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Top 5 things to do in and around Townsville


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Perhaps best known for being a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Townsville is a gem in its own right, with amazing history, nature and wildlife everywhere you turn.

Whether you’ve experienced Townsville before or are thinking of visiting for the first time, here are the top 5 spots you must see in North Queensland’s largest city.





1. The Strand

Who doesn’t love a long stroll on the beach, more specifically, a 2.2km stroll on the beach? The Strand is a 2.2km stretch of waterfront promenade dotted with beaches, parks, restaurants, bars and some of the best views you’ll ever see of Magnetic Island, the Port of Townsville and Cape Cleveland. Plus, it’s a great starting point for the other attractions we’re about to share with you.

How to get there: Grab a seat on our popular Cairns to Townsville route where you’ll enjoy a peaceful, scenic journey with spectacular ocean views. Once you arrive in Townsville, the Strand is within walking distance and is a great central point for the rest of your Townsville adventure.


2. Magnetic Island

With two thirds protected National Park, untouched nature and quiet beaches, it’s easy to see how this island got its name, as there’s something truly magnetic about it. An untouched paradise, Magnetic Island boasts 23 bays and beaches and a sunny, mild climate all year round so you can take advantage of its dive sites and fishing culture.

How to book it: Stay for one, two or three nights with one of our flexible tours. Each includes accommodation and transfers so all you have to plan is how to relax once you get there.


3. Reef HQ: Great Barrier Reef Aquarium

Tick this one off your bucket list: A visit to the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium! This 2.5 million-litre coral reef exhibition showcases magical views of the creatures and predators of the Great Barrier Reef with a focus on educating visitors about the importance of the marine and reef conservation. Reef HQ is just a short walk from The Strand or a Ferry ride away from Magnetic Island.

What to do there: Have lunch at the Waterview Café or visit the Turtle Hospital to learn how you can help protect marine turtles in the Great Barrier Reef.

Castle Hill

4. Castle Hill

Standing proud in the centre of Townsville is one of the most distinctive natural features on the Queensland coast; a giant pink granite monolith called Castle Hill. 286 metres above sea level, Castle hill features many hiking and walking tracks for visitors to take advantage of its unrivalled 360-degree views of the city and surrounding islands. It’s also rich with military history; American soldiers in World War 11 used the Hill as a vantage point.

How to tour it:  What better way to appreciate Castle Hill’s rich military history than with a tour of it? Half and full day tours are available that take in the best of the city’s iconic sights while providing an in-depth history of each one.


5. The Stock Exchange Arcade

Take a trip back in time to the late 1800’s at the height of the Gold Rush, when the Royal Arcade, as it was then called, housed one of Australia’s first regional stock exchanges and the price of gold was once set within its walls. Known today as the Stock Exchange Arcade, this iconic building is rich with history, architecture and stockbroker’s offices that have since been turned into shops.

Where to grab a bite: So long as you’re travelling back in time, pop into the Civic Club (originally a gentleman’s club) and enjoy an historic atmosphere with 100-year-old billiard tables.

Ready to explore the best of Townsville? Start by reserving your seat for the ride!