Townsville

Travel Guide
Castle Hill featuring a sunset, landscape views 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 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.

Where to stay in Townsville

Grand Hotel and Apartments Townsville
Grand Hotel and Apartments Townsville
4.5 out of 5
8-10 Palmer Street, South Townsville, QLD, 4810
The price is $89 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Townsville. Enjoy breakfast, WiFi, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (972 reviews)
"Lovely staff. Neat and tidy room"

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2022

Grand Hotel and Apartments Townsville
Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville
Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville
4.5 out of 5
334 Flinders Street, Townsville, QLD, 4810
The price is $102 per night from May 23 to May 24
Stay at this 4.5-star business-friendly hotel in Townsville. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (761 reviews)
"Hotel has a policy of only allowing Covid Vax Guest to stay, this is very discriminating and unfair as it was neither state or fed policy to mandate this policy."

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2022

Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville
The Ville Resort - Casino
The Ville Resort - Casino
4.5 out of 5
Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville, QLD, 4810
The price is $136 per night from Jun 7 to Jun 8
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 our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (990 reviews)
"Absolutely stunning"

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2022

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, 4810
The price is $84 per night from May 29 to May 30
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 ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (339 reviews)
"We had the two bedroom apartment which was very large! The apartment was well equiped and steps from The Strand which is great for food and coffee. It also had nice views and had real salt and peper shakers PLUS, in a first since when..... two egg cups! Staff were attentive and super friendly, not ..."

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

Madison Ocean Breeze
Oaks Townsville Gateway Suites
Oaks Townsville Gateway Suites
4.5 out of 5
2 Dibbs Street, South Townsville, QLD, 4810
The price is $112 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury apartment in Townsville. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (979 reviews)
"The property was really great for the price and very family friendly"

Reviewed on May 2, 2022

Oaks Townsville Gateway Suites
Oaks Townsville Metropole Hotel
Oaks Townsville Metropole Hotel
4.5 out of 5
81 Palmer Street, South Townsville, QLD, 4810
The price is $105 per night from Jun 19 to Jun 20
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Townsville. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the breakfast and the comfy beds ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,343 reviews)
"quiet hotel but easy working to eating places,clean room with good amenties, good view from balconey and room of nearby port and ships."

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2022

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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