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Guide to Townsville


With over 300 days of sunshine each year, there is almost never a bad time to make a trip to the tropical retreat that is Townsville.

Read on to discover the best things to see and do in Townsville or find and book accommodation in Townsville today.

About Townsville

Townsville is a regional city on the north-east coast of Queensland. It provides a snapshot of Queensland’s biodiversity; explore the rainforests, reefs, beaches and islands which make it a popular holiday destination for those seeking sunny respite.

Things to do in Townsville

The everlasting blue skies make Townsville the perfect place to spend most of your time outdoors. Visiting one of the many gardens or beaches is the perfect way to explore if you are on a budget. Check out The Strand, a well-maintained grass area along the Townsville foreshore with a fantastic water play area bound to keep the kids occupied for hours. Families will also enjoy Riverway, a park along the river with plenty of picnic and barbecue spots. The Palmeton is a beautifully maintained botanical garden celebrating all things palm tree and is free to explore. For fun by the water, try Bluewater a lively freshwater area popular with picnicking families, or one of the many beaches including Saunders Beach, Bushland Beach or the more isolated Toomulla Beach.

Attractions in Townsville

Reef HQ

Reef HQ is the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium. Walk under 2.5 million litres of water and experience the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet.


For those who want to scuba dive Townville’s S.S Yongala is recognised as one of the best wreck sites in the world to explore.

Magnetic Island

Just 8kms off the coast of Townsville lies the glorious Magnetic Island. The island got its name from Captain Cook who believed the island’s magnetic field was effecting his navigational equipment, however it is now believed the explorer simply had a broken compass. Over half of the island is world heritage-listed. On any given day, hit the walking trails to catch a glimpse of native Australian wildlife including koalas, echidnas and wallabies. Magnetic Island boasts 27 beaches for those wanting to soak up some sun. Plus, there is bike riding, sailing, horse riding, snorkelling, diving and many more activities to keep you occupied on your visit to the island.

Getting to Townsville

Townsville is located on Queensland's north eastern coast, about 347km south of Cairns,

By car

The drive from Cairns to Townsville via National Highway A1 and Bruce Highway will require about four hours.

By air

Direct flights operate between Cairns and Townsville.

When to visit Townsville

Like most of far North Queensland, Townsville experiences tropical storms and the chance of tropical cyclones between November and May. The period June to October proves popular with visitors where the sun is still shining bright but there is much less chance of rain.

Where to stay in Townsville

There is no shortage of places to stay in Townsville. For more accommodation options in and around Townsville, click here.