Townsville

Travel Guide
Castle Hill which includes a city, a sunset and landscape views

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.

Madison Plaza Townsville
Madison Plaza Townsville
4 out of 5
409 Flinders St., Corner Of Stanley And Flinders St., Townsville, QLD
The price is RM226 per night from 23 Sep to 23 Sep
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Catholic Diocese of Townsville and Castle Hill. Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre ...
3.7/5Good! (964 reviews)
"The hotel is excellent value, it has its flaws such as being a bit noisy but overall very good"

Reviewed on 10 Sep 2021

Madison Plaza Townsville
Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville
Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville
4.5 out of 5
334 Flinders Street, Townsville, QLD
The price is RM398 per night from 20 Oct to 20 Oct
Located in the heart of Townsville, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal. Maritime Museum ...
4.3/5Excellent! (697 reviews)
"Only stayed there as it was walking distance from queensland country bank stadium. Have never stayed there before"

Reviewed on 13 Sep 2021

Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville
Oaks Townsville Gateway Suites
Oaks Townsville Gateway Suites
4.5 out of 5
2 Dibbs Street, South Townsville, QLD
The price is RM452 per night from 10 Oct to 10 Oct
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 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (937 reviews)
"Pool was closed for 2 months. Generally cheerful staff, but hit and miss."

Reviewed on 30 Aug 2021

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.
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 RM301 per night from 18 Oct to 18 Oct
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! (78 reviews)
Working away
"I booked my tech in to stay here. He reports that it was very nice, clean and comfortable and the hosts were lovely. With this in mind I have booked him there again to stay for a week."

Reviewed on 12 Jun 2021

BIG4 Rowes Bay Beachfront Holiday Park
Oaks Townsville Gateway Suites
Oaks Townsville Gateway Suites
4.5 out of 5
2 Dibbs Street, South Townsville, QLD
The price is RM452 per night from 10 Oct to 10 Oct
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 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (937 reviews)
"Pool was closed for 2 months. Generally cheerful staff, but hit and miss."

Reviewed on 30 Aug 2021

Oaks Townsville Gateway Suites
Oaks Townsville Metropole Hotel
Oaks Townsville Metropole Hotel
4.5 out of 5
81 Palmer Street, South Townsville, QLD
The price is RM437 per night from 19 Oct to 19 Oct
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! (1,307 reviews)
"Friendly and efficient staff, clean rooms"

Reviewed on 28 Jun 2021

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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