Events


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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Home Hill Harvest Festival

Home Hill Harvest Festival celebrates the rich agricultural history of the Burdekin and the great lifestyle that comes from living off the land. The festival program commences early October and concludes with the Grande Parade and Mardi Gras in early November. The Grand Parade is a display of colourful floats, magical performances and lots of giveaways. The Mardi Gras features children’s activities, rides and entertainment. As well as interesting and interactive information stalls, displays and art exhibitions. Food and beverage stalls are a plenty offering a wide array of locally made delights and the bar has cold beverages ready to serve. Enjoy live entertainment from an array of musicians and performers throughout the night.

11th November 2017 to
10th November 2018

Sweet Valentines: Dinner and Neil Diamond Tribute Show

Romance will be in the ‘Ayr’ when Canadian entertainer Bobby Bruce reprises his role as Nearly Neil during a very special Valentines Day dinner and show in the Burdekin Theatre foyer on 14 February 2018. With doors open at 6pm, dinner will be served from 6:30pm. Bobby Bruce will entertain guests with his exhilarating Neil Diamond repertoire over a 1 hour and 45 minute two-act set, with desert served during the acts. The Burdekin Theatre bar will be open throughout the night to ensure guests can celebrate the night of love. Nearly Neil For almost two decades, Canadian singer Bobby Bruce has been astonishing and amazing packed houses throughout America, Canada, Europe, New Zealand and Asia with his passionate, exhilarating and vocally brilliant salute to music legend, Neil Diamond. The power and purity of Bobby’s voice put him in a league of his own and audiences will love the way he glides through a powerful package of Diamond hits – from Cracklin’ Rosie and Kentucky Woman to Cherry Cherry and Sweet Caroline.

14th February 2018

Morning Melodies: Nearly Neil starring Bobby Bruce

For almost two decades, Canadian singer Bobby Bruce has been astonishing and amazing packed houses throughout America, Canada, Europe, New Zealand and Asia with his passionate, exhilarating and vocally brilliant salute to music legend, Neil Diamond. The power and purity of Bobby’s voice put him in a league of his own and audiences will love the way he glides through a powerful package of Diamond hits – from Cracklin’ Rosie and Kentucky Woman to Cherry Cherry and Sweet Caroline. Such is Bobby’s following now in Australia, his Shows are enjoying the best numbers ever as Australians increasingly recognise the talent of this “Master of Music”. It is little wonder he has been nominated two years consecutively for the best international touring artist for the Australian ACE Awards.

14th February 2018

Elvis: An American Trilogy

Take three of the world’s leading Elvis tribute artists then start from the very beginning. Vic Trevino Jnr embodies the rockabilly sound and raw dance moves of the young Elvis. Gino Monopoli recreates the sophistication feel and sound of the movie years taking in tracks from the most iconic movies such as GI Blues, Kid Gallahad, Speedway and many more as well as recreating Elvis’ 1968 comeback TV special. Steve Michaels channels Elvis in the famous White Eagle jumpsuit passionately re-creating the seventies era of An American Trilogy with the moves, songs and nuances that made Elvis the most recognisable figure in history. Elvis an American Trilogy is the complete story that takes three of the world’s leading Elvis tribute artists starring in one of the most spectacular live concert productions that takes you on a journey through the music of the ‘The King.’

19th February 2018

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

Michael Jackson: The Legacy Tour

Legacy is the world’s greatest tribute to the world’s greatest entertainer…Michael Jackson. The Legacy Tour is bought to life in a full-scale production that includes a live band bringing the energy, the dance, and the music that spans generations. The Legacy Tour stars William Hall as Michael Jackson. William Hall, who has travelled the World with this incredible show along with his live band and dancers, will give every audience member an experience that comes as close as ever to seeing the King of Pop himself.

15th April 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

Burdekin Craft Spectacular

Burdekin Uniting Church Craft Spectacular, is a day of craft displays, workshops and demonstrations, fruit/vegetables/plant/cake/craft stalls as well as activities for the children. There will also be a dining room, high tea, and outdoor dining area.

11th August 2018

The Golden Octopus Foundation Burdekin R.U.M Weekend

It’s where the bush meets the beach and where man meets beast. It’s where music creates mateship and where ute lovers rejoice. It’s R.U.M - Rodeo, Utes and Music. Put on your best Akubra, get a little dust under the nails and head to The Golden Octopus Foundation Burdekin R.U.M Weekend. Experience a weekend long program of rodeo, utes, music and just good old fashioned fun. Cheer on Australia’s best Bull Riders from lunch time on Saturday and then dance the night away with live entertainment from The Keely Johnson Band followed by Australia’s biggest country rock band, The Wolfe Brothers. Rise and shine on Sunday and experience North Queensland’s biggest Ute Muster featuring a stellar line up of entertainment including national rockabilly band The Hi-Boys, leading Australian Country Music duo The Long and Short Of It and Trans-Tasman Entertainer of the Year, Mason Hope. With onsite camping available all weekend, a licenced bar and an array of food and beverages to purchase there’s no reason to leave! Yeeehaaa!

18th August 2018 to
19th August 2018