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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

1st July 2019 to 31st August 2019

The North Australian Festival of Arts

The North Australian Festival of Arts is a month-long arts and cultural festival celebrated in July – where Townsville’s winter is a perfect summer. Presenting national and international acts, NAFA will showcase the vibrant artistic and cultural life of northern Australia. The 2019 line-up features over 300 events and live shows together with the Northern Fringe Festival, Strand Ephemera, Festival of Stories, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Queens Gardens and headline acts including Aria award winners, punk cabaret in the Spiegeltent, comedy, circus, dance, theatre, popular family shows and more!

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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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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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12th October 2019 to 13th October 2019

Glendi Festival Townsville

This year marks a special anniversary - celebrating 20 Years of the Townsville Greek Festival. 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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28th April 2019 to 13th 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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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's 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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14th November 2019 to 17th November 2019

4 Day 3 Night Coral Spawning Liveaboard

Coral spawning is a major event on the Great Barrier Reef calendar and occurs in November every year. In other parts of the ocean only a couple of colonies may spawn, but in Townsville they have 12 families of coral that are of the spawning variety. Up to 88 per cent of the coral may spawn during this event! For an ocean lover, there are few experiences more festive than watching the reef’s Big Bang. The Great Barrier Reef coral spawning has been likened to being in a snowstorm underwater! Immerse yourself as the future reef snows upwards towards the surface in a pink and white flurry, brushing your face and fingertips on their way. It is a magical, slightly disorientating once-in-a-lifetime experience on many divers’ bucket list. Snorkellers and divers are welcome. Guests will spend the day snorkelling and diving the reef and familiarising themselves with the reef. When the sun sets and the coral starts spawning divers will jump and an be in the thick of it all!

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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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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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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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