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Transport during the Festival

The majority of events at the AFCM are held at the Townsville Civic Theatre. Generally Townsville does not have a dedicated public transport service to the theatre, therefore during AFCM a special bus is provided by Sunbus, with tickets purchased on board. When considering your accommodation please consider the mode of transport that best suits your requirements during AFCM. 

The Strand

Where to stay:  

The Ville Resort - Casino, AFCM Sponsor & Holiday Package Hotel
Other accommodation in this area: Aquarius on the Strand, Mariners North Apartments, Seagulls Resort, Beach House Motel.
Bus – 
30 minutes each way - Return Trip $10 — Single Trip $5
Taxi – 
Approx. $13–15 one way
Walk –
 40 minutes (approx. 3.4km)
Self-drive – 
7 minutes

CBD Area

Where to stay:
Hotel Grand Chancellor, AFCM Holiday Package Hotel
Other accommodation in this area: QCWA – Denham Street, Holborn Apartments, Madison Plaza, Comfort Inn Robert Towns.
Bus – 25 minutes each way — Return Trip $10 — Single Trip $5
Taxi – Approx. $12 one way
Walk – 30 minutes (approx. 2.4km)
Self-drive – 5 minutes

South Townsville near Palmer Street

Where to stay:
Quest Townsville, AFCM Sponsor & Holiday Package Hotel, plus Rydges Southbank and Park Regis Anchorage both Holiday Package hotels
Other accommodation in this area: Grand Hotel Townsville, Hotel Ibis Townsville, Oaks Getaway on Palmer.
Bus – 20 minutes each way — Return Trip $10 — Single Trip $5
Taxi – Approx. $10–12 one way
Walk – 30 minutes (approx. 2.4km)
Self-drive – 5 minutes

Magnetic Island Ferry Timetable

In support of AFCM, SeaLink Queensland will make a slight change to their Timetable during the Festival. For more info on Ferry times please visit SeaLink's website.


Festival Buses

There are two bus services that run during the festival. Please see below further information regarding cost and pick up points. Timetables will be available in July. A taxi costs approximately $15 from the CBD to the Theatre, phone 131 008. Hiring a car is also a great option while staying in Townsville with plenty of parking at the Townsville Civic Theatre. 

AFCM Festival Bus Service

The Townsville City Council dedicated Bus service timetable can be found here.

AFCM Gold & Gold Plus Bus

In 2021 Gold Plus & Gold Pass holders who have paid for bus transfers can travel on the AFCM Gold & Gold Plus Pass bus which commutes between the The Ville Resort - Casino, Townsville Civic Theatre and CBD accommodation according to the Gold Plus & Gold Pass concert schedule.

Gold Plus & Gold Pass Holders will need to present their lanyard to the driver to use this service. 

The timetable will be available in June 2021 and will also be available in the program and and in print during the Festival period from the Festival Information Booth and the Townsville Civic Theatre Box Office.  The schedule can be found here and in your programs.