Situated on the tropical north coast of Queensland, Townsville is the perfect destination for your next holiday. With the paradise of Magnetic Island right on the doorstep, Townsville is the ideal place for an adventure with friends or an escape for the family.


Boasting 300 days of sunshine a year, national and international events, award winning restaurants and attractions, National Parks and the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, it’s not hard to see why people are attracted to Townsville.

Areas of Townsville

Magnetic Islands in Townsville

Townsville North Queensland is the gateway to the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef, wet tropics rainforest, tropical islands, wetlands, national parks and historical, military and outback experiences.


The Townsville North Queensland Region extends to The Burdekin in the south, Charters Towers to the west, Hinchinbrook to the North and the Palm Island Group to the east.


Magnetic Island

Located within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park just 8km off the coast of Townsville, Magnetic Island is the perfect tropical escape. With 23 beaches and bays, Magnetic Island has the natural beauty and serenity of untouched paradise, within a thriving community.


The Island is two thirds protected national park and is home to some amazing adventures that are guaranteed to make you wish you’d stayed longer. Magnetic Island has 25kms of walking tracks guiding visitors from bay to bay through bushlands of dry wattles and eucalyptus, to pockets of rainforest- making it the perfect place to view native animals up close in their natural habitats.


Northern Beaches of Townsville


Northern Beaches and Paluma

For a relaxing day out, Townsville’s northern beaches, 60km north of the city, are the ideal getaway. Bushland, Saunders, Toolakea, Toomulla and Balgal Beaches are perfect for fishing, swimming, picnicking and bird watching.


For a pleasant change of climate and scenery, travel a little further north along the Bruce Highway and turn left to Crystal Creek and Paluma. These two popular swimming holes offer the perfect place to cool off on a warm day. Big Crystal Creek, at the base of the Paluma Range, features a large swimming hole and picnicking area, perfect for families and larger groups.

Little Crystal Creek, located 11km up the winding road to Paluma Village, is well known for its historic stone arch bridge built in the 1930s. Cascading waterfalls feed into one of the best freshwater swimming holes in the north.



Hitchinbrook Shire in TownsvilleHinchinbrook

If tropical rainforest, eco-adventures, cultural heritage and beautiful beaches are on your list for the perfect holiday then Hinchinbrook ticks all the boxes. Just an hour’s drive north of Townsville is a wonderland of nature based attractions in a vibrant cultural setting.  


Those looking for a day’s adventure should visit Australia’s tallest sheer drop waterfall, Wallaman Falls.  The Girringun National Park is the gateway to the Wet Tropics Great Walks and home to the mysterious platypus and endangered southern cassowary.  A little further north is Broadwater State Forest, which offers tropical rainforest, open eucalypt forest and camping facilities.  Hinchinbrook is the closest mainland connection to Hinchinbrook Island with the channel a protected environment for dugong.



Charters Towers

Charters Town in Townsville

Driving down the wide streets of Charters Towers is like viewing a montage of Australian heritage. Once the second largest city in Queensland, Charters Towers is as rich in history as it is in gold.  Today, Charters Towers is the rural hub for graziers and the mining industry, although it is probably best known as the host of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest cricket carnival – the Gold Field Ashes.


For those looking to explore life on the goldfields, the Ghosts of Gold Heritage Trail brings to life some of the city’s most colourful and influential characters. Charters Towers still operates a country Drive-In cinema, screening some of the latest flicks under the stars.The main street offers a unique shopping experience where bargain hunters can uncover hidden treasures amongst the arts, crafts, antiques and second hand stores.



Step back in time and explore this unique heritage listed gold mining town.  A short 40km detour off the Flinders Highway, en-route to Charters Towers, you will find historic Ravenswood.


Townsville's Ravenswood

The main street looks like a movie set with its beautiful old buildings, mullock heaps and chimney stacks.  The Court House Museum, the restored School House, Thorp’s Building and Butler’s Cottage are just some of the treasures of this tiny town. Take a self-guided walk to visit them all or climb to the top of the local lookout to view the amazing open-cut mine. Travel just 5km out of town to admire the unusual geological formation that is White Blow Conservation Park, where a unique white quartz outcrop stands.


The Burdekin

Just one hour’s drive south of Townsville is the Burdekin Shire – sugar capital of Australia, fishing mecca, bird watching paradise and traditional homeland of the Bindal and Juru Aboriginal people.


Made up of the neighbouring towns of Ayr and Home Hill, the district includes over a dozen other smaller centres and is as famous for its rich, flat farmlands as it is for its amazing waterways and scenic beauty. The Burdekin maintains a healthy reputation for its friendly residents, great specialty stores and laid back lifestyle.