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Billabong Sanctuary

Bruce Highway, Townsville QLD 4810

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.

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Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium

2-68 Flinders Street, Townsville QLD 4810

Experience the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet, at the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium. As the National Reef Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef, Reef HQ Aquarium offers education, entertainment and enlightenment – an amazing Great Barrier Reef experience!

Immerse yourself in the beauty of our 2.5 million-litre Coral Reef Exhibit, home to thousands of reef creatures great and small. Experience the incredible underwater viewing tunnel where predators prowl the watery depths of a replica bow section of the SS Yongala wreck. Visit North Queensland's only turtle hospital departing 12 noon and 3.30pm daily.

Reef HQ Aquarium has a full daily program of tours, talks and regular animal feedings; the Aquarium is also home to the Waterview Café and Reef-In Store gift shop. Reef HQ Aquarium is conveniently located in the heart of Townsville, North Queensland and open 9:30am to 5:00pm, 7 days, except Christmas Day.

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Magnetic Island Sea Kayaks

Magnetic Island, Horseshoe Bay QLD 4819

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.

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Kookaburra Tours

29 Leeds Street, Townsville QLD 4810

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.

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Townsville Maritime Museum Limited

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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Jupiters Townsville Hotel & Casino

Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville QLD 4810

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!

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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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Yongala Dive

56 Narrah Street, Alva QLD 4807

The S.S. YONGALA sank in 1911 with the loss of all aboard creating one of Australia’s most intriguing maritime mysteries as she lay undiscovered for more than half a century.                  

This enchanted wreck has become home to an incredible array of marine life (see our photo gallery). Giant gropers hang beneath the stern, schools of giant trevally and cobia congregate around the wreck while sea snakes glide harmlessly past divers on their way to the surface. Spot turtles lazily feeding, gracefully sweeping rays and thousands of other creatures on the now coral-encrusted structure.                  

All this is a mere 30 minutes from shore after a fast and fun ride aboard our purpose built vessel the Yongala Express.        

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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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Townsville Barra Fun Park

505 Allambie Lane, Gumlow QLD 4815

Looking for a fun, exciting day out? Head out to Townsville’s Barra Fishing & Cable Ski Park!

We have awesome cable ski facilities open to all ages and experience levels... Whether you are a complete beginner, or a seasoned pro, we'll ensure you get the ride of your life!

If you prefer something a little more relaxed, drop a line in our Barra ponds, stocked full of beautiful Barramundi up to 120cm! Or enjoy a BBQ in our lovely surrounding bushland.

Enjoy a spectacular fun filled day with friends and the whole family at Townsville’s Barra Fishing & Cable Ski Park!

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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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Event Cinemas - Townsville

Cnr Sturt & Blackwood Streets, Townsville QLD 4810

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.

Digital 3D
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.

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Adrenalin Snorkel and Dive

252 Walker Street, Townsville QLD 4810

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.

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Forrest Beach

Forrest Beach, Ingham QLD 4850

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.

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Riverway Precinct, Townsville QLD 4810

Located in Townsville on the magnificent Ross River frontage, Riverway is fast becoming one of the most exciting destinations the region has to offer. Riverway offers a dynamic combination of residential, commercial, cultural, sports and leisure activities. The precinct provides an exciting environment to enjoy a variety of water-based and waterfront activities. With two huge swimming lagoons, the Riverway Arts Centre, Pinnacles Gallery, the Riverwalk, public art, village spine, restaurant, and parklands, there truly is so much to explore. Other quality restaurants, cafes and shops are part of the commercial precinct planned for construction in addition to a national-standard cricket and AFL sports facility. The area is a year round visitor destination with an annual calendar of events including festivals, Christmas festivities, New Year's Eve, Australia Day Celebrations, as well as food, wine, art and sporting events. The picturesque promenades, glorious Ross River, spacious parklands and state of the art Arts Centre, Gallery and Sports Centre are all venues used to host a range of public events.

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Ingham Cemetery

Sir Arthur Fadden Drive, Ingham QLD 4850

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.

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Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park

End of Cape Pallarenda Road, Townsville QLD 4810

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.

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Lake Ross

Lake Ross, Kelso QLD 4815

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.

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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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Mount Spec, Paluma Range National Park

Turn off via Bruce Highway, Paluma QLD 4816

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.

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Ingham Memorial Gardens

Jane Street, Corner of McIlwraith Street, Ingham QLD 4850

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.

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Bushland Beach

Turn off via Bruce Highway, Bushland Beach QLD 4818

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.

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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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Pioneer Park and Ross River

Ross River Drive, Junction of Riverway Drive, Townsville QLD 4810

Pioneer Park is located in Townsville on the banks of the Ross River and Ross River Dam. The park provides recreational facilities and is a popular fishing location. Facilities include sporting fields, picnic and barbecue areas. This park is also home to the Riverway Precinct, a major community facility with integrated facilities and attractions including retail, community, environmental and entertainment precincts.

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Lake Paluma

Lake Paluma, Paluma QLD 4816

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.

