Tropical North Queensland is much more than pristine beaches, scuba diving or birdwatching. There is a wide variety of museums and art galleries to visit, ranging from aircrafts collections, dinosaur displays, mining gear or historical artifacts. Nearly every town in North Queensland has a museum worth checking, and in this page we have gather them all together to save you the trouble of having to search for them. Enjoy them!!!


Artifacts on display at the Cairns Museum, in Tropical North Queensland, are from the Cairns Chung Shan Mui Temple which was situated in Grafton Street, formerly Sachs Street. This Joss House fell into disuse in the 1950/'s and was dismantled in 1964 when the site was redeveloped.Dentist display, at Cairns Museum, in Tropical North Queensland.CAIRNS MUSEUM
Corner of Shields and Lake Streets
Phone (07) 4051 5582, Fax (07) 4051 5586

Located on the corner of Shields and Lake Streets, the Cairns Museum is housed in the historic Old School of Arts Building. The museum showcases a number of collections, and features a wide array of material that illustrates the development of the city of Cairns into the cosmopolitan city that it is now. A gift shop, selling a wide selection of historical books and souvenirs, is also housed in the museum.

It opens from 10:00am to 4:00pm from Monday to Saturday and after hours by appointment. A small entry fee is charged: $5 for adults, $2 for school children and $12 for a family of 2 adults and children under 17.

Cairns Regional Gallery is Far North Queensland\'s only visual art museum and in 2005 celebrated 10 years of documenting and presenting history, heritage and contemporary culture of this vast and distinctive region of Australia through the visual arts, craft and design.Cairns Regional Gallery hosts exhibitions of fine arts from major Australian and international collections covering historical and contemporary art including the work of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.CAIRNS REGIONAL ART GALLERY
Corner of Abbott and Shields Streets
Phone (07) 4046 4800, Fax (07) 4031 6410

The Cairns Regional Art Gallery is located right in the heart of Cairns, in a two storey heritage building, and is North Queensland's only visual art museum. For more than 10 years, Cairns Regional Art Gallery has been documenting and presenting history, heritage and contemporary culture of North Queensland through the visual arts, craft and design. Housing exhibitions of fine arts from major Australian and international collections, including the work of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, the gallery also organises tours for the general public on Wednesday and Friday mornings.

The Gallery is open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm, and Sundays and public holidays from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. It is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday. There is an admission fee of $5.

The Centre of Contemporary Arts in Cairns brings together a variety of exciting art forms under one roof.  It is a dynamic cultural facility that showcases the breadth and energy of contemporary art in all its established and emerging forms.CENTRE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS
96 Abbott Street
Phone (07) 4050 9401 / Fax (07) 4050 9409

The Centre of Contemporary Arts is home to three arts companies: JUTE, a professional theatre company; KickArts, a contemporary visual arts company; and the End Credits Film Club. Together, their ever-changing artistic and educational programs continue to inspire, surprise and entertain. The KickArts galleries are open to the public from 10am until 5pm Tuesday to Saturday and admission is free.

KickArts Contemporary Arts is the leading contemporary visual arts organisation in regional Queensland and one of the most innovative in the state. Based in Cairns, KickArts is dedicated to facilitating and promoting contemporary arts and extending the experience and cultural life of northern Australians and the 2.2 million annual visitors to Cairns.

Phone (07) 4031 8177 / Fax (07) 4031 8277
Entering a Peter Lik Gallery is a total sensory experience. His connection with the heart and soul of the landscape is evident in his incredible images. From the soulful portraits of the vast heartland deserts, to the pristine beauty of the reefs and rainforests, Peter Lik captures the true feeling of the land like no other.


14-22 Coondoo Street, Kuranda
Phone (07) 4093 9999 / Fax (07) 4093 9003
Doongal Aboriginal Art showcases the finest collection of authentic Aboriginal art and artifacts. Doongal only sells the finest quality art, made by local artists and only the items that meet their high standards will subsequently be on display within their shops.

