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Townsville North Queensland - Alive in 2020

In 2020 Townsville North Queensland is alive with a vibrant events calendar you won’t want to miss. Come for an event and stay for an experience, as you discover fascinating places that will create holiday memories to last a lifetime.

Events

10th January 2020 to 18th December 2020

Conservation Volunteers Australia Townsville - Ocean View Nursery

Conservation Volunteers believes in a healthy and sustainable environment, and for everyone to be involved in managing and protecting that environment. We offer volunteer opportunities in and around the Townsville region that connect people to nature and contribute to improving and protecting native habitats. Overlooking beautiful Rowes Bay and Magnetic Island, the ocean view nursery concentrates on producing local provenance species for planting in areas around Townsville and North Queensland. Learn how to process seeds and raise seedlings for revegetation projects that preserve the local gene pool and biodiversity. Join us from 8:00 am to midday on Fridays and learn new skills while meeting new people. If you're interested in more conservation projects, check out our website. We occasionally run family friendly weekend events like tree plantings and beach clean ups or, for the more adventurous, there are monthly camping trips to beautiful, remote locations. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

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9th January 2020 to 17th December 2020

Conservation Volunteers Australia Townsville - Beach Scrub Conservation

Conservation Volunteers believes in a healthy and sustainable environment, and for everyone to be involved in managing and protecting that environment. We offer volunteer opportunities in and around the Townsville region that connect people to nature and contribute to improving and protecting native habitats. The beach scrub project aims to promote conservation of beach scrub semi-evergreen vine thickets, an endangered ecosystem that’s crucial for reducing erosion and preserving strong ecological diversity. You will be involved in weed identification and removal, photo monitoring and removal of marine debris from beaches. Join the team and explore areas up and down the coast from Townsville. You will get to see out of the way places while helping to preserve these unique habitats. Projects run most Thursdays and Fridays and depart from our office in Pallarenda at 7:00 am returning no later than 2:00 pm. If you're interested in more conservation projects, check out our website. We occasionally run family friendly weekend events like tree plantings and beach clean ups or, for the more adventurous, there are monthly camping trips to beautiful, remote locations. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

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10th April 2020 to 13th April 2020

2020 Townsville North Queensland Games

The North Queensland Games is the largest multi-sport event in regional Australia. The NQ Games is held biennial and shared between Mackay, Townsville and Cairns. The 2020 NQ Games will be staged in Townsville and surrounding regions and will be the 19th Games. There will be over 30 sports to choose from with an estimated 4000 plus participants to be involved. The 2020 Townsville NQ Games is an action packed weekend commencing with the official opening ceremony to be held on Thursday 9 April 2020. Athletes, supporters and officials participating in the games can enjoy one of the most picturesque coastal cities in northeastern Queensland, Australia. The Strand esplanade, with its pier and water park, is popular. The Reef HQ Aquarium has marine life and coral from the Great Barrier Reef, plus a sea turtle hospital. Southeast of the city, the Billabong Sanctuary wildlife park is home to koalas, wombats and crocodiles. Offshore, Magnetic Island has coral reefs and a national park full of wildlife. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

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7th April 2020 to 10th April 2020

Life Festival 2020

Life Festival is a free event for the whole family running for three days in the first week of the school holidays in April. Including internal guest speakers: Janine Kubala: International Communicator with inspiring life stories shaped by hope and spirituality. Pat Morgan: Nationally Recognised Country and Gospel Artist. Live Music by Local Artists and Performers: Family Entertainment. Youth and Young Adult Activities. On Site Camping Available. Free Interactive Children’s Area. Free Rides for Kids. Food and Drinks Available to Purchase. And more! They are so excited to launch Life Festival and want to bring a free event to their community of Townsville that will bring them together for fun and music! Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

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15th March 2020 to 13th March 2022

Cotters Market Townsville

Townsville's most iconic farmers market for over 35 years! From fresh herbs to hand made goods, Cotters Market is your one-stop to taste and experience the real Townsville! Every Sunday morning, in the heart of Townsville's Central Business District, enjoy live music, fresh foods and exotic goods. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

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21st January 2020 to 16th December 2020

