Set sail for Townsville’s seafaring history and discover stories from the deep when you visit this intriguing museum overlooking Ross Creek and the marina.
The Maritime Museum of Townsville is a fantastic resource for learning about the region’s seafaring heritage through thought-provoking displays and interactive exhibits. Discover the heritage of the city and its port, as well as the Royal Australian Navy and its role in various war efforts. Watch amazing videos of divers exploring a wrecked ship and explore a boat shed and a lighthouse.
Stroll up the gangway that leads toward the Maritime Museum of Townsville’s front entrance. Check out the Seafarers’ Gallery to see early photographs of Townsville’s port and the fledgling diving industry that operated here. You’ll see a U.S. Navy diver’s hardhat, as well as some intriguing early navigation instruments. Other highlights include the underwater video that shows divers uncovering the wreck of the S.S. Yongala, which sank south off Townsville in 1911.
Visit the Federation Gallery to find the exceptional exhibition Women’s War Two, which showcases the important roles that women played in Townsville during World War II. On the other side of the Federation Gallery, you’ll find a collection of model naval vessels. Admire the expertly crafted models and see photographs of the original ships. Continue onward to the Boat Shed, which contains antique wooden vessels.
Wander out into the Maritime Museum’s grounds to find the Bay Rock Light House. Formerly installed on Magnetic Island, this structure was one of Queensland’s first lighthouses and was moved to the museum grounds in 1992. Bring a picnic or something to grill on the barbecue in the museum grounds and enjoy the pretty views of Ross Creek. You’ll see another vessel in the museum’s collection moored in the wharf: the HMAS Townsville. Enquire about the guided tours that are available on this ex-Naval vessel.
The Maritime Museum of Townsville is located on the southern bank of Ross Creek in central Townsville. It is a short walk from many city attractions and an inviting strip of cafés and restaurants. The museum is open daily and admission is inexpensive. Discounts are available for children and families.