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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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.

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.

The Ville Resort Casino

Townsville City, Townsville Area
From AU$145.00 - 700
Discover a world class destination on the edge of paradise, and make it your own. A place to come together or a place to escape? A peaceful oasis, or a supercharged playground? A place to lose yourself, or to find your bliss?

Bedarra Island East Bedarra Island Retreat

Bedarra Island, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$990 - 1200
Bedarra Island for secluded romantic getaways. Bedarra Island on the Great Barrier Reef is a private island of unsurpassed natural beauty perfect for secluded romantic getaways. East Bedarra Island Retreat is the only property in Australia built over the Great Barrier Reef and two private beaches and close to Mission Beach and Cairns.

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.

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).

Sails on Horseshoe

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
From AU$190 - 305
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.

Grand Hotel and Apartments Townsville

Townsville, Townsville Area
From AU$140 - 565
The multi award winning Grand Hotel and Apartments Townsville is ideally located in the heart of Townsville's premier dining precinct and close to the Strand, Castle Hill, central Central Business District precinct, Casino and all of Townsville's attractions.

Tropical Palms Resort and 4WD Hire

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
From AU$120 - 180
Tropical Palms Resort offers 12 self-contained rooms for family holidays. Sleeping up to two adults and three children. Located in beautiful Picnic Bay on Magnetic Island. Tropical Palms Resort is just a 100 meter walk to the Picnic Bay Jetty, safe swimming beach, Picnic Bay Hotel and other restaurants.

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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