Tag: family friendly

Get Out and About September 2020 – Cairns

Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Cairns and IRONMAN 70.3 Cairns

Get set for all the Ironman action on September 27. If you’re not competing, you can support those that are, simply head to www.ironman.com/im-cairns-supporters and check out the supporters guide. You can also download the IRONMAN Oceania App from the App Store or Google Play- for everything you need to know including tracking athletes and the leaderboard throughout the course.

A Palm Cove, Cairns and Port Douglas


Banff Mountain Film Festival

This three-hour film festival tour celebrates the mountain and adventure sport world, 7. 00pm, Thursday 10th Sept at CPAC.It will be showing intense and exhilarating short films from mountain bikers, explorers, climbers, skiers and more, from all around the world, allowing you to visit some of the wildest corners of the world through awesome cinematography.

Tickets: From $24.00.

A CPAC Theatre, 9 – 11 Florence St, Cairns City

P 1300 855 835

E info@ticketlink.com.au



CaPTA Group Annual Pass for Locals and Upcoming Events 

Fathers Day at Rainforestation Nature Park 

There is a delicious Fathers day breakfast event at Rainforestation for the TARGA rally. Take part in the competition on Facebook by uploading  your best dad joke and you could win a family pass for the day to view the rally and enjoy the activities.

Wildife habitat Rainforest Grand Reopening

Grand opening weekend is coming up – on the weekend before school holidays, 19th and 20th September. They are doing 30 day count down online from the August until – 18th September recounting history and their favourite moments, favourite animals and more. There will also be some guests, keepers and VIPs to tell stories (and using a mix of video, images, newspaper clippings).  

Guests are invited to share their favourite habitat moments on the pinned post on Facebook through the month. CaPTA will pick ONE winner per week to get a double pass to the Wildlife Habitat Rainforest Grand Opening weekend.

CaPTA Head Office:

P 4035 3555

E res@capta.com.au


Anh Do, The Happiest Refugee Alive

Based on his book ‘The Happiest Refugee’, Anh Do returns with his smash hit stage show on September 23. It combines comedy with videos and photos that tell his amazing story of his escape on a boat to Australia from war-torn Vietnam.

Tickets: From $59.90.

A CPAC Theatre, 9 – 11 Florence St, Cairns City

P 1300 855 835

E info@ticketlink.com.au


Father’s Day BBQ

KUR-Cow Barnwell Farm are hosting a Father’s Day BBQ to give dads a special day of beers, slow cooked meats and live music on Sunday 6 September from 10.30am – 3.00pm. You will also gain entry to the Horse Stables, Mini Animal Farm and Hayride. Book online now!

Cost: $39.95 per adult, $29.95 per kid (4 – 11 years). Price includes food and one free beer for dad. Smaller kids meals are available for $10.00 (nuggets or fish and chips). For something extra special you can also add a 300g Wagyu Steak for $49.00.

A 112 Barnwell Rd, Kuranda

P 1300 587 269

E reservations@kurcowfarm.com.au


Special Father’s Day Lunch

Treat your dad to a special lunch at Trinity Beach Sports Club where he can choose between a Chef’s Special or Carvery along with a chocolate mud cake – and all for just $22.00! Dads will receive a complimentary beer as well as a special gift. All dads dining will be entered to win a wheelbarrow of goodies! Lunch starts at 12.00pm and ends at 3.00pm.

A 1 Nautilus St, Trinity Beach

P 4057 6478

E trinitybeachsportsclub.com.au


Father’s Day Breakfast

Start your dad’s day right with a delicious special breakfast on Father’s Day at Cazalys. Barassis are offering a breakfast on Father’s Day, 6 September from 8.00am – 11.00am. Or, he can grab a full rack of smokey BBQ pork ribs for only $32.90!

Bookings are essential.

A 344 Mulgrave Rd, Westcourt

P 4054 1464

E reception@cazalys.com.au


South Cairns Sports Club

Your next meal at Souths could win you a brand new car! Simply spend $20.00 to be entered and the winner will be drawn on Friday 9 October. You don’t even need to be present to be a winner. On top of this, there are a whopping 10 x $100.00 fuels cards available. T&Cs apply.

A 57 – 59 Robert Rd, Bentley Park

P 4045 2107 South Cairns Sports Club


Wonderland Under the Stars

This event will provide all of the live entertainment you could ask for with music, world class circus and more, all under the beautiful tropical skies of Port Douglas. Over the weekend of September 10th – 13th, you can experience the music and magic all while social distancing in the outdoors. In fact, Busby Marou will be performing live Friday and Saturday nights with opening act Lady Valiant.

Family Fun Day will take place from 12.00pm – 2.00pm on 13th September with free entertainment.

Tickets: From $20.00. On sale right now so get in quick!

