30 Apr Day Trips Out of Townsville
We already know that the city of Townsville packs a punch with loads of local attractions and the stunning Magnetic Island and Great Barrier Reef on its doorstep. However if you’re staying a bit longer in Townsville you may want to check out some of the other great attractions in the region.
Here’s some inspiration for some amazing day trips out of Townsville:
Paluma National Park
Paluma National Park is a 45-minute drive north of Townsville and is found at the southern edge of the Wet Tropics of Queensland, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The rainforest hideaway features fantastic bushwalks, diverse birdlife, and great cafes. Leading up to the village, you’ll pass Little Crystal Creek, with its 1930s stone arch bridge, waterfalls, and freshwater swimming hole. Big Crystal Creek also has a large swimming hole and picnic area, that is a popular place for visitors.
Orpheus Island is located between Cairns and Townsville on the Great Barrier Reef. It’s surrounded by fringing reef, so it’s a great place to snorkel and dive. You can expect to see a vast array of Great Barrier Reef’s fish species swimming around Orpheus Island. SeaLink Queensland conducts organised day trips from Townsville to Orpheus Island’s Yanks Jetty, which includes a buffet lunch and lots of free time for snorkelling and swimming. Or for those who like to travel in style try a luxurious day trip to Orpheus Island by helicopter.
Located about a 1.5-hour drive west of Townsville, Charters Towers is a historic outback town. This former gold rush town was Queensland’s second largest town at the end of the 19th century. Fortunately, many of Charters Towers’ heritage buildings are still intact, including the Stock Exchange Building and Arcade, and Lyall’s Store. Things to do in Charters Towers, include panning for gold at the The Miners Cottage, and checking out the views from Towers Hill Lookout.
Cardwell Spa Pool
The Cardwell Spa Pool is around 2 hours drive from the Townsville. Its blue crystal clear water is amazing and extremely inviting for a swim. Bring some lunch and enjoy a nice picnic after having a dip.
Afterwards stop at the Cardwell Rainforest & Reef Visitor Centre, have a walk on the jetty and find out about the catch of the day from the local fishermen.
If you want to go for a swim in refreshing and natural water, but don’t want to drive all day, Alligator Creek is the place to go. It is about 20 kilometres south of Townsville in Bowling Green Bay National Park. The creek flows between two rocky mountain groups – Mount Elliot and Saddle Mountain. The lovely swimming hole is cool and refreshing about 5 kms along Alligator Creek Road.
The Burdekin region and the town of Ayr is around one hour and 15 minutes drive south of Townsville. The region is famous for its sugar cane and other agriculture. However it is also famous for its diving experience to the SS Yongala Wreck right of Alva Beach, just 15 minutes away from Ayr. You can visit the local Plantation Park, Nature Display or enjoy the view from Mount Inkerman. At the end of the day you might be lucky to see one of the famous cane fires.
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