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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.
16th August 2019 to 25th August 2019
Intersport Townsville Triathlon and Multisport Festival
Introducing the brand new Intersport Townsville Triathlon Festival Multisport Event. The TTF is entering its 17th 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 2019 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”.
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!
10th December 2018 to 20th December 2019
Volunteering and Tourism in Townsville
Make your travels a memorable experience by joining Conservation Volunteers Australia in Townsville for a day or two of volunteering on outdoor conservation projects. You will get to experience Townsville's nature and outdoors from a different perspective while helping with activities such as macroinvertebrate surveys, water quality monitoring, weed removal, beach clean ups and native plant propagation.
6th April 2019 to 10th November 2019
Natural Curiosity: Discovering the secrets of Queensland's Greatest Collections
An exhibition created by the Museum of Tropical Queensland. We are all curious about the natural world. We are intrigued by how things began, what they are like now and how they will be in the future. Venture across land and sea, over millions of years through Queensland’s State Collection to learn how researchers today work with the past to predict the future. From discovering new animal species, to understanding the effects of climate change, this vast collection of over a million specimens holds the secrets of Queensland’s natural heritage.
23rd August 2019
A Night at Opera Queensland - 'Songs To Die For'
Come and enjoy a beautiful evening under the stars, listen to Opera Queensland and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, sip on a fresh beverage and take in the beautiful scenery at the TYTO Parklands in Ingham. - BYO chairs or a blanket and a picnic basket full of delicious nibbles. - Food and beverages including alcohol will be available for purchase. - Please note: BYO alcoholic beverages are not permitted. It’s no secret that opera has death nailed. At the heart of some of opera’s greatest moments, you’ll find a knife, bullet or poison paired with some of the most sublime music ever written. For 400 years, death has inspired iconic composers and beclouded modern legends; Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse and Janis Joplin whose songs speak as passionately to us as the music of their operatic counterparts. Songs To Die For is a cheeky nod to the over-dramatised deaths of opera’s leading characters masterfully entwined with pop classics. directed by Opera Queensland Artistic Director Patrick Nolan and stars leading artists; Soprano Rebecca Cassidy, Mezzo Soprano Jessica Low, Baritone Jason Barry-Smith with musicians Scott Saunders and Trevor Jones.
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.
26th May 2019 to 22nd September 2019
Forrest Beach Market
Unwind and enjoy the relaxed beach setting. Market boasts a variety of local arts and craft, fresh produce, plants, bric-a-brac, raffles, kids activities and barbeue lunch. Market occurs on the fourth Sunday of the month between May and September.
25th August 2019
Ride for Road Safety in memory of Sue Bell and Jeff Ashby
Over 200 people ride 18 kilometres, (or the four kilometre option leaving from the Bicycle Pedlar), through the main streets of Townsville with a green wave through all lights thanks to Transport Main Roads. In a spectacular show of symbolism all wear red Operating hats supplied by Queensland Health over their helmets. The Townsville BUG runs The Ride for Road Safety annually in order to highlight the need to improve conditions for cycling in order to get more people riding as part of their everyday. The event began in 2013 as the Sue Bell Memorial ride. With blessing of her family and of Jeff Ashby's, the annual event is designed to attract attention of politicians, the media and the general community. Mrs Bell’s death and the community’s response to it contributed towards the push for the introduction of the laws to protect cyclists where motorists are now required to give at least a metre distance when passing cyclists, and a metre-and-a-half where the speed limit is higher than 60 kilometres per hour. By being part of this ride you are making the impact needed to sustain the push for safer conditions conducive to increased cycling.
25th August 2019
Cape Pallarenda Trail Run 2019
Their 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, 21 kilometres- the half marathon distance and of course, Townsville's only full trail marathon, 42 kilometres. Join them for a great day out on the trails.
25th August 2019
Ride for Road Safety
Over 200 people ride 18 kilometres (or four kilometre option leaving from the Bicycle Pedlar) through the main streets of Townsville with a green wave through all lights. In 2013 two cyclists where injured and Sue Bell killed when a truck driver attempted to overtake a group of cyclists on Shaw Road. This incident galvanised the Townsville community in the call for safer roads. Mrs Bell’s death and the community’s response to it contributed towards the push for the introduction of the laws to protect cyclists where motorists are now required to give at least a metre distance when passing cyclists, and a metre-and-a-half where the speed limit is higher than 60 kilometres per hour. in 2016 Jeff Ashby was killed by a B double. More needs to be done to improve conditions both in road design and consideration and courtesy given on the roads and by being part of this ride you are making the impact needed to sustain the push for safer conditions. Become a member of the BUG and join the ride. Please register to order your shirts.
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.