A Wharf St, Rex Smeal Park, Port Douglas

P 0402 499 798


Big Boys Toys Expo

This is the ultimate boating, fishing, camping, caravan and 4 x 4 Adventure Show. Check out all the ‘Toys’ and be entertained by Jake Johns, Australia’s No.1 Jet Pack Stuntman, and Eljay – The motorcross stuntshow with danger and comedy all rolled into one. See what’s NEW in the camping outdoor world, as well as the latest cars, bikes, boats and ATV’s. Plenty of hot rods, muscle cars and vintage / classic cars to view. 12 – 13 September. This is also a family friendly event with entertainment suitable for all ages. Plus, their very own Food Truck Rumble to keep you satisfied.

Cost: Adult $16.75, Child (6yrs +) $6.25, Concession / Senior $11.50, Child 5yrs and under- FREE, Persons with disability and Carer – FREE. Family Pass (2 Adults and 2 Children) $37.75

Book Online

A Barlow Park, Scott St and Severin St


Targa Great Barrier Reef Event

Targa is bringing its unique form of motorsport and intensity to Cairns on September 4th – 6th. This tarmac rally is MADE for those motoring enthusiasts out there who are ready to compete and take their car through beautiful – but technically challenging – roads.

Visit the website for details.

P 6144 9500

E info@targa.com.au


7 Cairns Marathon Virtual Run

Although the usual 7 Cairns Marathon has been cancelled, a virtual run festival is taking its place on September 19 – 20 to bring the community together. Get the sneakers ready and run for a reason – with entries fees being donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities North Australia. Plus, you can design your own dream course and pick your distance, from 2km all the way to 42.2km.

Cost: $35.00 registration for all distances.

P 5445 1711

E info@atlasmultisports.com.au

Cairns Marathon



Prep Open Days at Peace Lutheran College

Ever wonder what really goes on in a Prep classroom?

Why not come and experience Prep classes in action on Tuesday 15th & Wednesday 16th September 2020 at 9:00am. You can discover what it is that makes a Peace Preppie love coming to school. You can even talk with the Principal and Head of School over refreshments while your child has fun playing in the Prep playground.

The event is free but you must register online.

A 50 – 60 Cowley St, Kamerunga

P 4039 9000


FREE Virtual Scientific Expedition

The Australian Museum and the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney are inviting all children aged 5 – 15 to join this virtual quest. It will explore areas of science, from earth and animals to technology and space. There will also be expert panel discussions with huge names in Australian Science, The Living Laboratory 360 degree virtual tour, games, science shows, and more – all until September 15! Find out more and register online.


Super Cardiac Challenge 2020

The Cardiac Challenge is a fundraising event where cyclists get up close and personal with the beautiful but challenging terrain of Far North Queensland, raising money for the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation. Overall they will cycle from Cairns to Cooktown from September 19th – 21st. Registrations have closed, but you can donate online or sponsor a participant.

A Cairns through to Cooktown

P 4226 6663

E fundraising@fnqhf.org.au


Smokey Blue Rally with Moyamoya Australia

Moyamoya Australia will be having The Smokey Blue Rally event on the 3 – 5 October, a long weekend. It will celebrate Jed’s 17th Birthday, a young boy with Moyamoya disease, and raise funds and awareness. Vehicles will travel throughout Tablelands’ towns in search of treasure (tokens). Collect the tokens along the way and you could win some prizes! Undara will be the last stop, where you can spend the evening enjoying live music.

A Atherton Tablelands

P Nicola Baker 0417 929 382

P Wayne Missingham 0421 734 405

E info@moyamoyaaustralia.org.au

FB Smokey Blue Rally


Regular Markets 

Rusty’s Markets

Date: Every Friday and Saturday

Time: 5.00am – 6.00pm

Date: Every Sunday

Time: 5.00am – 3.00pm

Location: 57 – 89 Grafton St, City


Palm Cove Markets

Date: 1st Sunday of the month April to December

Time: 8.00am – 2.00pm

Location: Williams Esplanade


Malanda Marketst

Date: 3rd Saturday of the month

Time: From 7.00am – 12.30pm

Location: Malanda Showgrounds


Mossman Community Markets

Date: Every Saturday

Time: 7.00am – 1.00pm

Location: 3 – 5 Foxton Ave, Mossman


Holloways Beach Markets

Date: 2nd Sunday of the month

Time: From 8.00am – 1.00pm

Location: Holloways Beachfront


Mount Sheridan Plaza Markets

Date: 2nd Sunday of the month, excluding Aug and Nov.

