30 Jul Top 10 Things To Do In Townsville
Located on the Far North Queensland coast, Townsville has a wide variety of activities on offer making it a great place to visit for a holiday with your family or with a loved one. Whether you like your holidays to be chilled back, action packed or educational, Townsville has it all. With the number of things to do and see, Townsville is an excellent destination for families and couples alike.
Here are the top 10 things to do in Townsville:
1. Scale Castle Hill
The iconic Castle Hill is only a short distance from Townsville and at only 286 metres tall, is a reasonably easy climb. The magnificent views from the top make it thoroughly worth the walk.
2. Stroll Along The Strand
This popular waterfront area boasts walkways, beach, pool, water playground, parks, jetty and cafes. There’s also a regular night market. It’s the perfect place stroll along and enjoy all that Townsville has to offer.
3. Splash Around The Strand Waterpark
The Strand Waterpark features an abundance of water play equipment, a massive bucket that holds 1000 litres of water with squeals of laughter being heard as it ‘dumps’ on those under it every 5 minutes! There are various levels of slides for children with different levels of confidence and water guns that are super fun.
4. Explore Reef HQ
Reef HQ is the world’s largest living reef aquarium and is a must see if you are interested in learning more about the Great Barrier Reef. There are many different fish and coral on display as well as turtles and baby crocodiles.
5. Visit Museum of Tropical North Queensland
From dinosaurs to rainforest areas and coral reefs to early settlements, this museum covers the vast history of North Queensland. Interactive displays help set it apart. Visitors can load and fire a cannon, and kids can get their hands dirty at the MindZone Science Centre.
6. See the Maritime Museum of Townsville
Seafarers and nautical buffs will get a kick out of the Townsville Maritime Museum.The small but impressive museum even has its own model boat building room and lighthouse (which was relocated from its original home on the rocky islet of Bay Rock).
7. Experience Jezzine Barracks
Located at the end of The Strand Jezzine Barracks site is home to coastal boardwalks, artwork and parks, as well as the Army Museum North Queensland. It was previously the site of army barracks and is a significant site to the local Aboriginal people. Today, it commemorates both of these heritages.
8. Walk Through The Botanic Gardens
The 19th-century Queens Gardens feature landscaped grounds, mazes, a fountain, rose garden and a children’s playground.
9. Get Out On The Great Barrier Reef
A trip to Far North Queensland would not be complete without visiting the infamous Great Barrier Reef. It’s easy to do snorkelling and diving trips to the Great Barrier Reef from Townsville or Magnetic Island on a day trip with one of the local charter boat operators.
10. Cruise Over to Magnetic Island
Jump on the SeaLink ferry to Magnetic Island – it’s only 20 minutes offshore! The island boasts 23 beautiful bays and beaches and is two thirds protected National Park, situated in the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
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