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15th December 2018 to 28th January 2019

Summer Days at the Museum

These school holidays when it's hot outside, the Museum of Tropical Queensland is the cool place to be with a new science exhibition, awesome events and interactive activities for children of all ages. Commencing Saturday 15 December, daily activities include the new Sciencentre gallery - a discovery-zone with plenty of fun with more than 20 interactive exhibits to find out how science challenges the human body, exercises the brain and stimulates the senses. The new Construction Zone will also make for hours of imaginative play with the Big Blue Blocks and LEGO® plus the fun continues with the range of interactive exhibitions found across two massive air-conditioned floors. The excitement factor is taken up a notch from January 7 to 24 with a variety awesome special events including live science and 3D planetarium shows. In conjunction with Reef HQ, on Friday 18 January the Museum will open for one-night only before the school holidays finish and the Summer Days come to an end. Visit for a night of ‘science made simple’ with pop up science buskers, craft and other fun activities. For the full Summer Days at the Museum program visit their website.

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18th December 2018 to 22nd December 2018

Stable on the Strand

Townsville's Christmas Festival, Stable on the Strand, celebrates its 17th birthday in 2018 at Townsville's premier event location, Strand Park. Stable on the Strand is one of Australia's most spectacular Christmas events, delighting crowds of 40,000 people over five nights as Christmas is shared with story, song and festivity. Stable on the Strand will feature the Town of Bethlehem: the story of the birth of Jesus told interactively using live actors as wise men, shepherds, Roman soldiers, King Herod, and of course Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus; camels, chickens, goats, sheep, and a donkey for children to pat; huge carousel in the Stable Village; fabulous youth program; great children's activities; amazing entertainment on the Main Stage with local and guest artists; hospitality areas: enjoy the ambiance of Stable on the Strand while enjoying free tea, coffee and Christmas Cake. Entry is free!

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31st December 2018

New Year's Eve Celebrations

Welcome in the New Year in a relaxed, North Queensland style with Townsville City Council's New Year's Eve celebrations! Join them at any one of the locations for a fun family night out involving a movie on the big screen, food vendors, amusements and exciting fireworks display.

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31st December 2018

New Year's Eve Celebrations

Welcome in the New Year in a relaxed, North Queensland style with Townsville City Council's New Year's Eve celebrations! Join them at any one of the locations for a fun family night out involving a movie on the big screen, food vendors, amusements and exciting fireworks display.

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8th February 2019

Cowboys Community Day

Help the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys kick off the 2019 season at the Cowboys Community Day on Friday 8 February, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at Strand Park! There will be a player signing session, live music by 1RAR band, amusements, giveaways, new season merchandise on sale and great entertainment for the kids. Special gift packs are available to collect for the first 1000 members! Become a 2019 member today at their website. The event is free entry for all ages.

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24th February 2019

Castle Hill Trail Run

The first run in the Outer Limits Trail Running Series 2019: The Castle Hill Trail Run. This event being early in the the year is designed to get people into trail running and utilise Townsville's biggest icon. The race will start and finish from the West End State School and the course will cover the trails on the western side of the hill. The trails will not be closed to the public but they will not be using the popular “goat track”. The race has a three kilometre for beginners and kids, a six kilometre and a tough nine kilometre for the more experienced runners. This event will offer a great trail running experience right on your front door step. Registration opens 1 January 2019.

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28th February 2019

Oceans Film Festival World Tour 2019

With a vision to mesmerise and captivate, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour showcases more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface. Featuring all new films this carefully curated selection of short films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue. The films feature captivating cinematography, complete with awe-inspiring underwater scenes and fast-paced wave sequences that have been captured from unbelievable vantage points. Inspiring and thought-provoking, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour is filled with moving footage, touching interviews and insightful narrations. Each of the festival’s films conveys a deep respect and appreciation for the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home. Find out more at the website.

