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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Castaways Resort and Spa, Mission Beach

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$134 - 489
Castaways Resort and Spa Mission Beach is your absolute beachfront escape in the tropics. Idyllically bound by the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Wet Tropics Rainforest, Castaways is the perfect destination for couples, families with children and groups of friends.

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.

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.

Bush Oasis Caravan Park

Nome, Townsville Area
From AU$30.00 - 164.00
Bush Oasis Caravan Park - Your sanctuary to restore your inner balance. Catering to the mature audience and international tourists. Situated within close proximity to Townsville beachfront and restaurants (10 to 15 minute drive).

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 cabin styles on offer, from budget units to self-contained cabins and villas, there is sure to be something to suit all tastes and budgets.

Beach House Motel

North Ward, Townsville Area
From AU$105 - 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.

Sails on Horseshoe

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
From AU$170 - 290
From the door of your apartment, it is a short across the road to the golden sands of beautiful Horseshoe Bay. Sails has one-bedroom and two-bedroom fully self-catering units all of which have a separate lounge/dining area and a balcony or garden with table and chairs for alfresco dining.

Big4 Beachcomber Coconut Holiday Park

South Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$43 - 230
With 14 kilometres of white sandy beach and a view of Dunk Island at the front, and the tropical rainforest and Cassowary conservation area at the rear, Big4 Beachcomber Coconut Holiday Park is perfectly positioned for your holiday.
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