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Wet Tropics Great Walk

Abergowrie Road, Ingham QLD 4850

Passing through North Queensland's Wet Tropics World Heritage listed area, the Wet Tropic's Walk is located in Girringun National Park. Here the Traditional Aboriginal Custodians continue their close association with the land. A variety of walks are available including short walks, overnight adventures, and for more self-sufficient walkers, a unique wilderness experience. The walk begins at the breathtaking Wallaman Falls, the largest single-drop waterfall in Australia. Early risers taking a walk along the creek may be rewarded with a glimpse of a platypus or even a southern cassowary. The four to six day walk from Yamanie to Blencoe Falls offers a true wilderness adventure, and part of the walk follows the awe-inspiring, 60 kilometre long Herbert River Gorge. Enjoy half-day walks to view the Gorge and Blencoe Falls. The walk is approximately 100 kilometres long and traverses the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Are and Einasleigh Uplands bioregion. The Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area is exceptional as one of only twelve World Heritage sites in the world the meet all four natural heritage criteria as set out in the World Heritage Convention.

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The Strand Park Townsville War Memorial

The Strand, Townsville QLD 4810

Don't use Townsville war memorial's clock tower to check the time: its clock faces have long been replaced by four plaques depicting an eagle, crossed swords, anchor and the seal of the City of Townsville. As early as 1925, the clocks were unreliable as a time-piece and were later removed. The column of rough cut grey granite, supported on a red-white marble plinth and bracketed by 3 white marble fins, was dedicated by Governor Sir Matthew Nathan on ANZAC Day 1924 in what was then known as The Strand Park. Wrought-iron entrance gates and fencing and several war trophy cannons were installed nearby. Public subscription financed the memorial, designed and constructed by monumental masons, Melrose and Fenwick of Townsville. The Strand Park was renamed ANZAC Park in 1934: a metal arch bearing the new name was erected above the entrance gates, in time for the April 25 ANZAC commemorations. The Strand foreshore fronting the Breakwater Marina contains many other memorials including 27 small plinths holding bronze plaques forming an outer perimeter to the WWI memorial. The focus on ANZAC Day activities since the 1920s has become a natural home for formal and civic commemorations in the north Queensland military city.

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Townsville Town Common Conservation Park

Cape Pallarenda Road, Townsville QLD 4810

The park's wildlife viewing areas and walking and mountain bike trails offer a range of nature-based recreation activities close to the centre of Townsville. The park features deep-water lagoons and seasonal wetlands, coastal woodlands and vine thickets, and sheltered beaches fringed by rocky headlands. Summer rains transform the area into an immense wetland, attracting large flocks of waterbirds. Hike across Many Peak Range, enjoy expansive island views while riding the Under the radar mountain bike trail or walk the trail to enjoy a picnic in beautiful secluded Shelley Beach. For birdwatchers, the park is a paradise! From bird hides and observation points, watch flocks of magpie geese, brolgas, finches, wrens and cisticolas; up to 280 species have been recorded here.

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Buujan Quiinbiira Walk (Wet Tropics Great Walk)

Girringun National Park, Wallaman Falls section, Ingham QLD 4850

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

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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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Gugigugi (Butterfly) Walk, Wet Tropics Great Walk

Wallaman Falls, Girringun National Park, Ingham QLD 4850

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

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Jourama Falls, Paluma Range National Park

Jourama Falls Road, 24 kilometres south of Ingham, via Bruce Highway, Ingham QLD 4850

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.

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Riverway Arts Centre

20 Village Boulevard, Thuringowa Central, Thuringowa Central QLD 4817

The Riverway Arts Centre features a 380-seat flexible performance space doubling as a function room, the Pinnacles Art Gallery, rehearsal space, meeting room and working spaces for resident art groups. The Pinnacles Gallery is a contemporary art gallery showcasing all aspects of visual arts for the community and featuring local, state and national artists in exhibitions across all themes and media. Riverway Arts Centre is located at Pioneer Park, Riverway - diagonally opposite to Willows Shopping Centre, Thuringowa Central.

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Ross River

Ross River, Townsville QLD 4810

The Ross River hosts a wide range of sporting and leisure activities. Riverwalk, a three metre wide pathway which overlooks the beautiful Ross River, runs along the river and provides numerous opportunities to enjoy its natural beauty. The Riverway Loam Island and Pioneer Park developments provide entertainment venues and fishing spots. Skiing and wakeboarding are popular activities on the water. Ross River also offers some excellent bird watching opportunities, particularly from Pioneer Park, Loam Island, Apex Park and Dam Park.

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Lucinda, 28 kilometres north of Ingham, Lucinda QLD 4850

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.

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The Strand

The Strand, Townsville QLD 4810

The Strand is a seaside foreshore located in Townsville, Australia. It is located in the suburb of North Ward. The Strand has a magnificent view of the Port of Townsville and Magnetic Island, as well as views stretching all the way out to Cape Cleveland. Townsville's fantastic beachfront promenade, The Strand incorporates a jetty, recreational park, restaurants, cafes, a series of headlands, a free water park, picnic areas and swimming pools and enclosures.