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2nd June 2018 to 21st October 2018

Dinosaur rEvolution: Secrets of Survival

Not long ago, what was known about dinosaurs was based almost totally on assumptions made from studying their internal body structures. The rest, including colours and skin coverings, was left to the imagination. Now thanks to incredible research and technology, that this time emphasises also skin and ornaments, we are now able to get a glimpse of the true, bizarre and complex nature of the evolution of the Dinosauria. Dinosaur rEvolution: Secrets of Survival explores the predatory prehistoric world of dinosaurs with animatronics, 3D models and fossil casts that visitors can touch. The exhibits are also backed with close-to-life-sized murals of all the protagonist species, fully fleshed, feathered and restored in living and breathing colours. A travelling exhibition by Luis V. Rey and Gondwana Studios.

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24th March 2018 to 2nd September 2018

Evolution: Torres Strait Masks

The Evolution: Torres Strait Masks exhibition takes visitors on a journey from time immemorial when masks were used in ceremonial rituals involving art, theatre and dance and shows how these historic artefacts have inspired new works that are constantly developing and changing. Developed by the Gab Titui Cultural Centre on Waiben (Thursday Island) this exhibition celebrates the rich and continuing tradition of mask making in Zenadh Kes (Torres Strait) and explores the longstanding importance of ceremonial masks in Torres Strait culture, and how they influence contemporary art forms. The 12 striking masks are created by contemporary Torres Strait artists – Andrew Passi, Eddie Nona, Vincent Babia, Kapua Gutchen Senior, Yessie Mosby, Alick Tipoti, Milton Savage and Seriat Young. A travelling exhibition from the National Museum of Australia.

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27th May 2018 to 23rd September 2018

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.

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30th June 2018 to 15th July 2018

Dinosaur rEvolution Winter School Holiday Program

Enjoy the cooler winter days at the Museum with a full prehistoric program of activities to celebrate the all new Dinosaur rEvolution: Secrets of Survival exhibition. Families can enjoy interactive activities including ‘live’ dinosaur shows and fossil casting. Plus junior palaeontologists can get their brushes working in the dig pit excavating for skeletons, explore fossil specimens at the touch tables and create their own dinosaur masks to take home. For more information visit the Museum website.

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30th June 2018 to 2nd July 2018

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 lush 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. 2018 Artist Line Up: Didirri, Clea, Ayla, Greta Stanley, The Ocean Party, Asha Jefferies, William Bloom, Neighbour, Zefereli, Broadcast Fiasco, Coffins, Dan Baker, Denville, Late November, Oh Forest Shore, Tilly, Tahni James and Weekend Project.

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1st July 2018

Chamber Philharmonia Cologne

After several successful European tours in 2016 and 2017, the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne (Germany) is coming to St Helen’s Anglican Church with a powerful and lovely new program! The objective is simple – they want to inspire as many people as possible across all generations to enjoy classical music. The popularity of their ensemble is reflected in the fact that the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne gives around 300 concerts a year around the globe and listeners throughout the world look forward to a musical encounter with these exceptionally talented musicians. The permanently expanding repertoire of the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne consists primarily of hand-picked pieces. The real appeal of the program lies in the meeting of popular and unknown works from a wide variety of musical epochs. This sees familiar greats like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Vivaldi in dialogue with works from people such as Sergei Prokofieff through to the “King of Tango” Astor Piazzolla. This mix promises great diversity of the very highest order, without them having to preach to the audience in the process. After all, music is for entertainment and not for instruction.

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5th July 2018

Timomatic featuring Justice Crew's Solo and DOD Crew

Multi-platinum selling artist Timomatic is bringing his high-energy 'Do What You Want' Tour Part 2 tour to the Burdekin Theatre this July! Hear all his biggest hits, including Set It Off, If Looks Could Kill, Parachute, Can you feel it, and so much more. Timomatic first took Australia by storm on So You Think You Can Dance and quickly became a household name. Since then, he’s appeared on Australia’s Got Talent and starred in Fame The Musical, and has appeared alongside acts such as Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, Jason Derulo and David Guetta. His live shows are like no other!