Time: From 9.00am – 3.00pm

Location: Mount Sheridan Plaza


Ravenshoe Markets

Date: 2nd Sunday of the month

Time: 7.00am – 12 noon

Location: Archers Creek Rest Area, Kennedy Highway


Atherton Lions Club Indoor Markets

Date: Every 2nd Sunday of the Month

Time: From 7.00am – 12 noon

Location: Merriland Hall (Robert St)


Tanks Art Centre Markets

Date: Last Sunday of the month (Apr to Nov excluding Aug)

Time: From 9.00am – 2.00pm

Location: Tanks Art Centre, Collins Avenue, Edge Hill


Yungaburra Markets

Date: 4th Saturday of the month (3rd Sunday in Dec)

Time: From 7.30am – 12.30pm

Location: Bruce Jones Park


Gordonvale Cottage Markets

Date: 1st Saturday of the month

Time: 7.00am – 12 noon

Location: Norman Park, Gordonvale



Original Rainforest Markets

Date: Open every day excluding Tuesday and Wednesday

Time: 9.30am – 3.00pm

Location: 13 Therwine St


Kuranda Heritage Markets

Date: Open Thursday to Sunday

Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm

Location: 2 Rob Veivers Dr


Tolga Markets

Date: 1st Sunday of the month

Time: 7.30am – 12 noon

Location: Morrow Park Racecourse


Herberton Markets

Date: 3rd Sunday of the month

Time: From 7.30am – 12 noon

Location: Wondecla Showgrounds


Night Markets

Date: Partially Opening on 10th July

Time: 4.30pm – 10.30pm

Location: 71 – 75 The Esplanade


Port Douglas Markets

Date: Every Sunday

Time: From 8.00am – 2.00pm

Location: Market Park


Mount Sheridan Plaza Community Markets

Date: September 13

Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location: Mt Sheridan Plaza, 106 Barnard Drive Mt Sheridan






School Holiday Guide Townsville for September 2020

COVID-19 has meant having to find things to do at home and popular places closing. This made holidays more stressful, and caused a lot more boredom during COVID lockdowns. Fortunately, things are beginning to open back up, pubic venues can hold more people and programs for kids are starting to run again. Here is PakMag’s school holiday guide September 2020 for Townsville. The kids will never get bored with these places to visit, awesome things to do and programs to join! 

Ninja Parc

Ninja Parc aims to inspire a world of movement through an indoor obstacle course. Not only is it fun, it’s also accessible for all ages and skill levels. Challenge yourself and improve your agility through the various rope climbs, bouldering challenges, vertical and horizontal doors and a sea of poles.

Casual play and membership options available on their website.

A 18 Black Hawk Boulevard, Thuringowa Central

P 0427 139 762

E townsville@ninjaparc.com.au

Fb Ninja Parc Townsville


Wildcatz Indoor Sports

Wildcatz Indoor Sports offer a fun and social way to exercise, get fit and have fun. There are a variety of junior sports such as cricket, netball and soccer, as well as plenty of fun for adults too, from social teams through to competitive levels. Nominate a team with your friends, or let the staff find a suitable team for you.

Rain or shine, it’s always time for a game at Wildcatz Indoor Sports.

A 18 Black Hawk Boulevard, Thuringowa Central

P 4723 1414

Fb Wildcatz Indoor Sports (Official)


Inflatable Kingdom

Inflatable Kingdom is every kid’s dream – a giant inflatable playground where kids are free to slide, climb, and jump on 10 jumping castles in fully airconditioned comfort. Just be prepared to be met with “just one more slide!” when it’s time to go. Sessions last a massive 2.5 hours.

Cost: Prices start from $10.00. Book online to save 10% off entry price. And don’t forget your socks!

P 4755 4422

A 72-88 Hervey Range Rd, Condon

Fb Inflatable Kingdom Townsville


Pitstop Karting

Experience ‘The Ultimate Adrenaline Rush’ these school holidays at Townsville’s only hire go karting facility. Pitstop Karting is a purpose-built outdoor kart track that offers the ultimate fun and thrill in a Junior, Senior or Dual Kart! It will be a holiday event that you’ll want to come back to!

Cost: From $30.00.

A 1-7 Cardwell St, Garbutt

P 4401 5045

E contact@pitstopkarting.com.au

Fb Pitstop Karting



Sk8way provides the Townsville community with facilities for both recreational and competitive skating. Whether you’re in it to win it or just there for a good time with your friends, it’s all happening at Sk8way. They also offer learn-to-skate lessons starting from $12.00 and recreational events.

Cost: Skate hire is available for just $4.00 per person – or purchase your own pair from the Skate Shop.

A 72-88 Hervey Range Rd

P 4755 4422

Fb Sk8way Townsville


Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park

These school holidays, Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park will be abuzz with all the excitement of Spring. We’ll have Crazy Bron return for Saturday morning face painting for guests, as well as live music by the camp fire on Saturday evenings. Come Stay & Play for some good old-fashioned holiday fun.

Cost: FREE (for guests) from $95.00 / night accommodation

A 4-28 Tinaroo Falls Dam Road, Tinaroo

P 4095 8232

E bookings@lthp.com.au

Fb Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park


Warrina Ice Skating

Grab your long socks, gloves and hats for some ice skating fun with the family or friends. The rink is open from every day over the school holidays from 9.00am – 11.00am, 11.30am – 1.30pm and 2.00pm – 4.00pm. There will be a disco session on Fridays and Saturdays from 7.00pm – 10.00pm.

