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28/07 - 05/08/2017

Artistic Director Piers Lane AO

Day Off Discoveries

Day Off Discoveries

Tuesday 1st August 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

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 1/08, 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 – Sojourn

Sojourn presents an eclectic selection of large-scale abstraction works by celebrated photomedia artist Shane Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald is a highly accomplished artist having works held in major collections throughout Australia and overseas, including the National Gallery of Australia. In his first solo exhibition in the Townsville region he continues his exploration of the spectacular and sublime through a selection of works that capture the symbiotic relationship between space, place and ethereal.

Free Exhibition. Open 14/07 to 20/08 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.

Townsville Historical Houses

Explore inside the historical houses of the Currajong House Garden Party with a guided tour by local historians who know the stories of the buildings, the people who lived in them and the artefacts on display. Starting 10am, Tuesday 01/08.

$15 including morning tea. Call 07 4771 5873 to book.

Strand Ephemera
Escape the Ordinary

In Townsville at the same time as the Festival is this spectacular sculpture display. Strand Ephemera will take centre stage along The Strand with stunning and engaging exhibits dotted along the 2km esplanade. Held every 2 years, Strand Ephemera has become a much loved and anticipated Festival of state and national significance. Take the time to wonder along The Strand, soak up the sunshine and enjoy the amazing display.

From Friday 28 July to Sunday 6 August.
Click here to find out more.

Pop Up North Queensland

Pop Up North Queensland (PUNQ) is a festival of pop-up exhibitions and shops to activate empty spaces throughout the CBD. The festival will feature screenings, performances, workshops, artist talks, music and some of the coolest, most unique pop-up shops around! Another amazing reason to come to Townsville this winter!

From 28 July to 6 August 2017.
Various locations around the Townsville CBD.
Click here to find out more.

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