Attractions and Activities in Townsville

300 days of sunshine each year, a long beach-front esplanade, a lively restaurant and café scene, and zillions of things to do, most of them free! You won't get bored in Townsville... promised!

backpacker - guest house - holiday - Townsville - QueenslandThe Strand... ice-cream, cappuccino, and sunbathing

With its golden sand beach, water park, picnic and BBQ facilities, the Strand is a 2.5 km waterfront favourite. Swim with the turtles, take a dip in the Rock Pool, play a game of basket ball, or simply relax on the beach - the choice is yours!

(Free, except for the ice-cream or the cappuccino - of course!)

backpacker - guest house - holiday - Townsville - QueenslandEnjoy stellar views from Castle Hill

Walk, run or hop up to the top of Castle Hill, the giant red rock overlooking Townsville, to enjoy stunning views of the city, the bay, and Magnetic Island. For a romantic evening take the 'goat track' (2 km, 30 minutes) and marvel at the magical sights between city lights and the stars in the sky.

Experience the Great Barrier Reef at Reef HQ Aquarium

Reef HQ Aquarium is the world's largest living coral reef aquarium. This is your chance to visit the reef without getting wet or the ideal opportunity to learn about the amazing marine life of the Great Barrier Reef before you get there. Experience cruising sharks and pay a visit to the Turtle Hospital.

While you are there, don't miss the terrific Museum of Tropical Queensland next door.

Wildlife at your door step!

Ever felt like cuddling a koala? Hugging a wombat? Or if you are brave enough, wrapping a snake around your neck? Billabong Sanctuary is a truly interactive wildlife park set on 11 hectares of wilderness on the outskirts of the city. Mingle with the kangaroos, feed the lorikeets, or simply relax by the pool with a great BBQ lunch.

And so much more....

  • Queensland Arts at Perc Tucker Reginal Gallery FREE!
  • Botanical Gardens FREE!
  • Join a cattle muster at Woodstock Trail Rides
  • The monthly Strand Markets FREE!
  • Full Moon Party on Magnetic Island