Townsville's many attractions include the world's largest living coral reef aquarium, an Australian native wildlife sanctuary, art galleries, museums, parks, restaurants and the spectacular Strand beachfront promenade.
Drive or walk up Castle Hill for 360-degree views of the city and Magnetic Island and the chance to enjoy a particularly memorable sunset. It’s no walk in the park, but the trek up to the top of Castle Hill is well worth the effort. You’ll be rewarded after an adventurous schlep up the 268-metre-tall iconic centrepoint (just metres short of mountain status).
If you are seeking an active adventure jump on board a ferry to the Great Barrier Reef, spot a koala in the wild on Magnetic Island's walking trails. Island tempts visitors daily courtesy of a 20-minute ferry to its coral-fringed sands. Grab a snorkel and explore the kaleidoscopic colours of the Reef, alongside the bounty of national park reserves, hidden beaches, and palm trees that call the island home.
Test your balance on a Stand Up Paddle Board on The Strand or admire ocean views along the beachfront promenade.
In Townsville you will also have a chance to get to know the natural wonder without getting your feet wet - the town is home to the much lauded Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium. The world's largest living coral reef aquarium, this educational centre boasts a 2.5 million litre exhibition, and a rehabilitation centre for sea turtles. The reef also brings the Museum of Underwater Art’s inaugural sculpture “Ocean Siren” to life, which can be seen from The Strand Jetty as it changes colour according to the temperature of the water.
Nature lovers are right at home in Townsville! Dip your toes in one of Townsville's golden beaches, Pallarenda Beach. Discover mountain bike trails or just relax on the beautiful shores favoured by the locals.
Spot a magnificent array of birdlife from the Townsville Town Common, explore lush botanical gardens, stroll along the river walkways or embrace an inspiring sunset on Castle Hill to end your day of exploring.
Using Townsville as a holiday base, you can experience the natural wonders of the diverse North Queensland region through day tours, cruises or adventure excursions - all operating out of the city.
The 15-hectare heritage precinct commemorates the military and Aboriginal heritage of the Kissing Point headland through 32 specially commissioned public artworks, extensive interpretive signage and the restoration of significant elements of the Kissing Point Fort complex.
At the foot of Jezzine Barracks is the Jezzine Way Coastal Boardwalk, which connects Kissing Point and Rowes Bay. This coastal pathway offers an easy walk along a wooden promenade with magnificent views of Magnetic Island across the sparkling water and the rocky beach in the foreground. The boardwalk is dotted with brass plaques detailing historical information and has seating for rest stops. On the Rowes Bay end of the boardwalk is a park with public artwork.
From palms and pandanus to cacti and succulents, plant lovers will be in heaven exploring the city’s botanic gardens – Anderson Park, Queens Gardens, Dan Gleeson Memorial Gardens and The Palmetum– all within a 20-minutes drive from the CBD.
The Strand Park was renamed ANZAC Park in 1934: a metal arch bearing the new name was erected above the entrance gates, in time for the April 25 ANZAC commemorations. The Strand foreshore fronting the Breakwater Marina contains many other memorials including 27 small plinths holding bronze plaques forming an outer perimeter to the WWI memorial.