Conservation Volunteers Australia Townsville - Creekwatch

Conservation Volunteers Australia believes in a healthy and sustainable environment and for everyone to be involved in managing and protecting that environment. They offer environmental volunteer opportunities in and around the Townsville region that connect people to nature and contribute to improving and protecting native habitats. All are welcome to participate in their projects to make a difference in the community, learn something new and meet other locals. Creekwatch is an opportunity to learn more about our waterways and how to keep them healthy. Come along for a day or two to conduct fish and macro-invertebrate (water bug) surveys, undertake water quality monitoring, look out for water birds and clean up the waterways. It is a fantastic way to see out of the way areas around Townsville. Creekwatch runs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7.30am to 1pm visiting Louisa Creek, the Townsville Town Common, Bluewater Creek, Fairfield Waters, Sach’s Creek, Stuart Creek, Rollingstone Creek and Bohle River. Transportation (from a pick up point), safety gear and morning tea are provided. In addition to their weekly projects, they run monthly beach scrub camping trips, and occasional weekend tree planting days and marine debris beach clean ups the whole family can join! Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

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16th April 2020

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Melbourne Storm

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys are back in 2020 in their brand new home, the North Queensland Stadium! Experience a Cowboys home game like never before, and be there to cheer on your Cowboys! Secure your tickets now to see these 12 action-packed match days full of live entertainment, on-field competitions and rugby league at its best! Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

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18th April 2020

Fiona O'Laughlin Live at The Ville Resort-Casino

Catch one of Australia's favourite comedians, Fiona O'Loughlin, as she brings her trademark dry wit to the stage at The Ville Resort-Casino as part of her latest national tour in 2020. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

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22nd April 2020 to 26th April 2020

Recovery of the Great Barrier Reef

Travellers from around the world come to the Great Barrier Reef, an Australian World Heritage Area, to explore its extraordinary diversity of animal and plant life. Coral reefs face a growing number of threats, from climate change and storm damage, to sediment and nutrient run-off. Join them on an Earthwatch expedition in the water around Magnetic Island to help scientists develop best-practice methods for coral recovery. On this expedition, participants can get involved through scuba or snorkel activities. You will assist researchers in making baseline measurements of environmental conditions, actively removing algae, deploying coral recruitment (settlement) tiles and assessing fish and invertebrate diversity and abundance. By joining this expedition, you’ll be at the forefront of active reef restoration science. You will assist researchers in experiments that aim to develop best practice methods for removing this macroalgae and allowing coral to regrow. You will be directly involved in filling in the gaps that will enable reef managers to make evidence-based decisions about active interventions that support the recovery of the Great Barrier Reef, and reefs all over the world. All accommodation, meals, transfers and research activities included. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

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25th April 2020

ANZAC Day Services 2020

Townsville City Council presents official ANZAC Day Commemorations in partnership with the Townsville RSL Sub-Branch and the Thuringowa RSL Sub-Branch ANZAC Day is nationally recognised as a day to pay respect to and acknowledge those Australian and New Zealand service men and women who have served and lost their lives in war ANZAC Day services and marches are held to mark the anniversary of the first major military action, wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

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25th April 2020

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys are back in 2020 in their brand new home, the North Queensland Stadium! Experience a Cowboys home game like never before, and be there to cheer on your Cowboys! Secure your tickets now to see these 12 action-packed match days full of live entertainment, on-field competitions and rugby league at its best! Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

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2nd May 2020

Two Fires: The Chisel/Barnes Show

Get ready for a night of classic Australian tunes like no other as Two Fires: The Chisel/Barnes show hits the stage at The Ville Resort-Casino with an epic tribute to rock royalty Jimmy Barnes. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

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9th May 2020

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Gold Coast Titans

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys are back in 2020 in their brand new home, the North Queensland Stadium! Experience a Cowboys home game like never before, and be there to cheer on your Cowboys! Secure your tickets now to see these 12 action-packed match days full of live entertainment, on-field competitions and rugby league at its best! Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

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10th May 2020

Townsville Mothers Day 5k Colour Frenzy

Mothers Day Colour Frenzy is coming! A Colourful day for everyone! Sunday 10 May 2020, they will be holding the Fun Walk / Run at Riverway Stadium. Their Colour Frenzy Goal is to raise over AUD5000 for Angel Paws Animal Rescue Townsville and to raise over AUD100000 for Animal Rescues across Australia in 2020. They are bringing the best of all events with their Colour Stations, Foam Station and Obstacles designed for all ages! Come have a laugh and join in the Colour Frenzy family fun! Markets and Event start at 7am at Park lands, with their fun run warm up starts at 8.15am and the walk / run at 8.30am. They will have a short 1.65 kilometre loop track marked out for everyone to follow with multiple colourful zones along the way. You can do 1, 2 or 3 laps, its your choice! You can Walk, Jog, Run or even crawl. It’s completely self-paced and untimed. No pressure! Make your Mothers Day with Colour! Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

