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27/07 - 05/08/2018

Artistic Director Kathryn Stott

Day Off Discoveries

Tuesday 31st July 2018 is a rest day for Festival artists, and an opportunity for you to explore the diverse surrounds of Townsville. Here are some recommendations for how to spend the day:

Tropical Rainforest Tour
by Detours Coach Company

Begin this magical tour with a stop at Balgal Beach to enjoy the views across to Palm Island and Rattlesnake Island. Then travel to the world heritage listed rainforest, tucked away among crystal clear rock pools, cascading waterfalls and lush jungle. Visit the tiny village of Paluma nestled in the tropical rainforest atop Mt Paluma and enjoy a rainforest walk. From here head to Hidden Valley for lunch, with the final stop being the iconic Frosty Mango where you can delight in homemade ice-cream made with exotic fruits straight from the farm.

Tuesday 31 July, departs Townsville at 8:30am and returns at 5:00pm
Cost: $135 per person, includes transfers, morning tea, lunch and national park entry fee.

To book: call Detours on 07 4728 5311


Umbrella Studios
Exhibition – Defective Rituals

As artists, Carolyn McKenzie-Craig, Caity Reynolds and Katelyn Jane-Dunn make incisive, affecting and sometimes hilarious commentary on the conditions (prescribed or otherwise) of the contemporary woman. The failure of subjective conformance is ritualised in the practices of these three female artists. These works at once explore, satirize and subvert the expectations of being female through different media with a puckish sense of humor. While the exhibition consists primarily of drawing, painting and photography, there is a strong aspect of performance which informs each work, whether it is translated through the media, or adopted as a creative avenue to be cross boundaries of what is accepted and expected.

Free Exhibition. From 6 July to 12 August 2018 at Umbrella Studio, 482 Flinders Street. Visit umbrella.org.au.

A Day on Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island is a fabulous way to spend your day off, or the ideal place to stay once the Festival concludes. Whether it’s exploring the natural beauty of the island on foot with its many walking tracks, cruising around the various bays in a topless car or relaxing with an organised day tour, the island is definitely worth a visit. A return ferry ticket with SeaLink costs $33 for adults or $16.50 for concession, and organised day tours are priced from $64 per person which includes the return ferry trip and a two hour Koala Village Tour at Bungalow Bay Koala Sanctuary.

Call SeaLink on 1800 681 816
or visit sealinkqld.com.au.

Cape Cleveland Lighthouse Tour

Cape Cleveland Lighthouse was the first lighthouse to be built in Townsville back in 1879. This half-day tour begins with a 40-minute ferry ride across Cleveland Bay. Upon arrival you will be taken ashore by barge for the walk up to the lighthouse*. Spend your time enjoying the natural beauty & history of Cape Cleveland, take a scenic flight or relax at the Lighthouse residence. Please note: This tour requires a highlevel of physical activity. It is a 20-minute walk from the beach to the summit of the lighthouse including a steep incline. 

Cost: $119 per person includes high tea.             To book: call the SeaLink Travel Desk on 07 4726 0888 or email travel1@sealink.com.au

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