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Local Highlights

Magnetic Island
ONLY 25 MINUTES FROM TOWNSVILLE IN NORTH QUEENSLAND Magnetic Island is a short ferry ride from Townsville, approximately half way between Cairns and the Whitsundays/Airlie Beach, within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage listed area – and it’s where you’ll find a host of hidden treasures! The island boasts a total of 23 pristine bays and beaches, although many of these are only accessible by boat.

Mamu Tropical Skywalk
Experience the culture and beauty of Far North Queensland immersed in world heritage rainforest. Open everyday offering 1100m of walking tracks meandering from ground level to 350m above the North Johnstone River.

Paronella Park
Step back in time and be amazed by the ingenuity and determination shown by one man with a dream. Paronella Park today is a celebration of the Paronella family's achievements, particularly those of it's founder, José Paronella. On arrival, our guests are taken through the many highlights of the Park on a 45 minute storytelling tour. This tour sets the scene for the rest of your visit. Paronella Park has something for everyone. Fantastic photo opportunities, remarkable architecture, an incredible story, 5ha of tropical gardens, wildlife and fish feeding, a boutique caravan and camping grounds, a café with fresh local produ

Balgal Beach
Balgal Beach forms part of the popular Northern Beaches district of Townsville North Queensland. Offering a superb sand beach and secure swimming in the stinger net from November to May, Balgal is ideal for a relaxing day by the ocean or a fun way to spend time with the whole family. The area is also a renowned river fishing locati

Billabong Sanctuary
Billabong Sanctuary is a wildlife park featuring over 100 species of Australian animals, specialising in the fauna of North Queensland such as the saltwater crocodile and the endangered cassowary.

Bushland Beach
Bushland Beach is part of the Northern Beaches area of Townsville, located 25 minutes drive from Townsville's central business district. Access to Bushland Beach is via a turnoff along the Bruce Highway. This beautiful stretch of beach is a suburban area with visitor accommodation and facilities available. Fishing, swimming and water activities permitted. At low tide, an old wooden shipwreck is uncovered. The beach is well serviced with a resort, barbecue facilities, playgrounds and a boat ramp.

Castle Hill
Just metres short of a mountain, Castle Hill is the giant pink granite monolith that stands proud in the centre of Townsville - a perfect place for visitors to orientate themselves. As well as offering vehicle access, Castle Hill provides a number of popular walking tracks, which are frequented by more than 2,500 locals a day! The 360-degree views of Townsville at the top are well worth the journey. Be sure to have a camera on hand, particularly for sunrise or sunset as these are photo opportunities which shouldn't be missed.

Cotters Markets
Discover North Queensland's freshest produce, award winning arts and crafts and a collection of local stalls, entertainment and gift ideas at Cotters Markets. Held every Sunday from 8.30am until 1pm. The markets offer ultra-fresh fruit and vegetables, stunning jewellery, original art works, massages, woodwork, stuffed toads, home-baked cakes, gifts for all occasions and entertainment. Come along and check it out!

Davies Reef Dive Site
Davies Reef, off Townsville on the Great Barrier Reef, is home to a number of dive sites from large pinnacles with small caves to prolific coral gardens and drop-offs. Deep gutters cut through the reef where the walls are decorated with soft corals and gorgonians. Small tropicals and large numbers of pelagics congregate in the area. Dive sites include the Sisters, Coral Gardens and Atlantis.

Edmund Kennedy, Girramay National Park
This scenic part of Girramay National Park features lowland rainforest, open eucalypt forest, paperbark woodland, sedge swamps and extensive mangrove forests as well as secluded beaches with island views. The park's swamps are flooded by wet season rains flowing from coastal ranges, and, as the flood waters subside, the swamps become a tranquil setting, the water stained with tannin from the tea-trees. This diverse wetland park is in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.

Fishing at Magnetic Island
Magnetic Island is an angler's dream with a catch virtually guaranteed! Sit back, throw in a line and enjoy the rush of reeling in your latest bite. What a catch it can be; 22-pound Coral Trout and 44-pound Spanish Mackerel are among the trophies happy fishermen have taken home.

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