Cost: From $16.00. Tobogganing is available at $5.00 for six slides.

A 3 – 5 Illuka St, Currajong

P 0407 988 628

Fb Warrina Ice Skating Rink Townsville


Pandanus Park Golf Centre

Pandanus is Townsville’s only family-friendly driving range where the family can compete while having fun. The Kids Have-A-Go Hire Pack is $10.00 and includes a small bucket of balls (45) and Kids Club Hire. Open seven days a week until late.

A 2 Tompkins Rd, Shaw

P 4774 6532

E pandanusparkgolf@gmail.com

Fb Pandanus Park Golf Centre


Billabong Sanctuary

From Saturday 19th September to Sunday 4th October ROVING RANGERS will take place between 9:30am – 1:30pm. Rangers will be circulating throughout the park to greet you with different animals with the opportunity to touch or hold most of them. Koala selfies, turtle feeding and crocodile feeding will feature daily.

Open from 9.00am – 2.00pm.

A 17km South of Townsville on the Bruce Highway

P 4778 8344

E admin@billabongsanctuary.com.au

Fb Billabong Sanctuary


Paul Sadler Swimland

The five-day holiday intensive program runs at the same time each day with the same teacher (for all five days).

Cost: $76.00 for five-day intensive program.Program runs from 21 – 25 September. 

A 20 – 22 Freshwater Dr, Riverside Gardens

P 4779 4647

E townsville@paulsadleyswimland.com

Fb Paul Sadler Swimland Riverside Gardens


Sandcastle Comp at Kurrimine Beach Holiday Park

Make sure to get your building skills ready for an intense sandcastle competition on 27 September. There are also a number of accommodation options available at the park if you’re after a little getaway, plus a pool and great on-site café. Phone in to check availability and book. Register for the competition at the park’s reception.

A 9 Coyle St, Kurrimine Beach

P 4065 6166

E info@kurrimine.com.au


Live, Interactive Workshops Online at Stockland

You’ll find everything the family could want here, from specialist shops and great sales, to the delicious food court with a play area for the kids to enjoy. In addition, there are live and interactive online workshops these holidays including animation, coding, arts, science and more! Online bookings open from 14 September, limited spaces available.

A 310 – 330 Ross River Rd, Aitkenvale

P 4779 6033

Fb Stockland Townsville


King Reef Resort

If you’re looking to revitalise in paradise, gather the family and head to the gorgeous King Reef Resort at Kurrimine Beach. Explore all day, swim in the tranquil ocean or pool, build sandcastles on the beach and return to relax with a gorgeous sunset view from your beachfront shack. You can also hire a family pedal bike, go fishing, and more – the possibilities are endless.

A 75 Jacobs Rd, Kurrimine Beach

P 4065 6144

E info@kingreef.com.au

Fb King Reef Resort


Online Resources from CityLibraries

Take advantage of all the online resources to beat the boredom these holidays! Once you have a CityLibraries membership, you can find a collection of audiobooks, movies, ebooks, elearning and magazines, all for you to enjoy without needing to leave the house! You can find more information on their website.


Fairfield Central

Pop over to Fairfield Central for all your shopping needs and great bargains with over 40 specialty stores, cafés and restaurants to enjoy. Fairfield eats is open seven days a week until late. PLUS, their new indoor play space Fairfield Play opens this September.

A Cnr Waterfront Parade and Lakeside Dr

P 4778 4249

E fairfieldCManagement@lancinigroup.com.au

Fb Fairfield Central


Reef HQ

Experience the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet, at the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium. As the Australian Government’s National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef, Reef HQ Aquarium will introduce you to an amazing world, featuring hundreds of charismatic marine creatures.

While COVID-19 safety measures are taken by the aquarium all general admission tickets will receive a 25% discount. Find more information and ticket prices online.

P 07 4750 0800

A 2/68 Flinders St, Townsville City

Fb Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium



TYTO is open 365 days a year and is the perfect place for a family day trip of relaxation and education. There is a Regional Art Gallery, a mini military museum, parklands and wetlands, a library and more. From TYTO you can explore Hinchinbrook, a place of beauty surrounded by attractions, including Wallaman Falls – the largest single drop waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere!

A 73/75 Mcilwraith St, Ingham

P 4776 4792


Croft-Gilchrist School of Dancing

Do you love dance and want to learn professional skills? At Croft Gilchrist you can gain not only skills but also confidence, poise and better coordination through the art of Dance. They can provide a variety of dance classes centred around ballet, modern jazz & tap, highland and acrobatics, for all ages.

A French St, Pimlico

P 4779 8481

E robyn-gilchrist@bigpond.com

Fb Croft-Gilchrist School of Dance


PCYC Kinder FreePlay

Let your child learn and explore movement with Kinder FreePlay these holidays, in the special under 5’s room. Sessions run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9.30am – 10.30am.

