Welcome to Townsville North Queensland

It’s pretty hard to be unhappy when the sun is shining. And with an average of 320 days of sunshine per year, Townsville North Queensland has cause to celebrate.

You don’t have to like football, fast cars, diving or sailing in this town, but if you do, you’ll be in your own personal nirvana with a line-up of events usually only seen in bustling capital cities.

From Magnetic Island with its 23 bays and beaches, to the beautifully wild Hinchinbrook Island (home of the Thorsborne Trail) and epic Wallaman Falls, you can’t help but succumb to the allure of this region – sitting pretty between the reef, rainforest and outback.

Townsville’s CBD has undergone a transformation in recent years and is gaining a reputation for its shopping, food and entertainment precincts. Enjoy boutique shopping on Flinders Street, Palmer Street and Gregory Street as well as the regular local markets. Take yourself on a self-guided street art tour around the inner city streets, or check out the top-notch restaurants, bars and cafes on Palmer Street, the new City Lane and other favourite hangouts.

Custodians of the Great Barrier Reef

Home to the who’s who of reef research, turtle rehabilitation and marine education in Australia, Townsville is THE place to greet the reef.

  • Learn all about conservation and research on the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef at Reef HQ.
  • Snorkel your way along the reef or go for the ultimate dive at the SS Yongala wreck.
  • Sail your way around the Palm Islands group or bliss out in luxury on Orpheus Island.

Naturally fascinating

Travel really is the best education. Get the kids heads out of the books and into the great outdoors for a PhD in life.

  • See northern Australia’s largest colony of wild koalas on Magnetic Island.
  • Develop your own bird-watching Wikipedia in the Tropics wetlands.

Not just a pretty face

Once you’ve conquered Castle Hill and dived the Great Barrier Reef until you can’t flipper anymore...

  • Discover the WWII history of the area and check out the panoramic views over Magnetic Island on the Forts Walk.
  • Take a stroll through the newly landscaped Jezzine Barracks, a significant site for both the Australian military and local Indigenous people. Enjoy spectacular views, interpretive signage, artwork, traditional plantings and parklands.
  • Go from beach to bush and spend your days cooling off under waterfalls and spotting kangaroos and platypus in Paluma Range National Park.
  • Go panning through Charters Towers’ gold mining history.
  • Take part in preparing a traditional Aboriginal kup mari feast at Mungalla Station.

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Wanderers Holiday Village - Lucinda

Lucinda, Hinchinbrook Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$28 - 119
Wanderer's Holiday Village is a nature-lover's tropical beachside caravan park. Birds abound in the numerous palm trees in the village, including black cockatoos and torresian pigeons in summer and stone curlews nesting in the village in winter. It is situated on the North Queensland coast, two hours drive north of Townsville, and three hours drive south of Cairns, opposite the southern tip of Hinchinbrook Island. The Hinchinbrook Channel offers safe boating, fishing, dugong and sea turtle observation, with access from the Lucinda boat ramp (one kilometre), whilst those without a boat have the beach (200 metres), estuaries and jetty from which to cast a line, or enjoy long walks. Winter in North Queensland offers warm sunny days, with endless opportunities in the great outdoors, including natural attractions such as Wallaman Falls, Broadwater State Forest Park, Mount Fox Crater, creeks and waterholes and the Thorsborne Trail, one of the nominated Great Walks of the World, on Hinchinbrook Island. There are 162 shady sites, a huge well-maintained amenities block, and 14 airconditioned, self-contained cabins which surround two shady swimming pools for refreshing all year swimming. Activities that are accessible from the village are eco-tours, reef fishing, snorkelling, island visits and walking trails.

Island Leisure Resort

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$139 - 249
Island Leisure Resort is a small boutique resort. Their self-contained Polynesian bure-style units have a kitchen, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, television and outdoor dining patio. The resort is immersed in one acre of beautifully landscaped tropical gardens with a huge lagoon pool and spa. Other facilities include a full size tennis court, games room, licensed snack bar, poolside barbecue area, guest laundry and library. Free wireless internet is available to resort guests. You can choose from the self-contained family studio bures accommodating a maximum of two adults and two children (up to 15 years) or Queen bures accommodating a maximum of two adults. Only 50 metres to the beach and five minutes walk to restaurants and shops, a full tour desk and management are on site. Ideally located in Nelly Bay, a 15 minute walk from the ferry terminal or jump on the island buses at the front of the ferry terminal (a small charge applies). Limited taxis are available.

Hinchinbrook Resorts Lucinda

Lucinda, Hinchinbrook Area
From AU$135 - 600
Pristine water ways, stunning reefs and untouched islands provide the backdrop to this delightful resort. Located in Tropical North Queensland, Lucinda is the home of Hinchinbrook Resorts. Lucinda is 150 kilometres north of Townsville and 300 kilometres south of Cairns. The Hinchinbrook Region is renowned for containing some of the most outstanding and spectacular islands, reefs and waters of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. The area abounds with fish and coral as well as unforgettable scenery. Nature enthusiasts can stroll the resort grounds and nearby national parks where they can absorb themselves in bird watching or the sights of the many waterfalls. Anglers and boating enthusiasts can take advantage of the large boat ramp with ample trailer parking and for in-house guests boat mooring along the surrounding pontoons makes that big day out on the water a bit easier to come home to. You can truly enjoy the stunning natural beauty, rich history and fabulous attractions that await them. People of all ages will enjoy the many attractions of the Hinchinbrook area, whether here on business, seeking relaxation or something more adventurous.

