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You can cuddle a koala, hold a wombat, and if you're brave enough, there's snake and crocodile handling too!
Koalas, Crocodiles, Snakes and WombatsNowhere else in Australia can you interact with so many of Australia's native animals. Join us here at Billabong Sanctuary for a fantastic day!
Nestled in 11 hectares (25 acres) of tropical bushland, we are home to a magnificent variety of native mammals, birds and reptiles.
Stroll around the park with our friendly kangaroos and wallabies, take part in all the handling and feeding shows, or simply relax by the pool.
Rock the Croc!
When you're feeling peckish, Blinky Bill's Café offers a tempting array of freshly-made light meals, cold drinks, tea and coffee, and yummy desserts. You're also welcome to use our gas barbecues, free of charge.
Our stunning new Function Centre, Melaleuca on Billabong, allows us to cater for Conferences, Staff Training, Meetings, as well as Weddings and Receptions, Family Get-togethers, Christmas Parties and Evening Functions.
Magnetic Island Sea Kayaks is one of the oldest running operations on the east coast established in 1993. Its owner Steve is an Australian Canoeing Advanced Level 3 sea kayak Guide, Instructor & Assessor who has been kayaking for 35 years, teaching and guiding around the world for over 25 years.
They operate the regions first and the islands only Advanced Ecotourism Certified tour with the emphasis on viewing nature in the wild, to take only photos and leave only footprints while discovering Magnetic Island’s National and Marine Parks and are committed to climate change.
We are a locally owned and operated tour business based in Townsville, Tropical North Queensland. I am a born and bred local with over twenty years experience in the hospitality industry and I have a passion for the bush and our back yard.
In establishing our business, I had a mission to introduce visitors from around the world to the amazing diversity of our Life in the Tropics, from World Heritage Listed Wet Tropics Rainforest, to tropical coastal living, to the Outback.
Kookaburra Tours & Charters pride ourselves on providing legendary hospitality and experiences through expert commentary, interpretation and story telling on our great part of Australia. We enjoy forging new friendships and creating lasting memories for all of our visitors.
In 2001, the museum opened its doors to the public after a year of extensive refurbishment. With Commonwealth Centenary of Federation funding, the resulting 'ship complex' has attracted a great deal of community support. Located on the southern bank of Ross Creek, the boardwalk overlooks the Townsville motorboat and yacht club, while the entrance gate opens out onto Palmer Street's inviting coffee and restaurant strip.
The original museum was begun by the Seafarers Association to ensure the safe keeping of local maritime cultural history. It was located in the Pier Master's office between berths 4 and 6 at the Townsville port.
To allow for the expanding collection and ease of public access, in 1992 the building was picked up, loaded onto a house-moving trailer and driven down the road to where is standstoday. This was made possible through the generosity of the community and the Port of Townsville, who remain the museum's major sponsors.
Following the arrival of the Bay Rock lighthouse a short time laterm the new 'Seafarers' Gallery was opened in 1994. The museums continues to grow.
The new complex opened in August 2001 and has attracted many local, regional and international visitors.
Built in 1865, the former Eureka Hotel (the oldest known building of its kind in North Queensland) was restored and opened as the Herveys Range Heritage Tea Rooms in 2005. The Heritage Tea Rooms is located at the top of Hervey Range, an easy 35 minute drive from Willows Shopping Centre which features panoramic views of the Townsville area, and seasonal waterfalls
Serving scones, cakes, all-day breakfast, light lunches, tea, coffee (including the world’s rarest coffee Kopi Luwak at $50 a cup) as well as beer and wine, the Herveys Range Heritage Tea Rooms has something on the menu for the whole family. Visitors have the option of dining outside in the garden, on the veranda, or inside the original building. A 1.4km walking trail through nearby bushland takes you above the entrance of one of four tunnels constructed in the 1970’s for the Greenvale-Yabulu railway line, with views of the original cutting.
