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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Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville

Townsville, Townsville Area
From AU$109 - 259
Stay at the iconic Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville in the heart of the central business and entertainment district and enjoy all that Townsville has to offer. A short stroll from your accommodation you will find award winning restaurants, nightlife, entertainment and major tourist attractions such as the Strand, Castle Hill and Reef HQ Aquarium.

Oaks Metropole Hotel

Townsville, Townsville Area
From AU$103 - 456
Townsville hotels come no more spacious, affordable and comfortable than Oaks Metropole Suites, making it the perfect Townsville hotel choice for those wanting to make the most of this exciting coastal city with prime access to local attractions, and the comfort of fully serviced and spacious apartment living.

Townsville Central Hotel

South Townsville, Townsville Area
From AU$89 - 167
Townsville Central Hotel is a hotel in the heart of the city. Located on vibrant Palmer Street, guests can enjoy a range of dining options at the surrounding cafes, bars and restaurants. Townsville’s main shopping mall, Flinders Mall, is close by and there is easy access to the city’s entertainment highlights.

BIG4 Rowes Bay Beachfront Holiday Park

Belgian Gardens, Townsville Area
From AU$30 - 220
BIG4 Rowes Bay Beachfront Holiday Park truly has the premier location in Townsville, offering a spectacular beachfront outlook with stunning views of Magnetic Island. Only a short distance from the popular Strand or the city centre, they offer all your caravan, camping and accommodation needs in beautiful Tropical North Queensland.

Absolute Backpackers Mission Beach

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$23 - 60
Welcome to Absolute Backpackers Mission Beach - a chilled out, friendly, resort-style hostel in tropical Queensland. Stay with them and you'll discover World Heritage-listed rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef fringed by unspoilt golden, sandy beaches.

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.

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.

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.

Orpheus Island Lodge

Townsville, Townsville Area
From AU$1600 - 3100
Located amidst the magical waters of the Great Barrier Reef, Orpheus is a secluded island hideaway accommodating just 28 indulged guests. Access is either via a 30 minute helicopter journey from Townsville, or a 1.

Central Kensington Apartments

Townsville City, Townsville Area
From AU$105 - 170
Central Kensington by Vivo Property is situated in the newly developed Central Village Precinct. Offering a variety of hotel rooms and modern one and two bedroom fully self-contained apartments. The Central Village Precinct is home to a new state of the art BCC cinema, variety of dining options including - Hogs Breath Café, Guzman and Gomez and Max Brenner.
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