8/24 Coondoo Street, Kuranda
Phone (07) 4093 9044
Showcasing an everchanging display of fine woodcrafts, Bob's Woodart & Gallery specialises in souvenirs and gifts. Their collection includes items such as trays, cutting boards, kitchen tongs and salad servers.

Shop 5/6, Windmill Complex, 25 Coondoo Street, Kuranda
Phone (07) 4093 7223 / Fax (07) 4055 3351
The comparative isolation of country living complemented Ian's personal, artistic development and allowed him to create his unique style of art in characteristic sepia tones.


Crystal Caves is a fascinatingly crafted mineralogical museum located in Atherton, in the Cairns Highlands.Crystal Caves on the Atherton Tablelands, is home to the world's largest geode.
69 Main Street, Atherton (MAP)
Phone (07) 4091 2365 / Fax (07) 4091 3285

Home of the world's biggest amethyst geode!

Crystal Caves is a fascinatingly crafted mineralogical museum. Explore a labyrinth of caves on 2 levels over 250 square metres to discover spectacular and colourful natural crystals, ancient fossils, and rare delicate minerals. You will be given a miners helmet and your adventure begins! Venture into the man made cave system, which offers an amazing labyrinth of gemstone, crystals and fossils studded into the walls.

What began with one man's passion is now Australia's most spectacular mineralogical collection, attracting more than 25,000 visitors annually. The mineralogical world is as much a part of nature as the rainforest and the reef, and René Boissevain, and his wife Nelleke would like to share the beauty of this spectacular collection that they have travelled the world to collect since 1963.

86 Herberton Road, Atherton
Phone (07) 4091 6945 / Fax (07) 4091 6946

The Hou Wang Temple was the social and religious heart of Atherton's Chinese community. Apart from the temple itself, there was also a community hall, kitchen and a pig oven. People gathered here to worship, celebrate festivals and discuss community issues.

Nowadays, it is the only remaining structure of the original town. It is highly significant as a rare example of temples in overseas Chinese settlements. This unique building houses elaborate carvings and has an intriguing past. The site and temple were bought by a number of Chinese families who donated it to the National Trust in 1979. It is the only temple outside China known to be dedicated to HOU WANG, and is the only surviving timber and iron temple in Queensland. The Temple contains a substantial number of original artifacts. The Chinese were pioneers of agriculture in North Queensland and, as such, played an important role in opening up the Atherton area for settlement.

The Hub Chillagoe presents a very interesting and interpretive display, unmissable to understand the history of Chillagoe, in the Cairns Highlands.Take a guided tour of the Chillagoe caves, the remains of coral that lived in the inland sea covering this area about 450 million years ago.THE HUB CHILLAGOE
Queen Street, Chillagoe (MAP)
Phone (07) 4094 7111 / Fax (07) 4094 7122

Home of the ancient reefs of the Outback.

The first stop for any visitor to Chillagoe intent on experiencing all that the area has to offer is the Hub. The interior walls of the Hub are home to an amazing interpretive display where the story of Chillagoe's amazing past comes to life. Enter and an astounding geological story unfolds, one that tells of long lost seas and ancient coral reefs which teemed with fabulous creatures that have long since passed into oblivion. Remarkably, the remnants of this ancient Great Barrier Reef have been preserved in the form of the countless limestone bluffs which surround Chillagoe.

The Hub is the Central co-ordinating office for the National Park Cave Tours and is a one stop shop for interpretation of the area and the sale of Cave Tour Tickets to the 3 World Class Cave Tours:- Donna Cave 9.00am, Trezkinn Cave 11.00am, and the Royal Arch Cave 1.30pm. Bookings are essential.

