The Townsville Outrigger Canoe Club introduced outrigger canoeing to Townsville in 1990 through our founding members Ramona & Bill Milligan with one old canoe and a group of stable well-respected persons pursuing the ideals of the sport based at the Townsville Motor Boar Club
In 1993 the club was incorporated as a not for profit organisation and set it's sites on growing the profile of Outrigging Canoeing, increasing membership and becoming the premier Outrigging club in Queensland.
The club moves to the Strand Beach in 2000 with approval of the Townsville City Council to store our canoes on the Strand beach opposite the Strand & Kennedy St Roundabout. The location gave us exceptional exposure to local and visiting traffic and raised our visible profile and enhanced the exposure of our sponsors.
In 2004 the club establishes a Canoe on Magnetic Island & supports Dragons Abreast (Pink Ladies) to get established. The club is also recognised by the Australian Sports Commission as an "Active Australia Provider".
With Active involvement in the community through events below and strong support of our Regular Come & Try Outrigging Sign on Days the Club grows to a record membership level of 130 paddlers.
  • Thuringowa River Festival
  • Townsville Fire & Water Festival
  • Whitsundays Cultural Fest / Paddle Through History
  • Townsville Northern Beaches Festival
  • Magnetic Island To Townsville Swim  

Over this time with the great success both on and off the water, sound financial management, good planning and constructive activities the Club grows to a fleet of modern canoes, becomes independent financially and constitutionally achieving a strong financial position. The future of our club is secure, our goals within reach and only the sky the limit to our success. Our canoes are seen during all seasons training on Cleveland Bay and also in a wide range of out of town areas as we travel to events held in areas ranging from Rockhampton to Port Douglas.
Look out for US !!!