Townsville Travel Guide

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Townsville Things to Do

  • Museum of Tropical North

    Here one can explore the delights of Tropical North Queensland through marine exhibits and pioneer lore. Learn the fascinating storyof the MHS Pandora, the ship that chased the Bounty mutineers, only to be wrecked on the Great Barrier Reef in 1791.

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  • Billabong Nature Sanctuary

    It's fun, just like everyone says.You walk around, gaze admiringly at nature, pet a koala, eat an expensive snack (by U.S. standards) and go home with fond memories.By the way, Australian "scones" are soft, small, sweet rolls. The price here is similar to elsewhere in Townsville: $7AUD for 2rolls, jelly, cream and tea.If you arrange the trip...

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  • The Strand - Kids Play

    If you are travelling with children (of any ages) there are lots of playgrounds for the very little to teenagers and parks to play in. There is even a water park and of course beaches close by. If I was visiting Townsville I would stay nearby the Strand and I don't think you would often need to leave the close by activities to enjoy a free and...

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  • Castle Hill Lookout

    Unfortunately I ran out of time to see the top of Castle Hill and the fabulous view it offered which was a shame as I love lookouts over towns and especially when you have the ocean in sight as well. Definitely will be doing that next time and it is right in the middle of town so very easy to get to. I love all these free things to do!

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  • Magnetic Island

    Just off the Coast of Townsville - and I mean just I would say you could swim over if you were really keen and didn't mind stingers, is Magnetic Island. I didn't get over but my friends I was staying with had taken the ferry over and spent a great day relaxing on the beaches and having a look around.

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  • The Strand - A relaxing walk

    We enjoyed our walk from one end to the other of the Strand. It is a few kilometres I would guess and was very relaxing and we passed people of all ages and types doing the same. Would be lovely in the morning, daytime and at night. Lots to see and do. Possible could be warm in Summer. Hard to believe things like this can be free! Some great pubs...

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  • The Strand - Fishing

    We were there around lunchtime and this little Pier jutting out off the Strand was filled with fishermen (and women and children) of all ages enjoy their time. No massive catches whilst we were there but probably a morning or afternoon well spent for those that like to fish within close proximity to where they are holidaying and kids would love...

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  • Fly over the barrier reef

    While visiting friends in Townsville, we all went on a Great Barrier Reef flight. It was AMAZING!!!!!! The pilot took us over the reef so we could take some beautiful pictures. It is breathtaking to see how stunning the coral is from the air and the water was so blue. It was the best part of our visit to Townsville.The other nice bonus was, because...

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  • Best Scuba Dive in World: S.S. Yongala

    Blissfully Buoyant: A sunrise descent into Poseidon’s lair,With explosive excitement I could hardly bear.A Green Sea Turtle has my attention,And approaches me without apprehension.In utter awe and disbelief,I kneel down at a hundred feet.With more colours than words can rectify,Such confounding tranquillity when the wreck meets the eye.As voiceless...

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  • Museum of Tropical North Queensland

    Townsville is seen as the capital of North Queensland, here we have the Museum of Tropical North Queensland.To be honest I didn't go inside, just went in the shop, but I liked the building, photos to follow.....it is right along the water side so you get lovely views of the harbour.They have displays on the wildlife you'll find, especially under...

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  • Feeling fit?

    If so then take a walk up to the top of Castle Hill, all 286 metres of it.I found it tricky finding the start of the track and ended up asking a local. There are two walking tracks up, The Goat Track leads up the Eastern ridge from Hillside Crescent. The second option is the Cutheringa Track, which commences near the carpark/turn around about 0.7k...

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  • Do an historic buildings walk

    Throughout the town centre there are many historic buildings, the important ones have plaques outside explaining their importance.You can pick up guide maps from the information centre, though most of the buildings are down Flinders Street.It is also pleasant walking along the newly re-developed The Strand whihc is the largest beach and headland...

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Townsville Hotels

Townsville Restaurants

  • Good food at great price

    Italian food with 5 dinning areas great amdience and a good price with meal specials everyday Casa's special sauce with gnocchi

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  • Tasty Turkish

    If you are in Townsville and feel lkike a really tasty treat, give Osmans a try. They are really busy in the evenings, so you will probably need to book a few days in advance or plan a late dinner, but it is worth it!If you are planning a romantic dinner, book early for the little tables they have at the side of the place, you sit up high, it's...

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  • Get A Slug Burger

    The restaurant is very casual with the menu written in chalk on a blackboard. The food was good and not too expensive for lunchtime. Get a Slug burger on Magnetic Island! The island's not big, it won't be hard to find the restaurant. Any burger that includes Tabasco sauce should not be missed! Then go find the Koalas.

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Townsville Nightlife

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    by Dani_aus Updated Nov 6, 2003

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    This place is painted cow on the outside, and even has the "country" feel when you get inside.....
    ive liked cows for AGES and i just HAD to go here.