Tolga Woodworks Gallery & Café on the Atherton Tablelands, a most prestigious woodworking centre, which showcases a superb collection of woodwork and craft.Tolga Woodworks Gallery features the work of local artisans, with woodturning, sculptures, carvings, furniture, beaten iron, slumped glass, decorative pottery and jewellery for sale.TOLGA WOODWORKS
Tolga (MAP)
Phone (07) 4095 4488 / Fax (07) 4095 4589

Artisans in wood!

The wonderful aroma of hewn wood greets you as you enter Tolga Woodworks Gallery.

The stunning range of gallery pieces on display include the work of artisans in timber, metal, glass, clay, gold, silver, pewter, leather, silk, linen and wool. The work is of excellent quality, with craftsmanship, style and imagination. On most days the craftsmen can be seen in the adjoining factory, working with timbers unique to North Queensland; Red Cedar, Queensland Maple, Silky Oak, Sassafras and Eucalypt burl.

Exquisite leather boxes in various colours, hand painted silk scarves, Aboriginal art, contemporary art, prints, cards and books, make Tolga Woodworks the best gallery and studio workshop on the Atherton Tablelands. This is food for the soul, come and enjoy the talent and imagination of our artisans.

The museum, located in Irvinebank, in the Atherton Tablelands, has a very good collection of photographs, documents, newspapers, books and journals, which are used regularly by people researching family history in the area.The museum, located in Irvinebank, in the Atherton Tablelands, offers a family research service for a small fee.LOUDOUN HOUSE MUSEUM
Post Office Street, Irvinebank
Phone (07) 4096 4020

Built in 1884, the Loudoun House Museum is the former home of John Moffat, Queensland's greatest mining entrepreneur. The house is also the oldest high set timber and corrugated iron (QUEENSLANDER STYLE) house in the north. Nowadays converted into a museum, the house provides an insight into the town's past, as well as a display of an important mineral collection and a very extensive collection of photographs, depicting the town and life from the early years of the last century.
Open seven days a week, except Good Friday and Christmas Day, from 10.00am to 4:00pm.

The Eacham Historical Society has over 2000 historical photographs, some dating back to 1880. These are presently being scanned and entered into our database.The Eacham Historical Museum is located at Main Street Millaa Millaa, in the Atherton Tablelands.EACHAM HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Situated in the Main Street of Millaa Millaa, this small museum contains aboriginal artefacts, household memorabilia relative to pioneering days, and items pertaining to the timber and dairying industries and alluvial gold mining.

The Museum is a great educational facility and is regularly visited by groups of school children and their teachers. It is run by volunteers, so opening times vary, but it is usually open mornings from 9:30am till noon. To find out current opening times, please phone (07) 4097 2147. Free entry.

Phone (07) 4093 5999
The Dimbulah railway station features a museum, open Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. The Dimbulah Museum offers a good oportunity to have an insight into the old days, with many items on display.

Phone (07) 4094 7109

A private collection that includes local Aboriginal artefacts and a collection of pieces of mining equipment. A highlight of the museum is the projectors from the town's old cinema, in particular the manually operated silent projector.

Kennedy Highway, Mareeba
Phone (07) 4092 3979 / Fax (07) 092 6946

Becks Aviation and Military Museum houses the largest privately owned collection in the Southern Hemisphere. See a variety of aircrafts and tanks from the wartime. Open daily from 10:00am to 4:00pm except Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Queen Street, Chillagoe
Phone / Fax (07) 4094 7139
Hosts: Sue and Colin Colman
Open daily from 8:00am to 5:00pm except Christmas Day. Open later on request from groups.

Airport Road, Chillagoe
Phone / Fax (07) 4094 7108
Inspect Tom's collection of Vintage Fords, which include amongst others, Ford Blitz, 1942 Dodge Weapons Carrier, T-Model Ford, and Ford Pilot. Open daily from 8:00am to 6:00pm.

THE FOSSIL HOUSE (Chillagoe Creek Homestead)
Aerodrome Road, Chillagoe
Phone / Fax (07) 4094 7160
The Chillagoe Creek Homestead is home to a small, but select, collection of fossils. Local guide and hostess, Mary Bolam, offers a personalized one hour 'Walk through the Aeons of Time', which explores Chillagoe's timeless past, down to the present day.

