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.

Things to do in Paluma & Northern Beaches

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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.


If it’s a cooler climate and a change of scenery you’re after, travel a little further north along the Bruce Highway and take a left turn to Paluma. At 1,000m above sea level, Paluma is a cool mountain retreat. With cosy accommodation, cafés, arts and craft, bird watching and a large network of rainforest walks, Paluma promises the perfect getaway for a quiet, romantic weekend or a place to unwind.


Travelling on from Paluma the diversity of flora and fauna changes dramatically as you enter the dry open woodlands. The small township of Hidden Valley is home to Hidden Valley Cabins, an exclusive retreat offering daily platypus tours and home cooked meals.


Your Northern Beaches and Paluma Bucket List


  • - Join a guided tour of the ancient rainforest with Kookaburra Tours
  • - Travel to Hidden Valley for a quiet night’s sleep in the bush and spot an elusive platypus at Hidden Valley Cabins
  • - Walk through the rainforest from McClelland’s Lookout to Witt’s Lookout
  • - Cool off with a swim in the clear waters of Little or Big Crystal Creeks