Jupiters Townsville Hotel & Casino is superbly located on the Townsville breakwater, set amongst tropcial landscaped gardens and overlooking magnificent Magnetic Island, the Coral Sea and Townsville City. The property is within walking distance of the Magnetic Island Ferry terminal, the CBD and the restaurant precincts of Palmer Street and Flinders Street. Jupiters Townsville is also only a short stroll to Reef HQ Aquarium, Museum of Tropical Queensland, the Cultural Centre, shopping precinct and Townsville’s award-winning beachfront, The Strand. There is so much to do - so much to see in Townsville and Jupiters is the “premier destination” for lifestyle and holidaying in the tropics!
The Army Museum of North Queensland is located within Jezzine Barracks, at Kissing Point in Townsville. The Museum collects and exhibits memorabilia associated with past and current Army units and personnel from North Queensland, including a geographic area between Rockhampton in the south, extending north to Torres Strait and west to the Northern Territory border.
The history of the Museum dates back to 1979, where the North Queensland Military Museum committee of management approached the Townsville Harbour Board with a request to obtain several door and lintel frames from the Magazine Island Battery. The Harbour board agreed and the items were incorporated into the reconstruction of 1980.
This allowed Fort Kissing Point to open as the North Queensland Military Museum until the 1st of August 2008, when it was closed for further restoration. Following the closure of the original Museum at the Kissing Point Forts and the handover of a majority of Jezzine Barracks to the Jezzine Barracks Community Trust, the retained Defence land within Jezzine Barracks underwent a significant period of refurbishment. North Queensland Military Museum, was renamed the Army Museum of North Queensland and relocated to its current premises in 2009.
Jezzine Barracks has been the home to Australian Army units for over 120 years and is now a fitting home to showcase the Museum and its extensive Collection of the history of the Army in North Queensland.
The Collections extends from the establishment of the first defences at Townsville and Thursday Island until the present day. The Museum is in the newly refurbished building at the centre of Jezzine Barracks. Showcased within the Museum is a gallery displaying pre-federation Army and a gallery showing more recent conflicts of Vietnam and Korea, and the history of Sir John Lavarack and Lavarack Barracks.
The earliest history of the Army in North Queensland can be traced back to the early 1880’s when volunteer independent Rifle Companies were formed at Charters Towers, Townsville, Bowen, Cairns, Cooktown, Hughenden, Ingham, Mackay Thursday Island and Ravenswood. On October 30"' 1886, the 3rd Queensland or Kennedy Regiment was gazetted, based at Kissing Point Townsville with Major William Slade Vincent as its first commanding officer.
Ashworths was founded in 1948 in Ayr by the present owner’s grandfather to sell kitchenware and gifts. Jewellery and watches were added to the range a couple of years later. The gem-cutting and jewellery making supplies were introduced in the 1960’s and have progressively expanded as the hobby has changed. Tourism was becoming a big part of our business and talk of a bypass road had us worried, and we were running out of space. In 1971, a site became available in Home Hill. We moved into our new building and current site in 1972.
A building extension in 1984 made space for the Treasures of the Earth Gallery - a display of... well... the astounding treasures that come from the earth.
Event Cinemas Townsville has five cinemas with RealD 3D Digital and 35mm projection. Featuring Dolby Digital sound, Birch Carroll & Coyle Townsville is the perfect spot to catch the latest movies.
We have just launched our new Vmax cinema! Luxury Leather chairs, Stadium style auditorium, 7.1 surround sound, Reserved seating and the BIGGEST screen in Townsville!
Experience all the power of the movies from the best seats in the house. Every Vmax auditorium features ultra-comfortable stadium-style seating, thousands of watts of powerful surround sound and the latest state-of-the-art digital screen.
Experience the world's latest 3D technology! Get totally immersed in the action that you can almost reach out and touch.
Private Movie Screenings
Event Cinemas are available for private screenings, corporate functions and presentations, product launches and promotions. We have the experience to meet your needs and back-up your technical requirements.