Corner Marion Street and Kennedy Highway, Tolga
Phone (07) 4095 5573
Tolga houses the gallery of Bruce Duncan, one of Australia finest photographers, where award winning photographs are on display. It is a great opportunity to see wonderful photos of Australian landscape, and they can be purchased straight away.

Jacks Road, Herberton
Open seven days a week, from 9:00am to 4:00pm
With a large display of metals, photos and other artifacts showing the fascinating history of both Herberton and its mining history, the Herberton Tin Mining Museum is located on the site of the first important discovery of tin at the Great Northern Mine. The Museum also includes a small theatrette for multi-media displays and tin panning for whoever wants to try their luck is available.

8 James Street, Malanda
Phone (07) 4095 1234
The Malanda Dairy Centre showcases the historical progress of Malanda and its surrounds, offering an insight into the region's history. The centre also houses a gift shop with a variety of local arts and crafts on sale.

Atherton - Malanda Road, Malanda
Bookings are essential by calling (07) 4096 6957.
Open from 9:30am to 4:30pm, seven days a week, excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday.
The Malanda Environmental and Visitors Centre presents different displays to give visitors an insight into the history of the Tablelands. One of the best ways to learn about the history, rainforest and culture of the local aboriginal tribe is to take part in a guided tours with one of the Ngadjon Guides.

Centenary Park, Byrnes Street, Mareeba
Phone (07) 4092 5674 / Fax (07) 4092 5674

The Mareeba Heritage Centre is an excellent starting point for further information on the Wheelbarrow Way. Of particular interest is the old rail ambulance, which is associated with a Chillagoe doctor who removed his own appendix. Toilets, shop, parking, shade, bookings, and information on road conditions. Open daily from 8:00am to 4:00pm except Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Good Friday.

8 High Street, Irvinebank
Phone (07) 4096 4009
The gallery is a showcase for local artists. From post office to mining accommodation to providing light teas and lunches with a historical bent for those interested in the old society way of life. The upper level (tours by arrangement) is the home of Dan and Annette who operate the gallery with their daughter Melissa.

49 Grace Street, Herberton
Phone (07) 4096 2092
Enjoy a personalized tour of the world's rarest, oldest and smallest cameras, oldest sewing machine, Police pocket watch camera 1904, KGB Russian spy cameras, Hitler German cameras and Leica Gold cameras.

Gillies Highway, Yungaburra
Phone / Fax (07) 4095 2144
The Chalet Rainforest Gallery in Yungaburra has many unique and wonderful items which are exclusive to our gallery. There is a large array of tempting items, all at very reasonable prices.


Bruce Highway, Mourilyan
Phone (07) 4063 2656
Since Innisfail was originally established as a sugar town, there had to be a sugar museum. The Australian Sugar Industry Museum offers a permanent display, featuring contemporary and historical photographs, books, historic tractors, locomotives, domestic objects and artifacts used in the sugar industry, including a working model of a 500 horsepower steam-driven crushing engine. Apart from the displays, there is a 50 seat theatre showcasing the history and the processes used in the Australian sugar industry. Children's activities and education support, exhibitions and guided tours will keep all the family entertained.

Marcs Park, Cassowary Drive, Mission Beach QLD 4852
Phone (07) 4088 6116


Fossils on display at Terrestrial, Georgetown. 400 kilometres west of Cairns.
Low Street, Georgetown (MAP)
Phone (07) 4079 9027

The Ted Elliott Mineral Collection!

Terrestrial means 'of the earth' and as such provides a ready name for TerrEstrial Georgetown and the extensive mineral collection, TerrEstrial - the Ted Elliott Mineral Collection.