Peppers Blue on Blue Resort

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
  • Deals
From AU$194 - 580
Experience the unique allure of one of Australia’s most relaxed escape destinations, Peppers Blue on Blue Resort on Magnetic Island. Just 20 minutes by ferry from Townsville, Magnetic Island is a blend of native Australian bushland, breathtaking beaches and sandy bays. Your suite at Peppers Blue on Blue Resort will be your private sanctuary. With the choice of Hotel Rooms, Studios, One, Two and Three Bedroom Apartments and Penthouses, you will be perfectly accommodated throughout your stay on Magnetic Island. Take full advantage of the contemporary design and stunning seascapes, boasting uninterrupted marina views. Studios and One Bedroom Apartments feature kitchenettes, balconies and complimentary WiFi. Two and Three Bedroom Apartments and Penthouses also have the added benefit of full gourmet kitchens. Peppers Blue on Blue Resort is the perfect place to experience the great outdoors – whether you’re fishing or diving, exploring reefs or rainforests, biking or boating. For those desiring more leisurely pursuits, laze around the magnificent saltwater lagoon, stroll along the marina or dine at Boardwalk Restaurant and Bar.

Orchid Guest House

Townsville, Townsville Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$54 - 85
Orchid Guest House offers budget travellers or business visitors the option of staying in a quiet, homely atmosphere, where they can expect a peaceful sleep (no noise after 10pm) and to relax in a tranquil setting amongst the palm trees and orchids. All ages can, if they wish, enjoy the friendly interaction with fellow guests as they unwind from their travelling or the day's activities. Some may decide to use the fully equipped kitchen. There is a free washing machine and line space in the garden. In the backyard there is off street parking or there is a free pick up on arrival from bus, train or ferry. The Airport Bus will drop off or pick up at the door. Orchid Guest House is only 600 metres from the Townsville City Mall for Sunday markets, shopping and nightclubs and pubs. A supermarket is just 400 metres. A 20 minute walk will bring you to Townsville's beautiful Strand; the Museum; the Aquarium; the Cultural Centre or Casino. Billabong Sanctuary and the Yongala Wreck and Reef trips pick up by arrangement. The holiday flat is separate from main building and is great for families (no age limit for children). It sleeps five.

Base Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
From AU$10 - 125
Base Backpackers is located right on the beach and is the only place to Stay and Play on Magnetic Island There is a choice of dorm rooms at Base from mixed dorms to the female sanctuary dorms which includes a sanctuary pamper package on arrival. The private tent (no tent provided) also has sea views! Camping site rates are based per person, not per tent. You must bring your own tent! The double rooms at Base are situated right on the rocks overlooking the ocean, you will not believe the view from your room! The Island bar has extensive decks overlooking the water, spend a lazy afternoon sipping on a drink and take in the magnificent views Base has to offer. By night the party scene comes alive with funky tunes and awesome bar games to keep the crowd entertained. The Island bar at Base is the best party bar on the island!

Magnetic Gateway Holiday Village

Cluden, Townsville Area
From AU$25 - 120
Magnetic Gateway Holiday Village offers a tropical atmosphere only eight kilometres from the city and is ideally suited for all your holiday activities. Shady native trees provide a relaxing setting and their comfortable ensuite air conditioned cabins can accommodate up to four people. Shady caravan and tent sites are available, complimented by their spotless and well maintained amenities block and barbecue areas.

The Lakes Holiday Park

Currajong, Townsville Area
From AU$45 - 240
The Lakes Holiday Park is your tropical oasis in the heart of Townsville, located just 4 kilometres from The Strand and located close to the airport, hospitals, shopping Centres, TAFE and the city centre. Their location is perfect for travellers wishing to visit Magnetic Island and the local attractions of the Townsville region. The Lakes Holiday Park has a range of self contained cabin accommodation, and all their powered sites have their own ensuite, with a 9m x 5m double cement slab (30feet). The Lakes Holiday Park is conveniently located next to a variety of takeaway outlets. To top it all off it is only a 5 minute walk to Castletown Shopping World. Buses depart every half hour from Castletown to all major attractions in Townsville. Pet friendly sites only at managements discretion - Pets are not permitted in or around any Cabin accommodation.

City Oasis Inn

Townsville, Townsville Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$100 - 400
Ideally situated in the centre of Townsville, they are a four star property only minutes from the vibrant Townsville Central Business District, The Strand and Castle Hill. They have a range of spacious room types to suit all guests, including motel style rooms, larger rooms with a kitchenette, pet friendly rooms and even a beautifully appointed miners cottage. Guests can also enjoy their award winning lagoon style pool, lush tropical gardens, free barbecue facilities and free wi-fi.

Rydges Southbank Townsville

Townsville, Townsville Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$119 - 179
Rydges Southbank Townsville is centrally located on Palmer Street in the heart of Far North Queensland's capital. The beautiful accommodation rooms offer views of Townsville City, Castle Hill and Ross River Marina. The hotel provides a full range of facilities including the iconic Southbank Grill and Bar and the Southbank Convention Centre. Comfortable accommodation with our luxurious Rydges Dream Beds along with a resort style pool and spa, FREE wifi and on site car parking are enhanced by friendly staff, exceptional service and keen attention to detail. In room facilities include 24 hour reception, mini bars, tea and coffee making facilities, iron and ironing board and room service. This hotel is the perfect gateway to Magnetic Island and the Great Barrier Reef and only a short stroll to all the key attractions of Townsville
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