Things to do in Townsville

You’ll be surrounded by water in the Townsville region, from the crystal-clear Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef to tumbling waterfalls in lush national parks. Discover Townsville’s offshore jewel, the delightful Magnetic Island, or check in to an exclusive resort on secluded Orpheus Island.

Great Barrier Reef

Discover the secret side of the Great Barrier Reef with a day trip to dive or snorkel at remote, uncrowded reefs. The SS Yongala, one of the world’s best wreck dives, is accessible from Townsville or Ayr. You can even experience the Great Barrier Reef on land with a visit to Reef HQ near the city centre. It’s home to the world’s largest living coral aquarium, a turtle hospital and a number of conservation programs that the whole family will enjoy.

Islands

There’s an island for everyone close to Townsville: Magnetic Island for families, Hinchinbrook Island for adventure-seekers and Orpheus for couples. On family-friendly Magnetic Island, look for rock wallabies, and members of one of Australia’s largest colonies of wild koalas. Test yourself and hike the famous Thorsborne Trail on Hinchinbrook Island; relax in absolute luxury or snorkel over a giant clam nursery on Orpheus Island. For the ultimate fishing adventure, take a helicopter to a deserted island for a private heli-fishing safari.

Nature and History

There’s plenty to discover on the mainland as well. Marvel at Wallaman Falls, Australia’s highest single-drop waterfall that’s almost 270m tall, and visit one of the many national parks in the region. Hike up the goat tracks to Castle Hill, the striking pink granite monolith overlooking the town, or discover some of the other walking, hiking and mountain-biking trails that cover the region. The Townsville region also has a rich WWII history, including the Forts Walk on Magnetic Island and Jezzine Barracks on Kissing Point headland.



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Bedarra

Dunk, Townsville Area
From AU$1390 - 2490
When you just want to retreat from the world, there is no better place to escape to than the all-inclusive haven of Bedarra. With just ten villas hidden amongst 45 hectares of tropical rainforest, Bedarra offers solitude, privacy and sublime views over the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef, with a maximum of 20 guests.

Oaks Gateway Suites

Townsville, Townsville Area
From AU$108 - 617
Gateway on Palmer is Townsville's next generation in resort-style accommodation. Located on the waterfront and conveniently close to the Central Business District fringe, Gateway caters to all travellers, both leisure and business.

Beach House Motel

North Ward, Townsville Area
From AU$110 - 360
Beach House Motel is a family owned and operated motel right in the heart of the Townsville Strand. It is surrounded by a wide variety of local attractions and activities and is only a short walk to the restaurant and cafe precinct.

Peppers Blue on Blue Resort

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
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.

CStay Holiday Accommodation

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
From AU$58 - 80
Welcome to affordable holiday accommodation on magnificent Magnetic Island, just eight kilometres offshore from the city of Townsville, Queensland, Australia. If you want to party hard, CStay is not what you're looking for.

Coral Coast Tourist Park Townsville

Mount St John, Townsville Area
From AU$35.00 - 200.00
A tropical, friendly, relaxed atmosphere awaits you! With a variety of air conditioned cabin styles on offer, from budget units to self-contained cabins and villas (including Pet Friendly options) there is sure to be something to suit all tastes and budgets.

Beachside Magnetic Harbour Apartments

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
From AU$245 - 400
Beachside Magnetic Harbour holiday apartments are located on the marina in Nelly Bay Magnetic Island. With ocean, harbour and parkland views from these near new luxury one, two or three bedroom apartments you will be sure to have a happy and memorable holiday on this island paradise.

City Oasis Inn

Townsville, Townsville Area
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.

Mariners North Holiday Apartments

Townsville City, Townsville Area
From AU$235 - 475.00
Welcome to Mariners North Holiday Apartments Townsville, where you enjoy guaranteed ocean views from every apartment. As the one and only 'absolute oceanfront accommodation' located anywhere in Townsville, Mariners North Holiday Apartments takes pride of place on The Strand on prestigious Mariners Peninsula - the most exclusive location in the city.

Charters Towers Tourist Park (Top Park)(Discovery Park)

Mosman Park, Charters Towers Area
From AU$31.50 - 160.00
Charters Towers Tourist Park, owned by locals who love their town, is situated approximately two kilometres from the historic city centre. Set off the main highway they offer a relaxed quiet stay with peaceful setting.
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