Closed caption viewing system
Captions are now available so you can read what you can’t hear and enjoy the latest movies with your friends and family.
Adrenalin Snorkel & Dive, operating since 1987 is the regions premier dive operation. Offering 1 day and liveaboard trips and PADI dive courses to the Outer Reefs and the mighty SS YONGALA.
We strive to exceed our guests' expectation of their visit with us.
Our Experienced, Professional and friendly crew work hard to ensure your stay with us is safe, comfortable and lots of fun.
Forrest Beach, also known as Allingham, is a relaxing place to visit when you need to escape from the hustle and bustle of life. Forrest Beach has a long sandy beach overlooking Orpheus Island and the Palm Island group. It is a patrolled beach and has stinger net protection during the summer months. Forrest Beach has a hotel/motel, caravan park and self-contained units. There are also a small number of shops where essential items can be purchased.
The Ingham Cemetery is a short drive from Ingham and is a fascinating place to visit. It depicts the area's strong Mediterranean influences with a magnificent display of tile mausoleums. When visiting, you are transported to a graveyard in 'Italy' with it's monumental sepulchres and chapels. Undoubtedly, the southern European mausoleums in the Catholic section of the cemetery are quite noticeable. The older style mausoleums are constructed with white stucco and marble, the traditional materials, and contain gothic style windows and doors. The more recent ones are more commonly flat-roofed with parapet surrounds and finished with terrazzo and tiles.
Set in a scenic coastal location amongst open woodland and vine thickets, this park features an historic quarantine station, established in 1915. The station was initially used to quarantine passengers on incoming ships. During World War II the area was a strategic defence location. American and Australian armies set up camps on nearby beaches and used the Quarantine Station as a hospital. Walk or mountain bike the shared trails throughout the park to see the World War II structures on the Cape Pallarenda headland and explore the beaches and forested slopes of Many Peak Range. Enjoy a picnic on the foreshore. Look for wallabies, lizards and many kinds of birds in the woodland. Find out more about the quarantine days at the station's historic display.
Owned by NQ Water, Lake Ross stores over 200,000 million litres of water and supplies up to 80 per cent of the region's potable water supply. The dam wall stretches 8.3 kilometres across the Ross River floodplain (longest in the Southern Hemisphere) providing an additional flood mitigation benefit to the downstream community. In recognition of its habitat values, Lake Ross is listed as a Wetland of National Significance. The extensive shallow margins of the lake provide habitat for a diversity of water birds. The lake is also surrounded by thousands of hectares of unspoilt open savannah teeming with wildlife. Over 220 species of bird have been recorded on or around the lake to date.
Mount Spec, Paluma Range National Park is an accessible, scenic section of Paluma Range National Park, the most southerly park in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Straddling the Paluma Range, the upland rainforests are crossed by a maze of streams and cascades. Open eucalypt forests dominate the lower slopes. Casuarinas fringe the creeks. Escape the summer heat by picnicking near the creek. Go birdwatching and look for logrunners, Macleay's honeyeaters and brush turkeys. If you are lucky you might see the golden bowerbird - the male decorates his bower with green and yellow leaves and flowers. For a glimpse of the past, visit Paluma, a village in the rainforest.
The Ingham Memorial Gardens (Botanical Gardens) are within walking distance of the town's main street, and are an ideal place to have a picnic lunch. The gardens have an extensive variety of north Queensland tropic vegetation and landscapes, which include a pond and water lillies. Within the pond you can often spy turtles and small fish swimming amongst the lillies. There are numerous memorials in the gardens to such people as Keith Payne, who was born and educated in Ingham and was later invested with the Victoria Cross in April 1970 by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, for his repeated acts of exceptional personal bravery and unselfish conduct during the Vietnam War. Another memorial in the gardens is of the 12 people who died when a United States Air Force Liberator B-42 Bomber, names "Texas Terror", crashed on Mount Straloch, Hinchinbrook Island.