A local collection of over 4,500 mineral specimens was opened to the public in early 2003. Named TerrEstrial, this collection is the work of one man, and houses the Ted Elliott mineral collection, a myriad of fascinating colours and shapes from the region and throughout the world. The Centre also provides up to date tourist information and is a fully accredited yellow 'i' Visitor Information Centre. You can make bookings to visit nearby attractions, view artwork, use the internet café and relax in the cool building.

Outback at Isa offers visitors a fantastic opportunity to discover the Queensland Outback.The Outback Park is an extensive creative landscape that captures visitors attention, with a central lagoon surrounded by lush naive plantings and a Lawn Hill gorge inspired waterfall.OUTBACK AT ISA
19 Marian Street, Mount Isa Phone (07) 4749 1555 or 1300 659 660 / Fax (07) 4743 6296

Outback at Isa is a major tourism precinct in the centre of Mount Isa - a fantastic home base for travellers discovering the Queensland Outback. Don't miss on this fabulous attraction and visit attractions such as the Hard Times Mine, an artificial mine constructed using the mining techniques of the region.
A wide variety of tours are provided to suit everybody's tastes, including breakfast, lunch and dinner tours. After being shown around, you will enjoy a meal in the 'crib' room just like the miners do! And if you choose the Dinner Under Isa, be prepared to be entertained with the stories the miners will tell you while you enjoy a three course meal.

The Riversleigh Fossil Centre educates and interprets for visitors the fossils extracted from the nearby Riversleigh fossil fields.RIVERSLEIGH FOSSILS CENTRE
"Only in one or two places on the surface of our planet, in the course of the last three thousand million years, have conditions been just right to preserve anything like a representative sample of the species living at any particular time. Those places are the rare treasure houses of palaeontology. Riversleigh is one of them."Sir David Attenborough.

Riversleigh is located 340 kilometres north west of Mount Isa and since 1984 has been part of the Lawn Hill National Park. Fossils discovered at Riversleigh include bones and teeth of extinct prehistoric animals such as lungfish, frogs, crocodiles, huge flightless birds, marsupials, turtles, snakes, lizards, tiny bats, rats and even insects and other arthropods, that go back to as far as 15 or 20 million years. The site was inscribed as a World Heritage site in 1994 as representing a major stage of the earth's evolutionary history, and an outstanding example of ongoing ecological and biological processes.
The Riversleigh Fossils Interpretive Centre was built to showcase the incredible fossils discovered at the Riversleigh Station.

If you're in for something different, then you must see the Lions Park Monument, located in Richmond. The monument is made of different shaped limestone rocks that have been positioned one on top of each other. The rocks are a local phenomenon known as 'moon rocks', very heavy rocks that can weigth a few tonnes each, and often have fossillised remains of shells and fish inside.

Opened in 1976 to celebrate the sealing on the Flinders Highway, the monument resembles the sort of plasticine model made by a pre-school kid. Also in Lions Park there is an old 'flood boat', used to shift provisions across the river when it was flooded.

148 Yappar Street, Karumba
Phone (07) 4745 9359
The Barramundi Discovery Centre is located in what's believed to be one of the first of its type in Queensland, a barramundi farm in the Gulf of Carpentaria. The Barramundi Discovery Centre in Karumba includes interactive displays, videos and guided tours around the hatchery.

Samwell Street, Croydon
Croydon Mining Museum holds a Working Mine display, restored stamper, miner's hut and related mining machinery. There is also a collection of early mining machinery located next to the Croydon Shire offices in the heritage precinct.

McIlwraith Street, Cloncurry
Phone (07) 4742 1361
Open from 8:00am to 4:30pm on weekdays. From May till the end of September also open on weekends, from 9:00am to 3:00pm.
The Cloncurry/Mary Kathleen Memorial Park and Museum contains relics from the abandoned uranium mining town of MARY KATHLEEN, between Cloncurry and Mount Isa.
The museum also houses an excellent collection of rocks from the area. Its prize possession is the waterbottle of early explorer Robert O'Hara Burke.

