10 Things to Do in Townsville That You Shouldn't Miss

September 16, 2017 Oliva Fomby

Discover the best top things to do in Townsville, Australia including The Strand, Castle Hill, Riverway, Jezzine Barracks, Billabong Sanctuary, SeaLink Queensland - Ferry Services, Army Museum North Queensland, Mount Stuart, Museum of Tropical Queensland, Townsville Palmetum.
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1. The Strand

The Strand, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

The Strand

Immerse yourself in the Townsville way of life and discover The Strand, Townsville's thriving beach foreshore! With a relaxed, yet energetic vibe, The Strand is bursting with activities to excite the whole family. The two and a half kilometre walkway offers spectacular views across to Magnetic Island and is popular for runners, walkers and kids with bikes and scooters. Enjoy the ocean breezes with a meal at one of the restaurants or cafes there. Alternatively treat the whole family to a barbecue or beach picnic. With a number of fantastic Playgrounds and the popular Strand Water Park, The Strand will keep the kids entertained for hours. Take a swim in the ocean or the rock pool, test your balance on a Stand-Up Paddle Board or land on the beach after the adrenalin rush of Skydiving! Enjoy the shade of the palm trees with a good book or grab a gelato and just enjoy the stunning views. For fishing enthusiasts, the jetty is a great spot to cast a line. At the end of The Strand, discover Jezzine Barracks and uncover the stories of Townsville's settlement. Learn of the regions significant military and indigenous history and enjoy the outdoor art.

Reviewed By Baylovers - Brisbane

Duti gmy stayin Townsville i visited the strand several times whether for lunch or just a relaxing drink or a stroll along the waterfront. Each occasion ptovided beautiful scenery including views to Magnetic Island. There are plenty of good restaurant and bar options also.

2. Castle Hill

Castle Hill Road, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia 61800801902
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Castle Hill

Just metres short of a mountain, Castle Hill is the giant pink granite monolith that stands proud in the centre of Townsville - a perfect place for visitors to orientate themselves. As well as offering vehicle access, Castle Hill provides a number of popular walking tracks, which are frequented by more than 2,500 locals a day! The 360-degree views of Townsville at the top are well worth the journey. Be sure to have a camera on hand, particularly for sunrise or sunset as these are photo opportunities which shouldn't be missed. As well as offering an iconic centre piece for the city and spectacular scenic views, Castle Hill has a significant history. The Hill's vantage was used by visiting American soldiers during World War II. According to local legend, the visitors famously offered to demolish the hill and use the rock to build a bridge to Magnetic Island. A World War II observation bunker sits on one corner of the Hill reminding visitors of Castle Hill's military history. Castle Hill facilities include car parking, public amenities, drink Fountains and shaded Seating to enjoy while taking in some of the best views of the city and across to Magnetic Island.

Reviewed By Stewart E - Mooloolaba, Australia

burn the calories and get rewarded with the view. There is a road or the famous goat track. it can get busy at times so parking can be a pain but just park further away and walk a bit further.

3. Riverway

Ross River Road | Pioneer Park, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
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4.5 based on 286 reviews

Riverway

Reviewed By justinthebyrner - Melbourne, Australia

Riverway is a great location for locals and out of towners. There are plenty of things to see and do. Surrounding by amazing majestic trees over looking the river it is a wonderful place to go for a walk or bike ride and very popular with the locals.

4. Jezzine Barracks

Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia +61 1800 801 902
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4.5 based on 382 reviews

Jezzine Barracks

A significant site for both the Australian military and local Aboriginal People, the Jezzine Barracks are now open to the public and include coastal boardwalks, artwork, traditional plantings and parklands. 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. The space includes a coastal walkway connecting Rowes Bay and The Strand, observation decks up at Kissing Point Fort, traditional plantings along the ethno-botanical walk, the Crossed Boomerang Amphitheatre, Norman and Brigadier North parklands and the Kennedy Regiment Plaza. The Traditional Owners of Garabarra are the Wulgurukaba people and the Bindal people, who retain an enduring 'connection to country' despite the impact of non-Aboriginal settlement in the area. For thousands of years Garabarra was the centre of a common food foraging area for local Aboriginal people - an area with immeasurable cultural and spiritual values. The Fort was established in 1870 after the British withdrew from the colonies and it was in continuous military use from 1885 to 2006. In 2007 a community trust was established to keep this land in public

Reviewed By Sarox210 - Townsville, Australia

We love spending time at Jezzine Barracks. There are heaps of different pathways for walks, a great view at the top of Kissing Point, informative displays and history and plenty of wide open spaces and picnic/bbq areas. The children’s playground is great but is best left for late afternoon or early morning or even a cloudy day as the fake grass, metal equipment and concrete paths get very hot.