Cost: $6.00 per session plus PCYC Queensland membership. Find out more online.

A French St, Pimlico

P 4781 9100

E townsville@pcyc.org.au

Fb PCYC Townsville


Find more things to do HERE. 






Cairns Local Family Dining Guide 2020

Looking for a great, local place to enjoy a meal with the family? Look no further! Here are some of the best places for dining together in Cairns. 

Cazalys Cairns

Family dining at Cazalys is enjoyable, easy and entertaining. It’s the place to be for your family! Cazalys offers daily meal deals, social activities in the kids club and fun, educational activity packs for the little ones to engage in. Barassis café and restaurant is open 9 am- 10 pm, 7 days a week. Book in for their special Father’s Day breakfast September 6th. During COVID-19, Patron limits apply. It is recommended to book, to avoid disappointment.

A 344 Mulgrave Rd, Westcourt Cairns

P 4045 1464

Fb Cazalys Cairns 

Coco’s Kitchen + Bar, Pullman Cairns International

Coco’s Kitchen + Bar offers one of the best, most exciting foodie outings in Cairns, with a fresh and local menu inspired by the sea. The menu is full of variety which is bound to please even the fussiest diner, big or small. Whether you’re looking for great breakfast, lunch or dinner dining options, they have everyone’s tastebuds covered. Coco’s is also the place to go for a unique and tasty high tea experience.

A 17 Abbott St, Cairns

P 4050 2112

Fb Pullman Cairns International 

Paradise Palms

Find all your family entertainment needs in one place at Paradise Palms. Enjoy mini golf, swimming, an adventure playground and affordable family dining for a great outing. Whether you’re visiting to relax, dine or play, it’s all a possibility at Paradise Palms. Open Friday to Sunday from 10am. During September enjoy FRIDAY FREEBIES at Paradise Palms with FREE Mini Golf, FREE admission to the Adventure Playground and FREE use of the swimming pool, with any purchase from the restaurant.

A Paradise Palms Dr, Kewarra Beach

P 4059 9915

Fb Paradise Palms Cairns 

South Cairns Sports Club

The perfect place to relax, eat and be entertained on the south side. With so many options there is something for everybody. Enjoy the kids club house, coffee shop and great meal variety in the restaurant – even for diners with dietary concerns. Your next meal at Souths could win you a brand new car! Simply spend $20.00 to be entered and the winner will be drawn on Friday 9 October. T&Cs apply.

A 57 – 59 Robert Rd, Bentley Park

P 4045 2107

Fb South Cairns Sports Club 

Trinity Beach Sports Club

Trinity Beach Sports Club offers great food, friendly service and a local feel. This is the perfect place for a relaxing dining experience with the family. Enjoy tasty value meals, kids fun and live music during the week. Why not treat your dad to a special lunch at Trinity Beach Sports Club where he can choose between a Chef’s Special or Carvery along with a chocolate mud cake –for just $22.00! Dads will receive a complimentary beer as well as a special gift. Plus, all Dad’s dining will have a chance to win a wheelbarrow of goodies! The Father’s Day lunch starts at 12.00pm and ends at 3.00pm.

A 1 Nautilus St, Trinity Beach

P 4057 6478

Fb Trinity Beach Sports Club 

Colonial Club

Become a CLUB COLONIAL Member and enjoy exclusive benefits including a FREE nights accommodation, a $50 Dining Voucher on your birthday, year round use of the Cairns Colonial Club main lagoon pool and playground PLUS 20% off all food & drinks at Thirsty Flamingo!

*Mention this deal at hotel reception desk to purchase a Club Colonial Membership for just $149 per year. Valid until 31/12/2021. Conditions apply

A 18 – 26 Cannon St, Cairns

P 4053 8800



Find more things to do HERE. 







One of the many beauties of North Queensland is that you don’t have to travel far to find an amazing camping spot. We are truly spoiled for choice; choose to camp on the beach and wake up to a sunrise over the ocean, sleep under the rainforest canopy in the Daintree or opt for a farm stay experience to see a different side of life. There isn’t much in life that beats going to sleep and waking up beneath the night sky in paradise. Here are some of North Queensland’s best camping spots.

Cairns and Surrounds 

1. Daintree Rainforest Village Camp in one of the most beautiful areas in the world, in the middle of the Daintree Rainforest.

2. Ellis Beach – North of Palm Cove, Ellis Beach offers a location relatively close to Cairns while not being too touristy.

3. Lake Tinaroo – A number of campsites are available around the lake. If you love watersports, you’ll love Lake Tinaroo. Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park is a great option if you don’t want to rough it too much. They also have stand up paddleboards, conoes, kayaks, peddle carts and fishing boat hire. 