At the Information Centre, in McIlwraith Street, visitors can choose from a wide range of guided and self-guided tours that present the history of Cloncurry and special places in and around the town. The tours will guide visitors to attractions such as the Mary Kathleen Mine and township site, historic hotels, mining sites both old and new, the Chinese and Afghan cemeteries and the town's Indigenous culture.

Zingary Road, Cloncurry
Phone (07) 4742 1361

Ernest Henry Mine is named after the father of Cloncurry, ERNEST HENRY. Ernest Henry Mine is situated within the present day boundaries of the pastoral property. It was open in 1997 but commercial production did not start until March 1998.
It's possible to visit the mine. It's advised to start with The Pit, which in 2006 was 335 metres deep and 1,280 metres wide, with 11.5 milion tones of ore and 53 million tones of waste mined through the 2004/2005 financial year. Here you can also see the machinery that was used to excavate the material, a working crusher and a mill where the ore is concentrated to a product ready for smelting.

37 Gray Street, Hughenden
Phone(07) 4741 1021 / Fax (07) 4741 1029.
The Flinders Discovery Centre and Dinosaur Display is home to the MUTTABURRASAURUS LANGDONI, a skeletal life size replica seven metres tall by three and a half metres wide. There's also memorabilia from the Hughenden Historical Society as well as information about the history of Hughenden. The Discovery Centre opens daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm except Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Corner of Daintree and King Streets, Cloncurry
Phone (07) 4742 4125 / Fax (07) 4742 1989
Open from 8:00am to 4:30pm during weekdays. From May to the end of October, it is also open on weekends and public holidays from 9:00am to 3:00pm. (It is closed in December and January).
The John Flynn Place Museum commemorates the founding of the ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE. It incorporates the Cloncurry Gardens, the RFDS Museum, Fred McKay Art Gallery, the Allan Vickers Outdoor Theatre and the Alfred Traeger Cultural Centre. If any of those names are unknown to you, then you definitely should head to John Flynn Place, and brush up on your history.

91-93 Goldring Street, Richmond
Phone (07) 4741 3429 / Fax (07) 4741 3802

In 1995, Kronosaurus Korner was built around the local archaeological finds, fossils that date back to around 120 million years ago. Among the fossils on display are the Kronosaurus, a large Pliosaur of about 18 metres long, and the Richmond Pliosaur, similar to a crocodile measuring 4.25 metres. Visitors can even view the most complete dinosaur skeleton to be found in Australia, an Ankylosaur called Minmi.

The Macintyre Museum, in Burke Street, Julia Creek, houses an extensive collection of photographs, memorabilia and old equipment, related to the early pioneering days and the beginnings of the sheep and beef industries.

Mosman Street, Charters Towers
Phone (07) 4787 4161
The Zara Clark Museum, which was a general merchant's shop built in 1888, is one of the most interesting buildings. It houses a large collection of photographs, early transport vehicles, equipment and other memorabilia that reflects Charters Towers golden past. Don't forget to ask for a demonstration of the FLYING FOX Open daily, from 10:00am to 3:00pm.


Cnr Cape Tribulation and Tulip Oak Roads, Cow Bay
Phone (07) 4098 9171

Open every day except Christmas Day, from 8:30am to 5:00pm. Entry fee applies (concessions available).

This award-winning world class interpretive facility, offers visitors the opportunity to learn about and explore the rainforest in Far North Queensland, one of the few remaining unspoiled stretches of lowland through boardwalk tours, a 23 metre high Canopy Tower, Aerial Walkway and comprehensive Display Centre.

At the Display Centre the visitor will have access to a wide range of information through touch screen displays, easy to use and entertaining for the whole family. Visitors to the Audio Visual Theatre can choose from a wide selection of DVD's that provide a comprehensive insight into the rainforest, inaccessible to the public until very recently. But not everything is computerised. Visitors can also venture into the forest via the four hundred metres of timber boardwalks, the Elevated Rainforest Boardwalks, and from there follow some of the circuits and trails such as the Cassowary Circuit or the Bush Tucker Trail.