    Dress Code: well... townsville is pretty hot. so i wouldnt expect the dress code to be too bad...
    guys might have to wear enclosed shoes, but that would be about it :)

    my lighter

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Townsville Transportation

  • Flying in Saves time

    This was my first trip to Townsville and I flew in from Brisbane on Jetstar. Definitely better than the drive which takes more than a day. I was in the air for less than 2 hours and it was a great flight with things to see along the way. The Townsville airport is well set up and comfortable with lots of parking and a great selection of eateries and...

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  • Fly Virgin Blue

    We flew on Virgin Blue from Brisbane.Flights are now available on them from many Australian Cities

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  • Bus

    We flew to Mackay and then caught a McCafferty's bus from there to Townsville, which cost us a bit over $90 between 2 adults for a journey which took 6 hours. It was comfortable, fortunately well air conditioned, and we were happy to have chosen this way to travel there.In the picture here you can also see above the bus, part off the Transit Centre...

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Townsville Shopping

  • The Willows Markets

    These markets are held on Sundays at the Willows Shopping Centre car park. It's a great idea because the Centre opens as well so you can also do other shopping while you're there. And you can get out of the heat for a while with the airconditioning.Even though the stalls are all under shade sails it still gets hot walking around. Take a hat and a...

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  • T-SHIRTS

    GOOD QUALITY CHEAP T-SHIRTSON A RECENT VISIT TO QUEENSLAND FROM THE UK, WE CAME ACROSS THIS SHOP ON FLINDERS ST. MALL NEAR THE COFFEE BAR WHICH IS SITUATED IN THE CENTRE OF THE MALL.AS ONE WALKS AWAY FROM THE CIRCULAT HOTEL TOWARDS THE COFFEE BAR THIS T-SHIRT AND LEISURE WARE SHOP WAS ON THE RT HAND SIDE.WE ARE DESPARATE TO CONTACT THIS SHOP WITH...

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  • Get out of the heat...go shopping

    The Willows is one of the many Shopping Centres in Townsville. Heaps of shops department stores and cafes.It's a good way to beat the heat...lots of nice airconditioning. Everything and anything.

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Townsville Warnings and Dangers

  • Watch out for stingers whilst swimming

    Swimming off the water in Townsville isn't just fun and games. There are warning about stingers and between certain months there are even stinger nets put up for safety. It would be worth learning a little more about these creatures if you are keen to hit the water or if you have children that love to swim. A little knowledge might stop a lot of...

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  • Police in townsville

    the police in townsville are very harsh. if you are looking for a good night just behave yourself. i been in townsville for 1 1/2 weeks and have been cautioned and fined 4 times already for silly little offences like sitting on the floorBe warned

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  • Stingers

    Stingers are nasty little jellyfish that populate the waters of Queensland between November to May. They can give a very painfull sting, which can even prove fatal to humans.Best advice is to only swim inside the stinger enclosure (available at Townsville) during that season.

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Townsville Off The Beaten Path

  • Dive the SS Yongala Wreck

    My greatest diving experience. After diving several times on the Great Barrier Reef, I discover this stunning wreck. Here the beautiful soft corals have amazing colors. The Yongala Wreck has the most amazing and prolific marine wildlife of any place I've ever been. A real Underwater Eden's garden where I could swim with eagle ray, sea snake (but I...

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  • Most Beautiful Dive in the World!

    A short poem of my S.S. Yongala dive experience:Blissfully Buoyant: A sunrise descent into Poseidon’s lair,With explosive excitement I could hardly bear.A Green Sea Turtle has my attention,And approaches me without apprehension.In utter awe and disbelief,I kneel down at a hundred feet.With more colours than words can rectify,Such confounding...

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  • Day Trips To The Reef

    The only Reef cruise operator to offer fishing as well as snorkeling and diving trips from Townsville is Reef & Island Tours which operates luxury catamarans to a pontoon on Kelso Reef, where you will find hundreds of types of hard and soft corals and 1,500 fish species. An interpretive reef talk is given en route. The cruise costs A$136 (US$88)...

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Townsville Sports & Outdoors

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    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 9, 2005

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    When I was driving up Castle Hill I saw hundreds of joggers making their way up the hill. A scenic yet hard way to train. Water fountains of drinking water can be found on top of the hill.
    Just remember the run is along the road, traffic is not busy but one has to watch out for cars and busses.

    Caution Joggers
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    • Adventure Travel
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Townsville Favorites

  • Townsville from the Harbour 1

    Here is a view of Townsville as we came into the harbour on our return trip from Magnetic Island. It looks a bit rocky and barren (just the mountain behind) but once you're in the city, it's much nicer and the surroundings too.

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  • Townsville Mall

    I particularly enjoyed the Townsville Mall - it's quite long and cobblestoned, with some attractive little garden and tropical areas.In the middle, there is a large stage area with shade sails over the top (so many things, playgrounds, pools, even car parks in Queensland have shade sails over the top to try and shelter them from the heat)which is...

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  • Historic buildings

    Here is another brightly painted stone building which I particularly liked in Townsville. I should point out that most buildings aren't much more than 100 years old and so late 1880's buldings are quite rare - which is why I photographed them. Overall, the town has more of a modern and tropical look, and along both sides of the river (rather close...

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