Townsville Heritage Centre - Townsville
The Townsville region has a vibrant natural landscape, the sea, the tropics, and the outback, rich in Indigenous history, stunning islands and reefs just off its coast, beautifully preserved architecture and a strong history.
Having a rich cultural history and a great deal of heritage-listed buildings, you’ll love being able to wander the grounds of the Townsville Heritage Centre. Learn the history of the buildings and the fascinating stories of the people who lived in them. All had associations with the industries that shaped the north — famous sugar plantations, great gold mines, pioneering pastoral properties, and the horse trade to India.
Established by the Townsville Branch of the then National Trust of Queensland in 1978, the Heritage Centre is quintessential Townsville heritage, with its collection of heritage-listed buildings dating back to the late 1800s, the Townsville Heritage Centre presents special insight into the lives of workers, wealthier businessmen and professionals in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The villa residence of 1888, ‘Currajong’, is a large single-storey house, constructed of timber, large rooms opening through French doors to wide decorative verandahs and was built for the more affluent resident. Currajong was constructed on the then outskirts of Townsville for bank manager Alfred MacKenzie. ‘Currajong’ was later commandeered to serve as a RAAF Hospital during the war.
The 1921 Farmhouse keeps alive the memory of the 19th and 20th-century farms that have now disappeared under modern development. Its construction is quite different from that of the other two houses at the Centre. High set on timber stumps, it had originally only one room on the upper floor, surrounded by a verandah.
Connect with the region’s history by learning about the artefacts cared for within the walls of these buildings.
The Townsville Heritage Centre is important and much-loved community heritage place. Townsville Heritage Centre is popular for weddings and events as the stunning surroundings and immaculate gardens make it an ideal venue for many occasions.
Plan Your Visit
5 Castling Street, Townsville, Queensland, 4810
Townsville Heritage Centre is undergoing maintenance works to the homestead and cottage and will remain closed for the next few months. We will keep you informed about the re-opening date of the historical museum.
However, please note that the property is available for weddings and events.
Adult - $8
Concession - $5
Child - $5 (aged 3-13)
Under 3 years - Free
Family - $21 (2 adults and up to 3 children)
Group Bookings - Groups of 10+ Discounts apply by prior arrangements
National Trust members - free