Phone / Fax (07) 4098 6224
The Timber Museum showcases the town's timber milling history, with photos of the massive red cedar trees that timber cutters cut down. The museum also holds an exhibition of carpenter's tools and techniques as well as a woodworking shop. Open from 10:00am to 4:00pm, seven days a week.

Turpentine Road, Cape Tribulation
Phone / Fax (07) 4098 9045
The Daintree Entomological Museum features the largest collection of rare and exotic Butterflies and Beetles of the Daintree rainforest to the worlds most beautiful insects. You can view living seasonal specimens of Australia's fascinating insect fauna.


Helen Street, Cooktown
Phone (07) 4069 5386
The James Cook Museum is regarded as one of the best regional museums outside any capital city in Australia. Nowadays the anchor and cannon of the HMS Bark Endeavour are on public display, including some extracts from Cook's journal. The Museum also presents an insight into the Aboriginal history of the area, the mining times and their Chinese legacy. From the top of the building you can have the best views of the town and river. Open daily from 9:30am to 4:00pm.

The Cooktown Sea Museum is home to some creatures that are found in and around the Coral Reef as well as anchors, a gold skip from the Palmer River, a lakatoi (a small craft used for fishing and navigating short distances) brought from Papua New Guinea, and a canoe made of bark among some other very interesting artifacts.


Reef HQ, one of the main attractions in Townsville, is not only Tropical North Queensland's largest living coral reef aquarium but the biggest one in the worldReef HQ, one of the main attractions in Townsville, is not only Tropical North Queensland's largest living coral reef aquarium but the biggest one in the worldREEF HQ
2-68 Flinders Street, Townsville
Phone (07) 4750 0800 / Fax (07) 4772 5281
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Open from 9:30am to 5:00pm, seven days a week except Christmas Day.

Reef HQ, the world's largest living coral reef aquarium, is not only a uniquely North Queensland attraction, it is the education centre for the Great Barrier Reef and a 'must see' for both locals and visitors to the region.

Reef HQ is the place to see many underwater species that inhabit the Great Barrier Reef. Whether you want to see how animals are fed, learn a bit more about the corals and creatures that live in the Reef, talk to a diver while sharks are surrounding him or observe how the aquarium is maintained, there is something for everyone.

Reef HQ, one of the main attractions in Townsville, is not only Tropical North Queensland's largest living coral reef aquarium but the biggest one in the worldInside the North Queensland Military Museum, located in Townsville.ARMY MUSEUM NORTH QUEENSLAND
Jezzine Barracks, North Ward, Townsville
Phone / Fax (07) 4721 1495
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In 1979 a committee was formed to refurbish the old battery in Townsville as a Military Museum. It was opened on 12 June 1980 to display artifacts relevant to colonial years, World War 1, the inter-war years and World War 2.

The Museum is open Wednesday and Friday 9:00am to 1:00pm, and Sunday 10:00am to 2:00pm. Visits can be arranged outside these times by prior arrangement.

6-10 Elena Street, Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island
Phone/Fax (07) 4778 5096
This fantastic lab and aquarium, open to the public, features 21 year old aquacultured giant clams, weighting more than 60 kilos, among other marine fish and invertebrates. If you make it to Aquasearch, you will see something unseen in nature due to competition between fish species: clownfish swimming amongst giant clams.

70-102 Flinders Street, Townsville
Phone (07) 4726 0600, Fax (07) 4721 2093
The museum's main feature is the collection of outstanding relics from the wreck of the PANDORA. Also on display is the largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils you will see anywhere, tropical marine mammals, and exhibits focused on the cultures of the Torres Strait Islands and Aboriginal groups in Townsville. The Museum is open from 9:30am-5:00pm, 7 days a week, except Good Friday, Christmas Day and the morning on ANZAC Day (25 April) when it will open at 1:00pm.

