29 Oct Townsville trails – walking, hiking & biking
Feel like getting outdoors on your next escape? Townsville in Northern Queensland is perfect for a holiday any time of the year with its year-round sunshine and warm temperatures. There are loads of walking, hiking and biking trails you can explore.
Here’s a few that you might like to try that have amazing scenery.
- Hike up Castle Hill and take in the 360 degree panoramic views from Magnetic Island, the Coral Sea and to the hinterland.
- Walk through open woodland and thickets at Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park. The historic quarantine station, established in 1915, was initially used to quarantine passengers on incoming ships.
- Jump on a ferry and head to Magnetic Island and hike through the national park, which covers more than half of the island. It can be accessed via a network of walking tracks from various parts of the island. You could also go koala spotting on the Forts Walk.
- Walk through the rainforests of Paluma Range National Park. Being part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, it happens to have some pretty amazing rainforest trails that suit walkers of all levels, ranging from 300m to 4km.
- There are mountain biking tracks in and around Townsville that suits all ages and ability. Try the Freshwater Lagoon Loop at Cape Pallarenda, Douglas has a dedicated Mountain Bike Reserve and Scrub Pythons has a fantastic beginner’s mountain bike track for kids to try.
Mount Stuart Lookout
You could also take a drive out west of Townsville, just off Flinders Highway (Stuart Drive) to Mount Stuart Lookout. The picturesque 9 kilometre winding drive up the rugged mountainside to Rotary Lookout features a nice picnic area with BBQs with panoramic views over Townsville, Cleveland Bay and the Magnetic Islands.
- If you’re feeling energetic there’s a great bush track that runs around the summit that will provide gorgeous views of the rest of Townsville including Ross Dam and Ross River. The circuit takes about 10 minutes however the track can be a little dangerous so it’s not advised for small children.
- For the mountain bike lovers, there are also numerous rocky downhill and bike trails of varying difficulty.
Of course you could just take a walk along the promenade that weaves around the coast in Townsville.
Waterfront accommodation in Townsville
Situated right on The Strand, Mariners North Holiday Apartments has everything you could need within easy strolling distance. With an average of 320 days of sunshine per year, it always feels like summer in Townsville and this makes it the perfect place to catch up with friends on a group holiday, enjoy a break with the family or provide an inspiring location for your next corporate trip. BOOK NOW