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Pocket Guide: Townsville

Townsville is a bustling city in Queensland, perched next to Cleveland Bay and offering up more than 300 days of sunshine every year. From this vibrant northern city, visitors can enjoy a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, tropical rainforest, wetlands, and the outback. Learn to snorkel and dive, walk through the Anderson Park Botanic Gardens, or climb Castle Hill to take in stunning panoramic views of the region. No matter your style of travel, Townsville delivers a memorable experience.

Places to see in Townsville

Have an unforgettable time on your trip to Townsville when you visit the awesome attractions this city is famous for. At the top of your list might be the Reef HQ Aquarium, which provides a 2.5 million-litre sanctuary for more than 250 assorted aquatic species native to the Great Barrier Reef. Another popular point of interest is the Strand, an action-packed 2-km span of Townsville’s waterfront that’s replete with pools, parks, and playgrounds aplenty. If you wish to broaden your academic horizons, the Museum of Tropical Queensland and the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery offer an enlightening and educational experience that will add depth to your understanding and appreciation of the local Townsville culture.

Among other local sights to see is the Army Museum of North Queensland, which offers a look into the country’s military history. And if you feel like bushwalking, a trek to the top of Mount Stuart provides unobstructed views of Townsville from a height of 584 metres. If that’s a bit too ambitious for you, a trip to the top of Castle Hill takes half the time, but still offers views of Townsville’s skyline and nearby Cleveland Bay.


Townsville’s tropical savanna climate churns out a constant stream of storms and cyclones during the 180-day wet season from November to April. Rainfall in Townsville is known to be erratic, though, especially in recent years. The year 2000, for instance, marked the city’s wettest season on record, while the following year was the second driest season in the city’s history. Thanks to the frequency of southeastern trade winds, however, the winter months are moderate and play host to plenty of ideal days followed by cool, clear nights. With regard to temperatures, summer highs hardly ever hit the mid-30 degrees Celsius range, while winter lows have never fallen to freezing.

Townsville Where to Stay in Townsville

Whether you are travelling solo, on a family holiday, or jetting off on a couples retreat you can find the perfect accommodation in Townsville. From quaint bed and breakfast properties to 4-star hotels and impressive resorts, there are a wide array of cheap holiday rentals here. Visitors looking to explore the outdoors can also enjoy campsites. Quality, comfortable Townsville hotels exist in every price range—browse all that Townsville has to offer right here on

Travel Basics

Townsville enjoys a fairly temperate climate. The city is at its warmest in December, January, and February, when the average temperature is about 31 degrees Celsius. The area is coolest during June and July when the average temperature is 25 degrees Celsius. To enjoy the area during dry season, head to Townsville from July through September.

Transportation in Townsville is made available by taxi, a local bus service called Sunbus, and the car hire services available here on

Townsville truly has something for both the adventure and relaxed traveller. From spending time on the water to investigating local cuisine, you will have a holiday to remember in this friendly Queensland town. Book your next Townsville accommodation right here on You can find a hotel or other rental in the neighbourhood of your choice, and you always get the best deals with the Expedia Price Match Guarantee.