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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The World Theatre

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
Free Entry
Explore the World Theatre, a cultural complex where the unique blend of heritage architecture and state of the art technology meet. Browse at your own leisure and check with the friendly staff for details of the live shows, movie times, morning melodies and the free local and touring exhibitions of art, sculpture, photography and more.

Big Mama Sailing

Multiple Locations
Big Mama Sailing is owned and operated by a small family (Stu, Lisa, Fletcher and boat dog Coco). They offer a personalised and memorable sailing experience for up to 12 guests maximum. They are based in Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island but are happy to pick up and drop off at Breakwater Marina, Townsville for private charters and group bookings of six or more guests.

The Pier Restaurant and Bar

Townsville City, Townsville Area
The Pier is Townsville’s ultimate seafood destination. Located on Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, the iconic restaurant overlooks Castle Hill, Breakwater Marina and Magnetic Island. Originally built in the 1970’s as the Barge Inn, The Pier has been a mainstay on Townsville’s restaurant scene, feeding generations of Townsville locals and tourists alike.

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!

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.

Skydive Cairns

Multiple Locations
Skydive Cairns is an award-winning adventure tourism company, and a skydiving crew that takes professionalism to new heights, their unforgettable skydiving adventures invite you to leave your world and worries behind and experience the ultimate thrill of an adrenaline filled freefall.

Yongala Dive

Multiple Locations
Yongala Dive is a PADI Dive Resort offering a full range of Dive Courses, Dive Accommodation and Day Trips to one of the world's top dive sites- the historic S.S. Yongala Wreck. In 1911 it sank without trace in a tragic cyclonic event.

Magnetic Jet Ski Tours

Multiple Locations
The original (3 hour) circumnavigation of Magnetic Island. Established in 1996, Magnetic Jet is Australia's first self drive tour company. Tours are designed to showcase the incredible, rugged beauty "Maggie" has to offer.

Charley's Chocolate Tour

Multiple Locations
Charley's is unique in Australia and one of only a few places in the whole world where you can experience the whole amazing journey of chocolate from “Cocoa Tree to Chocolate Bar”. Here are some of the highlights of the tour:

Burdekin Theatre

Ayr, Burdekin Area
Located in the main street of Ayr - only one hour's drive south of Townsville - sits one of Australia's finest little proscenium arch Theatres. Every year, the Burdekin Theatre plays host to hundreds to live performances, conferences, meetings, festivals, exhibitions and local events.
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