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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 286 metres (938 feet) from the heart of the city.

Back in the city centre and take a walk along The Strand, a 2.2-kilometre (1.3-mile) 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 8 kilometres (5 miles) 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
The Ville Resort - Casino
The Ville Resort - Casino
4.5 out of 5
Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville, QLD
The price is AU$150 per night

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! (973 reviews)

"Loved our stay at The Ville-the staff were friendly and helpful and the rooms very comfortable and good size. The best feature was the large gorgeous pool and comfortable lounges. If you just want to chill out then this is the place as there is not a lot to see around Townsville. We booked a table ..."…"

Reviewed on 5 Aug. 2020

The Ville Resort - Casino
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

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! (1,029 reviews)

"Room was very clean. I paid extra for room & breakfast onky to be told on check-in that there was no breakfast. Hotel is in a great location for a night out."…"

Reviewed on 2 Aug. 2020

Madison Plaza Townsville
Oaks Townsville Gateway Suites
Oaks Townsville Gateway Suites
4.5 out of 5
2 Dibbs Street, South Townsville, QLD
The price is AU$129 per night

Situated on the riverfront, this luxury apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Maritime Museum of Townsville and Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal. Perc ...

4.4/5Excellent! (901 reviews)

"Awesome place to stay. Nice and close to everything. Friendly staff and clean rooms"…"

Reviewed on 15 Jun. 2020

Oaks Townsville Gateway Suites

Popular places to visit in Townsville

Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal
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Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal

4.5/5(232 reviews)

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

4.5/5(189 reviews)

There are plenty of ways to experience this spacious beach on Magnetic Island, including swimming, fishing, watersports, horseback riding and beachfront picnics.

Billabong Sanctuary
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Billabong Sanctuary

4.5/5(73 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

SeaLink Magnetic Island Ferry return trip from Townsville
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SeaLink Magnetic Island Ferry return trip from Townsville

AU$34
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Sip & Sail Sunset Cruise
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Sip & Sail Sunset Cruise

AU$109
Per adult
Lunchtime Sailing Cruise around Magnetic Island
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Lunchtime Sailing Cruise around Magnetic Island

AU$179
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Billabong Sanctuary
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Billabong Sanctuary

AU$38
Per adult
Palm Island Scenic Helicopter Flight
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Palm Island Scenic Helicopter Flight

AU$699
Per adult
45-Minute Cape Cleveland & Bowling Green Bay Flight
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45-Minute Cape Cleveland & Bowling Green Bay Flight

AU$499
Per adult

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