27 Sep 10 Best Things To Do In Townsville With Kids In Tow
Townsville is the perfect holiday destination for kids with loads to see and do. There are plenty of free activities that will keep the kids entertained for hours and tours and attractions that will have them wanting to come back to Townsville again and again.
Here’s the 10 best things to do in Townsville with kids in tow:
1. Splash about on The Strand
The Strand’s Waterpark features low-pressure water cannons and a huge tipping bucket along the 2.2km long palm-lined beachfront path. Don’t forget to zip line into the rock pool swimming lagoon!
2. Chillout at the Ross River Parklands
Let the kids run wild at The Ross River Parklands offering plenty of choices with two huge swimming lagoons, the Riverwalk, an Arts Centre and restaurants. You can swim, walk, run, cycle, fish, water ski, or just relax and watch the wildlife.
3. Get up close & personal with wildlife at Billabong Sanctuary
Cuddle a koala, feed a kangaroo, and stand close to a snapping crocodile at Billabong Sanctuary. Give your kids this intimate experience with daily animal shows in a serene sitting beside a tranquil billabong.
4. Take a day trip over to Magnetic Island
See Koalas in the wild, swim or snorkel in secluded little bays, take a hike, observe the rock wallabies at Geoffrey Bay, Do the Forts Walk, visit Bungalow Bay Koala Village, take a guided tour of the island or go out on a Great Barrier Reef Dive & Snorkel cruise. Magnetic Island is a natural wonderland with beautiful scenery and native flora and fauna.
5. Go under the sea at Reef HQ
Show the kids what goes on under the sea and learn how to care for and love our underwater marine life. Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium is home to the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium.
6. Climb Castle Hill
Hit the trails to the top of Castle Hill, the imposing pink granite monolith you can’t miss in the centre of town. The 360-degree views to the west and out to Magnetic Island will be worth it.
7. Visit the Museum of Tropical Queensland
The Museum of Tropical Queensland explores life in the tropics from prehistoric times to modern day through family-friendly exhibitions and is a must see for kids and adults alike. Here you will find a replica of the HMS Pandora, the ship sent to capture the Bounty and her mutinous crew, and the gun crew will show you how to load and fire a cannon.
8. Get out on a Mountain Bike Trail
There are several great mountain bike trails in the Townsville region to try out. The Freshwater Lagoon Loop at Cape Pallarenda is good, while Douglas has a dedicated Mountain Bike Reserve and Scrub Pythons has a fantastic beginner’s mountain bike track for kids to try.
9. Muddle your way through The Maze in Queen’s Gardens
Stroll through the rainforest area, filled with lots of twists and turns through all the lush plants and trees, check out the birds in the Aviaries, see the Cactus, Herb and Rose Gardens and then let the kids get lost in The Maze. There are two hedge mazes separated by the main walkway. Great for hide and go seek and races to see who gets out first!
10. Explore Jezzine Barracks
Let the kids explore Jezzine Barracks that include coastal boardwalks, artwork, traditional plantings and parklands. The 15-hectare heritage precinct commemorates the military and Aboriginal heritage of the Kissing Point headland through 32 specially commissioned public artworks, extensive interpretive signage and the restoration of significant elements of the Kissing Point Fort complex.
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