Townsville | North QLD Destination Guide

We invite you to explore beautiful Townsville with us on an off the ‘rocky trails’! We’ve got two back-to-back event weekends for you!

Boasting more than 300 days of sunshine each year and surrounded by stunning natural landscapes, Townsville North Queensland is just the place to ignite your sense of wonder.
From the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef to the vast landscapes of the outback and stunning Heritage-listed rainforest, Townsville North Queensland has something for everyone – on and off the rocky (mountain bike) trails!

Rocky Trail Event Line-Up

For the first time Rocky Trail Entertainment is coming to town in September. With thanks to the Townsville Rockwheelers MTB Club and supported by the Townsville Enterprise, we are hosting two back-to-back racing weekends with THREE EVENTS at Mount Douglas Reserve for you!

  1. We start off with cross-country racing and together with the local Rockwheelers MTB Club we will bring back the legendary “Hot Rock” race with our Shimano MTB Grand Prix endurance race!
  2. The following weekend starts early with a Rocky Trail Academy schools competition for the young shredders on the Friday to get their skills up.
  3. On the second weekend it’s all about “Race the way you Ride” with the Fox Superflow!

Shimano MTB GP

This is cross-country endurance lap racing at its best!

With the Shimano MTB Grand Prix we are bringing back the spirit of Hot Rock cross-country racing to Townsville!!!

Race for four or seven hours solo, in relay pairs or teams of three. There are age-group and eBike categories. From the first time between the tape to people that have spent a lifetime training for power output, we have you covered when you line up at the Rocky Trail start line!

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Rocky Trail Academy

Endurance, Speed and Tech Skills for School Age Kids Year 7-12

The Rocky Trail Academy presents the North QLD Schools MTB Comp for secondary school kids year 7-12. ​It’s is all about fostering the grass-roots development of the cycling sport. These events are part of our junior rider development program, which will be rolled out in the coming months.

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Fox Superflow

RACE THE WAY YOU RIDE: this is friendly enduro racing without a tight schedule.

Fox Superflow racing is your mountain bike life with the volume turned up! Hugely popular in NSW and the ACT we’ve launched superflow racing in SE Queensland and this is your chance to “Race the way you Ride”: Up to 5 runs on each track. Party train with friends or leave a gap and pin it. Only the down is timed. Do the tracks in any order you want. See your times via your phone after any lap. How good does that sound!

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Queenslanders, explore Queensland!

With current COVID-19 measures in place for QLD borders, we invite you to explore your home state and come to Townsville with us. The trails at Mount Douglas Reserve have become infamous and the local club is very active. Planes, trains and automobiles; there’s plenty of choice on offer to ensure you arrive on cue, all you need to decide upon is whether to take the fast, leisurely or convenient option.

Accommodation

See special offers below!


Accommodation

Please book directly with these hotels to receive the special #rockytrailracer rates – please mention that you are part of the Rocky Trail events and you’ll receive the pricing as outlined below. Cheers.

City Oasis Inn

Address: 143 Wills St, Townsville QLD 4810
Phone: (07) 4771 6048
Web: cityoasis.com.au/

Stay 7+ nights and receive $10 off rate per night – Weekly Room Service only. Free Parking and Wifi. Pool and Hot Spa for relaxing after a big ride.

The Ville Resort Casino

Address: Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville QLD 4810
Phone: 07 47 222 333
Web: www.the-ville.com.au/

Mariners North Apartments

Address: 7 Mariners Drive, The Strand, Townsville QLD 4810
Phone: 07 4722 0777
Web: www.marinersnorth.com.au/

  • 2 Bedroom Apartment – 2 night stay $245 p/n
  • 2 Bedroom Apartment – 5 night stay $225 p/n

Located right on the Strand – Minimum 2 night stay.


Our top tips for #rockytrailracers

1.
Great Barrier ReefDive or snorkel the Great Barrier Reef: it’s the stuff of bucket lists. Be amazed by the beauty of Lodestone Reef on a day trip.
Our tips:Dive to the depths of the SS Yongala wreck, one of the world’s top 10 diving experiences.
2.
The StrandSync into the relaxed Queensland lifestyle with a stroll along Townsville’s beach foreshore The Strand. With a water park, playgrounds and plenty of BBQ spots – the whole family will be entertained.
Our tip:Visit the weekend markets!
3.
Magnetic IslandMagnetic by name, magnetic by nature. Magnetic Island, in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef, lures visitors with koalas, stunning hiking trails and pristine palm- fringed beaches. Only a 20-minute ferry ride from Townsville’s city you’ll be feeling tropical island vibes in next to no time.
Our tip:Take a hike through historic military sites on the Forts Walk – the best location to spot koalas in the wild.
4.
Paluma National ParkFind your own Fern Gully. Paluma Range National Park is a quaint rainforest village only 40 minutes north of Townsville. Explore heritage-listed wet tropics rainforest and swim in the waters of Little Crystal Creek.
Our tip:Visit Hidden Valley Cabins for your opportunity to spot platypus in the wild.
5.
Charters TowersStep back in time. Be Charmed by the town of Charters Towers just an hour and a half west of Townsville. Driving through the streets of Charters Towers is like a living montage of Aussie heritage, with more than 60 buildings of historical significance to ogle.
Our tip:Find out about Australia’s history and imagine being back in days of the gold rush.
6.
WaterfallsFall in love with a Waterfall! Located in the Girringun National Park, Wallaman Falls is a sight to behold. You’ll be awed by the power of nature and dwarfed by the grandeur of Australia’s highest single drop waterfalls.
Our tip:Explore the majestic Paluma rainforest and watch out for the birdlife.
7.
Active adventuresIf you like to get the most from your holiday and enjoy being active while travelling, look no further than Townsville North Queensland. Hhave a truly magical underwater encounter while diving the SS Yongala, one of the world’s best wreck dives, explore the region’s many mountain bike trails or head out and enjoy a day of watersports at Magnetic Island’s Horseshoe Bay. Walk, ride or scoot your way along The Strand or play at the waterpark with the kids.
Our tip:Take a walk up Castle Hill and enjoy the amazing panoramic views
8.
Urban FoodieTownsville North Queensland is just the place to get amongst the vibrant city atmosphere and have all the creature comforts close at hand. Explore the inner city laneways and discover a collection of urban street art and
culture.Meander through the Sunday markets and try the fresh local produce for yourself. Wake to Australia’s best breakfast on Palmer Street or pop into a funky café for a coffee. Get amongst the live music scene, make a toast to your best holiday yet and party the night away on Flinders Street.
Our Tip:Enjoy a local brew at the Townsville Brewery and
spoil yourself with a purchase from a boutique fashion
store.
9.
AquariumVisit the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium and meet the rescued turtles at the turtle hospital.
Did you know?Each turtle is given a name and has its own unique personality and story.

INS(TA)PIRATION:
There are so many experiences that await,
here are just a few to get you started:

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