The Smart Lifestyle Centre
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The Smart Lifestyle Centre


During the active phase of the Townsville Solar City project, the Smart Lifestyle Centre showcased information and products available at the time to enable households, communities and businesses to reduce their everyday environmental impacts. It has been open to visitors to see demonstrations, gather information, discover new products, compare what’s in the market and make informed decisions. The ‘recycling’ of the building means significant resources were saved by refurbishing rather than rebuilding. 

The Smart Lifestyle Centre was a hub for energy efficiency and other sustainability related information and boasted new technologies when opened in Sept. 2008 such as the solar PV, smart meters, LED lights, interactive displays and educational materials that target a range of audiences in a fun and effective way.

Townsville Queensland Solar City currently share the Smart Lifestyle Centre with the Magnetic Island Mens Shed until the end of the lease in 2013.

During the project life, the centre regularly played hosts to school and public events. Additionally, the facility has been visited by key representatives of all levels of government, international delegations and businesses wanting to learn more about best-practice sustainability initiatives.

The Smart Lifestyle Centre is located on Horseshoe Bay Road at Horseshoe Bay and is open for solar tours by appointment. You can phone the Smart Lifestyle Centre on 4758 1674.

Travel information for visitors is listed below.

Getting there

Magnetic Island is located 8km off the coast of Townsville in tropical north Queensland. Visitors can travel to the island by car or passenger ferry, with daily services departing from the Breakwater Terminal, Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville.

View the Sunferries passenger ferry timetable.     View the Fantasea car ferry timetable.

The ferry arrives at the Nelly Bay Terminal on Magnetic Island. The Smart Lifestyle Centre is located 5km away at Horseshoe Bay. The local bus service meets every ferry and stops a short walk (100m) from the Smart Lifestyle Centre. View the Magnetic Island Bus Service timetable.

The Smart Lifestyle Centre

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