Bushland Beach is part of the Northern Beaches area of Townsville, located 25 minutes drive from Townsville's central business district. Access to Bushland Beach is via a turnoff along the Bruce Highway. This beautiful stretch of beach is a suburban area with visitor accommodation and facilities available. Fishing, swimming and water activities permitted. At low tide, an old wooden shipwreck is uncovered. The beach is well serviced with a resort, barbecue facilities, playgrounds and a boat ramp.
Ingham, a large, tropical town of gardens on the Herbert River, is set apart from other sugar centres of the north by its distinctive Mediterranean flavour - a legacy of an influx of Italians, Basques and Spaniards who migrated in the twilight of the nineteenth century to work in the canefields. The "Hinchinbrook Heritage Walk" is a concept that allows locals and visitors alike to walk and drive around the townships of Ingham and Halifax to gain some insight into the rich heritage of these two townships. At each designated heritage site, there is a sign post illustrating the historical significance of the particular site. The designated heritage sites within the Shire are Shire Hall, Lee's Hotel, Old Ingham Cemetery, Memorial Gardens, East Ingham Hotel, Ingham Decorating Service, Italian Hospital, Noorla Hotel, The Station Hotel, Victoria Mill and Church, Halifax Police Station, Mafeking Tree, Herbert River Museum and Gallery, New Ingham Cemetery.
Lake Paluma is an attractive lake surrounded by World Heritage Rainforest. It provides a water supply for approximately one third of the year. Access is via a 12 kilometres gravel road just past the Paluma township. There are weather proof shelters for day use with barbecues and camping sites for longer stays. All rubbish taken in must be removed, and no domestic animals are allowed. Swimming and non-motorised vessels are allowed. If you are lucky you may see a platypus, peregrine falcon or eastern water dragon. Due to the popularity of Lake Paluma as a camping destination, there are a limited number of camp sites available and you must pre-book a permit.
Buujan Quiinbiira walk, Girringun National Park (Wallaman Falls section). The Buujan Quiinbiira (Boo-jun quin bee-rr-ar) walk starts at Wallaman Falls and winds its way through open forests and past palm-filled gullies before crossing the Herbert River to reach the Yamanie pick-up point. Day 1 - Wallaman Falls to Pack Trail camp site (23.3 kilometres) From Wallaman Falls, follow an old forestry track through a range of landscapes including she-oak dominated country, open forest and rainforest. Or, from the Wet Tropics Great Walk information shelter, wander down the road and across the Stony Creek bridge to the start of the walk. Small gullies teeming with ferns and palms are scattered throughout the forest. If you look carefully, you might catch a glimpse of the brilliant blue Ulysses butterflies fluttering through gullies or forest kingfishers perched on branches in the shade. About five kilometres along the track you will come to a large clearing. This was once a forestry quarry. Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service is rehabilitating the area. In time this scar on the landscape will disappear. The remains of an old forestry camp can be seen a further 7.2 kilometres down the track. For about 10 years this camp was home to the road gangs, forestry officers and timber cutters, who worked here. Just past the forestry camp is Garrawalt Creek, a perfect spot to stop for lunch. Spend a moment peering into the rock pools and be rewarded with a glimpse of a platypus or hear the plop of a water dragon seeking refuge in the stream. After lunch, you will cross over three more creeks. Flagstone Creek is the last creek crossing for nearly 14 kilometres, so fill up your water containers. Continue on a further 4.4 kilometres to the Pack Trail camp site, your home for the night. Day 2 - Pack Trail camp site to Yamanie pick-up point (14.2 kilometres) After a peaceful night sleeping under the stars this morning's walk will take you back in time. Re-live the past by walking part of the Dalrymple
Herbert River Museum is located in Halifax and is a treasure chest of historical artefacts. It is the ideal place to learn about the history of the area and the way things used to be. So come step back in time and enjoy the history of this great area. For those wanting to view more of their Local History, the Herbert River Museum/Gallery can be found in the old Shaw's Building, Macrossan Street, Halifax.
