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Where Is Townsville?

Townsville is a small, but mighty coastal city in northeastern Queensland, just four hours south of Cairns. The Townsville Airport has limited international flights and is 10 minutes from downtown. Alternatively, the Spirit of Queensland train runs between Brisbane and Cairns five days a week, with stops in Townsville. Public busses run all over town on seven different lines, with taxis also readily available, but the downtown central business district of North Ward is easy to navigate on foot. Cars are generally suggested for more far-flung adventures outside of the city.

What Is Townsville Known For?

An unpretentious and industrial city of 200,000, Townsville considers itself the regional capital of North Queensland. The city contains a military base, two universities, significant Aboriginal populations, and serves as the main transportation junction west toward Northern Territories and north toward Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef. The city is blessed with an average of 320 days of sunshine per year and is vibrant with students, professors, and active military members as well as miners and old-timers. It is often used as a launchpad for visitors seeking adventures to the beaches of Magnetic Island or the nearby outback. Some scuba divers are attracted to the area to dive near the SS Yongala shipwreck, where 122 passengers lost their lives in 1911.

Things to Do in Townsville

  • Castle Hill Lookout: A pink granite mountain known as Castle Hill Lookout defines the city’s skyline, standing nearly 900-feet tall in the middle of the city. It can be found near the water and is surrounded by parkland. A trail leads to the summit which can also be accessed by car. Short trails at the top lead to lookout points with incomparable views across downtown, facing the water and beyond to Magnetic Island.
  • The Strand: Extending the length of the waterfront in North Ward, The Strand is a mile-long pedestrian walkway with the beach on one side and a few restaurants on the other. At the south end are the popular Strand Waterpark and Tobruk Memorial Baths. On the north end lies the Strand Rockpool, Kissing Point Fortification, Army Museum North Queensland, and Jezzine Barracks.
  • Reef HQ Aquarium: Claimed to be the world’s largest coral reef aquarium, Reef HQ is home to 130 coral and 120 fish species, in addition to other marine life such as marine turtles and sharks. The aquarium also serves as the government’s education center for the Great Barrier Reef, with highly educational exhibits. Reef HQ Aquarium is easily accessible from the central business district and marina.

Popular Destinations Near Townsville

  • Magnetic Island: A quick four-mile ferry ride across Cleveland Bay, Magnetic Island is partially a designated national park, while the other half is made up of four small villages: Picnic Bay, Nelly Bay, Arcadia, and Horseshoe Bay. All have some combination of accommodation and dining options, but Nelly Bay has the most variety of amenities. Popular activities on the island include sailing, snorkeling, jet skiing, sea kayaking, and walking the trails of the national park.
  • Little Crystal Creek: An hour north of the city and within Paluma Range National Park are natural rock pools of Little Crystal Creek. Popular with locals and visitors alike, this hidden gem in the rainforest is great for swimming and relaxing. Big Crystal Creek provides similar attractions nearby. The tiny village of Paluma offers a few accommodations in cottages and inns, with only a couple of dining options.
  • Charters Towers: The largest city in Queensland during its heyday in the late 1800’s, Charters Towers is known as a gold rush, outback town — just a 90 minute drive from Townsville. Local activities include panning for gold, taking a Texas longhorn cattle wagon ride, or touring heritage buildings and small museums. You can also tour two preserved WWII bunkers out of the 29 dotting the landscape.

Best Neighborhoods in Townsville

  • North Ward: The central business district of North Ward is a compact neighborhood bordered by the beach and Cleveland Bay to the east and Castle Hill to the west. It is walkable with the largest concentration of shops, accommodations, and restaurants at the south end.
  • Flinders Street: Known as “the nightclub strip” along Ross Creek, Flinders Street is the nightlife hub of the city — understandable given its immediate proximity to the CQUniversity campus. There are a number of other student-centric businesses in this area including gyms, laundries, restaurants, and shops.
  • Palmer Street: Known as the restaurant district for the downtown area, Palmer Street is located across Ross Creek from the central business district, Flinders Street, and Reef HQ Aquarium. The area offers a variety of cuisines for a range of budgets, and the area also includes shops and sights such as the Maritime Museum.

Home-types in Townsville

Townsville has a variety of property types for you to consider when booking a trip. Here are the most popular property types in Townsville:

Points of interests in Townsville

Townsville has several popular points of interest for you to check out when visiting the area. Here are the most popular points of interest in Townsville: