A key city in North Queensland, Townsville offers travellers much to enjoy from coastal charm to underwater adventures; here’s a handy guide for those wanting to find out more.

Where to Stay

When it comes to hotel accommodation, Townsville has diverse options though fully serviced apartments make an ideal choice. Properties at locales like Flinders Street or Palmer Street offer greater convenience and easy access to the airport, Anzac Memorial Park, Townsville Entertainment Centre and Magnetic Island ferry services.

Image Credit: Oaks Townsville Metropole Hotel

Things to Do

Those based at properties such as Oaks Townsville Metropole Hotel can experience the best of the city; wander along The Strand, a beachfront promenade, encounter marine life at Reef HQ and climb atop Castle Hill for breathtaking vistas. You can also visit the Museum of Tropical Queensland and Billabong Sanctuary for some koala cuddling!

Day Trips

Amongst the best things to do in Townsville is to take a 20-minute ferry ride to Magnetic Island where pristine beaches, wildlife spotting, hiking and snorkelling await. You can also plan day trips to the Great Barrier Reef, dive amidst the SS Yongala wreck and explore the enchanting rainforests of the Paluma Range National Park.

When to Visit

The good news is that each year, Townsville has over 320 days of sunshine so there’s hardly what you would call a bad time to visit! That said, May to September are preferred by some since warm days give way to cooler evenings. From October to April the heat does increase, but you can still enjoy fun escapades.