Things to See and Do
Near Townsville, Queensland, Australia
The Townsville region in North Queensland, Australia, offers diverse experiences from the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Wet Tropics Rainforest, to the dirt and dust of the Australian outback. Take the time to meet the locals, and experience the lifestyle, culture and heritage that make the region so unique.
Featured Things to See and Do
Distance is calculated point-to-point. If landmarks, waterways or rivers are nearby, the distance may be further by road.
Reef HQ Aquarium
World's largest living coral reef aquarium that features thousands of incredible reef creatures, live preditor dive shows and animal feedings daily. IMAX theatre showings daily.
Museum of Tropical Queensland
From inland fossils, rainforests and wildife to the corals of the Great Barrier Reef and the fascinating story of the HMS Pandora. Discover the colourful characters of our early pioneers or brouse through a huge range of books about the history of North Queensland.
World Heritage listed Magnetic Island is a 20 minute boat ride away. Discover the rare beauty of this tropical paradise . Explore the hinterland on numerous nature walks, swim and sunbake at any of the numerous untouched bays or hire a jetski and circumnavigate the island. Dive, snorkel, dine, cruise, the choice is yours.
G&T Fishing School
About the Owner: A local to the Townsville Region, Graham Knight has over 30 years experience over a wide variety of aspects within the fishing industry. Through this varied experience, Graham has developed an extensive knowledge and a better understanding of how lures work and how they can be manipulated to give you better results chasing that target species. These techniques have proven very successful for Graham over the years and having participated in his fair share of fishing competitions, including sportfishing and gamefishing plus various line class competitions, he has certainly been able to put his techniques to the test.
3 restaurants, 24 gaming tables and more. Texas hold em poker, 300 gaming machines and 5 bars. Seafood buffet is one of the best in Queensland.
The Strand Beach
3 km of beach, restaurants, bistros and playgrounds. Great water park, olympic swimming pool and patrolled beach. Exercise paths, Basketball courts, BBQ's, open grassed areas and more.
Castle Hill Lookout
In the middle of the city, you will find Casle Hill. Drive or Walk to the top and be amazed at the expansive views over Magnetic Island and beyond.
Great Barrier Reef Tours
Various tours to the Great Barrier Reef are available from Townsville. Snorkel, dive or enjoy a glass-bottomed boat tour. Lunch included.
Australia's best interactive Wildlife Experience. Cuddle a koala, grapple a python, juggle a baby crocodile. It's all great fun. Bring some food and your togs for a BBQ and a swim while you're here.
Jezzine Barracks and Kissing Point
The Jezzine Barracks/Kissing Point/Garabarra redevelopment has been a $40 million partnership between Townsville City Council, the Queensland Government & the Australian Government. The 15 hectare precinct commemorates the military & Aboriginal heritage of the Kissing Point headland through 32 specially commissioned public artworks, extensive interpretive signage & restoration of significant elements of the Kissing Point Fort Complex. Large scale landscaping works have also opened up the area
Yongala Wreck and Great Barrier Reef
The Yongala Wreck & the Great Barrier Reef are diving drawcards. Townsville offers the ultimate in dive experiences, great value accommodation & a year round summer climate for the perfect diving stopover.
Castle Hill is a red monolith in the heart of Townsville City offering panoramic views. The hill is just metres short of being classified a 'Mountain'. There is a popular walking track for the fitness fanatics, with road access for both vehicles & pedestrians. Well worth a look......
Town Common Conservation Park and Walks
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park is a bird watchers paradise where you will see the likes of magpies, geese, brolgas, finches, wrens & cisticolas. The park also has a number of walking tracks from easy to difficult; - Forest Walk (1.9km return) - Bald Rock Car Park to Mount Marlow (2.5km one way) - Bald Rock Car Park to Pallarenda (4.5km one way) - Pallarenda to Tergoora Rock (2km return) - Shelly Beach Circuit Track (9km return)
Hervey's Range Heritage Tea Rooms
Located at the top of Hervey's Range, the former Eureka Hotel, built in 1865 has been loving restored & opened to the public. It remains one of the few slab sided inns left standing in Australia. Once a welcome site to weary travellers with their horse & bullocks teams en route to the goldfields, it stands on its original site. Everyone has the opportunity to not only experience the oldest building in North Queensland but peace & tranquility of the country, great food, coffee & a warm welcome.
Strand Night Markets
from 24 April, 2014 to 26 November, 2015
STRAND NIGHT MARKETS May to December Open 1st Friday of the month 5:00pm to 9:30pm
Willows Rotary Markets
from 02 August, 2014 to 22 August, 2015
WILLOWS ROTARY MARKETS Open every Sunday 7:30am to 11:30am Willows Shopping Centre Carpark - Cnr Thuringowa Dr/Hervey Range Rd, Kirwan
from 02 August, 2014 to 22 August, 2015
COTTERS MARKETS Open every Sunday 8:30am to 1:00pm Flinders Street (Between Stanley St & Denham St) - Townsville