Townsville

What to do after Groovin’ the Moo

Thumping bass and screaming guitars signal the return of another instalment of the Groovin’ The Moo music festival to Townsville. After you’ve had the chance to experience the amazing line-up of artists perform, take a moment to relax, unwind and explore this tropical city.

Here’s how you can spend your post-Groovin’ time dulling the sunburn ache and ringing ears.

Slip into island time

One of the big draw-cards for Townsville is tropical Magnetic Island, which is located just eight kilometres offshore. After a short ferry ride you’ll find yourself amongst palm trees looking over blue water stretching out in every direction. Yep, it’s that clichéd. And also that beautiful.

Depending on how adventurous you’re feeling after the festival you can get up close with koalas at Bungalow Bay Koala Village, try horse riding along Horseshoe Bay or jump on a guided jet ski tours to discover secluded private beaches around the island. Barefoot gallery and restaurant at Horseshoe Bay is a popular gastronomic locale that serves up a great breakfast and views over the bay, sprinkled with sailboats bobbing lazily in the breeze.

Get crafty at The Brewery

If you’re keen to kick on but looking for a quieter place to enjoy a cold drink and escape the heat, check out The Brewery. Housed in the historic old GPO in the city centre, this craft beer bar offers a wide range of brewskies on tap brewed in massive vats in view of the bar. If the range is too overwhelming, grab a tasting rack to sample the full range of amber ale. We recommend the Townsville Bitter Premium with its light and fresh bouquet and full flavour – well, when in Rome…

Relax in the new parklands

As the sun starts to fade it’s time to set up a lazy late-afternoon picnic in the sculpted parklands or explore the walking trails, boardwalks and military history dotted throughout the natural gardens. The city recently unveiled a $40 million development of the Jezzine Military Barracks on the headland at The Strand, which has fast become a popular spot for a Sunday sesh.

Chase some more tunes

On dusk the cool air carries the sound of live music playfully across The Strand, signalling the evening session at Longboards Bar and Grill has started. Modelled on a rustic beach shack and overlooking the water, this place is known for its island views, live music and signature spicy buffalo wings smothered in Frank’s traditional sauce. It’s the perfect place to unwind and enjoy some more tunes as the sun dips into the water.

What will you be doing after the festival?

*Photography Mark Allen