National Parks and Nature

Nature lovers have plenty to experience in the Townsville region, spoilt for choice with bushlands, rainforest, wetlands and waterfalls, not to mention the amazing wildlife. Discover Hinchinbrook and the Tyto Wetlands and Girringun National Park or visit Magnetic Island with over 25kms of walking tracks that take in everything from bays to bush and don’t forget to see Australia’s largest natural koala colony. Take-in the largest single drop waterfall in Australia – 268m wall of water – at Wallaman Falls. Keep an eye out for some of the over 400 different bird species in the region. 



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Jourama Falls, Paluma Range National Park

Paluma, Charters Towers Area
Free Entry
A picturesque waterfall on Waterview Creek, lush rainforest and fragrant woodlands are nestled in the foothills of the Seaview Range and protected as part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Set up camp beside Waterview Creek and head off along the Jourama Falls track to the lookout over the awe-inspiring falls.

Lodestone Reef

Townsville, Townsville Area
Lodestone Reef is a popular dive site off Townsville visited by day boats that both snorkelers and divers will enjoy. This lovely reef has pretty hard coral gardens in the shallows that are overflowing with reef fish.

Fishing on Hinchinbrook Island

Hinchinbrook, Hinchinbrook Area
Free Entry
Discover an island with a Jurassic outlook which abounds in flora, fauna, palm fringed beaches and extensive mangrove lined waterways. Hinchinbrook Island offers extensive flats and channel systems which are home to many prime tropical sportfish.

Lake Paluma

Paluma, Charters Towers Area
Free Entry
Lake Paluma is an attractive lake surrounded by World Heritage Rainforest. It provides a water supply for approximately one third of the year. Weather proof shelters for day use with barbecues are available and camping sites for longer stays.

Townsville Town Common Conservation Park

Townsville, Townsville Area
Free Entry
Enjoy the secluded beaches framed by rocky headlands, coastal woodlands bordering seasonal wetlands, and deep-water lagoons that make this park special. Summer rains transform the park into an immense wetland, attracting large flocks of waterbirds The walking and mountain biking trails, ranging from short easy walks to cross-country mountain bike rides, are a popular nature escape—and lots of heart-pumping fun—close to the city of Townsville Hike across Many Peak Range, enjoy expansive island views while riding the Under the Radar mountain bike trail or walk the trail to enjoy a picnic on secluded Shelley Beach.

Saunders Beach

Saunders Beach, Townsville Area
Free Entry
Saunders Beach is part of the Northern Beaches precinct of Townsville. Saunders Beach has a residential community and some commercial accommodation. The beach is largely untouched and visitors still literally have the beach to themselves.

Pelorus and Orpheus Islands

Palm Island, Hinchinbrook Area
Pelorus and Orpheus Islands are a popular location for day trips off Townsville. Part of the Palm Island Group, 80 kilometres north of Townsville, access to these continental island is from Lucinda. All around Pelorus and Orpheus Islands are rocky reefs covered in hard coral, soft coral, gorgonians and sea whips in depths from 12 metres to 25 metres.

SS Yongala Dive Site

Townsville, Townsville Area
Free Entry
Situated near Cape Bowling Green off the coast between Townsville and Ayr, the SS Yongala is possibly the best wreck dive in the world. The ship, at 110 metres long, is one of the largest, most intact historic shipwrecks, as well as one of the most intriguing maritime mysteries - after sinking in 1911, the SS Yongala lay undiscovered for more than half a century.

Forrest Beach

Ingham, Hinchinbrook Area
Free Entry
Escape life's hustle and bustle and spend some time relaxing on Forrest Beach. Enjoy the long sandy beach front which overlooks Orpheus Island and the Palm Island group, or take a swim in the patrolled beach which also features stinger net protection during the summer months.

Keeper Reef Dive Site

Townsville, Townsville Area
Free Entry
Located off Townsville, Keeper Reef offers a wonderful dive for those that love to explore healthy coral gardens. It is easy to get lost at this dive site as the coral gardens are divided by ridges and bommies, creating a coral maze.
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