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27/07 - 04/08/2018

Artistic Director Kathryn Stott

Pre and Post Touring

North Queensland offers so much to see so why not add on some extra days either before or after the Festival to explore more of this magnificent region? Festival sponsor Escape Travel Townsville has put together three great touring options for your temptation:

Tropical Wonders Tour
26/07 — 27/07

The Great Green Way lies between Townsville and Cairns in Far North Queensland. Within this area are exceptional natural attractions including the World Heritage listed Wet Tropics Rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef and the extraordinary Paronella Park. The Tropic Wonders Tour takes you from Townsville, through the small towns of Ingham, Cardwell and Tully, stopping at Paronella Park for lunch. Spend all afternoon exploring the magical castle built by a Spanish romantic, beautifully set in the rainforest beside a cascading waterfall. Stay the night at Castaways Resort in the unspoilt tropical paradise of Mission Beach and wine and dine at your own leisure. The next day take a trip to Charley’s Chocolate, one of only a few places in the world where you can experience the whole journey of chocolate from “Tree to Bar”. A visit to the very popular Frosty Mango where you can enjoy delicious gelato completes the tour before heading back to Townsville.

Highland Package
8/08 — 11/08

On Tuesday join your private tour guide for a city sights tour of Townsville before heading north to explore the southern end of the World Heritage Listed Wet Tropics Rainforest. Check in to the Hidden Valley Cabins, an award winning eco resort. Due to the resort’s elevation the climate is cooler and less humid than areas close to the coast making it the perfect temperature all year round. Designed to blend into the natural environment the accommodation is built from locally sourced recycled timber, creating a rustic appearance while still delivering a high standard of quality and comfort. Awake on Wednesday morning to the peaceful bush surrounds of the Hidden Valley and conclude the day on the banks of Running River looking for the elusive platypus on dusk. On Thursday head to Wallaman Falls, the Southern Hemisphere’s highest sheer drop waterfall at over 300m, stopping for a picnic before heading through Ingham and spending your last night in the Hidden Valley Cabins.

Scenic & City Lights Package
Available Tuesday — Friday

Experience Townsville North Queensland by day and night with the Scenic and City Lights package. A trip to the top of Castle Hill will provide spectacular views over the tropical city and across the Coral Sea to beautiful Magnetic Island. It will help you orientate yourself for the rest of your visit to our vibrant city before taking in the most scenic spots of Townsville North Queensland. As the sun starts to set your evening tour will begin. Admire the work of a local artist at one of Townsville’s boutique art galleries, before taking in the spectacular scenery of Townsville by twilight as you dine at a private venue overlooking the water. After admiring Castle Hill from the water’s edge the evening will conclude at the very top of the Hill where you’ll enjoy the breathtaking view of the sparkling lights of Townsville’s vibrant city by night.

Pick Up Time: from 1:00pm
End Time: 8:30pm

For more information or to book call Escape Travel Townsville on 07 4722 5055
OR email events@escapetravel.com.au or visit escapetravelnq.com.au/afcm

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