 2019

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2019

The original and the best mountain film festival is coming back to Townsville for one huge night. The 2019 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour showcases over two and a half hours of the most enthralling mountain adventure films that will have you planning your next adventure before the credits roll. The tour is hot on the heels of the largest and most prestigious mountain festivals in the world, the Banff Mountain Festival, which takes place every November in the mountain town of Banff, in Canada. More than 300 of the world’s best mountain sport, culture, environment, adventure, and exploration films are shown during the week-long event. A selection of award winners and audience favourites then tours the globe, visiting 390 communities and 35 countries as part of the festival’s official world tour. This year, the Australian line-up features two-and-a-half hours of captivating short films shot in some of the most wild and remote corners of the world. The program is packed full of mesmerising cinematography, thought-provoking storylines and adrenaline-inducing action sequences. Presented by World Expeditions. For more details visit the website.

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18th May 2019

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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19th May 2019

Festa Italiana

Italian Food and Wine Festival. Join them as they create a little slice of Italy in their own town square, for an Italian-inspired food and wine festival. Share in a feast of aromatic pastas, artisanal pizzas, rich desserts and their chefs’ playful approach to Italian classics. All paired with delicious wines and beers harvested from Italy's soils. Live music by the riverside of the Central Business District!

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20th May 2019 to 22nd May 2019

Pint Of Science (Townsville)

Pint of Science is a three day festival bringing the latest in science research to pubs across Australia (and the world!). In 2019 the festival will run on May 20, 21 and 22. Please visit the Pint of Science Australia website for all updates regarding venues.

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30th May 2019 to 2nd June 2019

Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festival

This event incorporates both the First Fire of the crushing season 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 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. Sit back and enjoy live cane fire up close, be a part of the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships, be entertained by live music, 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. Both events 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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2nd June 2019

All British Day Townsville 2019

All British Day is a display of British vehicles and machinery current and past, highlighting aspects of British culture and heritage and promoting a military theme. The festival was first held in Townsville in 1992 and since 1999 has been hosted annually as a free community event by the Jaguar Car Club of North Queensland. All British Day attracts visitors and participants from all over North Queensland. At least 150 vehicles are displayed in a tropical setting around “The Lagoon” in the beautiful grounds of The Cathedral School Mundingburra. Their aim is to celebrate and preserve the history of the British Motor Industry, a triumph of ingenuity and engineering! Acquisition by various manufacturers over past decades led to the demise of many of the original outstanding marques. The All British Day display showcases the marques still manufactured and also offers a rare opportunity to see these unique discontinued vehicles and machines, many preserved meticulously by their enthusiastic owners. This year’s themes are again special to celebrate All Things British and they continue our Military Theme commenced several years ago to honour the centenary of World War 1. A great family day with free admission for the community and displays.

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29th June 2019 to 30th June 2019

Neck of the Woods Music Festival

Neck of the Woods Music Festival is a local music and lifestyle festival set in a family friendly environment on a property in the suburb of Pinnacles, 30 minutes from the Townsville central business district. Neck of the Woods celebrates the local music scene, hosting 20 musical acts over two days, including a selection of North Queensland’s best original artists and some of Australia’s up and coming spotlight touring acts. The festival will feature two nights of onsite camping, BYO, lifestyle activities such as yoga workshops, art installations, an interactive children’s area and a festival marketplace showcasing some of Townsville’s best street food and artisan market stalls.

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1st July 2019 to 31st August 2019

The North Australian Festival of Arts

Townsville will play host to the inaugural North Australian Festival of Arts. The event will solidify their city as a world class tourism and events destination. With a month-long lineup featuring Cabaret acts in the Spiegeltent and Strand Ephemera along the Strand, the Australian Festival of Chamber music in Queens Gardens and an array of local and national talent featured throughout. The city will be abuzz over the festival thanks to the accompanying Northern Fringe festival with acts scattered throughout the city.

