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Townsville combines the lure of the tropics with the attractions of a major city. From diving in the Great Barrier Reef, trying your luck at the Casino, rafting white water rapids or simply lazing on golden beaches, Townsville offers the best of all worlds.

Located in North Queensland’s ‘dry tropics’, Townsville and Magnetic Island boast an average of 300 days of sunshine each year. Combining this glorious sunshine with a relaxed lifestyle and a diversity of attractions, Townsville is the perfect choice for a North Queensland holiday experience.

The city and its precincts are continually evolving. Discover the latest redevelopment along Flinders Street East – a mix of funky nightclubs, bars and restaurants housed in beautiful heritage buildings.

Dining is a serious business in Townsville. Take a wander down Palmer Street and find restaurants offering cuisines from around the world, prepared using the freshest local seafood and produce.

The city is the perfect stepping-off point to experience the wonders of the region – the outback, rainforests, magnificent waterfalls, tropical islands and of course, the Great Barrier Reef.

Townsville’s many attractions include the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium, an Australian native wildlife sanctuary, art galleries, museums, parks, restaurants and the spectacular Strand beachfront promenade.

The Strand is a world-class beachfront promenade custom-built for enjoyment. Along this palm tree studded stretch are bike and rollerblade paths, safe swimming beaches, pretty picnic spots, a water park and chic restaurants and bars with to-die-for water views.

Townsville is also one of Queensland’s premier event destinations, with an exciting annual line up of sporting, aquatic, historical and cultural events.

Using Townsville as a holiday base, visitors can experience the natural wonders of the diverse North Queensland region through day tours, cruises or adventure excursions – all operating out of the city.

Revel in the city life

Life in the tropics is not just about soaking up the sun and surf. Head for Townsville and you’ll discover what a true tropical destination is all about. Situated within the ‘dry tropics’, the city basks in an almost unbroken spell of warmth and sunshine. Visitors can’t help but notice the vibrancy, warmth and brightness of the city evident in the exciting array of entertainment, restaurants, nightlife, activities and attractions. The Townsville Strand beachfront promenade fronts the city centre, and is alive with fun and activity. Lined with fabulous restaurants, cafes and bars, the Strand has recreational facilities, barbecue and picnic areas, swimming enclosures and pools, a waterpark and playgrounds for children, beautiful gardens and sweeping views of Cleveland Bay and Magnetic Island. After dark, partygoers head for Flinders St East, the hub of nightlife in the city. Here wine bars, nightclubs, pubs, restaurants and cafes burst with energy and life. Within a stone’s throw is Jupiters Townsville, a world-class casino and luxury hotel with fabulous restaurants and bars. The Entertainment and Convention Centre nearby also provides great entertainment options. Palmer Street is the restaurant strip, a trendy boulevard of restaurants, cafes and hotels all offering superb outdoor al fresco dining. No matter what time of year it is, Townsville promises an exciting line-up of annual sporting events, cultural festivals, arts performances and concerts. Now that’s life in the tropics!

Activites and Experiences at Townsville

  • Off Road Driving
  • Motorcycling
  • Mountain Biking
  • Birdwatching
  • Bushwalking
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • City Sightseeing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Crabbing
  • Cruising
  • Cycling
  • Scuba-Diving
  • Driving
  • Fishing – Beach
  • Fishing – Estuary
  • Fishing – Trout/Fly
  • Fishing – Game
  • Fishing – Deep Sea
  • Exercising
  • Flora
  • Gambling
  • Game Playing
  • Golfing
  • Mini Golf/Putt Putt
  • Horseriding
  • Industrial
  • Jet Boating
  • Kayaking
  • Seakayaking
  • Learning/Lessons/Tuition
  • Meditating/Relaxing
  • Animal Riding
  • Sailing
  • Scenic Flight
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Skidooing
  • Skiing – Water
  • Skydiving
  • Snorkelling
  • Sports Participate
  • Sports Viewing
  • Wind Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Animal Viewing
  • Marine Animal watching
  • Walking
  • Water-based
  • Accommodation
  • Airport
  • Ambulance
  • Automatic Teller Machine
  • Banking Facilities
  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Bottled Gas
  • Chemist
  • Cinema/Theatre
  • Licensed Club
  • Service Club
  • Coach Stop
  • Convention Centre
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dentist
  • Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale
  • Fuel
  • Golf
  • Hospital
  • Public Bar
  • Jetty
  • Dog Kennels/Catteries
  • Mechanical Services
  • Medical Facilities
  • National Park
  • Newsagent
  • Police
  • Post Office
  • Public Telephone
  • Rail Terminal
  • Restaurant
  • Sporting Facilities
  • Supermarket
  • Swimming Pool
  • Takeaway Food
  • Tennis Court
  • Visitor Centres
  • Places of Worship
  • Active
  • Adventure
  • The Arts
  • Aussie Lifestyle
  • Beach
  • Caravan and Camping
  • City
  • Cruise
  • Cultural
  • Diving
  • Eco Tourism
  • Educational
  • Environmental
  • Fishing
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Gambling
  • Golf
  • Health and Fitness
  • Historic/Heritage
  • Honeymoon
  • Industry/Mining, Agriculture
  • Island
  • Marine
  • National Park
  • Nature based
  • Nightlife
  • Pub Stay
  • Rail
  • Rainforest
  • Reef
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Soft Adventure
  • Science and Technology
  • Shopping
  • Sport
  • Water based
  • Wildlife
  • RTN, QH and National Distributors (TQ)
  • 18-35’s
  • Adult Getaway
  • Backpacking/Unstructured
  • Budget
  • Business/Trade/Corporate
  • Disabled
  • Empty Nesters
  • Family
  • Gay and Lesbian
  • Group
  • Meetings Incentive Conventions
  • Self-Drive
  • Senior
  • Single
  • Wedding
  • Association of Australian Convention Bureaux Inc.
  • Australasian Incentive Association
  • Meetings Industry Association of Australia
  • Queensland Backpackers and Independent Travellers Industry Association
  • Townsville Enterprises
  • Tourism Council Australia

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