A packed cal­en­dar

Townsville events

Paradise - - Contents - See townsvil­lenorthqueens­land.com.au/events.

For a re­gional settlement of just 180,000 peo­ple, Townsville is punch­ing above its weight when it comes to events.

The north Queens­land city, which is 1500 kilo­me­tres by road from the near­est state cap­i­tal, plays host to dozens of oc­ca­sions every year from sports meet­ings and mu­si­cal fes­ti­vals to culi­nary car­ni­vals and cul­tural en­coun­ters.

The V8 Su­per­cars visit every year, the North Queens­land Cow­boys play reg­u­lar home games dur­ing the NRL sea­son, the Townsville Fire per­form dur­ing WNBL com­pe­ti­tion, Mag­netic Is­land Race Week is an an­nual re­gatta bring­ing yachts and crews to town, and the best bull rid­ers make a pil­grim­age north for the PBR Iron Cow­boy.

An al­ready busy sport­ing cal­en­dar will be a lit­tle more crowded dur­ing the next few months with Townsville host­ing Rugby League World Cup matches on Oc­to­ber 28 and Novem­ber 5 and pre­lim­i­nary rounds of the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games bas­ket­ball com­pe­ti­tion be­tween April 5 and 10.

The city is also home to the Aus­tralian Fes­ti­val of Cham­ber Mu­sic, which cel­e­brates its 27th anniversary this year. The fes­ti­val is the largest meet­ing of its kind in Aus­tralia, at­tract­ing more than 40 artists from around the world to per­form.

The fes­ti­val’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Justin Ankus, says it’s the agree­able win­ter weather, and 320 days of sun every year, that make Townsville an ideal place for the fes­ti­val.

“The win­ter months are events sea­son in Townsville,” he says.

“Win­ter in the trop­ics is the best time of year, the high hu­mid­ity of sum­mer has gone and av­er­age daily tem­per­a­tures have fallen to a pleas­ant 25C with mild evenings. Blue skies are plen­ti­ful with rain sel­dom seen, and all this proves to be a boon both for event go­ers and or­gan­is­ers.

“Aside from the op­por­tu­nity to hear world-class mu­si­cians in world-ex­clu­sive per­for­mances at the Aus­tralian Fes­ti­val of Cham­ber Mu­sic the beauty of the re­gion, its prox­im­ity to rain­for­est and reef, and the per­fect weather in the win­ter months make it an un­beat­able propo­si­tion,” he says.

For the di­ary ... the Townsville Iron Cow­boy (above left); the Aus­tralian Fes­ti­val of Cham­ber Mu­sic (above right).

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