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.

Top Tips on Townsville

Experience It AllTop tips for Townsville

Townsville is the gateway to a variety of landscapes and experiences all within an hour’s drive from the city. Make the most of your trip and include visits to each of the different regions during your stay.


Your Townsville Bucket List

  • Walk The Strand and enjoy views of Magnetic Island with gelato, fish and chips or a cool drink.

  • Experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef at Reef HQ Aquarium or meet some of the native Australian wildlife at Billabong Sanctuary.

  • Learn about one of Queensland’s great shipwrecks, the Pandora, at the Museum of Tropical Queensland and discover the local Indigenous history at the Cultural Centre.

  • Take in stunning panoramic views of Townsville from Castle Hill.

  • Walk or take a 

  • guided City Sights Tour of the CBD.

  • Cool off in one of the huge swimming lagoons at Riverway.

  • Indulge in fine dining at one of the cities four dining precincts – Palmer Street, Cannon Park, Gregory Street and Flinders Street.

  • Attend a spectacular event from March to November, including The Townsville 400 V8 Supercars, The Australian Festival of Chamber Music and the Troy Dunn PBR Invitational.


Your Magnetic Island Bucket List

Top tips for Townsville

  • Put your dancing shoes on and rave all night at the famous Full Moon Down Under parties.

  • Take an underwater tour of the Island on the new interpretive snorkel trails.

  • Observe and feed the rock wallabies at Geoffrey Bay in Arcadia.

  • See northern Australia’s largest colony of koalas in the wild on The Forts Walk.

  • Sail around the Island and discover some secluded beaches and bays.

  • Get adventurous and enjoy a variety of watersports at Horseshoe Bay.

  • Get cheering every Wednesday night at the World Famous Cane Toad Races at Hotel Arcadia.


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 to spot an elusive platypus at Hidden Valley Cabins.

  • Cool off with a swim in the clear waters of Little or Big Crystal Creeks.

  • Pack a picnic and take in the views at McClelland’s Lookout.



Your Hinchinbrook Bucket List

  • View the spectacular Wallaman Falls, the highest single drop waterfall in Australia.

  • Sample some of Italy’s finest cuisine at the Australian-Italian Festival.

  • Visit the original pub with no beer at Lees Hotel, also home to the largest collection of Hinchinbrook artwork.

    Townsville top tips

  • Visit Mungalla Station to hear fascinating stories about the local Indigenous and European history of the area.

  • Stop off at frosty Mango on the Bruce Highway and enjoy award winning ice cream and gelato.


Your Charters Towers Bucket List

  • Meet the ghosts that haunt Charters Towers on the Ghosts of Gold Heritage Trail.

  • The Venus Gold Battery is a ‘must do’ along with exploring the magnificent heritage buildings.

  • Pan for gold at the Miner’s Cottage.

  • Pick up the self-drive audio tour CD and map from the Visitor Information Centre and go exploring.


Your Ravenswood Bucket List

  • Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

  • Explore the mullock heaps and abandoned mining equipment.

  • Take a short drive to White Blow Conservation Park and see the quartz outcrop dating back 300 million years.

  • Walk through the cemetery and marvel at the epitaphs.

  • Visit the lookout overlooking the open cut gold mine.

  • Peak through the window at the Butler’s Cottage and glimpse a little of life in the 1870’s.


Your Burdekin Bucket List

Townsville tips: Ravenswood

  • Walk across the landmark Burdekin River Bridge.

  • Witness the awe inspiring beauty of cane fires.

  • Stop on the roadside from May to December and marvel at the sugar cane crops being harvested.

  • Dive the world famous S.S.Yongala ship wreck.

  • Visit Zaro Cultural Gallery in Ayr.

  • See Gubulla Munda, the giant carpet snake sculpture at Plantation Park.