Townsville

Travel Guide
Castle Hill showing landscape views, a sunset and a city
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 metres) from the heart of the city.

Back in the city centre and take a walk along The Strand, a 1.3-mile (2.2-kilometre) 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 kilometres) 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.

Where to stay in Townsville

Aquarius on the Beach
Aquarius on the Beach
4 out of 5
75 The Strand, North Ward, QLD, 4810
The price is ₹6,641 per night from 5 Feb to 6 Feb
₹6,641
per night
5 Feb - 6 Feb
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Townsville. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a business centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,026 reviews)
"Nice comfortable place to stay."

Reviewed on 1 Feb 2023

Aquarius on the Beach
The Ville Resort - Casino
The Ville Resort - Casino
4.5 out of 5
Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville, QLD, 4810
The price is ₹12,981 per night from 5 Feb to 6 Feb
₹12,981
per night
5 Feb - 6 Feb
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Townsville. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,013 reviews)
"Beautiful views, gorgeous pool, friendly staff"

Reviewed on 20 Jan 2023

The Ville Resort - Casino
Oaks Townsville Gateway Suites
Oaks Townsville Gateway Suites
4.5 out of 5
2 Dibbs Street, South Townsville, QLD, 4810
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ₹8,894 per night from 3 Feb to 4 Feb
₹8,894
per night
3 Feb - 4 Feb
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury apartment in Townsville. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,045 reviews)
"Really good size room. Lovely view. Bathroom was excellent very large. Would stay again."

Reviewed on 29 Jan 2023

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.
Madison Ocean Breeze
Madison Ocean Breeze
3.5 out of 5
81 Mitchell Street, North Ward, QLD, 4810
Stay at this 3.5-star beach aparthotel in Townsville. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (390 reviews)
"This property is nice and in a good location. only cons were tvs a/c was fixed to 21 in one room and 23 in the other. 21 was too cold. need to upgrade tvs to allow steaming. Beds were comfortable and all other aspects was fine 😊"

Reviewed on 23 Jan 2023

Madison Ocean Breeze
Oaks Townsville Gateway Suites
Oaks Townsville Gateway Suites
4.5 out of 5
2 Dibbs Street, South Townsville, QLD, 4810
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury apartment in Townsville. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,045 reviews)
"Really good size room. Lovely view. Bathroom was excellent very large. Would stay again."

Reviewed on 29 Jan 2023

Oaks Townsville Gateway Suites
Oaks Townsville Metropole Hotel
Oaks Townsville Metropole Hotel
4.5 out of 5
81 Palmer Street, South Townsville, QLD, 4810
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Townsville. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the overall value ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,396 reviews)
Transiting Townsville
"After my last stay, where I experienced a number of unsatisfactory issues, this was much better, HOWEVER the entry door from the outdoor carpark up the ramp is still not working after many weeks!!!"

Reviewed on 13 Jan 2023

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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