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28th February 2019

Ocean Film Festival World Tour

With a vision to mesmerise and captivate, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour showcases more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface.  Featuring all new films this carefully curated selection of short films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue.  The films feature captivating cinematography, complete with awe-inspiring underwater scenes and fast-paced wave sequences that have been captured from unbelievable vantage points. Inspiring and thought-provoking, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour is filled with moving footage, touching interviews and insightful narrations. Each of the festival’s films conveys a deep respect and appreciation for the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home. Find out more at their website.

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16th March 2019

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus St George Illawarra Dragons

Witness first-hand the thrilling atmosphere of a North Queensland Toyota Cowboys home game for their final season at 1300SMILES Stadium in 2019! Cheer on your Cowboys, headed by Australian and Queensland representative Matt Scott, backed up by reigning dual Dally M winner Jason Taumalolo and an outstanding lineup of state and international representatives and NRL talent, assembled by head coach Paul Green. 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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30th March 2019

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Cronulla Sharks

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys return in 2019 stronger than ever. Witness first-hand the thrilling atmosphere of a North Queensland Toyota Cowboys home game for their final season at 1300SMILES Stadium in 2019! Cheer on your Cowboys, headed by Australian and Queensland representative Matt Scott, backed up by reigning dual Dally M winner Jason Taumalolo and an outstanding lineup of state and international representatives and NRL talent, assembled by head coach Paul Green. 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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6th April 2019

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Canberra Raiders

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys return in 2019 stronger than ever. Witness first-hand the thrilling atmosphere of a North Queensland Toyota Cowboys home game for their final season at 1300SMILES Stadium in 2019! Cheer on your Cowboys, headed by Australian and Queensland representative Matt Scott, backed up by reigning dual Dally M winner Jason Taumalolo and an outstanding lineup of state and international representatives and NRL talent, assembled by head coach Paul Green. 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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7th April 2019

Elliot's Revenge Trail Run

The Elliot's Revenge Trail Run is the second event in the Outer Limits Trail Run Series 2019. This run will take you through the beautiful Bowling Green Bay National Park, testing your stamina on steep hills and satisfying your sense of adventure with creek crossings and challenging trails. With multiple distances to choose from, this event offers fun and challenge to the whole family. There will be prizes for the first three runners in each distance as well as prizes for first place in each age category. Reward yourself with complimentary refreshments after you cross the finish line and enjoy great food and drinks from local food and coffee carts. Registration opens 1st January 2019, get in early as the event will sell out!

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12th April 2019

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Melbourne Storm

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys return in 2019 stronger than ever. Witness first-hand the thrilling atmosphere of a North Queensland Toyota Cowboys home game for their final season at 1300SMILES Stadium in 2019! Cheer on your Cowboys, headed by Australian and Queensland representative Matt Scott, backed up by reigning dual Dally M winner Jason Taumalolo and an outstanding lineup of state and international representatives and NRL talent, assembled by head coach Paul Green. 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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3rd May 2019

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Gold Coast Titans

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys return in 2019 stronger than ever. Witness first-hand the thrilling atmosphere of a North Queensland Toyota Cowboys home game for their final season at 1300SMILES Stadium in 2019! Cheer on your Cowboys, headed by Australian and Queensland representative Matt Scott, backed up by reigning dual Dally M winner Jason Taumalolo and an outstanding lineup of state and international representatives and NRL talent, assembled by head coach Paul Green. 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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5th May 2019

Groovin the Moo

Groovin the Moo (GTM) is now taking reservations for the 2019 tour! Checking-in to Townsville on Sunday 5 May (long weekend). GTM’s increasingly recognised trademark is that of a fun and value-packed day complete with a twist of country hospitality and inclusivity. GTM tours acts from all genres which in turn reflects the importance of diversity for the festival. General on sale starts in early February. Life's better when you're Groovin.

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10th May 2019 to 12th May 2019

MTBA National Championships | Marathon 2019

Mountain Bike Australia in conjunction with Townsville Enterprise Limited, the Queensland State Government, Townsville City Council and the Rockwheelers MTB Club are pleased to present the 2019 MTBA National Championships and Townsville MTB Festival. In its third year, the 2019 Townsville MTB Festival will again offer riders of all ages a varsity of events, including the Marathon National Championships.

