With Queensland open to Queenslanders, and a border opening looking promising for July, now is the perfect time to plan a school holiday getaway or weekend away to Mariners North Townsville and enjoy a tropical break. However, many of you may be wondering what’s open and what can you do?

Townsville is home to many natural wonders, parks, beaches and open spaces where you can immerse yourself in the great outdoors and let the kids explore.

Here are some of the places that you might consider visiting during your Townsville holiday. Why not pack a picnic and make a day of it?

  • Castle Hill
  • Anderson Gardens, Palmetum and Queens Gardens (Botanic Gardens)
  • Anzac Park, Toddler Park and Perfume Garden Park
  • Riverway Lagoons
  • The Strand
  • Wallaman Falls
  • Paluma Range National Park
  • Tyto Wetlands

Eating out is often a big component of holidays. We’re glad to say that many of Townsville’s cafes, restaurants and eateries are open for dine-in as well as take-away and delivery options, so you can still enjoy the great food scene of our region.

Of course, all of our units here at Mariners North Holiday Apartments are fully self-contained with full kitchens. So you can self-cater, pack a picnic or enjoy a glass of wine and some nibbles from your private balcony. As the one and only absolute oceanfront accommodation in Townsville, Mariners North Holiday Apartments takes pride of place on The Strand on prestigious Mariners Peninsula – the most exclusive location in Townsville. Every holiday apartment has the most amazing ocean views.

Family friendly Townsville attractions. We’re also pleased that some of Townsville’s most loved attractions will be open in time for the school holidays.

Billabong Sanctuary – Opening Saturday 27th June

Billabong Sanctuary is an award-winning wildlife park featuring Australian native animals, owned and operated by Bob and Del Flemming. Located in tropical north Queensland on the Bruce Highway, 17km south of Townsville.

Billabong Sanctuary is home to a wide array of animals including; kangaroo, koala, crocodiles, echidna, emu, cockatoos, tawny frogmouth, wedge-tailed eagle, pythons, lace monitors and more! READ MORE

Maritime Museum of Townsville – NOW OPEN

This is a great place for the whole family to check out authentic historical artefacts, exhibitions, shipwrecked items of the ill-fated Yongala, model ships, navigation equipment and other historical items.

The Maritime Museum of Townsville is best known for its display about the doomed ship SS Yongala which sank south of Townsville in 1911 with the loss of all 122 on board. The display includes a video showing the discovery and archaeology of the wreck, one of the world’s premier wreck dive sites. Other fascinating exhibits include The Women’s War 2 display, which provides an insight into the lives of women living and working in Townsville during the Second World War; the tragedy associated with the Bay Rock lighthouse; information about the Royal Australian Navy, the history of Townsville and its port, and the hard hat diving industry of Townsville. READ MORE

Jezzine Barracks Military Museum – due to open 1st July

Jezzine Barracks has been  home to Australian military units for over 120 years and is now a fitting home to showcase the Museum and its extensive Collection of the history of the Army in North Queensland.

The Collections extend from the establishment of the first defences at Townsville and Thursday Island until the present day. The Museum is in the newly refurbished building at the centre of Jezzine Barracks. Show cased within the Museum are three galleries. READ MORE

Reef HQ Townsville – planning on opening in line with Stage 3 (10th July)

As the National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium is the Worlds Largest Living Coral Reef Aquarium. READ MORE

*NOTE: The businesses listed are currently operating or due to open soon in line with the Queensland COVID-safe Roadmap to Recovery. Information is subject to change. Please be sure to check with attractions and businesses directly for the latest advice and bookings. Please note that social distancing and COVID-19 restrictions/measures will apply.

For information on COVID-19 restrictions and also for information on Townsville national parks we recommend visiting the TEQ website.