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Origin in Paradise
04 June 2021
Planning a visit to Townsville North Queensland ahead of the region's biggest sporting event in history? Whether you’ve got a spare hour or few days to explore, Townsville North Queensland has something for you!
Come for the event, stay for the destination!
24 May 2021
Get revved up Townsville North Queensland! For culture, adrenaline, dazzling displays and artistic masterpieces. Dance to fresh beats, enjoy blissful bites, and find your 'ticket' to shine!
How to do Easter in Townsville North Queensland
01 April 2021
With the Easter holidays just around the corner, here is the complete list of ‘How to do Easter in Townsville North Queensland’ covering everything from local spots for chocolate sustenance, to cute Bilby encounters. Positioned within 90-minutes’ drive of all of Australia’s most iconic landscapes of the rainforest, reef and Outback, Townsville North Queensland is the gateway to some of the most unique experiences available, and it’s just waiting to be explored. So, what are you waiting for? Come on, join us – and Find Your Shine in Townsville North Queensland with these top tips! Easter breakfast Trust us, we know that Easter is probably the only day of the year it is socially acceptable to eat chocolate for breakfast, but if you are looking for something more to make you really ‘hop’ out of bed, then you’re in luck because we’re blessed with a number of award-winning restaurants that you should get egg-cited about! Recently awarded a Chef’s Hat in the Australian Good Food Guide Awards – JAM Townsville is the perfect place to start the day with the traditional favourites as well some more interesting creations to stimulate your morning (reopening on Tuesday 6 April). Or if you’re after a brekky with a view – check out The Strand with a number of cafes that will WOW you!
Best places to celebrate National Cocktail Day
22 March 2021
Mark your calendars, and refine your taste buds for some locally-inspired bevvies to celebrate National Cocktail Day (24 March). These days it seems that literally every single day there is someone celebrating National something day, it is because it is true. At some point in history, the National Days Wizard joined the ranks of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Mother Nature, and the Tooth Fairy as some omnipotent holiday powerhouse telling us when to celebrate. But hey, we love celebrating with a drink in hand, so mark your calendars - because its National Cocktail Day (24 March) - and we're here for it! It's no secret that the ultimate picture of a tropical holiday in Townsville North Queensland is one spent in paradise with a cool drink in hand. And with outstanding restaurants and bars making up the region's vibrant dining scene, we've got you covered with our top picks for places to spend this auspicious occasion. classic tropics Recently awarded a Chef's Hat in the annual Australian Good Food Guide awards, JAM aims to provide you with a taste of North Queensland while offering a warm and welcoming experience. Their Gourmet Traveller awarded wine list offers over 100 wines ranging from small Australian producers through to stunning international champagne and wines. Their exclusive offering for National Cocktail Day mixes Australia's best produce with world-class spirits for a tantalizing Cooper VS.
Hack your holidays
05 March 2021
Make the most of the public holidays and book leave in with 'the Boss' to get you out and exploring this big beautiful backyard we like to call home.
For the LOVE of travel
03 February 2021
Say goodbye to plush stuffed animals, heart shaped boxes filled with mystery chocolates, piggy-bank-breaking bouquets of flowers and predictable Hallmark moments. Whether you think it’s just a hallmark holiday or not, here are our top picks for the ultimate romantic getaway. Be inspired by our region's natural beauty and explore with your best friend by your side. set hearts on fire with a climb atop mt fox A relic of North Queensland's volcanic past, Mount Fox is an isolated, well-preserved, dormant volcano, protected within the 215 hectare area of Mount Fox, Girringun National Park. The rugged two-hour climb to its summit will simply take your breath away - the diversity of landscapes provide habitats for an incredible range of flora and fauna and combined with the elevation, brings cooler temperatures; Mt Fox is Hinchinbrook's hidden gem. Pack a picnic (and your hiking boots) for a romantic secluded mountain-top outing.
10 reasons why you NEED to visit Magnetic Island!
23 November 2020
Lucky for us, we discovered Maggie and want to share why this underrated little paradise full of private crystal-clear bays and teaming with local wildlife needs to move up on your travel list!
Must-do Eco bucket list
14 October 2020
Whether it’s out on the water or in your hotel, make sure you’re choosing to stay sustainable with these eco-friendly experiences in Townsville North Queensland.
The ultimate 3-day itinerary to Magnetic Island
08 September 2020
Pack your sunnies and sun cream, get ready to go hiking!
The Towers Top 10!
