Holidays in Castle Hill

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Castle Hill which includes landscape views, tranquil scenes and a small town or village

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.

Castle Hill is the pink granite outcrop that has been a prominent Townsville icon since the town was built in its foothills. As seen from below, the colored hill is an impressive sight, especially at sunrise and sunset when its deepening pink hues make the monolith look spectacular. Stand on its summit for unrivaled views of the region, with Magnetic Island across the bay and the Ross River meandering through the suburbs below and spilling out into Cleveland Bay.

At 938 feet (286 meters), Castle Hill falls just short of making this monolith a mountain. It was known to the Aborigines as Cutheringa. In 1864, during early European exploration of the Ross River area, Andrew Ball named it Castle Hill. To save its vegetation, much of Castle Hill was declared a reserve in 1888.

Facing the northern cliff face from below, look up to see a large graffiti. The Saint is the lasting result of a 1962 prank by students of the local James Cook University. On the northern-most peak of the three-peaked summit is a 1942 bunker that served as an observation post during World War II.

Dotted with water reservoirs and radio communications installations, the hill still serves the town in more than one way, although its main use remains that of a recreation reserve. You can potentially find 300 plant species and 50 bird species on the hill, including nesting peregrine falcons and brahminy kites. Also look for rock wallabies, which can often be seen hopping around.

Head to the summit at your own leisure to familiarize yourself with the town. Many locals use the tracks for their daily exercise, especially the Goat Track, leading from the lower northern slopes to the top of the cliffs. The Summit Walk has a steep set of stairs, if you’re keen to get in shape.

Drivers can follow winding Castle Hill Road to the summit of the second peak. To the east, view the pink granite bluffs overlooking The Strand, the city’s bustling foreshore. See the nearby stone monument for Robert Towns, the city’s founder. Come here just before sunset and bring a picnic or takeout with you, to see a sea of lights come on over the town as you dine.

Castle Hill is located just above downtown Townsville and has many access point. Facilities include parking spaces, public toilets, water fountains and shaded benches.

562 Cheap Hotels Near Castle Hill

Madison Plaza Townsville
Madison Plaza Townsville
4 out of 5
409 Flinders St., Corner Of Stanley And Flinders St., Townsville, QLD
The price is AU$93 per night from 5 Feb. to 6 Feb.
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 ...
3.7/5 Good! (979 reviews)
"Overal a welcome stay at Madison, convenient to many inner city activities"

Reviewed on 26 Oct. 2021

Madison Plaza Townsville
The Ville Resort - Casino
The Ville Resort - Casino
4.5 out of 5
Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville, QLD
The price is AU$201 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
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. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (980 reviews)
"Really enjoy the casino especially the pool , food outstanding.. rooms clean no complaints really"

Reviewed on 14 Jan. 2022

The Ville Resort - Casino
Aquarius on the Beach
Aquarius on the Beach
4 out of 5
75 The Strand, North Ward, QLD
The price is AU$124 per night from 13 Feb. to 14 Feb.
With direct access to the beach, this North Ward hotel is on the boardwalk and within 1 mi (2 km) of Strand Park, Castle Hill and Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (962 reviews)
"Nice position and good reception service but during the holiday we stayed 4 nights with no room service , we could only change the towels from reception but no one fixed the bed or clean the room , it would be nice if they put water bottles in fridge , we had to go and buy water as soon we checked ..."

Reviewed on 8 Jan. 2022

Aquarius on the Beach
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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Madison Plaza Townsville
Madison Plaza Townsville
4 out of 5
409 Flinders St., Corner Of Stanley And Flinders St., Townsville, QLD
The price is AU$93 per night from 5 Feb. to 6 Feb.
Madison Plaza Townsville
The Ville Resort - Casino
The Ville Resort - Casino
4.5 out of 5
Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville, QLD
The price is AU$201 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
The Ville Resort - Casino
Aquarius on the Beach
Aquarius on the Beach
4 out of 5
75 The Strand, North Ward, QLD
The price is AU$124 per night from 13 Feb. to 14 Feb.
Aquarius on the Beach
The Robert Towns
The Robert Towns
4 out of 5
261 Stanley Street, Townsville, QLD
The price is AU$94 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
The Robert Towns
Rydges Southbank Townsville
Rydges Southbank Townsville
3.5 out of 5
23 Palmer Street, South Townsville, QLD
The price is AU$125 per night from 13 Feb. to 14 Feb.
Rydges Southbank Townsville
Grand Hotel and Apartments Townsville
Grand Hotel and Apartments Townsville
4.5 out of 5
8-10 Palmer Street, South Townsville, QLD
The price is AU$119 per night from 28 Jan. to 29 Jan.
Grand Hotel and Apartments Townsville
Oaks Townsville Gateway Suites
Oaks Townsville Gateway Suites
4.5 out of 5
2 Dibbs Street, South Townsville, QLD
The price is AU$144 per night from 28 Jan. to 29 Jan.
Oaks Townsville Gateway Suites
Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville
Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville
4.5 out of 5
334 Flinders Street, Townsville, QLD
The price is AU$123 per night from 28 Jan. to 29 Jan.
Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville
Allure Hotel & Apartments
Allure Hotel & Apartments
4.5 out of 5
Cnr Morehead St and McIlwraith St, South Townsville, QLD
The price is AU$95 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
Allure Hotel & Apartments
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.