Gugigugi (butterfly) walk, Wet Tropics Great Walk. The Gugigugi (Goo-ji-goo-ji) walk starts at the Henrietta gate pick-up point travelling through open forest and lush creek crossings. This walk crosses the Herbert River before reaching the Yamanie pick-up point. Day 1 - Henrietta gate pick-up point to Stony Creek camp site From Henrietta gate pick-up point walk 5.2 kilometres to Lemon Tree Gully, aptly names for the lemon tree that still bears fruit. After passing through the gully, walk a further six kilometres to Henrietta Creek, an ideal rest spot. Fill water bottles here as there is no water until the camp site, 13 kilometres away. The track from Henrietta Creek then passes through area that was previously used for grazing. The land was purchased by the Queensland Government in 1994 and made part of Girringun National Park. The park protects habitat for the endangered mahogany glider and work is underway to control the spread of pest plans and to remove pest animals. Day 2 Stony Creek camp site to Yamanie pick-up point From the camp site, walk 4.4 kilometre to Garrawalk Creek. The creeks along this part of the walk run into the Herbert River which is not far from the track. Crocodiles can be found in the Herbert River. Be aware! You are now in croc country. Estuarine or saltwater crocodiles are an important part of north Queensland's wetlands, freshwater and marine areas. They are one of the largest predators in these habitats and help to maintain the overall health and balance of these ecosystems. They live mainly in the tidal reaches of rivers, as well as in freshwater lagoons, swamps and waterways - up to hundreds of kilometres from the sea. Crocodiles are most active at night. Remember to be croc wise in croc country. From the creek, walk another three kilometres to a grove of cycads. These ancient plants were part of the landscape when dinosaurs roamed the land and were the dominant form of vegetation about 193-136 million years ago, changing very little since tha
A picturesque waterfall on Waterview Creek, rainforest, vine forest and open woodland feature in this popular section of Paluma Range National Park in the foothills of the Seaview Range. Rainforest grows on the higher slopes and fringes the creek. Poplar gum, bloodwood, Moreton Bay ash and cocky apple trees are common in the open woodland. Jourama Falls, Paluma National Park, is within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Jourama Falls in Paluma Range National Park offers beautiful places to relax, camp, walk and enjoy watching birds, butterflies and other native wildlife. Enjoy a picnic in the cool air at the day-use area near the first causeway. In the rainforest along the creek, look for the buff-breasted paradise-kingfisher which arrives here from Papua New Guinea between October and April. Camp at the popular Jourama Falls camping area or take a stroll along the three kilometre return track to view Jourama Falls, Waterview Creek and surrounding rainforest. Look for the distinctive red flowers of weeping bottlebrush trees overhanging the creek, which attract the brilliant blue Ulysses butterfly.
Lucinda is one of the best fishing spots in Queensland. It is the closest mainland connection to Hinchinbrook Island and the closest access point to the renowned Hinchinbrook Channel. People come in droves every year to try their luck in the channel. From Lucinda you can be taken on a conducted safari up the channel or take part in a fishing tour to catch the world famous barramundi. The Old Sugar Jetty is also a popular spot for land-based fishing. So come see what all the locals are on about, you'll definitely agree.
Located south-west of Ingham, Mount Fox was created by a violent volcanic explosion about 100,000 years ago. In the explosion, a lava flow 10 metres thick spewed from the southern end of the crater and chunks of molten magma were thrown out of the volcano's vent. The well-formed crater is about 10 metres deep and covered with sparse grasses and stunted trees. Vine thicket is found in a steep gully on the southern slopes. Open eucalypt woodland dominates the crater area. Pink and long-fruited bloodwoods are also common. Mount Fox's tussock grass slopes shelter a number of small animals. On a cool day in the winter months, skinks and other reptiles can be seen basking on the volcanic bombs. During the hot summer months, the grasses provide protection from the sun and are ideal nesting places for ground-dwelling birds like the little button quail. After sunset, rufous bettongs (small wallaby-type mammals) emerge to feed on herbs and grasses. The large wing span of a wedge-tailed eagle can also be seen, as this bird of prey soars above the Mount Fox crater.