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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. 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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2nd August 2019 to 11th August 2019

Pop Up North Queensland

Experience Townsville's tropics transformed into a bustling hub of creativity at the Pop Up North Queensland Festival. They've worked with landlords and businesses in the main city street to offer space to artists and other creatives to take them over for 10 days. Visit an exhibition or take part in a workshop while you're there to get the most from your experience. Drop in to see an artist work in an open studio, or hear them speak about their work in an artist talk. The Pop Up festival features local, national and international artists - something for everyone.

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3rd August 2019 to 4th August 2019

Australian Italian Festival

The Festival is an artistic and cultural Festival highlighting the Italian influence on Ingham and North Queensland and their involvement in the Sugar Industry. The Festa area is transformed into a huge piazza with non-stop world-class entertainment on two stages. Guests gain access to entertainment, competitions, free amusement rides for the children, market stalls, homemade, mouth-watering Italian food from the best local Italian Nonnas.

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16th August 2019 to 18th August 2019

Townsville Cultural Fest

This year the Townsville Cultural Fest celebrates its 25th anniversary; a quarter of a century of developing community spirit through dance, music, food and fun. A quarter of a century of celebrating diversity, and promoting acceptance and understanding in regional Queensland. In that time, they’ve engaged with more than 200 communities and groups, and brought together thousands of people from a range of diverse backgrounds. The festival has truly been a life-changing phenomenon for so many. Such an incredible achievement calls for a grand community celebration and they plan to do that in style. But they also believe it’s time to share the story of this journey internationally; time to show the rest of the world what 25 years of commitment to peace and harmony looks like. That’s why the theme for the 25th anniversary will be “Unity In Diversity.” In the last 25 years, the Townsville Cultural Fest has helped raise two generations of young people who understand the concept of Unity In Diversity and the need for harmony and community cohesion. Given the many issues facing the world today, this achievement is fundamental to the future stability and sustainability of this region, this country and the global community.

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25th August 2019

Beef and Barossa Festival

The popular Beef and Barossa Food and Wine Festival is back for another year! With more than 80 cellar doors and 150 wineries, Barossa Valley in South Australia has much to choose from. They’ve selected the best wines - and beers - for you, and matched them with a menu just as indulgent. Find out why Barossa Valley is one of Australia’s premier food, wine and beer regions. Let them bring the rich flavours of the Barossa to you. Join them riverside in the city for food, wine, beer and live entertainment.

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1st September 2019

Burdekin Water Festival

The Burdekin Water Festival is a celebration of the abundance of water in the district. It is one of the longest running festivals in Queensland, with the first festival being held on 6 September 1958. The celebrations include a wide variety of exciting events that encompass the whole community. For more information on events held as part of the Burdekin Water Festival visit the official website.

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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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21st September 2019

On Country 2018

Mungalla Station and the Nywaigi Peoples openly invite locals and visitors to the Hinchinbrook region to come and join the inaugural On Country Event, which is a celebration of nature, culture and the Hinchinbrook Way The event will be held at Mungalla Station, which is on Forrest Beach Road, just over half way between Ingham and Forrest Beach. Entry to the event is free, and there will be a range of free and ticketed activities. Activities on the day includes a large diversity of kids activities, face painting, local artisan, craft, and produce stalls, live indigenous music and dance, helicopter rides, cart rides, wetland tours, cultural tours, boomerang throwing competitions, art displays and of course the iconic Mungalla Station kuppmurri lunch featuring a selection of incredible Hinchinbrook produce! It will be a jammed packed day… perfect for families!!

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22nd September 2019

A Touch of New Zealand Festival

The food and wine from New Zealand is taking the world by storm and A Touch of Salt will be showcasing some of the best from the land of the long white cloud. Join them to experience A Touch of New Zealand in all forms of entertainment, food and wine.

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26th October 2019

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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26th October 2019

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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1st November 2019 to 9th November 2019

Queensland Country Home Hill Harvest Festival

The Queensland Country Home Hill Harvest Festival celebrates the rich agricultural industry and the laid back lifestyle of the Burdekin. The annual program of events runs from October through to early November each year and provides an array of fun, activities and experiences for all.

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