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16th May 2019

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2019

The original and the best mountain film festival is coming back to Townsville for one huge night. The 2019 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour showcases over two and a half hours of the most enthralling mountain adventure films that will have you planning your next adventure before the credits roll. The tour is hot on the heels of the largest and most prestigious mountain festivals in the world, the Banff Mountain Festival, which takes place every November in the mountain town of Banff, in Canada. More than 300 of the world’s best mountain sport, culture, environment, adventure, and exploration films are shown during the week-long event. A selection of award winners and audience favourites then tours the globe, visiting 390 communities and 35 countries as part of the festival’s official world tour. This year, the Australian line-up features two-and-a-half hours of captivating short films shot in some of the most wild and remote corners of the world. The program is packed full of mesmerising cinematography, thought-provoking storylines and adrenaline-inducing action sequences. Presented by World Expeditions. For more details visit the website.

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18th May 2019

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Parramatta Eels

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys return in 2019 stronger than ever. Witness first-hand the thrilling atmosphere of a North Queensland Toyota Cowboys home game for their final season at 1300SMILES Stadium in 2019! Cheer on your Cowboys, headed by Australian and Queensland representative Matt Scott, backed up by reigning dual Dally M winner Jason Taumalolo and an outstanding lineup of state and international representatives and NRL talent, assembled by head coach Paul Green. 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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20th May 2019 to 22nd May 2019

Pint Of Science (Townsville)

Pint of Science is a three day festival bringing the latest in science research to pubs across Australia (and the world!). In 2019 the festival will run on May 20, 21 and 22. Please visit the Pint of Science Australia website for all updates regarding venues.

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25th May 2019

The Two Bays Trail Run

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. The event offers a 10 kilometre and a 20 kilometre course, both are challenging and beautiful at the same time.

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2nd June 2019

All British Day Townsville 2019

All British Day is a display of British vehicles and machinery current and past, highlighting aspects of British culture and heritage and promoting a military theme. The festival was first held in Townsville in 1992 and since 1999 has been hosted annually as a free community event by the Jaguar Car Club of North Queensland. All British Day attracts visitors and participants from all over North Queensland. At least 150 vehicles are displayed in a tropical setting around “The Lagoon” in the beautiful grounds of The Cathedral School Mundingburra. Their aim is to celebrate and preserve the history of the British Motor Industry, a triumph of ingenuity and engineering! Acquisition by various manufacturers over past decades led to the demise of many of the original outstanding marques. The All British Day display showcases the marques still manufactured and also offers a rare opportunity to see these unique discontinued vehicles and machines, many preserved meticulously by their enthusiastic owners. This year’s themes are again special to celebrate All Things British and they continue our Military Theme commenced several years ago to honour the centenary of World War 1. A great family day with free admission for the community and displays.

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7th June 2019

The TEN Tenors present Love Is in the Air

Love is in the air – and they want to share it with you all! Everyone adores songs about love. Songs that celebrate one of the greatest feelings in the world, the glory of love, which is all around us each and every day. They’re the best reminder that love is free but can make you feel like the richest person in the world, if you open your heart. In 2019, The TEN Tenors are embracing love and will be singing some of the most popular feel-good love songs and wedding first dance songs of all time. They’ll cover many of your favourite romantic tunes, from pop songs with a twist to classic love songs, and even a few of the most famous and touching love arias in existence. For anyone with a soft spot for a tender tune, this is an experience not to be missed. The TEN Tenors will be at Townsville Entertainment and Exhibition Centre on 7 June 2019, and is guaranteed to fill you with passion and put a huge smile on your face.

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15th June 2019

Gold Coast SUNS versus St Kilda

Support your Gold Coast SUNS in Round 13 for their first AFL match held in Townsville. See the team take on St Kilda on Saturday 15 June at Riverway Stadium, with all the on-field action kicking off from at 1.45pm local time. It will be a great afternoon for the whole family!

