Come to Townsville and enjoy its riverfront, parks, and beaches.

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.

Known for

Rivers, Swimming and Islands

Top Hotels in Townsville

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Madison Plaza Townsville
4 out of 5
409 Flinders St., Corner Of Stanley And Flinders St., Townsville, QLD
¥6,635
per night
Oct 14 - Oct 15
3.9/5Very Good! (1,747 reviews)

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 ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,747 reviews)

"Great location. Rooms weren’t big but were very comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2019

Madison Plaza Townsville
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Aquarius on the Beach
4 out of 5
75 The Strand, North Ward, QLD
¥8,708
per night
Oct 13 - Oct 14
4.3/5Excellent! (1,407 reviews)

Offering direct access to the beach, this North Ward hotel is on the boardwalk and within 1 mi (2 km) of The Strand Beach and Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,407 reviews)

"Right across from the beach great for a quick swim - biggest property on the Strand makes it easy to find. About a 20 minute walk to the ferry to Maggie. Property is a bit old but clean and well presented. Room had shower over the bath with a hand rail. Microwave and fridge .No cook top. Balconies ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2019

Aquarius on the Beach
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Oaks Metropole Hotel
4.5 out of 5
81 Palmer Street, South Townsville, QLD
¥8,141
per night
Oct 18 - Oct 19
4.4/5Excellent! (1,179 reviews)

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

4.4/5Excellent! (1,179 reviews)

"Thank you for an amazing stay!! The room was amazing and the staff went out of their way. Thanks again"…"

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2019

Oaks Metropole Hotel

Popular things to do in Townsville

Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal
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Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal

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

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

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

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.

Billabong Sanctuary
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Billabong Sanctuary

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.

Museum of Tropical Queensland
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Museum of Tropical Queensland

Set out on a discovery tour of the cultural and natural heritage of North Queensland in this interactive waterfront museum with ever-changing exhibits.

Top activities in Townsville

Cape Cleveland Lighthouse Tour
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Cape Cleveland Lighthouse Tour

¥6,609

Discover a piece of Townsville’s history Experience a half-day tour to one of the region’s most sought-after destinations. Cape Cleveland Lighthouse was the first lighthouse to be built in Townsville back in 1879.

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

¥2,525

Enjoy the secluded paradise of Magnetic Island, a tropical destination known for its quiet beaches, rugged landscape, and abundant wildlife. Easily accessible via the ferry from Townsville City, Magnetic Island is an idyllic place to get away even if just for a day.

Reef HQ - The Great Barrier Reef Aquarium
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Reef HQ - The Great Barrier Reef Aquarium

¥2,079

Experience the world's largest living coral reef aquarium at Reef HQ Aquarium, the National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef. This is your chance to explore the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet.

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