Top 5 Things To Do In Townsville

G’day Travelers! I recently had a chance to get up to Townsville in Far North Queensland to do a little bit of exploring. I’ll definitely have to go back again for a another trip and spend a week or two up there to see what else the region has to offer. But these are my top 5 things to do in Townsville, Queensland.

5. The Strand

The Strand is the roadway that runs parallel to the beaches in Townsville. To the east the horizon offers views out over Magnetic Island. To the west the skyline is dominated by Castle Hill.

The roadway itself is lined with hotels, shops, restaurants and pubs, with all sorts of parks and facilities along the way. It’s a great place to go for a stroll or just chill out and relax.

Townsville, Queensland, Australia

4. Museum of Tropical North Queensland

The Museum of Tropical North Queensland is a small but interesting insight into the history of Townsville. There are a couple of international exhibits on display. But what interested me the most was the local history, in particular the shipwreck of the HMS Pandora and the Great Barrier Reef exhibits.

To find out more about the Museum of Tropical North Queensland, including ticket prices and opening hours head over to their website –

Townsville, Queensland, Australia

3. Reef HQ Aquarium

Get a glimpse into the Great Barrier Reef without getting your feet wet. The large living coral reef exhibit is open to the weather allowing you to observe the reef as it would be in the wild. The Aquarium also runs a Sea Turtle Hospital which is a good chance to see .

To find out more about the Reef HQ Aquarium, including opening hours and ticket prices head on over to their website –

Townsville, Queensland, Australia

2. Castle Hill

It might be a hike, especially if you don’t have a car, but the trip to the top is worth it for the stunning views over the region. There are several look outs and walking trails around the top of Castle Hill, so even if you drive to the top there is a good chance to get out and stretch the legs.

Townsville, Queensland, Australia

1. Magnetic Island

Get lost on the natural wonder that is Magnetic Island. The island itself offers stunning landscapes and hidden away beaches. For the small size offers a large concentration of local wildlife which can be easily found along many of the walking trails through the National Park.

It’s located just off the coast of Townsville, regular ferry services run between Townsville and Magnetic Island. To find out more about the ferry services to Magentic Island, head over to the SeaLink Queensland website –

Townsville, Queensland, Australia

Heading to Townsville for the first time? Why not have a look at my tips for heading Townsville for the first time.

Have you been to the Townsville before? Feel something else should have been on the list? Let me know with a comment below.

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About the Author: Rhys Vandersyde

Traveler, Photographer, Content Creator. I've spent the last 10 years exploring all over the world, but there is still plenty more to see.

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