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5th July 2018

Timomatic and Justice Crew's Solo and DOD Crew

Multi-platinum selling artist Timomatic is bringing his high-energy DO WHAT YOU WANT TOUR Part 2 tour to the Burdekin Theatre this July! Hear all his biggest hits, including Set It Off, If Looks Could Kill, Parachute, Can you feel it, Stamina and so much more. Timomatic first took Australia by storm on So You Think You Can Dance. With his world class dancing and talented vocals, Timomatic quickly became a household name. Since then, he’s appeared on Australia’s Got Talent and starred in Fame The Musical, and has appeared alongside acts such as Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, Jason Derulo and David Guetta. His live shows are like no other! The tour will also feature multi-platinum selling artist I.amsolo- lead member of the 8 x ARIA nominated group Justice Crew. I.amsolo, who is also a DJ/Producer as well as an established artist, will be DJing and MCing the night. If that wasn’t enough, the group Divine our Destiny (aka DOD Crew) who will be getting the crowd going before Timomatic takes the stage. Get ready for a one-night only performance filled with amazing performers,

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5th July 2018 to 6th July 2018

Ingham Show 2018

Come along to this classic country show with all the favourites: horses, dogs, birds, wood chopping, art, cooking and school displays, animal nursery, fireworks, night entertainment and side shows. The whole family will enjoy it!

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6th July 2018 to 8th July 2018

Supercars Watpac Townsville 400

At the halfway point in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, the racing is sure to be fierce when the spectacular Supercars race through the streets of Townsville once again at the Watpac Townsville 400, 6 to 8 July 2018. There is something for the whole family, from the on-track action of the Supercars, Dunlop Super2 Series, ECB SuperUtes Series and more, to the evening concert entertainment. Kids 12 and under receive free trackside admission with a paying adult. Don’t miss the fastest and loudest weekend in North Queensland!

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7th July 2018

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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13th May 2018 to 9th September 2018

Lucinda Markets

Soak up the relaxing casual atmosphere, enjoy the music, indulge in a coffee, hot food and seaside views. Browse over 30 stalls and find something for everyone. Entertain the kids, stroll the beach, lunch in Lucinda and take in the seaside views. Markets are held on the second Sunday of the month between May and September.

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12th July 2018

Around the World in 80 Days

Three Actors, 39 Characters, Seven Countries… One Extraordinary Experience! Stampeding elephants! Raging typhoons! Runaway trains! Unabashedly slapstick! Hold onto your seats for the original amazing race! Join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful manservant Passepartout as they set out to win an outrageous wager by circling the globe in 80 days. Hot on their heels, convinced Fogg has committed a bank robbery to fund his travels, is Inspector Fix of Scotland yard who is seeking to capture and jail the intrepid travellers. Danger, romance, and comic surprises abound in this whirlwind of a show – one of the great adventures of all time!

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13th July 2018

Dinosaurs By Night

Visit the Museum after hours for the most prehistoric Friday 13th ever! Under the cloak of darkness come along to see the all new Dinosaur rEvolution: Secrets of Survival exhibition and everything that the Museum has to offer. For one night only we will remain open with a full program of activities for families to enjoy including live dinosaur shows, free face painting and a giant fossil dig pit. For more information visit the Museum website.

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13th July 2018

Carmen - Live Ballet

"Love is a rebellious bird that nobody can tame..."  Melbourne City Ballet reimagines “Carmen” to Bizet’s famous score to bring to life an evocative opera ballet paying homage to the well known Spanish inspired tragedy. ”Carmen" tells the story of a city policeman Don Jose whose mother calls him to return home to marry childhood sweetheart Micaela but a chance encounter with the enchanting gypsy girl Carmen, leads them both into a relationship of both passion and destruction. Pappalardo’s “Carmen” is designed to be a loud and bold affair, pulling the audience in from the first overture. Choreographer: Michael Pappalardo.

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13th January 2018 to 8th December 2018

Conroy Hall Markets

A fantastic all weather market with a great selection of antiques, bric-a-brac, books, home made treats, local craft and clothing Market held on the second Saturday of the month

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14th July 2018 to 15th July 2018

Madame Butterfly

Madame Butterfly follows a young Japanese girl called Cho-Cho (nicknamed “Butterfly) as she marries US Naval Officer Pinkerton only to have him depart for the Americas. As the years pass Butterfly awaits his return with hope, refusing any new suitor but her Pinkerton. It is only upon Pinkerton’s return that Butterfly realise their union was not as she thought, ending in one of opera’s most infamous tragedies. Redeveloped into a newly choreographed three-act ballet, Melbourne City Ballet’s production will capture the story’s essence through the fusion of traditional Japanese and classical ballet movement. The production showcasing the company’s exquisite choreography and versatility, whilst featuring impressive new scenery, beautiful oriental costumes and of course Puccini’s evocative score. Melbourne City Ballet have worked closely with many from the Japanese community to ensure the production respectfully pays homage in an accurate but delicate manner. Audiences are rarely given the opportunity to see Madame Butterfly performed as a full length ballet and this certainly is a production not to be missed.

