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Townsville
Travel Guide

Castle Hill featuring landscape views, a city and a sunset

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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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 AU$98 per night from 12 Jul. to 12 Jul.
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! (941 reviews)
"Fast easy and efficient check in, off site parking but only a two minute walk and next to a police station so comforting to know the car park was safe and secure, ladies on reception were friendly, efficient and welcoming. Room was surprisingly large with a lounge area and separate toilet and large ..."

Reviewed on 9 Jun. 2021

Madison Plaza 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$139 per night from 25 Jun. to 25 Jun.
Located in South Townsville, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Maritime Museum of Townsville and Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal. Perc Tucker Regional ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (958 reviews)
"Staff were all very friendly & helpful. Location was great. Room was as described, very clean & great for a quick 2 night stay in Townsville"

Reviewed on 28 Feb. 2021

Grand Hotel and Apartments Townsville
The Ville Resort - Casino
The Ville Resort - Casino
4.5 out of 5
Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville, QLD
The price is AU$213 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
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! (974 reviews)
"the ocean views, the pool lay out was good as well and location of the property was good."

Reviewed on 26 May 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.
Madison Ocean Breeze
Madison Ocean Breeze
3.5 out of 5
81 Mitchell Street, North Ward, QLD
The price is AU$127 per night from 28 Jun. to 28 Jun.
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 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (273 reviews)
"Good Motel, No Heating in Rooms, A/C set at a set temperature, Slow internet, at 600 Kbps, a bit noisy in the morning due to another nearby complex being built, and reception should advise guests, so as they sleep earlier, or wear ear plugs."

Reviewed on 10 Jun. 2021

Madison Ocean Breeze
BIG4 Rowes Bay Beachfront Holiday Park
BIG4 Rowes Bay Beachfront Holiday Park
3.5 out of 5
46 Heatleys Parade, Belgian Gardens, QLD
The price is AU$162 per night from 13 Jul. to 13 Jul.
Located in Belgian Gardens, this beach cabin is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Pallarenda and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal. Castle Hill and Jezzine ...
4.3/5Excellent! (75 reviews)
"Quiet location close to Rowes Bay. Facilities a little dated but functional. Short stay."

Reviewed on 1 Oct. 2020

BIG4 Rowes Bay Beachfront Holiday Park
Quest Townsville
Quest Townsville
4 out of 5
30-34 Palmer Street, South Townsville, QLD
The price is AU$213 per night from 28 Jun. to 28 Jun.
Located in South Townsville, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Castle Hill and Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal. Strand ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (376 reviews)
"Very close to restaurants and take aways. Pool with spa."

Reviewed on 14 Feb. 2021

Quest Townsville
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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