4. Granite Gorge Nature Park – just 12 Kilometres from Mareeba, relax in self-contained cabins or comfortable bush camping sites and explore their trails amongst the huge boulder landscape and handfeed a wild colony of Mareeba rock wallabies

5. Eureka Creek, Dimbulah – Free camping area besides Eureka Creek.

6. Upper Davies Creek, Tablelands – Offering camping spots along Davies Creek in tall open forest, great for swimming.

7. Woodleigh Station, Ravenshoe – Sitting on the border of civilisation and the outback, camp on a working cattle farm at Woodleigh Station.

8. Undara Lava Tubes Explore a delicate ecosystem. The lava tubes were created when lava spilled through into the river many years ago, making for a spectacular sight to see now.

9. Russell Island, Frankland Islands – Bush camping is available on High and Russell Islands, both of which are part of the Frankland Islands group.

10. Babinda Boulders, Babinda – Free camping area located near the beautiful Babinda Boulders, ideal for swimming.

11. Malanda Falls – Malanda Falls Caravan Park is located right by the beautiful Malanda Falls and fringed by rainforest. 

12. King Reef Resort, Kurrimine Beach Camp in a stunning location just steps from the beautiful Kurrimine Beach.

Townsville and Surrounds

13. Wallaman Falls Camp nearby the spectacular Wallaman Falls, Australia’s highest permanent single-drop waterfall. Adjacent to Stoney Creek, which is great for swimming.

14. Crystal Creek A gorgeous camping spot in the middle of the rainforest, popular with swimming.

15. Lake Paluma Lake Paluma is a drinking water storage and offers unique opportunities in a diverse rainforest environment.

16. Balgal Beach, Rollingstone – This free beachside camping area is located next to an estuary, popular for fishing.

17. Magnetic Island – camping at Bungalow Bay Koala Village offers the perfect base to explore Magnetic Island. Spend your days snorkelling, lazing by the beach, spotting koalas or hiking.

18. Saunders Beach, Bluewater – A small beachfront camping area north of Townsville. There is a playground nearby.

19. Keelbottom Creek, Hervey Range – Camp beside a creek lined with paperbark trees, providing plenty of shade.

20. Alligator Creek – Alligator Creek has it all, from gorgeous views to swimming spots and camping, too.

21. Broadwater Creek – This camping area provides a large, open grassy setting surrounded by tall, open eucalypt forests.

Mackay and Whitsundays

22. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island Camp at one of the most beautiful beaches in the world – the dreamy Whitehaven Beach, which has some of the whitest sand in the world.

23. Oh Deere Farm Stay Stay on a beautiful working cane farm and learn all about sugar cane farming.

24. Cape Palmerston – Cape Palmerston Holiday Park is adjacent to a secluded beach, providing a unique getaway isolated from the hustle and bustle of the city. Spend your time away exploring the national park.

25. St Helen’s Beach Camp on a beachfront location at the beautiful St Helen’s Beach. picnic tables, barbecues and fireplaces are available for use, as well as toilet and shower facilities.

26. Lake Elphinstone A free campground great for boating, fishing and bird watching.

27. Keswick Island Camp on a gorgeous island surrounded by beautiful flora and fauna.

28. Smalley’s Beach, Cape Hillsborough A shady campsite just a stone’s throw from the beach. Keep your eyes peeled for wallabies and kangaroos.

29. Ball Bay Camping Ground, Cape Hillsborough Offering secluded camping on a small grassy campground, with the beach close by.

30. Broken River, Eungella Camp by the gorgeous riverside. You may even be able to spot a platypus!

31. Orkabie Downs, Sarina Spend the night at a family owned working cattle farm. Give the kids a taste of the farm life by helping collect the eggs and feed the chickens, pig and sheep.

32. BIG4 Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort Only a few minutes’ drive from Airlie Beach, this location offers a swimming pool, obstacle course, jumping pillow, kids’ playground and regular family friendly activities.

Camping tips

Pack for all kinds of weather. Ahh, North Queensland – a place where it can be bucketing rain, and clear blue skies ten minutes later. Bring a variety of clothes, including rain gear, jumpers and singlets.

Before you leave home, check the park alerts. Closures are sometimes in place, and weather conditions (such as lots of rain or fire risk) can make camping potentially dangerous. Check the www.parks.des.qld.gov.au website for the latest information. You can also check www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au for traffic info and www.bom.gov.au for weather info.

Leave the iPad at home. Camping is a great opportunity to reconnect with each other, ground yourself and immerse yourself in all the region has to offer – go out there and have fun!


Check out this camping checklist to make sure you’ve got everything prepared. 

Here’s an additional list of fun camping games to keep everyone entertained! 






