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TownsvilleAustralia

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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Top hotels in Townsville

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Madison Plaza Townsville
Madison Plaza Townsville
4 out of 5
409 Flinders St., Corner Of Stanley And Flinders St., Townsville, QLD
£47
per night
12 Apr-13 Apr

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 ...

3.9/5Good! (1,877 reviews)

"Room was clean and tidy, bed was comfortable. WhT more can you ask for?"…"

Reviewed on 6 Apr 2020

Madison Plaza Townsville
Oaks Townsville Metropole Hotel
Oaks Townsville Metropole Hotel
4.5 out of 5
81 Palmer Street, South Townsville, QLD
£60
per night
14 Apr-15 Apr

Situated near the beach, this luxury aparthotel is close to Maritime Museum of Townsville, ReefHQ Aquarium and Cultural Centre Townsville. Also nearby are Museum ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,240 reviews)

"Great location. Comfortable bedding and nice shower. Room was clean but did smell musty and could use some freshening. Paid extra for Mt Stuart View room but view left a lot to be desired."…"

Reviewed on 8 Jan 2020

Oaks Townsville Metropole Hotel
Oaks Townsville Gateway Suites
Oaks Townsville Gateway Suites
4.5 out of 5
2 Dibbs Street, South Townsville, QLD
£65
per night
14 Apr-15 Apr

Situated near the beach in South Townsville, this luxury apartment building is close to Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal and Maritime ...

4.4/5Excellent! (884 reviews)

"2 bdrm unit, location and facilities ideal for family."…"

Reviewed on 17 Jan 2020

Oaks Townsville Gateway Suites

Popular things to do in Townsville

Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal
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Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal

4/5(1 review)

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

4/5(1 review)

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

5/5(1 review)

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

4.5/5(3 reviews)

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.

Strand Park
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Strand Park

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Strand Park, a lovely green space in The Strand. Stroll along the area's riverfront or simply savour its top-notch restaurants.

Billabong Sanctuary
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Billabong Sanctuary

5/5(2 reviews)

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.

Top activities in Townsville

45-Minute Cape Cleveland & Bowling Green Bay Flight
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45-Minute Cape Cleveland & Bowling Green Bay Flight

£249
Per adult
30-Minute Magnetic Island Scenic Flight
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30-Minute Magnetic Island Scenic Flight

£199
Per adult
10-Minute Townsville City Scenic Flight
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10-Minute Townsville City Scenic Flight

£93
Per adult
90-Minute Hinchinbrook Island Flight
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90-Minute Hinchinbrook Island Flight

£475
Per adult
Palm Island Scenic Helicopter Flight
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Palm Island Scenic Helicopter Flight

£349
Per adult
Reef HQ - The Great Barrier Reef Aquarium
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Reef HQ - The Great Barrier Reef Aquarium

£14
Per adult

Reviews of Townsville

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Dan

2 May 2019

Nice area but not a great deal to see.

Cities in Townsville

Billabong Sanctuary showing signage and a bridge

Nome

Queens Gardens showing forest scenes and a park

North Ward

Maritime Museum of Townsville showing interior views

South Townsville

Nelly Bay which includes tranquil scenes and a bay or harbour

Nelly Bay

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