Just metres short of a mountain, Castle Hill is the giant pink granite monolith that stands proud in the centre of Townsville, serving as the perfect place for visitors to orientate themselves with the city. Take the easy drive to the top for stunning panoramic views of Magnetic Island and Cleveland Bay, Townsville City and suburbs and the Northern Beaches. If you’re up for it, challenge yourself and join the 1,000+ locals that run and walk up the Hill every day – running shoes are a must!
Townsville’s famous foreshore, The Strand, is the perfect place to relax during your visit to Townsville. Stretching 2.5 km and offering views across Cleveland Bay to Magnetic Island, The Strand is a favourite for locals and visitors alike. BBQ facilities, swimming enclosures, freshwater showers, a waterpark, playgrounds and waterfront dining make this an obvious place to visit.
The Townsville CBD is growing its reputation as a centre for fashion, food and entertainment. Visitors can enjoy boutique shopping, alfresco dining and regular local markets. The CBD is well connected with the Palmer Street dining and accommodation precinct located just a short walk from the central hub of Townsville Bulletin Square over the historic Victoria Bridge. Make the most of the free Wi-Fi in Townsville Bulletin Square and pop in to see the Volunteers at the Visitor Information Centre.
Located at northern end of The Strand, Jezzine Barracks hold special significance for the people of Townsville. The area has been redeveloped and includes a coastal path with magnificent views of Cleveland Bay and Magnetic Island, with disability access to Kissing Point headland. Interpretive artwork, way points and lookouts also feature and a walkway connects the popular Strand with the far reaching Pallarenda beach front.
Two huge swimming lagoons, playgrounds, parklands, a performance and arts centre and a sports stadium, all situated on the banks of the Ross River. The Riverway Precinct is perfect for families looking to enjoy the great outdoor lifestyle that North Queensland is famous for!
Reef HQ Aquarium
Reef HQ Aquarium is the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium and the Australian Government’s national education centre for the Great Barrier Reef. Reef HQ Aquarium provides the most outstanding Great Barrier Reef Aquarium experience through education, inspiration and entertainment. The Reef HQ Aquarium Turtle Hospital provides a dedicated facility where sick and injured marine turtles are cared for and rehabilitated.
Museum of Tropical Queensland
Located in the heart of Townsville city, the Museum of Tropical Queensland tells the story of the HMS Pandora, the ship sent by British Admiralty to capture the Bounty and her mutinous crew. The Museum also hosts a series of visiting displays and touring exhibitions throughout the year. The kids will love the Enchanted Rainforest display.
On the outskirts of the city, Billabong Sanctuary is an interactive wildlife park set in 11 hectares of wilderness. Hold a koala, cuddle a wombat, smile at a crocodile or wrap a python around your neck. Animal talks and feedings occur throughout the day – don’t forget your camera!
Townsville offers a number of museums showcasing the rich history and stories of the region. As well as the award-winning Museum of Tropical Queensland, other museums include the Maritime Museum, the Townsville Military Museum, the Townsville Royal Australian Air Force Museum and the National Heritage Trust Centre.
Dining, Drinking and Dancing
Townsville’s evolution as a metropolitan city is evident in its vibrant night life. Whether it’s sipping cocktails overlooking The Strand, trying your luck at The Ville Resort & Casino, fine dining on Palmer Street or partying until late in Flinders Street nightclubs, there is plenty to do after the sun sets.
The Perc Tucker Regional Gallery is housed in one of Townsville’s finest heritage buildings and hosts exhibitions with a special focus on North Queensland art, while Pinnacles Gallery at Riverway is a public space with a dynamic blend local and touring exhibitions.