Mamma Mia!
Runs until 8 February
Townsville Civic Theatre
1.30pm / $35-55 / Family

The Wolfe Brothers
Dalrymple Hotel
8.00pm / $33.70 / 18+ Yrs

Rescue – Hands-On Kids Exhibits
Runs until 8 March
Museum of Tropical Queensland
9.00am / Museum Entry / Family

JCU Townsville Fire Vs Bendigo Spirit
Townsville Stadium
6.00pm / $14-25 / Family

World Wetlands Day Tree Planting
Mundy Creek Landcare Site
4.30pm / Free / Family

Chinese New Year Dinner
The Ville Resort-Casino
6.30pm / $35-70 / Family

Family Fun Fair
Milestones Early Learning Bushland Beach
10.00am / Free / Family

Sign On Day
Townsville Basketball
9.00am / Free / Family

Estates Soccer Club Sign On Day
Victoria Park
2.00pm / Free / Family

Family Fun Fair
Aussie Kindies Early Learning Deeragun
10.00am / Free / Family

Free Community Open Day
Condon Kids Early Learning Centre
9.00am / Free / Family


Story Party Townsville – True Dating Stories
The Ville Resort-Casino
7.00pm / $40 / 18+ Years

World Travel Expo 2020
Townsville Entertainmen & Convention Centre
9.00am / Free / Family

Hypnobirthing 1 Day Intensive
Hypnobirthing Envision Health Qld Townsville
9.30am / Check Website / Family

Free Community Open Day
Charters Towers Kids Early Learning Centre
9.00am / Free / Family


Parent Information Session: Triple P Overview
CityLibraries Aitkenvale
9.30am / Free / Family


Burdekin Singers & Theatre Company presents Beauty & The Beast
Runs until 16 February
Burdekin Theatre
Various times / $39-45 / Family

2020 Cowboys Community Day
Training Field, Cowboys HQ
5.30pm / Free / Family

The Beautiful Girls
Otherwise Bar
7.30pm / $43.79 / 18+ Yrs


Lonely Hearts Valentine’s Day Sale
Runs until 22 February
Animal Care and Adoption Centre
9.30am / Various prices / Family

Awesome 80s Show
Cowboys Leagues Club
6.30pm / $20 / Adults

Migi Yarn Women’s Book Club
CityLibraries Thuringowa Central
10.00am / Free / 15+ Yrs

Riverway Vikings Come and Try Day
Charles Moroney Park, Kelso
10.00am / Free / Family

Parental First Aid and CPR Workshop
Nurture Family Health Centre
10.15am / $30 / Adults

Combined Sign On Day
Townsville Hockey Association
4.00pm / Free / Family

Adoption Day
Petbarn Townsville
10.00am / Various pricing / Family

URT Bushfire Charity Camp
19 Aitken St, Aitkenvale
Fb URT Transformation Centre
7.00am / Free / Family


Renegade Handmade Market
Marian School
Fb Renegade Handmade
8.00am / Free / Family

Songs of the Shows
Carlton Theatre
2.00pm / $15-25 / Family

Three Divas and the Gentlemen of Jazz
NQ Licensed Events Centre
6.00pm / $10-40 / Family

Sign On Day
Curra Swans Football Club
10.00am / Free / Family


Expectant Parent Information Night
Townsville & District Multiple Birth Association Inc.
7.30pm / Free / Family


International Ocean Film Tour
BCC Cinemas Townsville Central
7.00pm / $18-22 / Family

Morning Melodies – The Swingin’ Martinis
Burdekin Theatre
11.00am / $15 / Family

Chicks at the Flicks – Ghost
Event Cinemas (Townsville City)
6.00pm / From $15 / Family


Anh Do – The Happiest Refugee
Townsville Civic Theatre
8.00pm / $59.90-64.90 / Family

Open Day
Calvary Early Learning Centre
9.30am / Free / Family


Hotter Than Hell
Kirwan Tavern
2.00pm / Check Website / 18+ Years

Glory Days: The Bruce Springsteen Show
The Ville Resort-Casino
6.30pm / $39 / 18+ Yrs

Family Fun Day
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
10.00am / Free / Family

Try Sail Experience
Townsville Sailing Club
2.00pm / $10-20 / Family


Family Fishing Tournament
Runs until 23 February
Taylors Beach
7.00am / Check Website / Family

Stadium Open Day
Queensland Country Bank Stadium
Check Website / Free / Family


Castle Hill Trail Run
Castle Hill
6.00am / Check Website / Family

Sip and Paint in Townsville: Monet’s Footbridge
Jezzine Barracks
Fb Townsville Art Classes
2.00pm / $64.39 / Adults


In My Blood It Runs Screening
Event Cinemas (Townsville City)
7.00pm / $23 / Family


Come and Try Night
Murray Sports Stadium
Fb Monsoons Volleyball Club
6.30pm / Free / Family


The Blood of Kings
Runs until 7 March

Townsville Civic Theatre
Check website / Family


Shake the Rainbow
Runs until 1 March
Stockland Townsville
Daily / Check Website / Family


Elton John – Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour
Queensland Country Bank Stadium
6.00pm / Check Website / Family

