Situated on the tropical north coast of Queensland, Townsville is the perfect destination for your next holiday. With the paradise of Magnetic Island right on the doorstep, Townsville is the ideal place for an adventure with friends or an escape for the family.


Boasting 300 days of sunshine a year, national and international events, award winning restaurants and attractions, National Parks and the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, it’s not hard to see why people are attracted to Townsville.

Events in Townsville

Throughout the year travellers can enjoy the Region’s huge line up of entertainment and events with sports, food, cultural and music festivals in full swing. Cheer yourself hoarse at an NRL, NBL or WNBL match, bask in the sun at Magnetic Island Race Week or be inspired by the catwalk at the Townsville Fashion Festival. Become part of the exciting calendar of events and immerse yourself in the laidback, vibrant lifestyle.


National Sporting Teams – Year Round

Townsville offers three national sporting teams - North Queensland Cowboys (NRL), the Townsville Crocodiles (NBL) and Townsville Fire (WNBL) with home games hosted in Townsville throughout the year.  


The Goldfield Ashes - January

Join in the fun of the largest amateur cricket carnival in the Southern Hemisphere. This relaxed festival is considered a local institution. You can enter a team or simply join the hordes from far and wide for a sporting experience like no other.


Burdekin Grower Race Day - May

One of the Burdekin’s most hotly anticipated events of the year is the iconic Grower Race Day. Compete for a podium prize or dress up and try your luck in the fashion stakes. There are prize giveaways throughout the day and don’t forget to take home your complimentary box of local fruit and vegetables.


Goovin the Moo FestivalGroovin’ the Moo - May

If you enjoy great music and international acts then Groovin’ the Moo is for you. On the first weekend in May, nearly 30 artists and 15,000 revellers converge on Townsville to enjoy 12 hours of non-stop music across three outdoor stages. With licensed bar facilities, fresh food, show rides and chill-out areas the event is all about great vibes and easy going fun.


Townsville Winter Racing Carnival - July

The Townsville Winter Racing Carnival is an exciting mix of fashion and fun held during North Queensland’s beautiful winter. The Carnival attracts fans from far and wide keen to have a flutter or show off the finest fashions.


Townsville 500 V8 Supercars – July

Get track side and be part of North Queensland’s biggest sporting event as the Townsville 500 V8 Supercars hit the track in July each year. Watch the V8 Supercar heroes fight for the greatest prize of all whilst enjoying three days of entertainment on and off the track.


Race Week Townsville

The Australian Festival of Chamber Music – July/August

Held annually in July and August, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music is known as the greatest international chamber music event in the Southern Hemisphere. The event brings world recognised chamber musicians to audiences from Townsville, around Australia and overseas. The natural beauty of Townsville and the North Queensland Region in winter provides a unique backdrop for the Festival's concerts and events.


Australian Italian Festival - August

Want to make pizza like an Italian or cook up a delicious pasta sauce? Maybe you just miss the old country or want to celebrate Italy’s influence on the area. Whatever your reasons, join comedians, singers, winemakers and dancers in Ingham, and savour all aspects of the Italian culture.


Magnetic Island Race Week – August/September

North Queensland’s premier regatta sails around beautiful Magnetic Island during August and September each year. When the sailing has finished enjoy the social side of this event, explore the Island or enjoy some local seafood, fashion and North Queensland hospitality.


Bull riding in TownsvilleTroy Dunn PBR Invitational – November

One of the greatest bull riding events in Australia brings all the action, glamour and fanfare of the toughest sport on dirt to Townsville North Queensland. It doesn’t matter if you are a seasoned ringer or a complete city slicker, the PBR caters for everyone. Dust off your Akubra and join in the action.



Regular Events

Full Moon Down Under

Base Magnetic Island

Monthly throughout the year


Cotters Markets

Townsville CBD, Flinders Street

Every Sunday 8:30am-1:00pm


Strand Night Markets

Townsville Strand Park

First Friday of each month May to December



Willows Rotary Markets

Willows Shopping Centre Car Park

Every Sunday 7:30am-11:30am


Magnetic Island Community Markets

Horseshoe Bay Foreshore

Last Sunday of each month commencing April