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How to spend an 'event-ful' weekend in Townsville

How to spend an 'event-ful' weekend in Townsville

How to spend an 'event-ful' weekend in Townsville

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07 April 2022

The Townsville North Queensland region is cementing itself as the Events Capital of the North, with world-class stadium sporting events, month-long cultural festivals, active participation competitions and so much more!

Visiting our region for an eventful holiday is a must-do, especially at the year ramps up with a jam-packed events season - only matched by the superb weather that only comes with a North Queensland winter. Here's our ultimate eventful weekend in Townsville North Queensland - if you only have the weekend to spare that is!

Friday - Event Day

You've arrived - welcome! If you're coming in on the day of the event, we suggest soaking up the city atmosphere as the town sets to buzz - enjoy an afternoon of food and entertainment before gates open; with a selection of food vans, live music and kids’ entertainment. The earlier the better!

Saturday - Explore

7am: Magnetic Island

Bright eyed and bushy tailed for the 7.45am passenger ferry to Magnetic Island where you can spend the day adventuring by bus, car, boat or foot! With a variety of eating options, walking tracks, beaches and tours available, it’s best to allocate at least half of your day to spend on the island.

Start the day off right with a bite to eat along Horseshoe Bay foreshore and enjoy a nutritious breakfast and juice along the esplanade looking out to the ocean. Horseshoe Bay is home to several great water sport activities such as paddle boarding and kayaking... so bring your swimmers!

If you love hiking and history, then hit up the Forts Walk - a great way to see the north-eastern coast of the Island from the top of the lookout, whilst spotting koalas on your way up! Home to Northern Australia's largest colony of wild koalas and prefer the view from the Forts, here is where you can immerse in military history with remains from the Battle of the Coral Sea. And really - you don’t want to miss out on the epic 306-degree views!

Cool off after your walk and head straight down to Arcadia where you have the option of a refreshing swim in Alma Bay, or a snorkel in Geoffrey Bay! With a designated self-guided snorkel trail, Geoffrey Bay will leave you in awe of the stunning reef and marine life surrounding the Moltke wreck. Stinger suits and snorkelling equipment can be hired from Base or  Magnetic Adventure Hire, both located in Nelly Bay.  

Hungry? The Arcadia Hotel and Bistro provides a great pub meal with views of the beach, or around the corner visit the new Baked on Maggie Bar and Grill for a lovely meal in their newly established beer garden. Scallywags back over in Nelly Bay can whip up a hearrrty pirate burger before you jump on the ferry!

The public bus meets every ferry, so if you haven’t been able to hire a car, you can purchase an all-day bus pass to make your own way around the island.

4pm: City sights

Once you have made your way back to the mainland, explore some of the urban culture with the self-guided Street Art Trail - even better by e-scooter! The trail will take you along some of the Melbourne-esk side streets, and marvel at the city lights as dusk approaches.

6pm: Dinner

Townsville is full of great dinner options for foodies of every taste! All within walking distance, choose between City Lane, the Townsville Brewery (famous for its in-house Townsville Bitter brew) and Palmer Street. City Lane's dining and bar precinct offers a range of different cuisines. Palmer Street, similarly, has everything from burgers, pubs to fine dining and even a micro-brewery - Tiny Mountain Brewery! If you're feeling extra adventurous, Flinders Street is known for its night life on a Saturday night and is home to some top-notch bars and clubs such as 237 Bar, Hooch and Fellow and the Heritage Exchange.

Sunday: Relax

8:30am: Cotters Markets

Time to send off the weekend with some great live music, shopping and delicious food. The Cotters street markets (Flinders Street) are a great way to feel the atmosphere of the city, and live like a local. Spend a couple hours strolling through the fruit and veg stalls, locally baked goods, food and coffee vans, handmade jewellery and soaps, clothing and much more!

1pm: The Strand

Brunch along the Strand? Yes please! Take in the beautiful ocean views across to Magnetic Island as you walk along the Strand - another active local must-do. Grab a coffee to go or take a seat at one of the many cafes and restaurants. The waterpark or rock pool are perfect for the kids, or young at heart! Spend some time on the beach with some fish and chips or an ice cream and enjoy the ocean breeze and sunshine - a year-round treat in North Queensland.

4pm: Castle Hill

For the ultimate view of both Townsville and Magnetic Island, Castle Hill is the spot. There’s no better way to wrap up the weekend than with the stunning views of the city. You can walk or drive up to the top where you will find lookouts with (we think) the best view in the world! If you manage to schedule it in with a sunrise or sunset, don’t forget your camera! If you decide to walk, take plenty of water, sunscreen and joggers. Castle Hill’s facilities include car parking, public amenities, drink fountains as well as shaded seating. Perfect to grab some takeaway and watch the sun go down at the end of a perfect weekend.

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