Townsville combines the lure and easygoing lifestyle of the tropics with the attractions of a major city. The perfect holiday base from which to experience the wonders of the region - the outback, rainforests, magnificent waterfalls, and tropical islands like Magnetic Island and of course, the Great Barrier Reef.
Townsville's many attractions include the world's largest living coral reef aquarium, a wildlife sanctuary, casino, entertainment & convention centre, beaches, museum, theatres, galleries and restaurants. Try Palmer St for dining or Flinders St East for nightlife. Townsville is one of Queensland's premier event destinations, with an exciting annual line up of sporting, aquatic, historical and cultural events.
The focal point of Townsville is the Strand on the beachfront. Rollerblading, jogging, biking is made easy along the pathways. Enjoy the fresh water swimming pools, children’s water park, playgrounds, basketball court, amphitheatre and permanent artwork. Views form Castle Hill are also a must see.
The Great Barrier Reef is world heritage listed and Townsville is the best place to access it. Day trips with options of snorkeling, diving & using the glass bottom boat, as well as specialist scuba dives and environmental expeditions, are all available from Townsville. The world famous Yongala shipwreck is well worth a visit. The Reef's inshore waters also produce a multitude of different sport fish.
No need to worry about sunshine, Located in North Queensland's ‘dry tropics’, Townsville and Magnetic Island boast an average of 320 days of sunshine each year and temperatures of 23-31°C in summer and 13-26°C in winter.