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14th July 2018

Guy Sebastian Then and Now Regional Tour - Townsville

This winter, for the first time in two and a half years, Guy Sebastian will be taking his band on the road with a hit-laden Then & Now regional tour. One of Australia's most popular and successful male artists, Guy will bring a blockbuster set to some of his favourite regional cities throughout June and July. Supporting Guy on his Then & Now tour is Aussie-born, Chicago-based singer Fatai. Since releasing her debut single Purple in late 2015, and her debut EP Undone shortly after, Fatai has gone on to sell out multiple headline tours in North America, Australia and New Zealand, and she is currently working on her sophomore EP. The regional run of shows will see Sebastian and his band travel around northern and southern New South Wales, across the Victorian border to Frankston, Geelong, Shepparton and Dandenong, over to the Sunshine and Gold Coasts, and up to northern Queensland.

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14th July 2018 to 15th July 2018

Adventurethon Demolish Townsville

The team at Adventurethon Australia are super excited to bring Townsville Adventurethon Demolish on July 14 and 15, 2018 Adventurethon Townsville is a multi-sport event incorporating four stage; mountain bike, paddle, trail run and sprint featuring all three. The recently created Demolish format offers athletes the opportunity to participate in one, two or all three legs, with each leg being a stand alone race. This event offers different distances over the race weekend, giving opportunity to all athletes no matter the skill level. Sunday will include Sprint, Taste and Junior events. Townsville offers world class trails at Cape Pallarender, this new exciting format is a great shape up to the racing community, giving athletes time to freshen up between legs, recover and achieve personal best efforts. It also provides the opportunity to tackle longer distances they wouldn't normally do. Who can forget the added feature of an abseil to the trail run! Any Adventurethon challenge can be done as an individual, tag team or side by side team to gain a different experience for the day. They want you to step out of your comfort zone and try something new!

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15th April 2018 to 17th February 2019

Raintree Markets

Under the shade of Ingham's iconic raintrees of Rotary Park, right in the heart of Ingham. This market offers a diversity of offerings from local craft, bric-a-brac, fresh produce, real coffee, tropical plants and tasty treats. Markets are held on the third Sunday of every month from April to December

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15th July 2018

July 4X4 Fun Day

Keen to try out your new 4x4 and don't know where to go? Had a 4x4 for years and have run out of new places? Don't have anyone to go with? CT 4x4 Club Fun Day allows novice and experienced drivers an area to test their vehicles in a range of terrain including soft sand and rocky outcrops, with the surety of having experienced Four Wheel Drive Queensland members on-hand to assist and guide where required or just for recovery. Located just nine kilometres from Charters Towers central business district, the Millchester Motor Sport and Recreation Facility has it all from winch walls to mud pits that host the NQ Off Road Challenge, participants can come for the weekend and enjoy all that the Towers has to offer. CT 4x4 Club is a family friendly club catering for all 4x4 enthusiasts.

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19th July 2018

Johnny Nicol: My Music, My Life, My Story

The inimitable singer/guitarist Johnny Nicol is known as a bit of a legend in the Australian jazz scene. Having been in the business now for over 50 years, he has worked with some of the greats both in Australia and overseas and has an unmistakable style that is all his own. As a former member of the now legendary Maori Troubadours, Johnny has travelled all throughout Australia. It was during this time that he learned the craft of entertaining. After leaving the Troubadours to go solo, Johnny travelled overseas and further honed his craft performing in many prestigious venues in Las Vegas, Miami, the Bahamas and throughout Europe and the UK. Once back in Australia, Johnny quickly found his place as a contemporary jazz artist. Critics acclaimed him “the finest jazz guitar stylist in Australia” and “our own George Benson in both vocal style and guitar technique”. The night will also include guest appearances by a number of prominent Indigenous artists and public figures, including Professor Gracelyn Smallwood (Welcome to Country), Shireen Malamoo (Singer), Maggie Walsh (MC), Sean Choolburra (Comedian, Alfred Henaway (Foyer session during intermission), Aicey Zaro (Singer) and more.

