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Trip Dates: 13 - 15 July 2012

Booking Code Depart Return
Trip 1 Fri 13 July

Sun 15 July

Note: ICRS 2012 is Monday 9 July to Friday 13 July 2012 in Cairns

Trip Location

Townsville is Australia's largest, tropical beachside city with a population of 177,000. It is fast becoming the premier destination for visitors wanting to see the ‘real' North Queensland and experience Life in the Tropics. North Queensland basks in an almost unbroken spell of warm sunshine, gentle tropical breezes and sparkling azure waters. Townsville is within easy reach of the Great Barrier Reef, islands, rainforest and outback.

Number of People


Cost to Participate in Australian Dollars


Cost Inclusions

  • Chartered bus from Cairns to Townsville
  • Bus transfers in Townsville and on Magnetic Island
  • All tours
  • Return passage on Magnetic Island passenger ferry
  • All meals and non-alcoholic drinks (except where specified otherwise)
  • Single or twin share accommodation at the Ibis Hotel, Townsville
  • Twin share homestead room at Hidden Valley Cabins

Additional Costs

  • You may upgrade your accommodation at Hidden Valley Cabins as below:
    • + $30 Single homestead room
    • + $36 Twin share rustic cabin
    • + $51 Twin share deluxe
    • + $102 Single rustic cabin
    • + $154 Single deluxe
  • Alcoholic drinks

Departure from Townsville at conclusion of field trip

All participants must make their own arrangements for their departure from Townsville at the end of the field trip.

Climate and Water Temperature

It is winter in Townsville in July and the climate is dry and tropical with daily air temperature ranging from 22-26° Celsius (72-79° Fahrenheit) and low likelihood of rain. The water temperature will be 22-24° Celsius (72-76° Fahrenheit).

Field Trip Organiser's Contact Details

Mei Nee Cheong
Museum of Tropical Queensland
Telephone +61 7 4726 0603

Program Outline

Friday 13 July
1600 Pick up from ICRS 2012 by Kookaburra Tours

Kookaburra Tours is one of North Queensland's premier tour companies. With outstanding local knowledge, owner Tony O'Connor will ensure guests enjoy an informative and entertaining bus trip to Townsville.


Arrive Hidden Valley Cabins

Hidden Valley Cabins is an award winning eco resort and Australia's first carbon neutral resort and tour company operating on 100% solar power.  Hidden Valley Cabins are located one and half hours northwest of Townsville, near a running river on the western slope of the Paluma range in North Queensland. A late evening tour will be available for those who wish to see the native nocturnal wildlife.


Saturday 14 July
0700    Early morning walk for those who are interested in spotting the elusive platypus.
0900 Depart Hidden Valley Cabins

Arrive Reef HQ Aquarium

Reef HQ is the world's largest living coral reef aquarium. Its innovative exhibits provide a real life encounter of the Great Barrier Reef. The main attraction is a two and a half million litre coral reef exhibit that replicates a natural reef ecosystem. As the Reef Education Centre for the Australian Government's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Reef HQ is known as a centre of excellence in marine education. Reef HQ exists to inspire everyone to care for the Great Barrier Reef. Your visit will also include a visit to the renowned Turtle Hospital.



Arrive Museum of Tropical Queensland

The Museum of Tropical Queensland offers visitors an opportunity to discover the natural and cultural heritage of North Queensland. Highlights include the Pandora Gallery where objects recovered from the wreck of HMS Pandora, the ship sent by British Admiralty to recapture the Bounty and her mutinous crew (1791), are on display. Enjoy a back of house tour led by Dr Carden Wallace, and access the Museum's coral collection. Lunch is included.


1430 Depart Museum of Tropical Queensland

Arrive at Australian Institute of Marine Science

The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) is a leader in tropical marine science.  AIMS is committed to the protection and sustainable use of Australia's marine resources. Their research programs support the management of tropical marine environments around the world, including a focus on the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. The tour will include presentations on AIMS' research and a guided walk around the research facility.


1715 Depart AIMS and return to Townsville for a tour of Townsville and The Strand.
1800 Arrive Ibis Hotel for Check-in

Ibis Townsville is conveniently located in the heart of the city dining precinct and a few minutes walk from the shopping precinct, Flinders Mall.

Arrive Cultural Centre Townsville for traditional KupMurri Banquet

The Townsville Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre provides an insight into the traditional and contemporary life and cultural practices of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  Your KupMurri Banquet includes a selection of food cooked in the traditional Aboriginal and Islander-style ground ovens. You will enjoy the Banquet of slowly roasted meats, fish and vegetables while being entertained by local dance troupes.


Sunday 15 July


Pick up from Ibis Hotel for transfer to Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island's outstanding natural beauty and relaxed, tropical island lifestyle are a 25 minute ferry ride from Townsville. On arrival at Magnetic Island, we will make our way to Arcadia Beach where you will have the opportunity to walk out during low tide to visit some of the coral flats.

Picnic or Aussie BBQ lunch included


Transfers back to Townsville & Field Trip Ends

Delegates will most likely need to stay an additional night in Townsville at their own cost, before flying out the next day. 


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