TownsvilleAustralia

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Enjoy the year-round balmy weather, relax at the beach, or explore the forests, wetlands, and marine habitats that surround north Queensland’s unofficial capital.

Visit Townsville for its beautiful beaches, laid-back atmosphere and easy access to the natural attractions of northern Queensland.

Start your visit by getting a bird’s-eye perspective of Townsville and its surrounds from Castle Hill, the pink granite monolith rising 938 feet (286 meters) from the heart of the city.

Back in the city center and take a walk along The Strand, a 1.3-mile (2.2-kilometer) promenade. Here, you can enjoy views of the ocean, find grassy spots for picnics,or visit some of the popular cafés and restaurants. If you need to cool off, take a dip at the Strand Beach, a great spot for swimmers of all ages. This beach has calm water as it is sheltered by Magnetic Island, which lies just 5 miles (8 kilometers) off shore. Maggie, as locals call the island, is nearly 70 percent national park and is just 25 minutes away from Townsville by fast passenger ferry service. There’s also a car ferry service to the island.

Explore more of the surrounding marine environment during a diving trip to the Great Barrier Reef or the wreck of the Yongala passenger ship. You’ll find several diving companies around town, with most offering packages for novices and pros alike. To see what’s under the waves without getting wet, visit Reef HQ, one of the world’s largest living reef aquariums. It has shows and presentations, including Turtle Talk during which you can visit the aquarium’s turtle hospital.

Take in some local history at the Museum of Tropical Queensland and the National Trust Heritage Centre. Military history enthusiasts will want to visit the Army Museum of North Queensland and the Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum. Townsville is the gateway to northern Queensland.

You can reach it by plane, bus or train from Brisbane and Cairns. Once in the city, get around using the public bus service, Sunbus, or taxis. Consider renting a car if you plan to explore the surrounding attractions, such as the longest single-drop waterfall in Australia, located in the Girringun National Park.

Top Hotels in Townsville

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Madison Plaza Townsville
Madison Plaza Townsville
4 out of 5
409 Flinders St., Corner Of Stanley And Flinders St., Townsville, QLD
¥5,276
per night
Feb 26 - Feb 27

Located in the heart of Townsville, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Catholic Diocese of Townsville, Castle Hill, and Townsville Entertainment & Convention ...

3.9/5Good! (1,853 reviews)

"Clean, convenient, friendly staff, close to good food"…"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2020

Madison Plaza Townsville
Oaks Metropole Hotel
Oaks Metropole Hotel
4.5 out of 5
81 Palmer Street, South Townsville, QLD
¥8,722
per night
Mar 6 - Mar 7

Situated near the beach, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Maritime Museum of Townsville and Perc Tucker Regional Gallery. Museum of Tropical ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,229 reviews)

"The property is hard to find to find. We had to ask a hotel which is out the front of the Oaks where to find the Oaks Reception. Later we were at the hotel having a drink; an elderly couple were trying to find the Oaks. There are two Oaks hotels in Townsville and the the taxi driver dropped the couple ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2020

Oaks Metropole Hotel
The Ville Resort - Casino
The Ville Resort - Casino
4.5 out of 5
Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville, QLD
¥14,194
per night
Mar 8 - Mar 9

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal, ReefHQ Aquarium, and Museum of Tropical Queensland. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,779 reviews)

"The service and resort was second to non I would highly Recommend it."…"

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2019

The Ville Resort - Casino

Popular things to do in Townsville

Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal
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Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal

4.5/5(18 reviews)

This easy-to-navigate and very scenic transport hub is the gateway to the beaches, bush walks and wildlife of one of Queensland’s most idyllic islands.

Horseshoe Bay Beach
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Horseshoe Bay Beach

4.5/5(16 reviews)

There are plenty of ways to experience this spacious beach on Magnetic Island, including swimming, fishing, watersports, horseback riding and beachfront picnics.

Magnetic Island National Park
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Magnetic Island National Park

4.5/5(13 reviews)

Take in panoramic views, spot koalas in eucalyptus trees, clamber over granite boulders and stroll along a golden-sand beach in this idyllic nature reserve.

Castle Hill
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Castle Hill

5/5(8 reviews)

Catch the sea breezes on this pink granite landmark in the city’s heart and enjoy 360-degree views of the city’s harbor and across to Magnetic Island.

Strand Park
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Strand Park

4.5/5(21 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Strand Park, a lovely green space in The Strand. Stroll along the area's beautiful beaches, or simply savor its charming cafés.

Billabong Sanctuary
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Billabong Sanctuary

4.5/5(11 reviews)

Cuddle a koala, hold a snake and hand-feed cassowaries and wallabies at this interactive sanctuary that protects native wildlife on the shores of the billabong.

Top activities in Townsville

SeaLink Magnetic Island Ferry return trip from Townsville
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SeaLink Magnetic Island Ferry return trip from Townsville

98% of travellers recommend
¥2,510
Per adult
Reef HQ - The Great Barrier Reef Aquarium
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Reef HQ - The Great Barrier Reef Aquarium

¥2,067
Per adult
Palm Island Scenic Helicopter Flight
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Palm Island Scenic Helicopter Flight

¥51,601
Per adult

Reviews of Townsville

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jul 31, 2019

Most stores close by 5 or 5:30 pm, so plan around that. There are certain days of the week that some stores stay open later.

5/5 - Excellent

Thomas

Jul 15, 2019

Magnetic Island is the crown jewel of the area; an absolute must-see.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 13, 2019

Great area to visit with family and friends lots of family things to do.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 10, 2019

Townsville has recovered very well from a flood that occurred a couple of months ago. Media coverage created a very dire impression of the area. That couldn't be further from the truth. Townsville and Magnetic Island are fully operational.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 20, 2019

Public transportation spotty. Allow extra time

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 15, 2018

Great to return to Townsville where I had lived and studied many years ago. However the Madison Plaza Hotel was a totall disappointment and waste of money.

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