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Maritime Museum of Townsville

42 - 68 Palmer Street, South Townsville QLD 4810

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.

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Stage Door Theatre Restaurant

5 Hayles Avenue, Arcadia QLD 4819

Stage Door Theatre Restaurant is just about to open it's brand new show 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show'.

With 20 years experience in the entertainment industry as singers and comedians Bernadette and Phill wow their audiences with beautiful live singing, hilarious tongue in cheek impersonations, very funny word changes, dazzling costumes and huge orchestral backing tracks.

The fabulous entertainment is not the only thing to write home about at Stage Door. Not content to just star on stage, Phill (who has owned a number of successful restaurants and cafes in Sydney and Coffs Harbour) is also Executive Chef. Together with local Chef Chrissy they create and produce delicious three course meals of the highest quality that co-star beautifully with the excellent service and high class entertainment.

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Herveys Range Heritage Tea Rooms

37 Thorntons Gap Road, Hervey Range QLD 4817

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.

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Army Museum of North Queensland

Jezzine Barracks, Mitchell Street, North Ward QLD 4810

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.

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RAAF Museum Townsville

Ingham Road, Garbutt QLD 4814

Welcome to the home of the Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum. The RAAF Townsville Museum was established in Townsville to document the aviation and military history of North Queensland. The Royal Australian Airforce Townsville Museum has extensive collections located in historical buildings located on the Townsville RAAF Base.

The dedicated team of the RAAF Townsville Museum have painstakingly upgraded, restored and built advance multimedia displays at the RAAF Townsville Museum that provide you an insight into the North Queensland Aviation history from World War II to the present day.  The RAAF Townsville Museum contains artifacts that have been kindly donated or acquired through purchases provided by key benefactors of the RAAF Townsville Museum. This has ensured that the local North Queensland History of the Townsville RAAF is not lost forever.

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The Cultural Centre Townsville

2-68 Flinders Street East, Townsville QLD 4810

The Townsville Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre will delight and inform visitors with its Exhibitions and performances, it provides an insight into the traditional and contemporary life and cultural practices of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and is an ideal venue for promoting their exceptional artworks to the wider world.

The Cultural Centre is a place to preserve, celebrate and display...

  • Traditional cultural artifacts,
  • Dance and language
  • Contemporary performance
  • Art created by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people today.

A variety of informative and appealing activities are provided by the Cultural Centre. These include

  • Didgeridoo workshops,
  • School programs,
  • Theatre and dance performances,
  • Group tours,
  • Conferences/seminars
  • Selection of fascinating exhibitions.

Performances by both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
Traditional dance performances can be seen at the Centre. Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance troupe can also be booked to perform at functions and venues outside of the Cultural Centre.

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Townsville Museum and Historical Society

1/27 Barbeler Street, Currajong QLD 4812

The Townsville Museum is the only museum whose displays are solely dedicated to the history of Townsville. The Museum's document collections extend beyond the Townsville area into the North Queensland hinterland, and provide researchers with valuable resource material.

Hall One

  • is dedicated to the people of Townsville. It contains a rotation exhibition of individual histories and the fascinating artefact displays are also linked to local personalities.

Hall Two

  • houses our larger exhibits, and traces our history from the time of European settlement.

In addition to its Exhibition Halls, Townsville Museum also has an area dedicated to researchers. Here you may examine documents, books and photographs containing crucial information about our region. The museum also provides talks to give you further insight into our Townsville past and runs workshops on Museum techniques.

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164-170 Eighth Avenue, Home Hill QLD 4806

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.

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Townsville Heritage Centre

5 Castling Street, West End QLD 4810

A National Trust of Australia (Queensland) property, the Centre displays three historical houses typical of 19th century and early 20th century North Queensland homes. Two are open to the public with guided tours. They are beautifully furnished with artefacts appropriate to their histories. A Townsville experience not to be missed.

Opening hours

Wednesdays 10am to 1pm
Weekends 1pm to 4pm

Special School and Group tours at other times by appointment – Phone 4779 2815

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Hinchinbrook Heritage Walk

Multiple locations, Ingham QLD 4850

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.

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Herbert River Museum

4 Macrossan Street, Halifax QLD 4850

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.

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Pinnacles Gallery

20 Village Boulevard, Thuringowa Central QLD 4817
Pinnacles Gallery is a dynamic art space committed to offering a diverse exhibition program with a strong community focus. Pinnacles Gallery is located in Townsville's premier Riverway precinct in Thuringowa, providing a perfect backdrop for you to enjoy local and touring exhibitions of visual arts, craft, social history and more. Once you have browsed the latest exhibition, take a swim in Riverway lagoon, stroll along the riverfront under the shade of the large rain trees or catch a performance at the Riverway Arts Centre.
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Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

Flinders Mall, Corner of Denham Street, Townsville QLD 4810
Housed in one of Townsville’s finest heritage buildings, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery is a dynamic visual arts centre and has a significant collection of North Queensland art. It is Townsville’s foremost gallery with an exciting and diverse program of local, national and international exhibitions with a special focus on exhibitions featuring North Queensland artists. Floor talks, lectures, education programs and performances of music, theatre and dance supplement exhibitions. The Perc Tucker Regional Gallery is located in the heart of the city centre on the corner of Flinders Mall and Denham Street.
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Museum Of Tropical Queensland

70-102 Flinders Street, Townsville QLD 4810
If you've ever wanted to fire a cannon, find out about life on board an old sailing ship or discover more about the rainforests and reefs, then add the Museum of Tropical Queensland to your Townsville itinerary. The Museum's family-friendly exhibitions and displays explore life in the tropics from prehistoric times to modern day. Located in the heart of Townsville, the Museum has temporary and permanent exhibitions to captivate visitors and our ever-changing school holiday programs offer something for kids of all ages. The Great Gallery is dominated by a replica of the HMS Pandora, the ship sent to capture the Bounty and her mutinous crew. Discover her ill-fated journey for yourself and view priceless objects recovered from the wreck, which rests off the coast of Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef. Join the HMS Pandora Gun Team at 11am and 2.30pm daily and learn how to load and fire a cannon like they did in the 1700s. On the second Tuesday of each month there're public Discover More Talks on a range of eclectic topics, from dinosaurs to isopods, Townsville history to climate change.