150 Years of Townsville Settlement

“On 15 February 2016, Townsville officially marked 150 years since being declared a municipality and we want you to join the celebrations.” Throughout the year there will be many events and displays around the city to commemorate our anniversary; starting with an exhibition at the Museum of Tropical Queensland, and finishing with a display at the Perc Tucker Regional…

Couchsurfing in Townsville; by Stéphane and Isabelle

When we are not travelling, we spend time hosting couchsurfers in order to keep our link to this world and to continue to meet new and exciting people. On the 29th November Nick and I were fortunate enough to host the lovely Cliche-Ferguson family; a French Canadian couple and their two gorgeous girls. This post is…

Townsville Heritage Trail: Townsville Port

This post is the first in a new series of posts highlighting the Townsville Heritage trails. Townsville has 3 separate trails which run through the heart of some of the cities most beautiful and significant heritage locations, from heritage listed buildings to sites of previous industry and business entities. The heritage trails are ideal for…

Spice Up Your Life at India Fest

In October we were lucky enough to attend the inaugural India Fest in Townsville, which coincides with India’s Festival of Lights. We were not sure what to expect, and were pleasantly surprised by the variety and ambiance of the festival. I would say it is one of the best cultural festivals we have here in…

Have a ‘Cultural Feast’ at the Townsville Cultural Festival

The annual Townsville Cultural Festival is a celebration of the differences that make up this community; a celebration of cultural diversity that is Australia. For five days every August Townsville is inundated with culture, which includes a large array of stalls at the ‘Global Village’ offering arts, crafts, fashions and giftware from around the world.…

Townsville’s First Pub

If you planned to head to Townsville to visit our first ever pub, the Criterion Hotel, then you are one day too late. Yesterday was the Cri’s last day of trading before closing down today. Opening August 1865 by John Melton Black with the wary support of Capt Robert Towns (Townsvilles namesake), the 150 year…

Backpacking Queensland: Mini moke around Magnetic Island

Planning a trip through Queensland?  Are you a backpacker on your first trip to Australia? Find out just how easy it is to explore our magnificent state and country! 300 kms south of Cairns is our next stop on this backpacking adventure through Queensland, beautiful Townsville and nearby Magnetic Island. Townsville is home to one…

Get Your Greek On: Townsville’s Greek Festival

Experience a combination of Greek music, food and entertainment at Townsville’s cultural Greek Fest. A FREE community event held annually at Townsville’s Riverway Park. What’s On? Children’s rides Food and drink Main stage entertainment Marketplace (Agora) Enjoy a bunch of children’s rides in the Village Green, stay entertained with cultural dancing and singing on the…

An Underrated Tropical Paradise

Townsville has been my home away from home for the past 5 years. I moved here when I was 18 to attend university. I believe it is one of the most underrated tropical tourist destinations at the top end of Queensland. The truth is that there is a lot that Townsville has to offer! It’s…