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22nd May 2020 to 19th July 2020

The Percivals 2020

Having begun in 2007, The Percivals is an open competition for artists. Call for entries are now open for the biennial Percival Portrait Painting Prize (North Queensland’s own portrait prize), together with the Percival Photographic Portrait Prize (returning for the fourth instalment since its debut in 2014) and the Percival Animal Portrait Prize. The Percivals awards provide a platform to showcase the outstanding and innovative work currently being produced by Australian artists, both experienced and emerging. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

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22nd May 2020

Elvis: The Early Years

Catch acclaimed Elvis impersonator, Brody Finlay live on stage at The Ville Resort-Casino as he pays tribute to the early year's of The King. With performances of some of Elvis' biggest hits, this is a show not to be missed for any die-hard Elvis fan. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

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22nd May 2020

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus South Sydney Rabbitohs

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys are back in 2020 in their brand new home, the North Queensland Stadium! Experience a Cowboys home game like never before, and be there to cheer on your Cowboys! Secure your tickets now to see these 12 action-packed match days full of live entertainment, on-field competitions and rugby league at its best! Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

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23rd May 2020

The Two Bays Trail Run 2020

Outer Limits hosts the Two Bays Trail Run on Magnetic Island. The spectacular run takes you from Nelly Bay to the other side of the Island and finishes at the picture perfect Arcadia Bay. And the best part, the finish line is at the Arcadia Hotel, only 3 steps away from the pool and the bar. The event offers a 6 kilometre, 10 kilometre and a 20 kilometre course, both are challenging and beautiful at the same time. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

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30th May 2020 to 31st May 2020

Townsville Magneticon Cosplay and Gaming Expo

Townsville's first and largest Cosplay and Gaming Expo with exhibitors from all over Australia. A local event that allows those to find their alter ego and dress in their favourite character. Join in the fun and explore the many things to see and do over a massive two day fan fair. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

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5th June 2020

PechaKucha Night Townsville

PechaKucha Night Townsville, Volume. 24. As is customary, they have amazing presenters lined up to share their stories about exploring the tropical north by sketching. See you there! Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

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6th June 2020

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Sydney Roosters

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys are back in 2020 in their brand new home, the North Queensland Stadium! Experience a Cowboys home game like never before, and be there to cheer on your Cowboys! Secure your tickets now to see these 12 action-packed match days full of live entertainment, on-field competitions and rugby league at its best! Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

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7th June 2020

Eco Fiesta 2020

Find out how you can lead a more sustainable lifestyle at Townsville City Council's Eco Fiesta. This popular annual event features exhibitors and market stalls, demonstrations, presentations from guest speakers, live entertainment, tree giveaways, food vendors and amusements. Come along and also celebrate the Queens Gardens 150th Anniversary! Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

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13th June 2020

Fleetwood Mac: Running in the Shadows

Experience the iconic music of Fleetwood Mac performed live at The Ville Resort-Casino in this stunning tribute show. With performances of all the biggest hits, this is an essential experience for any Fleetwood Mac fan. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

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14th June 2020

Pet Expo

Gather your paw-fect pals and slither on down to Townsville City Council’s Pet Expo! All pets are welcome if they are safe and secure at this FREE family event. Don’t miss the huge range of exhibitors attending including animal behavioristics, groomers, vets, pet services and so much more. Plus, there will be lots of Op-paw-tunities to enter competitions and win prizes! Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

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18th June 2020 to 30th June 2020

Dam Fine Rally

Dam Fine Rally is a gathering of campervans, mobile homes and caravans from all around Australia that come together for social activities and markets. A program of activities is organised for five days and visitors are encouraged to enjoy other events and tourist attractions in the Region. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

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19th June 2020

Practically Perfect: The Music of Julie Andrews

Get ready for a night of magic as they take a trip down memory lane, with Practically Perfect: The Music of Julie Andrews. With performances of all her most celebrated tunes, settle in for a showstopping tribute to a genuine entertainment icon. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

