Castle Hill, Townsville, QLD © Tourism and Events Queensland

Guide to Townsville

Mural, Townsville, QLD © Tourism and Events Queensland

Learn about the traditional owners of Townsville

The Bindal and Wulgurukaba Aboriginal people are traditional owners and custodians of the Townsville region. Learn about the stories and see original artworks from the Bindal and Wulgurukaba people at the Townsville Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre

Reef HQ, Townsville Aquarium, Townsville, QLD © Tourism and Events Queensland

Visit Townsville's aquarium

While you’re there, visit Reef HQ, located next door to the cultural centre. Inside, you'll find the world's largest living coral reef aquarium and the education centre for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. It’s home to thousands of fish and corals and North Queensland's first dedicated turtle hospital.

Castle Hill, Townsville, QLD © Melissa Findley/Tourism and Events Queensland

See Townsville on foot

Castle Hill is the red granite monolith dominating Townsville's city centre. You can climb to the top for views of the city and surrounding islands and then enjoy a leisurely walk along The Strand, Townsville's waterfront promenade, which has magnificent views over the Coral Sea. The Riverway complex offers recreational facilities for all ages, including a swimming lagoon with a toddler pool, arts centre and boardwalk. At the Museum of Tropical Queensland you can see relics from the sunken British warship HMS Pandora, which sank in 1791. Head to the Billabong Sanctuary to cuddle a koala, hold a wombat and stroll among the kangaroos and wallabies.

Magnetic Island, QLD © Tourism and Events Queensland

Go island hopping 

Townsville is close to a number of spectacular islands. Magnetic Island is a 20-minute ferry ride away, or you can take a short helicopter flight to Orpheus Island, a stunning national park. Hinchinbrook Island is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and Australia's largest island national park. It is home to the Thorsborne Trail, a 32-kilometre (20-mile) hike through spectacular wilderness.


SS Yongala, Great Barrier Reef, QLD © Tourism and Events Queensland

Explore above and below the water

Scuba divers won't want to miss the SS Yongala, one of the world's great wreck dives. Fishing enthusiasts should head to Burdekin, a one-hour drive south of Townsville to fish for barramundi and mud crabs in the rivers and estuaries. Burdekin is also famous for being the sugar capital of Australia. The Ross River, which flows through the city, is often used by locals for waterskiing, fishing and kayaking.

Little Crystal Creek, Paluma Range National Park, QLD © Tourism and Events Queensland

Visit the Paluma Range National Park

Around 90 kilometres (56 miles) north of Townsville is the Paluma Range National Park. Fringed by rainforest, the park offers beautiful spots to relax, camp, walk and enjoy watching birds, butterflies and other native wildlife. The traditional name for the Paluma Range is Munan Gumburu, which means "misty mountain". The stunning Jourama Falls are framed by rainforest and if you bring your tent or caravan, you can spend the night here at the camping area.

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