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20th July 2018

North Queensland Winter Racing Carnival Launch

The North Queensland Winter Racing Carnival Launch is set to kick start the best of racing, fashion, food, beverages and entertainment in the North. For the very first time the Winter Racing Carnival will Launch an eight-day spectacle at The Ville Resort-Casino’s stunning new Pavilion. Embrace the celebration at the WRC first event of the carnival. Don’t miss the start of the action and be sure to secure your ticket! You will enjoy two hours of delicious canapes, a drink on arrival, thrilling entertainment and the perks of rubbing shoulders with the Norths very own racing Royalty. Oh, and did they mention the fashion? Frock up for a fun night of social indulgence.

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20th July 2018

Absolute Elvis - Tour the Tropics

Elvis Presley's life in Music performed by UK's Multi Award Winning Elvis Tribute Artist - Johnny Lee Memphis. Songs that will get you rockin and a rolling as Johnny performs Elvis's greatest hits from the 50s to the 70s. Tickets on sale now - book early for an ideal music lovers gift.

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20th July 2018 to 22nd July 2018

Ingham Autofest

Autofest Performance Car Festivals are pleased to announce the addition of an All New Autofest event that will taking place in Far North Queensland from July 20 to 22 2018. To be known as the Ingham Autofest and to be held at the Ingham Showground each year from mid 2018 the Autofest Crew look forward to working together with local clubs as well as other events already running in Far North Queensland and they are sure that this exciting new event for their region will also compliment their events as well. Autofest is open to everything automotive from Cars, Trucks, Bikes in fact anything that has wheels is welcomed to join in on all the fun and with the theme of a Family Friendly Festival. Autofest events include, Go To Whoa, Spear A Spud, Dyno Shootout, Show N Shine, Autokana and everyone's favourite, the Mighty Burnout Comp. More details will be released over the coming weeks and Entrant Forms will be posted up at their website.

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20th July 2018 to 22nd July 2018

Kids Rock Junior Rodeo, Heart of the Goldfields Rodeo and King of the Goldfields Steer Wrestling

Charters Towers is indisputably the centre of Rodeo in the North and has a long history with Rodeo with the Charters Towers Rodeo Association hosting events since 1948. The event features bulls, broncs, barrels, roping, bulldogging and bucking bareback ponies. A live band will keep the mood going once the arena action is completed. The rodeos is a great family friendly outing, with all of the extreme rodeo action taking place under the covered arena at the Charters Towers Dalrymple Equestrian Complex.

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21st July 2018

Townsville Jaguar Land Rover Ladies Race Day

Part of the Winter Racing Carnival the Townsville Jaguar Land Rover Ladies Race Day is a must attend event on the social Calendar. Featuring immaculate fashion, great entertainment and a trackside celebration not to be missed. Children must be accompanied by a responsible guardian at all times.

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21st July 2018

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus St George Illawarra Dragons

Witness the thrilling atmosphere of a North Queensland Toyota Cowboys home game at 1300SMILES Stadium in 2018! Following a successful season in 2017 and a second Grand Final appearance in three years, the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys return in 2018 stronger than ever. Leading the charge is four-time Dally M winner Johnathan Thurston and Australian and Queensland representative Matt Scott, backed up by 2017 Australian Rugby League World Cup champions Michael Morgan and Jordan McLean, dual Dally M winner Jason Taumalolo and an outstanding lineup of state and international representatives and NRL talent, assembled by head coach Paul Green. Lock in 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 July 2018

The Paluma Push

Held in July each year, the Paluma Push is a race from the Paluma Village via the Paluma Dam through World heritage rainforest and cattle property to Hidden Valley cabins. Three courses are available, the 42 kilometre recreational course, the 53 kilometre intermediate course and the competition course which is 70 kilometres. This is a race that changes lives! If you are competitive, the prizes are substantial with both cash and equipment on offer. If you are a rider who loves a challenge, The Push is your perfect ride. But if you want to try an achievable personal challenge that will guarantee you a smile and helpful encouragement then this ride will change your life. Sign on commences before Easter 2018. Don't miss out! Hop in and register when the gate goes up. More than 600 riders every year can't be wrong.