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20th June 2020

Mike Carney Toyota Townsville Barbecue Battle

On June 20, 2020 the ABA Sanctioned Townsville Barbecue Battle returns to Strand Park. Building on the success of the inaugural event in 2019, this year’s competition will be bigger and better. Again you will see teams from Townsville and across the State will compete in the world of Low and Slow barbecue. The proteins are still being finalised but teams will use only the power of wood, fire and smoke to create mouth watering, tender, succulent sensations. There will be plenty for the whole family with Celebrity Chef- Matt Golinski, cooking demonstrations, Rides, Slides and Pop Up Food Trucks. There will also be a classic car show and an awesome Fireworks display to end the night. Put the date aside in your calendar now – gates open at 9am! Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

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21st June 2020

Heritage Day

Heritage Day is a free, family friendly event that promotes Townsville’s unique heritage and increases community awareness of our local heritage groups and organisations. Enjoy live entertainment, food court and a range of other free activities. Pay a visit to stalls featuring local heritage and historical groups. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

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25th June 2020

Watpac Townsville 400 Supercruise

Don’t miss your chance to meet the Supercars drivers at the Watpac Townsville 400 Supercruise, presented by Townsville City Council. Cheer as the drivers cruise along The Strand, stopping at Strand Park for a special meet and greet. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

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26th June 2020 to 28th June 2020

Supercars Watpac Townsville 400

Soak up the colour and atmosphere of North Queensland’s largest annual sporting event at the 2020 Watpac Townsville 400, 26 to 28 June. The rivalry between Supercars teams has never been more intense, and at the halfway point in the Championship the racing is sure to be fierce including a stellar line up of support categories that will round out the on-track action. With a host of family entertainment both on and off the track, and free Trackside admission for kids 12 and under, you can bring the whole crew. Tickets at Ticketek. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

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2nd July 2020 to 2nd August 2020

North Australian Festival of Arts POSTPONED

Townsville City Council regrets to advise that this year’s North Australian Festival of Arts (NAFA) and the Northern Fringe Festival has been postponed due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Federal Government’s advice about non-essential gatherings during the COVID-19 outbreak has led this decision. NAFA will return bigger and better in 2021 with an exciting new focus that puts emphasis on a NAFA concert series and The Northern Fringe Festival. After a hugely successful debut in 2019 the festival is bound to be jam-packed with performances including live headline acts, cabaret, theatre, dance, circus, exhibitions and more.

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2nd July 2020 to 2nd August 2020

Northern Fringe Festival

The Northern Fringe – in the spirit of Fringe Festivals across the globe – is an inclusive and organic festival hosted in theatres, cafés, pop-up venues, laneways and street corners right across Townsville. From live acts, music and comedy to cabaret, freaks and funk; all forms of art and performance can play in what will become a welcomed addition to the Australian Fringe Festival scene.

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12th July 2020

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Newcastle Knights

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys are back in 2020 in their brand new home, the North Queensland Stadium! Experience a Cowboys home game like never before, and be there to cheer on your Cowboys! Secure your tickets now to see these 12 action-packed match days full of live entertainment, on-field competitions and rugby league at its best!

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15th July 2020 to 19th July 2020

Recovery of the Great Barrier Reef

Travellers from around the world come to the Great Barrier Reef, an Australian World Heritage Area, to explore its extraordinary diversity of animal and plant life. Coral reefs face a growing number of threats, from climate change and storm damage, to sediment and nutrient run-off. Join them on an Earthwatch expedition in the water around Magnetic Island to help scientists develop best-practice methods for coral recovery. On this expedition, participants can get involved through scuba or snorkel activities. You will assist researchers in making baseline measurements of environmental conditions, actively removing algae, deploying coral recruitment (settlement) tiles and assessing fish and invertebrate diversity and abundance. By joining this expedition, you’ll be at the forefront of active reef restoration science. You will assist researchers in experiments that aim to develop best practice methods for removing this macroalgae and allowing coral to regrow. You will be directly involved in filling in the gaps that will enable reef managers to make evidence-based decisions about active interventions that support the recovery of the Great Barrier Reef, and reefs all over the world. All accommodation, meals, transfers and research activities included.

