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Townsville Accommodation, Hotels, Tours & Information

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Discover a holiday destination that leaves you feeling energised and alive! Townsville, in North Queensland offers a collection of attractions and events to spark everyone's curiosity!

Beneath the protective presence of Castle Hill, Townsville City combines federation architecture with modern fine dining like no other Queensland city. Stroll down The Strand and look over the breathtaking Great Barrier Reef, discover rich WWII history as you reach Jezzine Barracks and take the kids to explore an impressive water-park.

Townsville's many attractions include the world's largest living coral reef aquarium, an Australian native wildlife sanctuary, art galleries, museums, parks, restaurants and the spectacular Strand beachfront promenade.

If you are seeking an active adventure jump on board a diving trip to the Great Barrier Reef, spot a koala in the wild on Magnetic Island's walking trails, test your balance on a Stand Up Paddle Board on The Strand or admire ocean views along mountain bike trails at Pallarenda.

With a diverse range of dining and culinary precincts in Townsville there is something to suit everyone's tastebuds. From fine dining through to iconic Aussie pub meals and funky cocktail bars, Townsville comes alive with an infectious atmosphere! Many of the local restaurants and cafes feature fresh produce grown and sourced directly from within the region, adding a fresh, local flavour to your dining.

Need some retail therapy and craving a shopping break? Explore Townsville's range of specialty and boutique shopping opportunities within the City Centre or head to one of the major shopping precincts to discover local produce and the latest fashions.

Nature lovers are right at home in Townsville! Dip your toes in the ocean or relax on the shores of one of Townsville's golden beaches, spot a magnificent array of birdlife from the Townsville Town Common, explore lush botanical gardens, stroll along the river walkways or embrace an inspiring sunset on Castle Hill to end your day of exploring.

Using Townsville as a holiday base, visitors can experience the natural wonders of the diverse North Queensland region through day tours, cruises or adventure excursions - all operating out of the city.

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Lookout to Magnetic Island

Townsville: Activities

  • Visit Reef HQ the largest living reef aquarium
  • Visit the Museum of Tropical Queensland
  • Learn about local Indigenous history at the Cultural Centre
  • Visit Magentic Island and tour around in a mini moke
  • Cuddle a Koala at Billabong Sanctuary
  • Townsville: Shopping

    The shopping in Tropical North Queensland is as varied as the scenery. You’ll find everything from designer labels and international art galleries to inexpensive souvenirs and local arts and crafts. For unique gifts visit the head to Flinders Mall, the main shopping area in Townsville, to visit the Cotters Markets on Sundays, the largest in North Queensland.

    Townsville: Eating Out

    Townsville has a smorgasbord of dining delights from alfresco cafes to fining dining. There are five major dining precincts, each offering their own distinct experience.

    Townsville: Travel Tips

    Weather Guide
    Townsivlle North Queensland temperature average
    Summer 23ºC to 31ºC
    Autumn 19ºC to 30ºC
    Winter 16ºC to 27ºC
    Spring 18ºC to 30ºC

    What to bring
    Most Queenslanders dress informally, although reasonable dress standards are maintained in restaurants, hotels and bars. Lightweight clothing is suitable all year round; however bring something
    warm to slip on as the temperature drops at nightduring winter. To ensure adequate protection from the sun we suggest you bring a broad-brimmed hat,
    SPF 30+ sunscreen, sunglasses and a long sleeved shirt with a collar.

    Beach Safety
    Queensland has some of the world’s best beaches, however care and caution should be exercised at all times. Please remember to swim between the red
    and yellow flags and listen to instructions from lifesavers and lifeguards.

    Marine Stingers
    Marine Stingers are present in coastal waters from October to June, so please heed warning signs and instructions. Many beaches have netted enclosures
    for safe swimming. The good news is that stingers do not inhabit the Outer Reef, so make sure you take the opportunity to experience one of the
    world’s great wonders!