Explore Townsville

Explore the transformation of a once serene coastal town into a vibrant metropolis, nestled amidst the splendours of the Great Barrier Reef, enchanting tropical islands, and verdant World Heritage-listed national parks. Experience the joy of discovery and the thrill of immersing yourself in the heart of nature.

Townsville, historically a military stronghold, continues to host one of Australia’s most significant army garrisons, housing the prestigious 3rd and 11th Brigades. The infusion of army personnel and their families has been a catalyst for the city’s growth, propelling it to become the most prominent urban centre north of the Sunshine Coast.

Bask in the perpetual warmth of Townsville’s climate, undeterred by recent rain events in North Queensland. With roads to Cairns now open, your adventure awaits unhindered. Delight in the wonders of Magnetic Island and the awe-inspiring beauty of the Great Barrier Reef.

Things to Do in Townsville

Visit a Visitor Information Centre in Townsville to have a personal conversation with a local expert about the city’s top attractions.

Immerse yourself in a variety of experiences, whether exploring by land or sea, or indulging in the plethora of activities the town has to offer. Magnetic Island, a short 20-minute ferry ride away, beckons with its coral-fringed beaches. Dive into the vibrant hues of the Great Barrier Reef, and explore the island’s wealth of national parks, secluded beaches, and lush palm groves.

In Townsville, you can also marvel at the natural splendours of the Great Barrier Reef without dipping a toe in the water. The town boasts the acclaimed Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium. This educational venue features a 2.5 million-litre display, as well as a sea turtle rehabilitation centre. Additionally, the Museum of Underwater Art’s first sculpture, “Ocean Siren,” comes alive at The Strand Jetty, changing colours with the water temperature.

The town centre itself is brimming with activities. Spend your days exploring the ever-growing array of cafes, restaurants, boutiques, and galleries along the main street, or enjoy the beachside promenade at The Strand, complete with a free water adventure playground that families adore.

While it’s no easy feat, the climb to the summit of Castle Hill is immensely rewarding. Conquer the 268-metre-tall landmark (just shy of being a mountain) for sweeping 360-degree views and the opportunity to witness a spectacular sunset.

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