Day Off Discoveries
Tuesday the 2nd of August is a rest day for the musicians and the perfect opportunity for visitors to enjoy all that Townsville has to offer. If you aren’t attending the Orpheus Island special concert, then here’s our pick of activities for you:
1. Charters Towers & Texax Longhorn Outback Experience
Operated by Festival coach partner, Detours, this amazing tour takes you to Leahton Park Cattle Station, located 140kms south west of Townsville, and home to the largest herd of Texas Longhorn cattle in Australia. Meet JR, the steer that is listed in the 2013 Guinness World Record book for the longest horns! Travel from Townsville in a Detours air-conditioned coach to Leahton Park where you will enjoy an authentic horse drawn wagon ride and a trip back in time! Morning tea consists of camp oven cooked damper and billy tea, while lunch is a delicious outback fare served up in the station’s tin themed shed. Learn about their cattle breeding program and their custom saddlery.
After the cattle station, head to nearby Charters Towers, a historical gold mining town where a scenic tour takes in the wonderful architecture including the Stock Exchange building, Pfeiffer House and Towers Hill.
Tuesday 2 August, departs. Townsville at 8.30am and returns at 5.30pm. Special Festival Price: $190 per person includes morning tea, lunch and wagon tour.
To book, call Detours on 07 4728 5311 or email email@example.com
(Note: Places are limited so book early. Minimum of 12 guests required for tour to proceed).
2. Attend Umbrella Studio exhibition: Celebrating Townsville: the City’s visual history drawn from the James Cook University Art Collection
This project is a celebratory collaboration between the James Cook University Library Special Collections and JCU Media Journalism, Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts and the Townsville Bulletin.
The exhibition showcases a selection of works by Townsville-based artists and their past students, demonstrating a lineage of teacher to student and the value of studio practice. With some of the most historically significant artists the region has ever produced, the exhibition has Townville’s geographic intensity, architectural beauty, and quirky narratives on full display. Teacher's work from the JCU Art Collection will be presented in tandem with a recent work of a pupil, specially selected to demonstrate the link between teacher and student.
Townsville artists both living and past are nationally respected and have contributed to the canon of Australian art history. Never before has this facet of Townsville's history been assembled for the benefit of the community nor documented for future generations. This project will provide the community with a rare opportunity to learn about this remarkable story and celebrate it.
Exhibition open July 8 to August 14 at Umbrella Studio, 482 Flinders Street, Townsville. Visit umbrella.org.au for more details.
Image: Sale of the Century, Ron McBurnie, etching and aquatint
3. Take in the magic of Magnetic Island
A quick 20 minute SeaLink ferry ride and you’re on Magnetic Island enjoying 23 bays and beaches, fringing reefs, wildlife and walking trails. A return ferry ticket is $32.00 and can be purchased at the SeaLink Breakwater Ferry Terminal.
Or consider a SeaLink day tour, there’s several to choose from including the Magnetic Island Eco Day Tripper priced from $55 per person which includes the return ferry trip and a 2 hour Koala Village Tour at Bungalow Bay Koala Sanctuary; or the Tropic Highlights package which includes the return ferry trip, an all day island bus pass and a guided tour of Koala Village at Horseshoe Bay. It also includes entry into two of Townsville’s leading attractions, Reef HQ and Tropical Museum of NQ – for visiting on any other day. Priced from $104 per person.
Call SeaLink on 1800 681 816 or visit sealinkqld.com.au.