Virgin Australia operates flights to Townsville every day, from Brisbane, Cairns, Rockhampton and Sydney.
Townsville Airport Information
Townsville Airport is a major Australian regional port, located approximately 5km from Townsville’s CBD, in the suburb of Garbutt. The airport can be accessed by various transport options, including:
- Car hire: Receive mates’ rates when you choose from a great choice of hire cars from our car partners.
- Taxi: Supervised taxi ranks are located outside the arrivals end of the terminal. A fee of $2 applies per taxi leaving Townsville Airport.
- Bus transfers: Our partner Con-x-ion offers transfers from Townsville Airport to the CBD.
Things to see and do in Townsville
Townsville helms a vibrant region made up of scenic coastal towns, rich rainforests and rugged bushland. Anchored amid the lush tropical splendour of North Queensland, opportunities for exploration and adventure abound as the Great Barrier Reef, the Outback, and island paradises – such as Magnetic Island and Hinchinbrook Island – all sit with within easy reach of the regional centre. Townsville also hosts a number of governmental, community and administrative offices, leading the city to be recognised as a business hub and the unofficial capital of North Queensland.
Townsville and its surrounds comprise a diverse range of environments and remarkable natural wonders. Set amongst rainforests, reefs, sandy beaches, islands and outback terrain, Townsville is an inspiring holiday destination. Take a stroll along beachfront promenade The Strand – the city’s vibrant entertainment and dining precinct. Visit Flinders Street Mall and experience local culture and lifestyle. Board a ferry to Magnetic Island to explore a stunning World Heritage listed reserve, home more than 20 beaches and bays. Enlist on a tour to dive or snorkel the nearby Great Barrier Reef. Discover Australian national park land at its most raw and real in the Wet Tropics area – a paradise of spectacular gorges, plunging waterfalls and native flora and fauna.
Townsville brims with a number of exciting shopping opportunities. Flinders Street Mall is the city’s retail heart, known for its historic-buildings-turned-stores and award-winning Cotters Markets. The Gregory Street precinct showcases Townsville’s dynamic cafe culture and boutique shopping scene. Major shopping centres, such as Castletown Shoppingworld, Stockland Townsville and Willows Shoppingtown, can be found in the suburbs and offer a range of specialty stores, retail outlets and service providers. While The Strand is heralded as the city’s swankiest shopping and dining address, and is home to a monthly night market where shoppers can buy clothing, jewellery and décor and sample home-grown specialities.
A popular tourist stop-over spot between the Great Barrier Reef and the Outback, Townsville has a thriving and diverse dining scene. The unofficial North Queensland capital particularly embraces Australia’s multicultural nature with a variety of restaurants that serve cuisines from all over the globe. Palmer Street boasts everything from casual alfresco bites to upmarket cuisine. Flinders Street features an assortment of eateries, and particularly comes to life after dark. Takeaway shops and casual diners dot arcades off Flinders Street Mall. Gregory Street is a favourite amongst Townsville's cafe set. On the waterfront, The Strand compliments a blend of hotels and boutique retailers with Townsville’s finest restaurants and bars.
Townsville has a flourishing nightlife, which offers a range of atmospheres enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. The city’s beachfront promenade, The Strand, is a world-class entertainment and dining precinct, lined with chic restaurants and bars. Just back from The Strand, the city’s long-standing commercial heart, Flinders Street East houses buildings which date back to 1880 and boast a funky mix of nightclubs, bars and restaurants. Magnetic Island is a lively cultural hotspot, home to a number of backpacker hostels and a monthly party, which celebrates the full moon and attracts droves of music-lovers and revellers.
Townsville Holiday Packages
Experience all that Townsville has to offer, with a great selection of Townsville holiday packages from our holiday partner, Virgin Australia Holidays. Packages include flights, accommodation and an exceptional variety of extras.