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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

The Ville Resort - Casino
The Ville Resort - Casino
4.5 out of 5
Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville, QLD
The price is AU$171 per night from 1 Nov. to 2 Nov.

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! (952 reviews)

"The Ville was great, wonderful staff and beautiful rooms., the Quarterdeck was also a wonderful restaurant"…"

Reviewed on 18 Oct. 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$82 per night from 2 Nov. to 3 Nov.

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 ...

3.9/5Good! (947 reviews)

"The staff is friendly but the elevator is old and have strong shaking when stop"…"

Reviewed on 17 Sep. 2020

Madison Plaza Townsville
Oaks Townsville Gateway Suites
Oaks Townsville Gateway Suites
4.5 out of 5
2 Dibbs Street, South Townsville, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$139 per night from 8 Nov. to 9 Nov.

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (907 reviews)

"Awesome place to stay. As always staff are great and rooms are clean"…"

Reviewed on 21 Sep. 2020

Oaks Townsville Gateway Suites
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.

Holiday Rentals in Townsville

Oaks Townsville Gateway Suites
Oaks Townsville Gateway Suites
4.5 out of 5
2 Dibbs Street, South Townsville, QLD
The price is AU$139 per night from 8 Nov. to 9 Nov.

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (907 reviews)

"Awesome place to stay. As always staff are great and rooms are clean"…"

Reviewed on 21 Sep. 2020

Oaks Townsville Gateway Suites
Madison Ocean Breeze
Madison Ocean Breeze
3.5 out of 5
81 Mitchell Street, North Ward, QLD
The price is AU$105 per night from 31 Oct. to 1 Nov.

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! (205 reviews)

"Close to everything, rooms spacious with great balcony."…"

Reviewed on 19 Oct. 2020

Madison Ocean Breeze
Oaks Townsville Metropole Hotel
Oaks Townsville Metropole Hotel
4.5 out of 5
81 Palmer Street, South Townsville, QLD
The price is AU$134 per night from 1 Nov. to 2 Nov.

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! (1,276 reviews)

"Nice clean room with kitchenette. Quite spacious for a studio. Washing machine and dryer great for travellers. Small but nice pool and gym. We ate locally but not at hotel facilities. Very convenient for Magnetic Island barge."…"

Reviewed on 4 Oct. 2020

Oaks Townsville Metropole Hotel
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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Reviews of Townsville

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5/5 - Excellent

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5 Mar. 2020

Best not to go during stinger season if you want to enjoy Magnetic island beaches. Central location was very convenient and close to Cowboys football club. Will go again.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Feb. 2020

safe and very clean

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

9 Feb. 2020

The new stadium will active the city... it is fantastic!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Feb. 2020

Plenty of dining options nearby. Food and service at Japanese restaurant Sakana was excellent.

5/5 - Excellent

Michelle

26 Jan. 2020

I live here

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

8 Jan. 2020

Airport has improved since I was here last, with efficient air conditioning, good lounge area options & plenty of baggage & security staff to make transiting through speedy & pleasant.

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