5. Billabong Sanctuary

Bruce Highway | Nome, Townsville, Queensland 4816, Australia +61 7 4778 8344
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4.5 based on 794 reviews

Billabong Sanctuary

Billabong Sanctuary is Australia's best interactive wildlife experience. There are interactive talks and feeding shows throughout the day commencing at 9:15 am. At these wildlife presentations you will learn all about the unique characteristics of Australia's native animals. The talks are not only informative but a lot of fun, so will have one of your best experiences at an Australian attraction. The native animals are displayed in their natural habitats of wetlands, eucalypt forest and rainforest. Highlights of the Sanctuary are holding a koala, hugging a wombat, hand feeding a cassowary, holding a small crocodile and wrapping a python around your neck. You will also be able to sit next to a dingo for a photo opportunity and watch feeding of giant estuarine or saltwater crocodiles. The wildlife presentations are repeated in the afternoons so nobody misses out. You can also return the following day with no extra charge. There are picnic areas with free gas barbecues or enjoy a meal at the Blinky Bill Cafe. You can also cool off in our tropically landscaped pool.

Reviewed By Kathryn W - Horam, United Kingdom

Visited here while in Townsville, didn’t have a car so got the bus which was $52 each for entry and transfer! Such an amazing conservation park! Not cages, well around the Crocs! Kangaroos just wondering around! The staff are all so informed! The girl who did our koala show and also bird show (was her first one was brill)! And also Pio, think that was his name, he’s in the first pic! Well all the staff! They do shows and feeds at set times so we went along to all of those! And even got to cuddle a koala, for an extra cost but totally worth it!
Wanna go back already

Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia +61 47260800
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4.5 based on 255 reviews

SeaLink Queensland - Ferry Services

SeaLink provides the quickest link between Townsville and Magnetic Island. Operating around 18 Ferries per day, SeaLink is an award winning transport service, and is proudly locally owned and operated. Operating since 1997 with 5 vessels and over 75 staff SeaLink is one of the most significant transport and tour operators in the region.

Reviewed By ISpeakTheTruth4U

Having used this service numerous times I have never once had a problem with the level of service i have received.
The trip itself to and from Magnetic Island is only 20 minutes and always a pleasant view outside.
The staff are friendly enough and always have a smile on their faces.
The pilots are very good at their job and docking is 100% every time.
I can't recall the service ever being ridiculously late with the odd timetable delay but hey, it's public transport people so if you NEED to be somewhere at a particular time catch the earlier ferry.
Look forward to my next trip every time i get off.

7. Army Museum North Queensland

Jezzine Barracks, 1 Mitchell St | North Ward, Townsville, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia +61 7 4721 1495
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Army Museum North Queensland

Located at Jezzine Barracks in Townsville, the Museum collects and exhibits objects and stories relating to the history of the Australian Army in North Queensland.

Reviewed By Donza85 - Townsville, Australia

This is a fantastic local museum run by volunteers. There are several areas documenting all theatres of war with fantastic relics and replicas. Plenty of information available and it's definitely worth a visit when in the area. Be sure to check its opening hours first.

8. Mount Stuart

Mount Stuart Road | Mt Stuart, Townsville, Queensland 4811, Australia +61 1800 801 902
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4.5 based on 170 reviews

Mount Stuart

Capture a great overview of Townsville with a visit to Mount Stuart. Providing views overlooking the entire city and across to Magnetic Island and Cleveland Bay, Mount Stuart is a great way for visitors to get their bearings before further exploring Townsville North Queensland. Walk, run, ride or drive to the top of the 9km road, but if you plan to tackle it by foot ensure you have a good level of fitness and plenty of water as it is a steep climb in areas. Once you reach the top of Mount Stuart, enjoy the breezes, relax with a picnic, take in the views or further explore the short bush walks around the area.

Reviewed By JaymieOK - Townsville, Australia

Don't take a drone up here, it is restricted air space. However, the sights over Townsville are great. It is good to have the summit track open again

9. Museum of Tropical Queensland

70-102 Flinders St, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia +61 7 4726 0600
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4.5 based on 303 reviews

Museum of Tropical Queensland

Want to explore a shipwreck, dive on the Great Barrier Reef and visit a rainforest, all in one day? Situated in the city centre, the Museum showcases life in the tropics from dinosaurs to modern day, with our travelling Exhibitions and local displays adding a touch of the unexpected. The Museum is family-friendly and has free activities and tours every day including a great activity where you can help fire a ships cannon (at 11am and 2.30Pm daily, covered shoes required). Our Cafe is open from 10am to 3pm daily and serves great coffee, milkshakes, fresh sandwiches, wraps, slices and more. There are gluten-free options as well. And we've got FREE WiFi!

Reviewed By gppozi

We are a local family who visit regularly with our annual pass. Our 2 year old girl loves the museum. The wonderful volunteers are what make this a must see. Our girl was delighted to see Rene dressed as a real life pirate last weekend. Keep up the good work. Arrrrrrrrhhh!

10. Townsville Palmetum

University Road | Cranbrook, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia +61 7 4725 1111
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4.5 based on 154 reviews

Townsville Palmetum

Reviewed By Adrian L - Townsville, Australia

Palmetum is a super well cared for garden area in Townsville. Its got a good amount of parking and its own information building should you need assistance.
The parkland itself is really well maintained and has a few different sections of plant types. Its also a good place to just take a walk.

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