Who are Townsville Hike and Explore?
Townsville Hike and Explore is a social walking, hiking and adventuring community, based out of Townsville, capital of Far North Queensland. We are a group 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.
The group was formed in 2018 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 December 2020, we find ourselves with close to 7000 members across 3 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 1000 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.
Townsville Hike and Explore “shares 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 2019, we shared our events and outdoor experiences with over 1000 different members at dozens of locations, planning and scheduling over 200 unique events for our outdoor community. In 2020, we have well and truly surpassed that number, including an attendance record of 126 Hikers and Explorers at a recent event at Hervey Range.
ALL content you see on Townsville Hike and Explore Channels is taken from OUR group activities and from OUR members.
We proudly promote and focus primarlily on the Townsville region and community with more than 90% of our events within 50km of the Townsville CBD
We are a social group openly inviting new adventurers from all areas of our community to get active, get outdoors, get involved and join us on our regular adventures in and around the Townsville area.
Positive engagement within the group is something we pride ourselves on, as well as witnessing the lifelong friendships and bonds formed between group members when we find ourselves adventuring in the unknown, at times a long way outside of our comfort zones!
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 in and around the Townsville region and share the experience with as many adventurers as we possibly can! We have a huge following and genuine support from within our community which we greatly appreciate!
Join Townsville’s fastest growing outdoor community! Looking forward to seeing you on the trail soon!
What Is Our Group All About?
Townsville Hike and Explore consider the four 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.