The Mystery Feast
Burdekin Theatre
5.30pm / $80 / Adults



Bedside Manners
Pimlico State High Performing Arts Centre
Fb Townsville Little Theatre
8.00pm / TBA


10cc Live in Concert
Townsville Civic Theatre
8.00pm / $69.90-99.90 / Family


Ocean Film Festival World Tour
Townsville Civic Theatre
7.00pm / $24-34 / Family


NQ Cowboys v Brisbane Broncos
Queensland Country Bank Stadium
7.00pm / Check Website / Family


Sleeping Beauty
Townsville Civic Theatre
7.30pm / $55-85 / Family


Kinky Boots
Runs until 4 April
Townsville Civic Theatre
8.00pm / $35-50 / Family


Townsville Battle of the Brains
Brothers Leagues Club Townsville
6.00pm / $20 / Adults



Mamma Mia!

When: Thursday 30th January – Saturday 8th February
Where: Townsville Civic Theatre
More info: www.ticketlink.com.au

Jam packed with musical hits of Abba, this stage spectacular will have you singing along as you join a young woman on her quest to find her real father, just in time to walk her down the aisle. Book now for the feel-good musical experience of 2020, brought to you by the Townsville Choral Society.

Parent Information Session: Triple P Overview

When: Tuesday 4th February, 9.30am – 10.30am
Where: CityLibraries Aitkenvale, 4 Petunia St
More info: www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au

As we all know, it’s rewarding and enjoyable to be a parent, but certainly not always easy. Raising the next generation can be demanding, frustrating and exhausting.

The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program aims to support parents to raise well-adjusted children. This session gives an overview of the principles, recommended for all families. Free, but bring your medicare card for Queensland Health.

Cowboys Community Day

When: Friday 7th February, 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Where: Training Field, Cowboys HQ
More info: www.cowboys.com.au

Cowboys Community Day is back, and it’ll be the first opportunities for fans and members to greet the 2020 squad before the season begins. There will be a player signing session, live music by IRAR, amusements for the kids, a free sausage sizzle, giveaways, memberships, new merch on sale and more.

Lonely Hearts Valentine’s Day Sale

When: Saturday 8th – Saturday 22nd February, open 9.30am – 3.30pm weekdays and 9.30am – 2.00pm Saturday (closed Sundays).
Where: Animal Care and Adoption Centre, 69 Tompkins Rd, Shaw
More info: www.townsville.qld.gov.au/animals

Be my Valentine, meow and pawever. Townsville City Council is hosting a 50 percent off sale for all dogs and cats that have been at the facility for 30 days or more. If you’re looking for a new furry friend to join the family, now is the perfect time.

Family Fun Day

When: 15th February, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Where: Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
More info: www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au

Head over to Perc Tucker Regional Gallery for their FREE family fun day! There will be free art making activities for families, all materials provided. Drop in for five minutes or for the entire two hours!

Shake the Rainbow – 3Doodler Pen Workshops

When: Thursday 27th February – Sunday 1st March
Where: Stockland Townsville
More info: www.stockland.com.au

Shake the Rainbow is all about fun, creativity, multi-sensory experiences encouraging the community to unleash their inner artist. Visit the vibrant colour hub, decorate your own donut, have a mini makeover, create an acrylic painting and use the 3Doodler Pen to draw in 3D.

Stockland Townsville is offering PakMag readers an opportunity to be one of the first to experience the 3Doodler Pen workshops on the 27th and 28th of February! Keep an eye on the PakMag Townsville Facebook page for your chance to WIN first access to these awesome workshops!

Sleeping Beauty

When: Thursday 19th March, 7.30pm – 10.00pm
Where: Townsville Civic Theatre
More info: www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au

Princess Aurora is dancing with four princes on her 16th birthday when she pricks her finger on a needle hidden in a bouquet of flowers and falls into a deep sleep.

Moscow Ballet La Classique returns to Townsville with the beloved fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty. This dance spectacular is one that ballet lovers of all ages are sure to enjoy.

Battle of the Brains

When: Friday 27th March, from 6.00pm
Where: Brothers Leagues Club Townsville
More info: www.thepyjamafoundation.com

The Pyjama Foundation aims to change the direction of the lives of children in foster care with learning, life skills and confidence.
Gather a team of friends, family or colleagues and get ready to flex your knowledge. It’s all about finding out who is the smartest while raising funds for a good cause. There will be a prize for the best dressed – pyjamas are encouraged!

2020 Townsville North Queensland Games

When: Thursday 9th – Monday 13th April
Where: Various locations around Townsville
More info: www.nqsports.com.au

The North Queensland Games is the largest multi-sport event in regional Australia, held biennially, this year in Townsville. There will be over 30 sports to choose from including netball, powerlifting, swimming, tenpin bowling, tennis, equestrian, BMX, gymnastics, karting and more. An estimated 4000 plus participants to be involved. The official opening ceremony will be held on Thursday 9th April.