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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SeaLink Queensland

Townsville, Townsville Area
From AU$34 - 34
SeaLink Queensland is your one-stop-shop for your visit to North Queensland. From day tours, accommodation, transport and activities, specialising in Townsville and Magnetic Island, SeaLink Queensland can help you plan the ultimate holiday in this stunning region!

Mission Beach Dunk Island Water Taxi

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$40 - 50
Having been in operation since 1975, the Mission Beach Dunk Island Water Taxi offers transfers daily to one of Australia's most beautiful tropical island destinations, Dunk Island. Simply a short 10 minute ride in their fully enclosed 10 metre vessel, over azure blue waters of the Coral Sea and you can sink your feet into the sand and enjoy this remarkable island for the day.

Magnetic Island Ferries

South Townsville, Townsville Area
From AU$16 - 216
Take in the stunning views while cruising on Magnetic Island's only passenger and car ferry service. With eight return trips daily, they welcome you aboard Magnetic Island Ferries as they make their way to Magnetic Island where you can enjoy magnificent weather, azure waters, brilliant beaches, fascinating flora and fauna, fine food and wines, and activities almost too numerous to mention.

Burdekin Visitor Information Centre

Ayr, Burdekin Area
The recently redeveloped Burdekin Visitor Information Centre is located in Plantation Park on the Bruce Highway in Ayr. It is about an hour's drive south from Townsville, and an hour and fifteen minutes north of Bowen.

Tully Visitor and Heritage Centre

Tully, Cassowary Coast Area
Tully is a town not to be missed when travelling into the Tropical Coast Queensland! It is home to one of the largest sugar mills in Australia, which offer fully guided tours during the months of June to November - A memorable experience!

Absolute North Charters

Lucinda, Hinchinbrook Area
From AU$45.00 - 130.00
Absolute North Charters is the essential way to hike the Thorsborne Trail on Hinchinbrook Island. Three generations of adventure experience on the trail ensures you the best transfer options as well as intimate knowledge that keeps you safe and ensures your hike holds a place in your heart for years to come.

Port of Lucinda

Lucinda, Hinchinbrook Area
Located 100 kilometres north of Townsville, the Port of Lucinda exports raw sugar grown in the Ingham district. It is equipped with on-shore sugar handling and storage facilities, as well as a single trestle jetty and conveyor running out to an off-shore berth and shiploader.

Burdekin Gateway Visitor Information Centre

Home Hill, Burdekin Area
The Burdekin Gateway Visitor Information Centre is located on Railway Avenue in Home Hill. Situated behind the Home Hill Comfort Stop, it's the ideal place to call in when first arriving in town. The friendly and knowledgeable local staff can provide advice on what to see and do, and where to eat in the Burdekin.

Cardwell Visitor and Heritage Centre

Cardwell, Cassowary Coast Area
Cardwell Visitor and Heritage Centre is located on the Bruce Highway at the address is 53 Victoria Street, Cardwell. Heading North into Cardwell turn left into Balliol Street for plenty of parking. This is a historic precinct set in the old 'Cardwell Telegraph and Post Office' (now known as the Bush Telegraph) which was built in 1870 and is one of the oldest buildings in North Queensland.

Home Hill Comfort Stop

Home Hill, Burdekin Area
The Home Hill Comfort Stop includes all the facilities you need to enjoy a short break on your travels. Toilets, hot showers, barbecues, meal preparation benches and sinks, picnic tables, parents room and disabled bathroom.
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