Anderson Park Botanic Gardens Townsville is one of the three separate gardens which together form the Townsville Botanic Gardens being developed by the Metropolitan Council. Being a garden of international repute, Anderson Park is often crowded by plant enthusiasts and unfussy visitors. Planned under the Botanic Gardens Masterplan of Australia, Anderson Park perfectly caters to a wide variety of public activities and expectations. The arboretum inside contains fine varieties of tropical tree ferns, palms, pandanus, tropical fruit and economic plants. The specimen flora in the botanic garden represents collections from the Cape York Peninsula tropical rain forest plants. The plant gathering from North Queensland territory is another star attraction of the park. Anderson Park is a quiescent beauty amongst Townsville's abundant natural attractions. With extensive botanic credentials, the garden in Townsville spreads over 20 hectare, today, is a ground-breaking botanic accomplishment and magnificent public asset. Visit the picturesque Anderson Park Botanic Gardens in Townsville and explore the exotic species of plants there.
Dan Gleeson Gardens is situated on just over five hectares in Townsville North Queensland. The gardens are home to a diverse range of wildlife, in the lakes aquatic life such as long neck turtles, mangrove jack, barramundi, eels, redclaw and prawns are regularly sighted as well as bower birds, barking owls, fig birds, ducks, cormorants, egrets, butterflies and a range of beetles and lizards as well as other fauna are often seen. Located in the suburb of Kirwan, the gardens are situated on near the corner of Thuringowa Drive and Hinchinbrook Drive adjacent to council's Civic Centre. Entrances are at Thuringowa Drive, Corveth Street and via the Civic Centre car park. Car Parking is available on the roadside boundaries and in the Civic Centre.
Castle Hill is a red rock monolith in the heart of Townsville offering panoramic views, and a slice of military history. There is a popular walking track for fitness focused locals, with a rocky "goat track" a favourite for shedding those unwanted kilos. A road offers access for vehicles and pedestrians. The hill is just metres short of being classified as a mountain. The rock face is home to Townsville's iconic "saint" - a graffiti rendition of the popular television show's stick figure emblem. The Hill's vantage was used by visiting American soldiers during World War II. According to local legend, the visitors famously offered to demolish the hill and use the rock to build a bridge to Magnetic Island. A World War II observation bunker sits on one corner of the hill, which also boasts public amenities, a function centre and car parking to those wanting to enjoy the best view of Magnetic Island.
Cotters Market is North Queensland's award winning arts and crafts market held in Flinders Mall Townsville. Cotters Market is a great place to shop. They have ultra-fresh fruit and vegetables, stunning jewellery, original art works, massages, woodwork, stuffed toads, home-baked cakes, gifts for all occasions and entertainment. Come along and check it out!
Situated near the southern end of World Heritage listed Hinchinbrook Island, the Lucinda bulk sugar terminal boasts the longest service jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. At 5.76 kilometres in length and supported by more than 660 concrete and steel pylons, the jetty is nothing short of an engineering masterpiece with its length actually following the curved contour of the earth. Sugar takes 22 minutes to travel along the conveyor from the on-shore storage to the shiploader. The single berth can accommodate fully loaded Panamax class vessels and the major cargo destinations are Canada and Malaysia. The jetty enables Lucinda to receive the largest ships used in the raw sugar trade. Adjacent to this amazing structure is a small service jetty which is popular with anglers who don't have their own boat. Pelagic species such as Spanish mackerel, giant trevally, queenfish, northern bluefin tuna are assured and some anglers have even been lucky enough to land small black marlin.