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29th June 2019 to 30th June 2019

Neck of the Woods Music Festival

Neck of the Woods Music Festival is a local music and lifestyle festival set in a family friendly environment on a property in the suburb of Pinnacles, 30 minutes from the Townsville central business district. Neck of the Woods celebrates the local music scene, hosting 20 musical acts over two days, including a selection of North Queensland’s best original artists and some of Australia’s up and coming spotlight touring acts. The festival will feature two nights of onsite camping, BYO, lifestyle activities such as yoga workshops, art installations, an interactive children’s area and a festival marketplace showcasing some of Townsville’s best street food and artisan market stalls.

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30th June 2019 to 2nd July 2019

U18 State Hockey Championships 2019 - Men

Hundreds of athletes and their supporters from all across Queensland will converge in Townsville for the U18 State Hockey Championships. Spectators are welcome to come along and see the best Under 18 hockey players from across Queensland battle it out everyday. Thanks to Townsville Enterprise and Townsville City Council for their support of the event.

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5th July 2019 to 7th July 2019

Supercars Watpac Townsville 400

Soak up the colour and atmosphere of North Queensland’s largest annual sporting event at the 2019 Watpac Townsville 400, 5 to 7 July. 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.

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6th July 2019

Style Over Speed Black Tie Bike Ride

Riding your bike is an ad for cycling…so do it in style! Style Over Speed is a traffic-stopping black-tie affair. Over 80 cyclists parade through town along The Strand, out to the casino and back finishing with live music, a bar and a fashion parade by participants with their bikes. Have fun and get dressed up in your fanciest formal gear, match your handbag or manbag to your bicycle and come along! The ride is designed to encourage spectators to smile and cheer at their display because cycling is something to celebrate.

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26th July 2019 to 4th August 2019

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. 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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4th August 2019

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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5th August 2019

Townsville Careers Expo 2019

The 15th 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. The Job Shop is organised in conjunction with the Expo, presenting career seekers with "real jobs" and the opportunity to meet face to face with local and national employers. A variety of positions will be available and can be viewed on the website closer to the event. Visitors have the chance to win multiple prizes! For more information on the Expo, please visit the website and click on the Townsville icon, or visit the Facebook page. The expo is on Monday August 5, 2019 from 10am to 1.30pm and 4pm to 7pm. Admission is free!

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10th August 2019 to 18th August 2019

Townsville Triathlon 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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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29th August 2019 to 4th September 2019

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.

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30th August 2019 to 1st September 2019

Townsville Expo 2019

The 2019 Townsville Expo is the region’s largest outdoor adventure, home and lifestyle event, with well over 100 local and national companies on show. This is your opportunity to view and compare the very latest caravans and campers, 4x4's, vehicles, boats, accessories and more, all in the one convenient location. Plus discover dozens of home and lifestyle companies and uncover new holiday destinations! This event has something for everyone, from jumping castles and wildlife shows for the little kids through to luxury vans, 4x4's and camp oven cooking demonstrations for the big kids. Bring the whole family and discover a world of adventure at the Expo, August 30 to September 1, Reid Park Townsville. Friday 8.30am to 4pm. Saturday 8.30am to 5pm. Sunday 8.30am to 4pm.

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6th October 2019

Magnetic Island Triathlon 2019

North Queensland's own tropical destination adventure island brings you a great Sprint Triathlon - last year was a sell out - so don't leave it too late to swim on one of the best kept secrets which is Magnetic Island and one of the best destinations for this spectacular Triathlon.

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15th November 2019 to 16th November 2019

PBR Australia Grand Finals

Welcome to the roller coaster world of the adrenalin cowboy as they take on the nation’s most extreme bucking bulls in a three-hour action packed event that will keep you on the edge of your seat from the first bull of the night through to the last. This is the final and deciding chapter of the PBR year-long race for National Titles. It’s a showdown like no other – 22 riders all eager for glory as they strive to overcome the power of the most extreme bucking bulls in a head to head battle of power, agility and the fight of the fittest eight seconds at a time over the course of two nights of competition. Choreographed with pyrotechnics, lasers, concert sound system and mega screen replays, with multiple camera angles that will take you behind the scenes and inside the bucking chutes as riders prepare for the ride of their life whilst delivering you the ultimate live event bull riding experience inside the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre. This is an event not to be missed. This is the one and only PBR National Finals.

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