Townsville Heritage Centre - Townsville
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.
Established by the Townsville Branch of the then National Trust of Queensland in 1978, the Heritage Centre is quintessential Townsville heritage.
If you’re looking for things to do in Townsville, you can explore the tropical Townsville gardens and take a guided tour of the two historical buildings which are open to the public. Both buildings are from the same era, the 1880s, however, represent two quite different strata of society from that time.
Relax as the Heritage Centre Guides shares Townsville history with you, along with the histories of the buildings and the fascinating stories of the people who lived in them. All had associations with the industries that shaped the north — with famous sugar plantations, great gold mines, pioneering pastoral properties, the horse trade to India, and even the searches for the passenger ship the SS Yongala that disappeared in 1911.
Popular for weddings and other events, the Townsville Heritage Centre is an important and much-loved community heritage place. Townsville Heritage Centre weddings are becoming more popular as the stunning surrounds and immaculate gardens make it an ideal venue for many types of events.
Connect with the region’s history by learning about the artefacts cared for within the walls of these buildings.
During our open season, our visiting times are Wednesdays 10am to 1pm, and on Saturdays from 2pm to 4pm and for tours by special arrangement, the Townsville Heritage Centre requires a small entry fee to the general public but is free for National Trust members.