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Townsville, Queensland.
29 July to 07 August 2022
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Things to Do

Things to Do

Be sure to make time to explore the beautiful surrounds of Townsville and Magnetic Island, either independently or with any one of the many sightseeing tours, guided day trips or eco adventure tours on offer.

Townsville offers a variety of experiences - whether you’re after adventure, nature, action or leisure, there’s something to whet your appetite and showcase the natural beauty of the region. Visit the Townsville Queensland website for more information.


Photo courtesy of Townsville Enterprise

The Strand

Townsville’s 2km beach esplanade is fondly called The Strand and makes for a very pleasant walk. You can stroll from Anzac Park at the southern end all the way to the Rockpool and around the Jezzine Barracks precinct with its coastal boardwalks and sculptures. Stop along the way at one of the many cafes and restaurants such at C-Bar for a coffee or Juliette’s for gelati.

Castle Hill

Join the thousands of fitness goers who walk up Castle Hill every day (or you can drive up) and be rewarded with 360-degree views of Townsville. It offers spectacular sunset and sunrise moments (and phot opportunities), along with several challenging walking tracks.  

Magnetic Island

You can’t visit Townsville without making time to visit Magnetic Island with its 23 bays and beaches and stunning bushwalking tracks. There is a wonderful Koala Sanctuary (as featured in the Netflix series Izzy's Koala World), abundant wildlife and a friendly local community. 


Located in the heart of the city is Perc Tucker Gallery, Townsville’s premier art gallery presenting a dynamic range of local, national and international exhibitions. A short stroll along Flinders Street will have you at Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, a wonderful gallery for independent, experimental contemporary art. 

Other sights to see

Day Tours

If you have a day to spare before, during or after the Festival, there’s plenty to see right on Townsville’s doorstep. In fact, we suggest arriving early or staying on longer to experience some of the North’s magic. 

What’s more Tuesday 2nd August is a day off for everyone, so the perfect opportunity to see the sights!  

Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island is a fabulous way to spend the day. Explore the natural beauty of the island on foot with its many walking tracks, drive around the island in a topless car visiting the various bays or relax with an organised day tour.

Ferry tickets: $34 return for adults or $17 concession.

To book: call SeaLink on 1300 MAGGIE (1300 624 443) or visit

Lunchtime Cruise with Pilgrim Sailing

Lunchtime Cruise with Pilgrim Sailing

Explore the breathtaking Magnetic Island coastline with Pilgrim Sailing on their luxury 58-foot sailing yacht. This cruise combines sailing with a couple of hours at anchor in one of the secluded bays to relax, explore the beach, swim and enjoy a gourmet locally sourced lunch with wine, beer and soft drinks. Pilgrim Sailing is one of Magnetic Island’s premium experience providers and is offering AFCM guests 10% off.

Duration: 4 hours. Departs Magnetic Island Marina, Nelly Bay at 10.15 am and returns around 2.15 pm $209 per person. PLUS as an AFCM guest, take 10% off by quoting AFCM22.

To book visit: or call 0424 296 406 and enter or quote the promo code “AFCM22”

Conditions: Discount is only valid during the Festival period 29 July to 7 August 2022.

Sunset Cruise with Pilgrim Sailing

Sunset Cruise with Pilgrim Sailing

Relax on board Pilgrim’s luxury yacht at sunset; sip Australian organic wine or local beer and enjoy a cheese platter served with Pilgrim's famous homemade pumpkin chutney.

Duration: 90 minutes. Departs Magnetic Island Marina at 4.30 pm and returns around 6pm. $119 per person (Sun - Thur) or $129 pp (Fri/Sat).  PLUS as an AFCM guest, take 10% off by quoting AFCM22.

To book: visit or call 0424 296 406 and enter or quote the promo code 'AFCM22'

Conditions: Discount is only valid during the Festival period 29 July to 7 August 2022.