Discover Townsville

Surrounded by rainforests, reefs, sandy beaches, islands and outback terrain, Townsville is an inspiring holiday setting.

Nature is a sparkling jewel of the region’s crown. Surrounded by rainforests, reefs, sandy beaches, islands and outback terrain, Townsville is an inspiring holiday setting.

Located on Queensland's north-east coast, the city is the perfect stepping-off point to experience the Great Barrier Reef. Enlist on a tour to dive or snorkel the seventh Natural Wonder of the World and experience an aquatic wonderland of captivating marine life.

Coral reefs can also be explored at Magnetic Island. Situated just a short ferry ride across the sheltered waters of Cleveland Bay, Magnetic Island is a stunning World Heritage Listed reserve that boasts more than 20 beaches and bays, and an interior made up of national park.

Australian national park land at its most raw and real can be found just north of Townsville in the World Heritage listed Wet Tropics area. Located in Girringun National Park, The Wet Tropics Great Walk exposes a paradise of spectacular gorges, plunging waterfalls and native flora and fauna like emus, kangaroos, kookaburras and crocodiles. 

While the region’s exceptional natural settings attract first timer visitors, the area’s vibrant culture keeps them coming back for more. 

Custom built for enjoyment, Townville’s beachfront promenade, The Strand offers a world-class entertainment and dining precinct, lined with palm trees and chic restaurants and bars. 

Just back from The Strand, the city’s long-standing commercial heart, Flinders Street East presents a great opportunity to indulge in local culture – housing buildings that date back to 1880 that today boast a funky mix of nightclubs, bars and restaurants.  

In recent years, Magnetic Island (pictured) has also become a lively cultural hotspot. Every month, the island is infiltrated by music-lovers and party-goers who celebrate the cycle of the moon at the Full Moon Down Under Party. 

Plan Your Townsville Escape 

  • Flights to Townsville: Virgin Australia operates flights to Townsville from Brisbane.
  • Townsville Holiday Packages: Discover Townsville and its glorious surrounds with a Townsville holiday package. Packages include flights, accommodation and a great variety of extras.
Words by Alice Nash - Published 3 June 2013
Quick Facts 
Population Approx 170,000
Area 140.2 km2
Time Zone GMT +10
Languages English (official)
Currency Australian dollar (AUD)
Electricity 220 – 240v 50Hz
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