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17th July 2020 to 13th September 2020

North Queensland Ceramic Awards

Pinnacles Gallery and the North Queensland Potters’ Association Inc. invite entries into the 2020 biennial North Queensland Ceramic Awards. The biennial North Queensland Ceramic Awards has long aimed to increase public exposure to a high standard of pottery from around the nation. A showcase for both well-known and emerging artists, this competition displays the diversity of ceramic art currently being produced in Australia. The City of Townsville Art Collection Award of AUD10000 continues to provide both opportunity for artists to become a part of one of the nation’s most significant ceramic collections, as well as ensuring the continued growth of this important subsection of the City of Townsville Art Collection.

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18th July 2020

Townsville Double-Header: Qantas Wallabies versus Fiji | Buildcorp Wallaroos versus Canada

The Qantas Wallabies and Buildcorp Wallaroos will play an historic double-header at the brand new Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville, on Saturday 18 July. The match will be the first time in 17 years that Townsville has hosted international rugby and the first time that it will play host to a Qantas Wallabies Test. The Buildcorp Wallaroos will play world number three Canada for the first time on Australia soil following a hugely successful domestic Test campaign in 2019. Experience the atmosphere and the action and get behind our men and women in gold as they run out at Queensland Country Bank Stadium. Tickets go on sale to the general public mid March.

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18th July 2020

Ladies Day 2020

Ladies Day at Cluden Park embodies a world of glamour and sophistication - only to be matched by an impressive day of premiere racing.  Everyone from fashion lovers to racing die-hards to first-timers they cater to everyone’s delight. Although the dress code is formal it's an incredibly colourful day of spectacular originality and classic show pieces. Fashions on the Field debuts Emerging Townsville Fashionistas and adores their winners with a dazzling array of prizes. Off the track there's plenty of action from live music, artistic pop up activations and touch up stations and a festival of entertainment.

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23rd July 2020 to 25th July 2020

Townsville to Cairns Bike Ride Inc.

The Townsville to Cairns Bike Ride is a charity organisation that raises money for Children’s Cancer Institute by holding a three day, 360 plus kilometre bike ride from Townsville to Cairns. Participants ride over 100 kilometres a day, challenging themselves physically and mentally with an end goal of raising money and awareness for childhood cancer research. 2020 sees the ride celebrating 22 years of supporting the Children’s Cancer Institute. The ride began in 1999 by Selwyn Hardwick who was eager to raise money for Children’s Cancer Institute. His story depicts how the idea was created and formed from experiencing a devastating loss when his sister passed away from cancer and then finding out one of his grandchildren had leukaemia. The sole purpose of the Ride is to raise as much money as possible to help enhance the lives of children and their families who are, or have been affected by the many forms of cancer. Since 1999 the ride has raised over AUD6.6 million for research with over AUD360,000 raised in 2019. Children’s Cancer Institute is world leading in researching the detection, treatment, cure and prevention of childhood cancer. By helping raise money, you are contributing significantly.

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25th July 2020

Townsville Cup

Townsville Cup is an established event steeped in history and ingrained in the North Queensland cultural fabric. It is North Queensland’s premiere racing event which shares the spotlight with fashion, talent and entertainment. With a bold reputation for showcasing the best North Queensland has to offer Townsville Cup is the social event of the year. Cluden Park the home of the Townsville Turf Club transforms into a place where they celebrate the colourful North Queensland region and all it has to offer.

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25th July 2020

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Manly Sea Eagles

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys are back in 2020 in their brand new home, the North Queensland Stadium! Experience a Cowboys home game like never before, and be there to cheer on your Cowboys! Secure your tickets now to see these 12 action-packed match days full of live entertainment, on-field competitions and rugby league at its best!

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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. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

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1st August 2020

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Canberra Raiders

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys are back in 2020 in their brand new home, the North Queensland Stadium! Experience a Cowboys home game like never before, and be there to cheer on your Cowboys! Secure your tickets now to see these 12 action-packed match days full of live entertainment, on-field competitions and rugby league at its best!

