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Townsville
Travel Guide

Castle Hill showing landscape views, a sunset and a city

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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Where to stay in Townsville

Madison Plaza Townsville
Madison Plaza Townsville
4 out of 5
409 Flinders St., Corner Of Stanley And Flinders St., Townsville, QLD
The price is £46 per night from 22 Apr to 23 Apr
Located in the heart of Townsville, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Catholic Diocese of Townsville and Castle Hill. Townsville Entertainment & Convention ...
3.8/5Good! (961 reviews)
"Great central location. Close to supermarket and eateries."

Reviewed on 29 Mar 2021

Madison Plaza Townsville
Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville
Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville
4.5 out of 5
334 Flinders Street, Townsville, QLD
The price is £73 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
Located in the heart of Townsville, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal. Maritime Museum ...
4.3/5Excellent! (635 reviews)
"The friend welcome and the fact that the staff remember my name and my preferences... ie new TV.... they even remembered that I prefer milk chocolate over dark chocolate for the lovely welcome gift is a wonderful touch. The Papuan lady on reception is just delightful, she always remembers me. I’m ..."

Reviewed on 1 Apr 2021

Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville
The Ville Resort - Casino
The Ville Resort - Casino
4.5 out of 5
Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville, QLD
The price is £96 per night from 9 May to 10 May
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. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (977 reviews)
"Have done a great job going from Jupiter’s to “the ville”. Love the new pool and bar area, great hotel for Adults, will definitely return without children - in room dining was delicious! Drinks are bit overpriced but what do you expect at the one of two casinos in North Queensland. Gaming staff at ..."

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2021

The Ville Resort - Casino
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Oaks Townsville Gateway Suites
Oaks Townsville Gateway Suites
4.5 out of 5
2 Dibbs Street, South Townsville, QLD
The price is £80 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
Located in South Townsville, this luxury apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Maritime Museum of Townsville and Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal. Perc ...
4.3/5Excellent! (912 reviews)
"Stayed with family for an engagement party, everything was great."

Reviewed on 18 Mar 2021

Oaks Townsville Gateway Suites
Oaks Townsville Metropole Hotel
Oaks Townsville Metropole Hotel
4.5 out of 5
81 Palmer Street, South Townsville, QLD
The price is £80 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
Located in South Townsville, 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! (1,277 reviews)
"The hotel was clean and comfortable. The washing machine/ dryer a bonus."

Reviewed on 1 Apr 2021

Oaks Townsville Metropole Hotel
Madison Ocean Breeze
Madison Ocean Breeze
3.5 out of 5
81 Mitchell Street, North Ward, QLD
The price is £60 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
Offering direct access to the beach, this North Ward aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Strand Beach and Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal. Strand Park and ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (257 reviews)
"Great location one block from strand Well maintained and equipped rooms Nice pool"

Reviewed on 29 Mar 2021

Madison Ocean Breeze
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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2 May 2019

Nice area but not a great deal to see.

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