Things to do in Townsville
Get a taste of the tropics in Townsville, a bustling city surrounded by rainforests, beaches and islands!
Things to do & see in Townsville
Surrounded by breathtaking views and unspoilt wilderness, Townsville is your gateway to Queensland’s far north, surrounded by tropical rainforests, beaches and islands.
Take a leisurely stroll around The Strand, Townsville’s vibrant beachfront promenade, and climb Castle Hill – the giant pink granite monolith in the middle of the city – for spectacular views of the surrounds.
For a truly unforgettable experience, hop on the ferry to Magnetic Island, the tropical paradise known for its secluded beaches, sparkling clear waters and abundant wildlife, or challenge yourself to walk the Thorsborne Trail on Hinchinbrook Island, an eye-opening trek through cloud-capped mountains, lush rainforest, ancient swamps and pristine beaches.
Hop on the ferry to Magnetic Island, one of Queensland’s most beloved holiday destinations. This tropical paradise is known for its secluded beaches, sparkling clear waters and abundant wildlife.
Take a leisurely stroll around The Strand, Townsville’s vibrant beachfront promenade. Get out onto the water on a stand-up paddle board or go for a dip in the man-made saltwater rockpool!
For spectacular views of the city and the bay, especially at sunrise and sunset, climb Castle Hill. You won’t be able to miss it – it’s the giant pink granite monolith in the middle of the city.
Interactive wildlife tours with local rangers at Bungalow Bay’s own wildlife sanctuary. Your educational experience will see you wrap a python around your neck, hold shadow the red tailed cockatoo, bearded dragons and shinglebacks - plus meet their koala family!
Located off the coast between Townsville and Ayr, the SS Yongala is considered one of the best shipwreck dive sites in the world. After sinking in 1911, the shipwreck went undiscovered for more than 50 years!
Want to explore a shipwreck, dive on the Great Barrier Reef and visit a rainforest, all in one day? For 160 years, Queensland Museum researchers and curators have preserved and shared the stories of Queensland across earth and sea.
How to get to Townsville
In Townsville, our coaches arrive/depart from Sealink Terminal, 2 Sir Leslie Thiess Dr, Townsville QLD.
With more than 180 stops across the country and services in all mainland states and territories, Greyhound is Australia’s largest coach network. Check out our most popular routes to Townsville below. Travelling to Townsville from another location? There's a good chance we have a service there! Find available trips through the booking form at the top of the page.
How to get around Townsville
Your Greyhound bus to Townsville will drop you at the Sealink Terminal on Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, within walking distance of The Strand, Townsville’s beachfront promenade.
Townsville is a great city to explore on foot or on a bike, with a number of walkways and bikeways throughout the city, as well as cycling and hiking trails in the surrounding national parks.
Townsville does not have a suburban rail network. Its public transport system consists of regular bus services operated by Sunbus; timetables for these services are available online and at sunbus.com.au/townsville.
Magnetic Island is accessible by ferry from the Sealink Terminal; the trip to the island from Townsville takes approximately 20 minutes.
There are numerous car hire and taxi companies operating in Townsville; taxis can be hailed on the street and at taxi ranks, and pre-booked on the phone or online.
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