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1st August 2020 to 2nd August 2020

McDonalds Townsville Running Festival

In a setting that sees the sunrise over Magnetic Island, the majestic coral sea, the sunset behind the iconic granite of Castle hill, they have picture-perfect prime real estate to bring you a Running Festival that stands like no other. The Townsville Marathon was started by a group of hardcore enthusiasts in 1972, who founded the “Townsville Marathon Club”. The name was a little exclusive and elitist so they toned it down somewhat to become “The Townsville Road Runners” which we all know and love today. In 1999, Townsville Road Runners aimed to raise the profile of running in the region by stepping into the unknown and hosting one of the countries first Running Festivals. The event has evolved into the premier and largest regional marathon in the state today. It is a regional event, with its own vibe, feel and unique welcoming allure, yet the certified racecourses, new race HQ at Jezzine Barracks and professionalism of the event coordinators bring a product on par, if not raising the bar, for major national events and a definite appeal for “race-chasers” and race hardened running purists alike. They are not just a run. They are an experience.

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3rd August 2020

2020 Townsville Careers Expo

The 16th Annual Townsville Careers Expo presents an ideal opportunity for anyone interested in education and training or those seeking professional career development and employment opportunities. With exhibitors including Universities, private education providers, TAFE institutes, graduate employment, Defence Force recruiting, student support services and employers, the Expo provide a unique opportunity to find everything related to education and employment, under one roof. Visitors have the chance to win multiple prizes! For more information on the Expo, please visit the website and click on the Townsville Tab, or visit the Facebook page. The expo is on Monday August 3, 2020 from 10am to 1.30pm and 3:30pm to 6:30pm. Admission is free!

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14th August 2020 to 23rd August 2020

Intersport Townsville Triathlon and Multisport Festival

Introducing the brand new Intersport Townsville Triathlon Festival Multisport Event. The TTF is entering its 18th 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 2020 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”.

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15th August 2020 to 30th August 2020

HALO

HALO will once again mesmerise Townsville with a new look concept in 2020. Specifically designed for Townsville, HALO will illuminate the city through a series of sound and light art installations throughout Queens Gardens and on Castle Hill and will run in conjunction with the North Australian Festival of Arts (NAFA). The 2020 sound and light festival will come to life with interactive light and sound displays, large scale art installations and an additional collaborative community element.

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20th August 2020

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Cronulla Sharks

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys are back in 2020 in their brand new home, the North Queensland Stadium! Experience a Cowboys home game like never before, and be there to cheer on your Cowboys! Secure your tickets now to see these 12 action-packed match days full of live entertainment, on-field competitions and rugby league at its best!

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22nd August 2020 to 23rd August 2020

Greek Fest Glendi Townsville

This year marks 21 Years of the Greek Fest Glendi Townsville Enjoy 'A Taste of the Mediterranean' with Greek Fest 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. Greek Fest Glendi is a signature cultural event in Townsville. It has provided a wonderful opportunity to embrace the Greek culture over a weekend of non-stop entertainment, wonderful cuisine, music and dance. The word ‘Glendi’ translates to festivity, revelry, merrymaking – a celebration. 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 fun ­filled activities for the whole family to be involved in. The festival will be staged at the Riverway Precinct, Thuringowa Central. 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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23rd August 2020

Cape Pallarenda Trail Run 2020

The 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 and 21 kilometres- the half marathon distance for the ones who like a good challenge. Join them for a great day out on the trails. The event is now part of the Townsville Triathlon and Multipsort Festival- Off Road Event. Registrations will be on their website.

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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. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

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28th August 2020 to 30th August 2020

Townsville Expo 2020

Bring the family along and discover all the latest outdoor adventure gear and accessories plus home and lifestyle products at the 2020 Townsville Expo. Everything will be on display from the latest caravans, camper trailers and motorhomes to vehicles, camping accessories, holiday destinations and more! There’s so much to see across the weekend including great entertainment the whole family will love. They look forward to seeing you at the 2020 Townsville Expo.

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29th August 2020 to 30th August 2020

Townsville Big Boys Toys Expo

It's the Expo to discover New Products and Services. They'll be showcasing the Latest Models of 4WDs; Bikes; Boats; Barbecues; ATVs; Campers; Cars; Caravans; Do It Yourself; Fishing Gear; Hobbies; Quad Bikes; Remote Control Vehicles; SUVs; Tanks; Tents; Trucks; Utes. Plus Weekend Getaways; Staycations and Holiday Destination suggestions. Plus everything the Consumer needs to take with them - from Aftermarket Accessories to Home and Travel products. It's a Family-friendly Event. Entertainment for all ages. 2020 line-up includes: Jetpack Stunt Show; Flying Motorcross Show; Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

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29th August 2020

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus New Zealand Warriors

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys are back in 2020 in their brand new home, the North Queensland Stadium! Experience a Cowboys home game like never before, and be there to cheer on your Cowboys! Secure your tickets now to see these 12 action-packed match days full of live entertainment, on-field competitions and rugby league at its best!

