Townsville Visitor's Guide

Get a taste of the tropics in Townsville North Queensland, gateway to Queensland’s far north. The coastal city is a vibrant mix of modern architecture and restored heritage buildings, bustling outdoor cafes, restaurants, boutiques and quirky galleries, all linked by a shady park-lined beach promenade.

Things to do in Townsville City

Enjoy alfresco dining, explore the Great Barrier Reef and islands or simply enjoy the views from one of the city's beautiful parks. However you like to relax, there's plenty of things to see and do in Townsville. 

Kick Back on The Strand 

No visit to Townsville is complete without a stroll on The Strand, a 2.2km-long cafe-lined waterfront parkway with a free water adventure playground for the kids. 

See the Largest Reef in Captivity 

Explore the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet at Reef HQ, the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium.

Hang Out in the City 

Browse the shops and local markets, eat and drink you way along the buzzy restaurant strips on Palmer and Flinders streets, and soak in the water views from a cafe on The Strand.

Hike Castle Hill

For a sunset you’ll never forget, hike up to the top of Castle Hill and marvel at the 360-degree views.




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Get a taste of the tropics in Townsville North Queensland, gateway to Queensland’s far north. The coastal city is a vibrant mix of modern architecture and restored heritage buildings, bustling outdoor cafes, restaurants, boutiques and quirky galleries, all linked by a shady park-lined beach promenade.

Things to do in Townsville City

Enjoy alfresco dining, explore the Great Barrier Reef and islands or simply enjoy the views from one of the city's beautiful parks. However you like to relax, there's plenty of things to see and do in Townsville. 

Kick Back on The Strand 

No visit to Townsville is complete without a stroll on The Strand, a 2.2km-long cafe-lined waterfront parkway with a free water adventure playground for the kids. 

See the Largest Reef in Captivity 

Explore the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet at Reef HQ, the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium.

Hang Out in the City 

Browse the shops and local markets, eat and drink you way along the buzzy restaurant strips on Palmer and Flinders streets, and soak in the water views from a cafe on The Strand.

Hike Castle Hill

For a sunset you’ll never forget, hike up to the top of Castle Hill and marvel at the 360-degree views.




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