The Townsville region has a rich and interesting past. Delve into the history of Townville at the Museum of Tropical North Queensland or explore the heritage buildings in Charters Towers and Ravenswood. Follow it up with a visit to the World War II bunkers on Castle Hill, Magnetic Island.
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Townsville is home to the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and has a range of centres showcasing natural and cultural attractions with local indigenous people. Here are some great ideas for arts and culture matching your search criteria. Change the options in the box to the right to refine your search.
The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) is a leader in tropical marine science.
The Institute is consistently ranked among the top one per cent of specialist research institutions internationally and is known for its unique capacity to investigate topics from broad-scale ecology to microbiology.
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The Army Museum of North Queensland is located within Jezzine Barracks, Kissing Point in Townsville.
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Castle Hill is a red rock monolith in the heart of Townsville offering panoramic views, and a slice of military history.
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The National Trust Heritage Centre in Townsville is a collection of three heritage houses furnished and restored to their original period glory.
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Centenary Park has gold discovery monuments, picnic tables, toilets, gas barbecues, a children's playground, liberty swing and is always cool and shady.
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Charters Towers Cemetery was established in 1895. It is the resting place for a number of interesting local characters including Jupiter Mosman who, as local lore has it, was one of the party that discovered gold at Charters Towers; Doctor Leonard Redmond who discovered Australian dengue fever; Fredrick Pfeiffer owner of the rich Day Dawn PC Mine and James Knenniff who was the last bushranger in Queensland.
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Queenslander's loved their soldier statue, known as the 'Digger', symbolising innocence, youth, heroism, courage and mateship.
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Drop into the Civic Club, originally known as the Londoner's Club, (a gentlemen's club) and enjoy a drink with a local, soak up the atmosphere of this amazing historic building and have a round of billiards on one of the two 100 year old tables.
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Ancient lava flows, fossilised limestone and the Burdekin River, the largest river in Queensland, are features of this park in the Charters Towers area.
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The Forts Walk, on Magnetic Island National Park, is one of the most popular tracks on the island. The four kilometre return walk leads to historic World War II fortifications and infrastructure.
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