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25th July 2018

Breakfast with the Stars

Breakfast with the Stars thanks to Feed 2 Go - everyone’s welcome! Presented by sports host Mark Forbes and racing commentator Tony Wode, Rise and Shine with the Norths Champions of the Turf. Breakfast with the Stars is a free public event where you are invited to watch a selection of the Mater Townsville Cup Runners at one of their final training sessions before then AUD100,000 race. Enjoy a free cooked breakfast courtesy of the team at Feed 2 Go Equine Nutrition.

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26th July 2018

UBET Townsville Guineas Race Day

Be trackside and feel the thrill of seven live local races, including the UBET Townsville Guineas QTIS Three-Years-Old Handicap! The perfect day for punters and keen racegoers, this promises to be a fantastic day of racing action. Seven Live Local Races Totes and Bookmakers onsite Air-conditioned Bars Tickets at the gate Gates open 12pm. Children must be accompanied by a responsible guardian at all times.

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26th July 2018

Mater Calcutta Evening

Get your colleagues, syndicates and mates together - The Mater Townsville Cup Calcutta Evening will be a night to remember! Hosted by Mark Forbes and featuring Special Guest Former Champion Jockey and Sky Racing Personality Bernadette Cooper. Come and enjoy a drink on arrival and two-course meal at the Townsville RSL.

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26th July 2018 to 27th July 2018

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

“and - pop! - out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry caterpillar.” One of the most-read and famous children’s books of all time, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ emerges off the page in a masterful theatrical experience for the whole family. Journey through Eric Carle’s incredible stories as they come to life on stage in this enchanting show. Featuring some other delightful characters from three of Eric Carle’s bestselling classics tales including, ‘The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse’, ‘Mr. Seahorse’ and ‘The Very Lonely Firefly’. This Australian made show will excite, educate and entertain new readers and first-time theatre-goers, while for those who grew up with these books will delight in experiencing one of the most popular children’s books ever written. Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, directed by Naomi Edwards and with 75 magical puppets created by New York’s Puppet Kitchen. This is a timeless classic for all generations. Family Season 2018 by JWR Productions Australia & Michael Sieders Based on Eric Carle’s books

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27th July 2018 to 5th August 2018

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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27th July 2018 to 5th August 2018

AFCM Concert

The 28th Australian Festival of Chamber Music, will take place in tropical North Queensland from Friday 27 July to Sunday 5 August. Their new artistic director, Kathryn Stott, will bring more than 30 musicians from all around the world to Townsville to perform over the 10 days. Some 25 concerts and five special events, including a magical concert on the beach of Orpheus Island and a concert on Magnetic Island, will entertain visitors and locals alike.

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27th July 2018

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys versus Newcastle Knights

Witness the thrilling atmosphere of a North Queensland Toyota Cowboys home game at 1300SMILES Stadium in 2018! Following a successful season in 2017 and a second Grand Final appearance in three years, the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys return in 2018 stronger than ever. Leading the charge is four-time Dally M winner Johnathan Thurston and Australian and Queensland representative Matt Scott, backed up by 2017 Australian Rugby League World Cup champions Michael Morgan and Jordan McLean, dual Dally M winner Jason Taumalolo and an outstanding lineup of state and international representatives and NRL talent, assembled by head coach Paul Green. Lock in 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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28th July 2018

The Mater Townsville Cup

The pinnacle of racing in North Queensland, The Mater Townsville Cup is the finale of the Winter Racing Carnival. With a great range of marquees and areas to relax and enjoy the fun racing atmosphere.

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29th July 2018 to 31st July 2018

Charters Towers Show

Charters Towers will be alive with live performances, agriculture, produce, exhibitors and the famous side show alley for three exciting days. There is always something happening in the ring with showjumping and ring events to sit and watch throughout the day. Entertainment is aplenty with local performers, whip cracking and of course, fireworks! The kids will be kept busy with sideshow alley with rides for all ages and lots of fun to be had, don't forget to pick your self up a showbag! The Pavilions are a must see with competitions featuring art, craft, wood-turning, photography, baking, confectionery, fruit, vegetables, plants, home brew, school student displays and many more.

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