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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Reef HQ Aquarium

Townsville, Townsville Area
From AU$22 - 70
Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium is the the world's largest living coral reef aquarium and the Australian Government's national education centre for the Great Barrier Reef. Immerse yourself in the underwater viewing tunnel offering magical views of a living coral reef and the predators that prowl the water depths.

Adrenalin Snorkel and Dive

Multiple Locations
Adrenalin Snorkel and Dive is one of Townsville's longest established dive training and marine tourism operators. They specialise in providing snorkelling and diving trips as well as training of divers as part of a full dive service.

Billabong Sanctuary

Nome, Townsville Area
From AU$38 - 110
Billabong Sanctuary offers Australia’s Best Interactive Wildlife Experience! Located just 20 minutes south of Townsville on Highway 1A , Queensland, it features native animals in natural habitats of eucalypt forest, rainforest and wetlands.

Pleasure Divers Magnetic Island

Multiple Locations
Pleasure Divers Magnetic Island is Magnetic Island's longest running PADI and SSI dive center, offering courses and tours from beginner to professional. Pleasure Divers has been in operation for over 20 years.

Magnetic Islands BEST Bus Tours

Multiple Locations
Magnetic Islands BEST Bus Tours provide a comprehensive, personal day tour of beautiful Magnetic Island. Commentary by a friendly, knowledgeable local tour guide covers, wildlife, flora, geology, folk lore, attractions and more.

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

Townsville, Townsville Area
Free Entry
Housed in one of Townsville’s finest heritage buildings, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery is a dynamic visual arts centre and has a significant collection of North Queensland art. It is Townsville’s foremost gallery with an exciting and diverse program of local, national and international exhibitions, with a special focus on exhibitions featuring North Queensland artists.

Aquascene Magnetic Island

Multiple Locations
One of Queensland's Signature Tour Experiences, multi award-winning Aquascene are renowned for their exceptional tour experiences. Discover special places you won't find on your own and create connections with real people and special places as family owned Aquascene share with you this beautiful Island they have called their home for over 35 years.

Pilgrim Sailing - Magnetic Island

Multiple Locations
Pilgrim Sailing is one of Magnetic Island's premium experiences provider offering exclusive sailing cruises on a luxury 58-foot yacht. Step on board and forget about the real world for a while. As the yacht sails peacefully along, you soak in the views of the stunning Magnetic Island coastline and enjoy some delicious local food and wine.

Zara Clark Museum

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
From AU$5 - 8
This National Trust museum houses a large collection of photographs, equipment and other memorabilia that reflects Charters Towers' golden and military past. Their friendly volunteers are only too willing to share their special stories and demonstrate some of the equipment that is housed in the historic Burns Philp building, built in 1888.

Raven Tours

Kelso, Townsville Area
Join an award winning tour guide that provides excellent service and exceptional experiences for small personalised groups. Love food then a Taste of Hinchinbrook Food and Wine Tour is for you, take a step back in time and hear the stories of yesteryear and explore a live gold field on a historic Ravenswood tour, The Great Historic Hotel Tour offers the history of Townsville's old hotels, hear murder stories, explore old hotels and comes with complimentary drinks!
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