Townsville North Queensland offers a huge line up of entertainment and events with sports, food, cultural and music festivals in full swing throughout the year. Cheer yourself hoarse at a national sporting match, bask in the sun during Magnetic Island Race Week or enjoy a performance by the world’s finest chamber musicians at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Become part of the exciting calendar of events and immerse yourself in the laid back, vibrant lifestyle. 

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Melbourne Cup Luncheon

Join The Burdekin Theatre for one of the most exciting Australian events of the year, the Melbourne Cup Day! On 7 November, the Burdekin Theatre will be bringing you plenty of thrills and frivolities, with guests bringing all the fashion. The day will start from 11am, with guests receiving a sparkling wine on arrival. Guests will be treated to a smorgasbord luncheon, with the race itself live-streamed on the big-screen. The Theatre will be running a variety of games, including the running of the Burdekin Theatre Cup. There will be prizes for Best Dressed Lady and Best Dressed Gentleman, as well as lucky door prizes. Enjoy the day with a group of friends, family or colleagues and come down to celebrate the race that stops a nation!

7th November 2017

Morning Melodies: Sentimental Journey

The Burdekin Shire Council is once again holding a free Christmas themed Morning Melodies event. This year, they’re excited to bring you Sentimental Journey with Vov Dylan and Glenn Amer! Vov Dylan (Australia’s Andre Rieu) and Glenn Amer (the voice of Mario Lanza and the fingers of Liberace) join forces to take audiences on a musical journey filled with great stories and humour and of course great melodies. Join them on a musical journey through over a hundred years of songs from ‘light classical delights’ to the standards of ‘the American songbook’ through to the Musical Theatre hits of recent years, as well as some Christmas favourites. Tickets are free, but guests must reserve a ticket to secure their spot. Tickets are available from their website, by calling them or at Burdekin Shire Council Customer Service Desk at 145 Young Street, Ayr.

10th November 2017

Acoustic Guitar Spectacular

Winner of the international 2016 Guitar Masters fingerstyle competition – one of the largest and most prestigious guitar competitions in the world – East Frisian guitarist Soenke Meinen embarks on his first Australian tour as part of the 2017 Acoustic Guitar Spectacular. With Bruce Mathiske – arguably the finest all-round guitarist Australia has produced (The Australian) – and Michael Fix – one of Australia’s Top 25 Guitarists of All Time – Meinen will join forces to weave memorable musical magic. Showcasing a diverse range of guitar talent from across the globe, the Acoustic Guitar Spectacular has been touring Australia annually since 2012 to sell out audiences and rave reviews. Ticket price also includes the opportunity to participate in a 45-minute Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop with Michael Fix, however numbers are limited and ticket-holders must register their interest with the Burdekin Theatre to obtain a spot. The performance will commence at 7.30pm, with the workshop occurring from 4.45pm to 5.30pm. Tour produced by Red Chair. Red Chair is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Tickets are available from their website, by calling them or at Burdekin Shire Council Customer Service Desk at 145 Young Street, Ayr.

17th November 2017

Leaving Jackson- The Story of Johnny Cash and June Carter

For more than 40 years, Johnny Cash and June Carter enthralled audiences around the world with their songs of life, love and heartache. A love story played out through some of the greatest songs ever written. Now Jeff Carter Cash together with Brooke McMullen bring to life a captivating and unforgettable musical concert not to be missed, their onstage performance has to be seen to be believed. This two hour live concert event “Leaving Jackson- The Johnny Cash and June Carter Story” will have you singing, laughing and crying for more. Starring Jeff Carter Cash and Brooke McMullen.

10th March 2018

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. 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 their 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.

2nd June 2018