Castle Hill

Castle Hill featuring landscape views, general coastal views and tranquil scenes
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Catch the sea breezes on this pink granite landmark in the city’s heart and enjoy 360-degree views of the city’s harbor and across to Magnetic Island.

Castle Hill is the pink granite outcrop that has been a prominent Townsville icon since the town was built in its foothills. As seen from below, the colored hill is an impressive sight, especially at sunrise and sunset when its deepening pink hues make the monolith look spectacular. Stand on its summit for unrivaled views of the region, with Magnetic Island across the bay and the Ross River meandering through the suburbs below and spilling out into Cleveland Bay.

At 938 feet (286 meters), Castle Hill falls just short of making this monolith a mountain. It was known to the Aborigines as Cutheringa. In 1864, during early European exploration of the Ross River area, Andrew Ball named it Castle Hill. To save its vegetation, much of Castle Hill was declared a reserve in 1888.

Facing the northern cliff face from below, look up to see a large graffiti. The Saint is the lasting result of a 1962 prank by students of the local James Cook University. On the northern-most peak of the three-peaked summit is a 1942 bunker that served as an observation post during World War II.

Dotted with water reservoirs and radio communications installations, the hill still serves the town in more than one way, although its main use remains that of a recreation reserve. You can potentially find 300 plant species and 50 bird species on the hill, including nesting peregrine falcons and brahminy kites. Also look for rock wallabies, which can often be seen hopping around.

Head to the summit at your own leisure to familiarize yourself with the town. Many locals use the tracks for their daily exercise, especially the Goat Track, leading from the lower northern slopes to the top of the cliffs. The Summit Walk has a steep set of stairs, if you’re keen to get in shape.

Drivers can follow winding Castle Hill Road to the summit of the second peak. To the east, view the pink granite bluffs overlooking The Strand, the city’s bustling foreshore. See the nearby stone monument for Robert Towns, the city’s founder. Come here just before sunset and bring a picnic or takeout with you, to see a sea of lights come on over the town as you dine.

Castle Hill is located just above downtown Townsville and has many access point. Facilities include parking spaces, public toilets, water fountains and shaded benches.

Top Hotels Close to Castle Hill

The Robert Towns
The Robert Towns
4 out of 5
261 Stanley Street, Townsville, QLD, 4810
The price is $62 per night from Jul 25 to Jul 26
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Townsville. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious ...
3.7/5 Good! (520 reviews)
"Great location, rooms are good only thing is I think they need to rethink the pillows, way to flat and soft or offer more than 1 per person. Otherwise friendly staff and ready to meet all needs"

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2022

The Robert Towns
Madison Plaza Townsville
Madison Plaza Townsville
4 out of 5
409 Flinders St., Corner Of Stanley And Flinders St., Townsville, QLD, 4810
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $66 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 2
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Townsville. Enjoy free WiFi, laundry facilities, and an in-room DVD player. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
3.7/5 Good! (957 reviews)
"Very convenient location"

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2022

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Aquarius on the Beach
Aquarius on the Beach
4 out of 5
75 The Strand, North Ward, QLD, 4810
The price is $105 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 4
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Townsville. Enjoy free parking, an outdoor pool, and a business center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (978 reviews)
"Proximity to beach"

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2022

Aquarius on the Beach
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The Robert Towns
The Robert Towns
4 out of 5
261 Stanley Street, Townsville, QLD, 4810
The price is $62 per night from Jul 25 to Jul 26
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Madison Plaza Townsville
Madison Plaza Townsville
4 out of 5
409 Flinders St., Corner Of Stanley And Flinders St., Townsville, QLD, 4810
The price is $66 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 2
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Aquarius on the Beach
Aquarius on the Beach
4 out of 5
75 The Strand, North Ward, QLD, 4810
The price is $105 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 4
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Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville
Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville
4.5 out of 5
334 Flinders Street, Townsville, QLD, 4810
The price is $108 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 18
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The Palmer Collective
The Palmer Collective
4 out of 5
12 14 Palmer Street, South Townsville, QLD, 4810
The price is $69 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 18
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The Ville Resort - Casino
The Ville Resort - Casino
4.5 out of 5
Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville, QLD, 4810
The price is $175 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 3
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Direct Hotels – Holborn at Central
Direct Hotels – Holborn at Central
4 out of 5
4 Kingsway Place, Townsville, QLD, 4810
The price is $96 per night from Jul 25 to Jul 26
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Direct Hotels – Kensington at Central
Direct Hotels – Kensington at Central
4 out of 5
1-3 Kingsway Place, Townsville, QLD, 4810
The price is $76 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 18
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Rydges Southbank Townsville
Rydges Southbank Townsville
3.5 out of 5
23 Palmer Street, South Townsville, QLD, 4810
The price is $91 per night from Jul 31 to Aug 1
Rydges Southbank Townsville
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