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12th September 2020 to 13th September 2020

Relay For Life 2020

Relay For Life is a fun and moving overnight experience that raises vital funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention, information and support services. Relay is a chance for the Townsville community to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer and to raise money to help save more lives. Join the thousands of Australians who take part in Cancer Council’s Relay For Life each year in the fight against cancer: start or join a team in the Townsville 2020 Relay today!

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12th September 2020

Rollingstone Pineapple Festival

The Rollingstone Pineapple Festival is an annual event held in Balgal Beach, North Queensland to celebrate Australia's real gold fields - the farms and communities who grow and sell the worlds best pineapples. The Pineapple Festival has an ever evolving format of markets, food, workshops and music throughout the day with kid's activities and plenty of games for people of all ages. It's a fun family day in support of local farmers and the local community. The Festival is a licensed event celebrating everything pineapples!

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19th September 2020

The Great Island Trek

Not a race but an adventure with spectacular scenery. Trek, walk or run across Magnetic Island and see secluded bays, spot koalas in the wild, keep at eye out for sea turtles and discover the hidden gem that is Magnetic Island.

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19th September 2020

ICN Tropix North Queensland Championships

The Tropix is the largest regional fitness show in the country and continues to deliver the ultimate fitness experience to Townsville and surrounds. This event is the showcase of models, bikini divas, fitness models and body builders with something for the whole family of all ages. Now averaging over 350 entrants year on year the inspiration provided by this event is one you need to see. Situated in the iconic Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre the venue truly lends itself to showcasing the Townsville Region.

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21st October 2020 to 25th October 2020

Recovery of the Great Barrier Reef expedition

Travellers from around the world come to the Great Barrier Reef, an Australian World Heritage Area, to explore its extraordinary diversity of animal and plant life. Coral reefs face a growing number of threats, from climate change and storm damage, to sediment and nutrient run-off. Join them on an Earthwatch expedition in the water around Magnetic Island to help scientists develop best-practice methods for coral recovery. On this expedition, participants can get involved through scuba or snorkel activities. You will assist researchers in making baseline measurements of environmental conditions, actively removing algae, deploying coral recruitment (settlement) tiles and assessing fish and invertebrate diversity and abundance. By joining this expedition, you’ll be at the forefront of active reef restoration science. You will assist researchers in experiments that aim to develop best practice methods for removing this macroalgae and allowing coral to regrow. You will be directly involved in filling in the gaps that will enable reef managers to make evidence-based decisions about active interventions that support the recovery of the Great Barrier Reef, and reefs all over the world. All accommodation, meals, transfers and research activities included.

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22nd November 2020 to 24th November 2020

SARRAH National Rural and Remote Allied Health Conference

Hosted by SARRAH since 1995, this biennial conference is for all involved in regional, rural and remote allied health. The Organising Committee invites you to Townsville to hear a range of eminent speakers, to join them as they share stories to shape the future success for remote, rural and regional allied health and to celebrate 25 years of SARRAH networking, advocacy and events. The Conference will attract close to 300 Allied Health Professionals from around Australia.

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6th August 2021 to 15th August 2021

ITU Multisport World Championship Townsville 2021

ITU Multisport World Championships sees the world’s best athletes head to Townsville in August 2021 to compete across five world championship disciplines comprising various male and female race categories for elite, age group and para-triathletes. The Championships debuted three years ago and it has quickly grown into one of the most popular and diverse events on the global calendar. There is something for every athlete, with five World Championship titles up for grabs across the ten days of competition; in duathlon, cross triathlon, aquathlon, aquabike and long-distance triathlon. The Multisport Festival - secured through a partnership between Tourism and Events Queensland, Townsville City Council, IRONMAN, Triathlon Australia and Townsville Enterprise - will be the biggest sporting event ever to be held in Townsville attracting more than 8000 athletes and spectators. Athletes are required to qualify through events sanctioned by their respective national federations.

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