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Townsville Vacation Packages

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.


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£51
Madison Plaza Townsville

Madison Plaza Townsville

409 Flinders St., Townsville
3.7
of 5, from 152 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Townsville, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Catholic Diocese of Townsville, Museum of Tropical Queensland, and Maritime Museum of Townsville. Cultural Centre Townsville and ReefHQ Aquarium are also within 15 minutes.

£58
The Ville Resort - Casino

The Ville Resort - Casino

Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville
4.0
of 5, from 153 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Townsville hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal, ReefHQ Aquarium, and Museum of Tropical Queensland. Maritime Museum of Townsville and Queens Gardens are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Hotel Allen

Hotel Allen

Eyre Street, North Ward
3.1
of 5, from 18 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the sea, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Queens Gardens, Catholic Diocese of Townsville, and Museum of Tropical Queensland. Cultural Centre Townsville and ReefHQ Aquarium are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£55
Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville

Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville

334 Flinders Street, Townsville
4.3
of 5, from 21 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Townsville, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Maritime Museum of Townsville, Museum of Tropical Queensland, and Cultural Centre Townsville. ReefHQ Aquarium and Catholic Diocese of Townsville are also within 10 minutes.

£70
Aquarius on the Beach

Aquarius on the Beach

75 The Strand, North Ward
4.0
of 5, from 63 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in The Strand, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Queens Gardens, Army Museum North Queensland, and Museum of Tropical Queensland. Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal and Cultural Centre Townsville are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£70
Grand Hotel and Apartments Townsville

Grand Hotel and Apartments Townsville

8-10 Palmer Street, South Townsville
4.4
of 5, from 68 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly South Townsville hotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Maritime Museum of Townsville and Museum of Tropical Queensland. ReefHQ Aquarium and Cultural Centre Townsville are also within 15 minutes.

£74
Oaks M on Palmer

Oaks M on Palmer

81 Palmer Street, South Townsville
4.2
of 5, from 92 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this luxury apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of Maritime Museum of Townsville, Museum of Tropical Queensland, and Cultural Centre Townsville. ReefHQ Aquarium and Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£64
Rydges Southbank Townsville

Rydges Southbank Townsville

23 Palmer Street, South Townsville
3.5
of 5, from 60 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of South Townsville, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Maritime Museum of Townsville, Museum of Tropical Queensland, and Cultural Centre Townsville. ReefHQ Aquarium and Catholic Diocese of Townsville are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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