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.



The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park


Great Barrier Reef Marine ParkAccessible from Townsville, the central section of the Great Barrier Reef offers some of the best diving sites on the east coast, from shallow lagoons, pinnacles rising from 30m to 5m from the surface, walls, swim throughs and wrecks.

 

Day trips often visit Lodestone Reef, home to a variety of habitats from shallow areas with white sandy sea floor and large coral bommies (outcrops) to steep slopes with deep crevasses hosting a great diversity of fish life, including small damsels and butterfly fish to larger animals like the giant trevally and occasional reef shark.

 

The multi day trips do most of the travelling at night to maximise visitors time on the reef, visiting a variety of locations like Wheeler Reef, with its white sandy cay and many pelagic species, Davies Reef with pinnacles rising from 30 metres and shallower bommies riddled with swim throughs and caves, Barra Bommie at Little Broadhurst Reef, where you can spot an octopus, and Australia’s best dive the Yongala Wreck, with the biggest diversity of large marine life around the world - Queensland gropers weighing over 300kgs,  giant trevally, turtles, sea snakes, bull sharks and eagle rays just to mention a few.

 

 

SS YongalaThe Great Barrier Reef Marine Park - Diving

Experienced divers should visit the SS Yongala, a 28m deep shipwreck, that sank off the coast of Ayr (just south of Townsville in the Burdekin) during a tropical cyclone in 1911.  Rated one of the world’s top 10 dive wrecks, the SS Yongala is home to a captivating array of hard and soft coral and spectacular marine life including sea turtles, sea anemone and thousands of inquisitive reef fish. Dive trips to the SS Yongala depart from Townsville, Magnetic Island and Alva Beach in the Burdekin. This historic wreck will leave you with memories that last a lifetime.

 

 

Sailing and Fishing on the Great Barrier Reef

North Queensland’s tropical weather is the perfect environment for sailing and boating.  Experienced sailors can charter a vessel to sail through the many secluded areas.  If you prefer group interaction, there are plenty of day trips departing Townsville and Magnetic Island.

 

The Great Barrier Reef is a fisherman’s paradise with some of the most succulent catches being spanish mackerel, coral trout, red emperor and sweet lip. More than one-third of the Great Barrier Reef is declared a no-take zone, making it the largest fully protected section of water on earth. If you are looking to catch and cook, check the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Zoning Regulations before you leave the shore.

 

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