Townsville’s Hidden Gems

Townsville’s Hidden Gems

Until recently I truly didn’t understand the dedication, passion and unselfish act that Townsville volunteers provide to the community.

​Since I am trying to get back out into the ‘real world’ and meet new people I decided that I would volunteer my time to some of the wonderful activities and organisations that are available around our beautiful city.

Since my daughter is becoming more active and needs a variety of toys to entertain her, I decided to join the Townsville Toy Library. For obvious reasons I found this not-for-profit organisation to be extremely helpful due to the fact they saved me hundreds of dollars because they act like a traditional library, but for TOYS!

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​You do need to join as a member to hire out the toys, but by volunteering my time at this unique organisation I received a discount on my membership, and more importantly I have met some wonderful people who volunteer their time every week to make sure that this facility is available for every family in the Townsville region.Another aspect of my life that I am quite passionate about is exercise and getting back to my pre-baby body. I started doing a 12 week challenge with a friend, and during that time I found that I quite enjoyed running 5kms on a Saturday morning.  Since I don’t like running alone I registered online for a new initiative called Park Run.

This FREE event relies on volunteers to be the event organiser, time keeper, photographer, marshals, token giver and scanner, and there are also people within the group who are purely there to help encourage other members to get to the finish line. Every week at 7am at either North Shore or Riverway this event is held and it wasn’t until I got injured and couldn’t run, that I realised how much events like these actually relied on these selfless people to give up their time on a Saturday morning to help others reach their goals.


There are so many other organisations, events and opportunities that rely on people within the community to volunteer their time so that they can continue to provide a valuable service to Townsville and I would just like to say to those people that YOU ROCK!

Ronald McDonald House, Surf Life Saving, Clean Up Australia Day, Army Museum at Lavarack Barracks, RSPCA and The Townsville Hospital are just some of the many places around Townsville that rely on volunteers to wash clothes for families with sick children, save lives on our beautiful beaches, clean up rubbish, educate visitors on Townsville’s role in the World Wars or to just take a dog for a walk.

​I totally understand that people are time poor due to family and work commitments, but since I have volunteered my time (1-2hrs a month), I have become more aware of the invaluable role that our volunteers play in society to make Townsville one of the best places in the world to live.


If you would like to find out about volunteer opportunities in Townsville, visit one of the following websites:

Volunteering North Queensland Inc
Volunteering Queensland
Go Volunteer

Or approach the organisations mentioned in this article directory for further information on how you can help.


​If you have any other stories about volunteering or would like to mention some of the wonderful volunteer opportunities available please comment below.


Nicole has lived in Townsville for 8 years and married her husband last year.  Currently on maternity leave from her high school teaching position, Nicole is enjoying the new challenges of becoming a mum after welcoming a beautiful baby girl in September 2015.

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