Aerial shot of Townsville

Aecluded beach near Ingham

Waterfall in the Dividing Range

The Townsville Aquarium

Main towns in this Region


  • Townsville is the capital of North Queensland - a tropical, beachside city with a unique blend of history and natural beauty.
    The city of Townsville has recently undergone a major facelift with a $30 million upgrade to the city's Strand beachfront promenade, new accommodation venues, bars, nightclubs and three cosmopolitan dining precincts.
    Because it is located in the dry tropics, Townsville consistently records more than 300 dry, sunny days each year - perfect weather to enjoy a diversity of experiences ranging from the excitement of bull-riding and marlin fishing through to a tour of the world's largest living reef aquarium, a cruise to the outer Great Barrier Reef or a visit to the stunning rainforest covering the nearby Paluma Ranges.

    Castle Hill is a great walk (or drive) to the top with sweeping views of the city, Magnetic Island and Cleveland Bay and is a top photo spot. Magnetic Island boasts beautiful beaches, secluded coves, and many water sport, cruising and accommodation options. While you're there, take a picturesque walk to the Forts and see if you can spot a koala. It can only be described as paradise.

    The city centre has many restored buildings from the turn of the century and leads to Reef HQ - the world's largest living coral reef aquarium; the Museum of Tropical Queensland and Imax Theatre. Jupiters Townsville Hotel & Casino and the adjacent 5,000 seat Entertainment Centre is the largest venue of its type in the tropics. Just 17km south of Townsville is Australia's best interactive wildlife experience - Billabong Sanctuary - where you can hold a koala or python, or watch crocodiles feeding.
    Townsville is now the premier destination for visitors wanting to experience the 'real' North Queensland. Experience the charm of Island, Outback, Reef and Rainforest "Life in the Tropics" and visit Townsville in North Queensland today.

    Holiday Hints
    The Townsvillen Region enjoys a semi tropical climate and I recommend you take a hat, sunglasses and a good UV and water resistant suncream. Informal dress is standard with some more formal clothes for restaurants and hotels. In winter the temperature can drop of a night so something warm to put over the top is a good idea if you are visiting between May and September.


    Flinders Mall Visitor Information Centre
    Flinders Mall, Townsville. QLD 4810
    Ph: 07n 4721 3660. Toll Free 1800 801 902

    Highway Visitor Information Townsville
    Bruce Hwy, 5km south of Townsville. Townsville QLD. 4810
    Ph: 07 4778 3555.

    By car along the Bruce Hwy from Brisbane or via the Flinders Hwy from the west and Northern Territory.
    There is an airport serviced by QantasLink and Virgin. and daily coach and rail services from Brisbane and Cairns.

  • Anzac Park
  • Australian Institute of Marine Studies
  • Cape Pallarenda Environment Park
  • Jupiters Casino
  • Maritime Museum
  • Museum of Tropical Queensland
  • North Queensland Military Museum

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