42 - 68 Palmer Street, South Townsville
Phone (07) 4721 5251 / (07) 4721 5759
If you want to have a fascinating insight into the naval and maritime history of Townsville, head to the Maritime Museum. The museum also houses a large collection of relics from the SS YONGALA. Artefacts include the ship's bell, glass decklight, ship's lantern, light fixtures, crockery, bottles and brass items. Four farthings retrieved from the only passenger luggage ever found and washed up on Palm Island were donated to the museum by the owner's granddaughter, and can be seen here; a letter found in a mail bag on Cassady's Beach and later dried out and delivered to the addressee was also donated to the museum, and is now on display.

Ingham Road, Garbutt
Phone / Fax (07) 4752 1712
The RAAF Townsville Museum documents the military aviation history in North Queensland and other theatres of conflict from 1939 to the present.

Corner Denham Street and Flinders Moore, Townsville
Phone (07) 4727 9011 / Fax (07) 4772 3656

The Gallery has a combination of visiting exhibitions as well as its own permanent collection of modern paintings, with over 2,000 works. The collection focus on works that are related somehow to North Queensland, being the tropics the global theme. Visitors to the gallery can also enjoy floor talks, lectures and performances to complement the exhibitions.

Corner of Hayles Avenue and Appian Way, Arcadia, Magnetic Island
Phone (07) 4758 1299 / Fax (07) 4758 1298
Mobile 0422 133 275
Open Sunday, Tuesday and Friday except public holidays.
Vonnie is a local artist who can often be seen around in the bush, painting. Most of her subjects are a direct reflection of the surroundings; the wildlife, views characters, flora and fauna, all magnificently available in its natural form or habitat. Her studio contains a beautiful display of her works, that can be purchased. Other items for sale are postcards and frigde magnets. If you are into art, visit Vonnie's studio and discover the beautiful scenery of the island on a canvas.


119 Wilmington Street, Ayr
Phone (07) 4783 2189

One of Ayr's most unique attractions, the Ayr Nature Display exhibits an unusual collection of native fauna, butterflies, rocks and shells, with more than 60,000 species on display; a focal point at the centre of the Display is a colourful rock wall made from 9,400 pieces of Queensland rock.

161 Queen Street, Ayr
Phone (07) 4783 9880 / Fax (07) 4783 9998
Apart from the the 530 seat Burdekin Theatre, The Burdekin Theatre Complex houses the 150 seat Music Loft, the 700 capacity outdoor entertainment Plaza and the Starlight Foyer – cabaret performance & function space. Inside the Burdekin Theatre Complex, visitors can contemplate the 'Living Lagoon' sculpture, located in the theatre forecourt, sculpture that recognises the importance that water plays in the Burdekin every day life.

170 Eight Avenue, Home Hill
Open Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm; Saturday 8:45am - 11:45am
Ashworth's Treasures of the Earth is a fantastic tourist attraction. Visitors to the gallery will see, besides the gallery, a rock shop and the Ashworth's Jewellers and Potters Workshop. Asworth's Treasure also offers guided tours to the Inkerman Sugar Mill on weekdays during the crushing season that lasts from June to November.

22 Gordon Street, Bowen
Phone (07) 4786 2035
Open from Monday to Friday, from 10:30am to 4:00pm; Sunday from 10:00am to 12:00pm.
Bowen Historical Museum, regarded as one of the best historical museums of North Queensland, offers a wide display of artifacts that date back to the early days of the town. From CATALINA FLYING BOATS to the amazing story of JAMES MORRIL, Bowen Historical Museum is a must stop for those interested in the fascinating history of the town.

You can visit the World's biggest amethyst geode at Crystal Caves, one of Australia's most spectacular private mineralogical collections, and explore an underground adventure museum with rare crystals and minerals. Right here in Tropical North Queensland, in central Atherton.
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