About Us

Townsville Hike and Explore is a social walking, hiking and adventuring community, operating out of Townsville, Far North Queensland. Central Queensland Hike and Explore is an extension of the Townsville group and operates out of Clermont in Central Queensland.

Our groups are made up of energetic, like-minded and outdoorsy community members of all ages, fitness levels and capabilities who share a love of the outdoors, conservation and the environment, exploring the unknown, building and maintaining fitness and experiencing the beauty and infinite splendor our region has to offer.

We are not a commercial operation and do not charge for activities. There are very few places across northern and Central Queensland that the average adventurer, with a basic knowledge and understanding of the outdoors cannot visit safely after doing adequate planning, preparation and research.

The group was formed in 2019 by Michael Pugh  and was made up of a handful of hikers and explorers from local groups in and around the Townsville Region and we’ve certainly grown! In January 2022, we find ourselves with close to 10000 members across platforms. 90-95% of our members are active across these platforms, our Facebook Page alone has 9000+ reactions/28 days, our website has upwards of 1500 hits/week and we average 50-75 new members/week. We’re proud of those numbers, as they represent our reach within the broader outdoor community and region, however the interaction, engagement and positive mental and physical health outcomes our group promotes and achieves is much more important to us.

Our Facebook and Instagram Channels, as well as our website have evolved into free outdoor information sources and forums for those wanting to learn about all that our regions have to offer outdoor enthusiasts.

Our group organisers and volunteers “share the outdoor experience” with those of all ages, fitness levels and capabilities within our community. We have a massive support base from within our community and region. In 2020, we shared our events and outdoor experiences with over 2500 members at dozens of locations, planning and scheduling over 200 unique outdoor events for our community and walking/hiking over 3000 kilometres. In 2020, we registered an attendance record of 126 Hikers and Explorers at an event at Hervey Range.

In 2021, over 2000 volunteer hours were put into organising and managing the group.

ALL content you see on Townsville Hike and Explore Channels is taken from OUR extended group activities and from OUR members. Our channels and website reflect valued contributions from many of Northern & Central Queensland’s avid hikers and explorers who spend their spare time exploring and documenting our regions.

We are a social group and invite adventurers from all areas of our community to get active, get outdoors, get involved and join us on our regular adventures across Northern and Central Queensland.

Positive engagement within the group is something we pride ourselves on, as well as witnessing the lifelong friendships and bonds formed between group members as we find ourselves adventuring in the unknown, at times a long way outside of our comfort zones!

If you’re attending an event, please ensure you familiarise yourself with our Personal Responsibility Statement prior to RSVP.


As always, please bear in mind our PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY philosophy. We are not a formal organisation or association. We are a SOCIAL organisation and we do not charge a fee for activities.

We take no responsibility for any mishaps, accidents, illness, injuries that may occur as a result of the activity. It is up to each individual to make sure they are capable of completing the activity. If you attend an activity, it will be solely at your own risk.

Before RSVP’ing to this activity, please ensure you are physically capable of completing the entire activity. We take short breaks during the activity, but stick to a tight timeframe to ensure we complete the activity in the allotted time. Know your limits.

Remember, everyone is responsible for their own safety. You are responsible to ensure you bring enough water, snacks and any other relevant items to the activity. The event description is to be used as a quide only.

If you are not sure if you will be able to complete the activity, please contact the activity organiser who will be more than happy to discuss your concerns

We welcome and value the input of our members in designing and planning our events suitable for all ages, fitness levels and capabilities which range from social mid-week sunset and photography walks to half day and full day weekend hikes, including overnight and multi day adventures.

Our aim is simple – To Hike and Explore the endless points of interest across Northern and Central Queensland and share the experience with as many adventurers as we possibly can! We have a huge following and genuine support from within our communities which we greatly appreciate!

Join Townsville’s fastest growing social outdoor community! Looking forward to seeing you on the trail soon!

Townsville Hike and Explore consider the four core values of Fun, Fitness, Friendship and Community to be the foundation of what we’re all about!

We aim to incorporate and demonstrate these values within our group and during events. Aligning ourselves with these values is how we would like to portray ourselves to members, visitors and our community.