14 July 2020
Charters Towers, 130kms South West of Townsville, is not only the gateway to the outback but a small country town with a big heart and lots of history. Here is our Top 10 for exploring the Towers! 1. Camping - Outback Style Charters Towers could quite possibly be one the best camping areas in the region with over 10 different camping grounds situated North, South, East and West of the town. From Fletchers Creek and Macrossan to the ever popular Bivouac Junction and Burdekin Falls Dam, you can choose your scenery and level of luxury. These spots aren't just loved by visitors but locals themselves so next time your out relaxing in nature have a chat with your campsite neighbour and get to know a Towers local. 2. Discover the Ghosts of Gold If there is one fact about Charters Towers that you need to remember it's that it was once the largest goldfield in all of Australia! That's right, this little country town was once full of gold miners looking to strike it rich and many of the buildings and structures still remain to this very day. To learn more about this rich mining history and the ghosts of Charters Towers past start at the Visitor Information Centre and Stock Exchange Arcade on Mosman Street. From here you can hire the Ghosts of Gold Audio Self Drive Tour which will lead you around the town highlighting important buildings and stories along the way, including the Venus Gold Battery. Finish your day up on Towers Hill where it all began back in 1872 and enjoy the Ghosts after Dark film - we suggest you take a picnic dinner and really make a night of it. 3. Look at the size of those HORNS! Yep, you will definitely be saying that a lot if you go on a Texas Longhorn Tour with Charters Towers locals Michael and Lynda Bethel. Situated just 10 km from town is Leahton Park, there is nowhere else in Australia that guests can take a canvas covered wagon ride whilst viewing the magnificent Texas Longhorn herd and learn some of the history of this iconic and colourful breed of cattle and the influence they had throughout the world. But that isn't all you get on one of these tours with a traditional smoko and guided walk through the Love Shack, Cattle Yard and Saddle Shop. 4. Cute Critters and a View If you are looking for a wildlife interaction on the smaller side then head for Towers Hill. The native bushes and boulders that surround the hill are the perfect homes for the local rock wallabies and they like to explore at dusk and dawn. Start at the bottom of the hill and follow the track to the top to see how many you can spot. If you are lucky you might even manage a selfie with one or two - North Queensland's very own version of the Quokka. 5. Cold Bevvie and a Parmi the size of your head Whilst Charters Towers doesn't have the 104 pubs it once had back in its heyday there is still plenty of great local watering holes to discover. Many of them are still the original buildings and have all the character to prove it. The best bit though is the cold beer on tap and meals the size of your head - many a competitions have been had over the time it takes to eat a chicken parmi from the Enterprise Hotel - most don't finish it! 6. Strike Gold There might not be massive nuggets of gold laying around anymore but you can still take home your very own piece of Charters Towers Gold if you know where to go. The easiest way is to visit The Miner's Cottage, here you can learn how to pan for gold and keep what you find! A great experience for the big and little at heart. If you want to get a little more adventurous then why not try fossicking at Young's Block. Grab a fossicking permit online and head out to try your luck at finding your very own nugget of gold. 7. The Mighty Burdekin River Whether you have a fondness for swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, boating or even bird watching, the mighty Burdekin River offers it all. Popular spots on the Burdekin include, the Macrossan Bridge, Dave Chapman Recreational Park, Burdekin Falls Dam or the Burdekin Weir Park. Grab the family, fishing rods and kayaks and have a great day at the Burdekin! 8. Heritage, History and Heart Charters Towers might be a small country town but she has heart and a whole bag of history to match. Apart from Gold, Charters Towers is also well known for it's part in World War II with over 15,000 US Servicemen being stationed in the town. Bunkers used to store artillery and bombs are still scattered amongst the hillside of Towers Hill and have recently received a 21st Century upgrade with new Augmented Reality technology added. 9. Ravenswood Located 89 kilometres east of Charters Towers, the heritage-listed township of Ravenswood was once a thriving gold mining town but today is a little quieter. A must-see historical town, Ravenswood still has an operational gold mine to this day and you can even view the old open cut pit from a lookout just outside the main town area. Historical displays and buildings are dotted through the streets making an early afternoon walk quite the interesting history lesson. If nature is more of your thing than head out to White Blow Environmental Park and take in the huge quartz outcrop. 10. Good Ol Country Charm To round out our Top 10 we are finishing with our favourite part of Charters Towers - The Good Ol Country Charm. It's not often you can adventure out of the city and experience the wonder of the Outback and charm of country life so easily. There might only be one main street to explore but it's hard to find a street so full of warm smiles, nods of the hat and true country hospitality. So get outback to Charters Towers and experience the wonder and charm of this beautiful little town - it's only 90 minutes away!