The Perfect Climate
Townsville’s unique natural beauty and tropical climate is the perfect backdrop supportive of an active and healthy lifestyle. The city’s 360+ days of sunshine affords locals, and visitors alike, the perfect conditions to venture out and explore this amazing part of the world.
Active people live longer and live better, that’s why North Queensland councils have developed targeted programs that encourage their communities to exercise regularly and remain active. Across the region, government agencies, not-for-profits and local businesses are working together to create initiatives to encourage participation in physical activity and sport.
Being more active can have a profoundly positive impact on your physical and mental wellbeing – it relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts your overall mood – and you don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits.
North Queensland councils collectively support residents and visitors in their efforts to lead happy and healthy lives.
Significant investment is made by all of the region’s councils in the development and upkeep of their sporting infrastructure and amenities. Be sure to take advantage.
Move IT NQ
Founded by North Queensland Local Government Authorities in 1983, the North Queensland Sports Foundation (NQSF) is a unique and dynamic organization that connects North Queensland resources and communities to deliver an impressive portfolio of sporting events and participatory programs across the region.
Move It NQ is a priority program of the North Queensland Sports Foundation, aimed at supporting healthier and active lifestyles. Through the successful development of evidence-based strategies and the delivery of community physical activity programs across North Queensland, Move It NQ has become a leader in driving health-related outcomes across the region.
The program provides community members with access to free and low-cost weekly activities in parks and local facilities across the city. Move It NQ also offers a jam-packed holiday program. Working in partnership with the local government and industry, Move It NQ delivers accessible services that encourage physical activity. This contributes to a happier, healthier and more connected region.
Active & Healthy
Let’s get active and healthy! Townsville City Council delivers a range of events, programs and initiatives for the community while also building the capacity of local sport and recreation organisations. Council also provides a range of programs, initiatives and activities to assist residents to enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle.
Exercise enthusiasts are well catered for across the city. From gentle beach strolls and stand-up paddle boarding to the more heart-pumping action of kite surfing and mountain biking, there is a level of outdoor activity to suit every interest.
Fans of team activities are also spoilt for choice with opportunities to participate in organised competition at the community level or to get amongst the crowd in our stadiums and cheer on one of our local leading professional clubs.
Of course, if you just want to relax and take some time out to enjoy some peace and quiet, Townsville has numerous public parks and gardens to choose from. Use the flowing link to access details and locate one of the city’s amazing public spaces.
Why not take advantage of your natural surrounds and proximity to the one of the world’s great natural wonders, exercising while exploring the Great Barrier Reef. Townsville is situated on the central GBR and is home to a number of world class snorkelling and scuba dive sights in easy access directly off its coast.
Many dive shops in Townsville offer barrier reef snorkelling trips on a day tour. Snorkelling is excellent on the famous Wheeler Reef and on the Davies Reef with great marine life and coral. A day out on the reef will not only prove physically stimulating, but will also feed the soul.
Active Travel, Walking + Cycling
Townsville has many great walkways and bikeways throughout the city. Download Council’s guide or find out more about the city’s most popular trails below.
To find out more about cycling and hiking trails in North Queensland’s national parks please visit the Queensland Government Parks website.