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The population of this area of Tropical North Queensland is approximately 200,000.
Brisbane, the state capital, is roughly 690 miles to the southeast of Townsville, while Brookhill is 9 miles to the south.
Remember to take the family along to Riverway Lagoon for a day of laughs.
ReefHQ Aquarium is an educational and fun place where the entire family can admire aquatic animals and pick up a few tips about marine conservation.
If you love animal watching, you'll be in seventh heaven at the Billabong Sanctuary and the Australian Institute of Marine Science. Together with some hands-on activities at the Bungalow Bay Koala Wildlife Park, you're going to have a ball.
Unique and unusual herbs, shrubs and vines, sheltering trees and long, sinuous pathways await you at the Queens Gardens and Dan Gleeson Memorial Gardens. The Townsville Palmetum and the Ingham Memorial Botanical Gardens are two more great places to take a stroll around.
When it's time for a break, grab something for lunch and find a quiet corner at one of the pleasant urban parks, such as Castle Hill and Magnetic Island National Park. There's also plenty of room to relax at Bowling Green Bay National Park and Rotary Park.
Whether you're after a certain map or just want a few pointers, the friendly staff at Tyto Wetlands Visitor Centre are there to help.
Pack some supplies and take a trip on out to one of the divine stretches of coast. Some of the nicer ones are Horseshoe Bay Beach, Little Pioneer Bay Beach and Cattle Bay Beach.
Mount Stuart and Nelsons Lagoon Park are popular with nature enthusiasts. Swing by for a break from the distractions of the modern world.
See the world from a different perspective by visiting one of the area's intriguing exhibition spaces. The Maritime Museum of Townsville and the Museum of Tropical Queensland offer a range of collections that are sure to capture your attention. Another two worth considering are the Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum and the Townsville Museum and Historical Society.
Find out about the different specimens that are on show while you meander through the exhibits of the Treasures of the Earth.
The striking artworks at the TYTO Regional Art Gallery and the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery are quite impressive. Don't forget to ask the attendant for some more information about each artist if anything catches your eye.
Step back through the ages with a trip to the Cultural Centre Townsville or National Trust Heritage Centre, just a couple of the preserved historic sites here. You might also like to take a few photos at SS Yongala Dive Site and the Zaro Cultural Gallery.
Travelers with an interest in religion will no doubt want to go for a walk around Catholic Diocese of Townsville.
Snap some photographs and chat with the locals at Yank's Jetty and Lucinda Jetty, a couple of well-known landmarks.
If you are looking to give your credit card a workout, discover the exciting shopping centers. Begin your journey at Willows Shopping Centre, Craft Market or Horseshoe Bay Markets.
Arts lovers will find plenty to cheer about at the Burdekin Theatre, which is among the premier performance stages in the area. After the show, follow your fellow theater goers to the nearby restaurants or bars and try the local specialties.
Whether you are traveling to Townsville for business or relaxation, you won't regret an afternoon spent at Adrenalin Jetski Private Tours or Yongala Dive.
If you aren't sure where to stay in Townsville, visit our Townsville lodging options. There are 61 different accommodations to choose from in this much-loved destination.
Those keen on finding a bed at the upper-end of the scale will be delighted, Townsville offers a range of upmarket options, including the Mariners North Holiday Apartments, at 7 Mariners Drive, and the Quest Townsville, at 30-34 Palmer Street. Alternatively, The Base Magnetic Island Hostel, at 1 Nelly Bay Road, and the Cstay, at 32 Picnic Street, are two properties well worth investigating if you are a bit more budget conscious.
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).
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mile (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 mile (2 km).
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.
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.
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 mile (2 km).
Situated on the riverfront, this luxury apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Maritime Museum of Townsville and Museum of Tropical Queensland. Cultural Centre Townsville and ReefHQ Aquarium are also within 15 minutes.
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.
This family-friendly Currajong hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Townsville Museum and Historical Society, Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum and National Trust Heritage Centre. Anderson Park Botanical Gardens and ReefHQ Aquarium are also within 3 miles (5 km).