With more than 320 days of sunshine each year; World Heritage listed national parks; and historic gold rush towns, the Townsville region is home to some spectacular natural landscapes and attractions.
The Bindal and Wulgurukaba aboriginal people are traditional owners and custodians of the Townsville region. Captain James Cook sailed past the Townsville region on his first voyage to Australia in 1770 and named nearby Cape Cleveland, Cleveland Bay, and Magnetic Island.
The red granite monolith called Castle Hill dominates the city centre. Take a walk to the top for views of the city and surrounding islands. The Ross River, which flows through the city, is often used by locals for waterskiing, fishing and kayaking. Enjoy a leisurely walk along The Strand, Townville's waterfront promenade, which has magnificent views over the Coral Sea. The Riverway complex offers recreational facilities for all ages.