The best time to visit Townsville is from April to September when lots of its annual festivals and entertainment events are held. The minute you set foot in Townsville, you are greeted by the iconic Castle Hill, a giant red rock standing tall at the center of the business district. One can drive up for the view or alternatively climb up the rock through various walking tracks (try the goat track with local guides as we did).
Start your Townsville city tour with a visit to Reef HQ Aquarium, the largest living coral reef aquarium in the world. The aquarium also holds a Turtle Hospital for the rehabilitation of the endangered green turtle. A quick tour of the Museum of Tropical Queensland will give you an insight into Townsville’s cultural heritage, learn about the historic HMS Pandora and test your skills in Mindzone with interactive games. Other museums you can visit are the National Trust Heritage Centre, The Maritime Museum and The Townsville Royal Air Force Museum. The Townsville Cultural Centre showcases regional performing arts of the indigenous people of the north. Outside the city, discover your way to Billabong Sanctuary - an interactive wildlife park where you can hug a wombat, hold a koala or wrap a python around your neck (if you dare).
For local food finds, the city markets offer a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and also carry other local products such as pottery, jewellery and silk paintings. Townsville abounds with numerous dining places and an array of food selections such as the international cuisine at Palmer Street, eclectic fusion at Flinders Street East, al fresco dining at Gregory Street and a variety of traditional cuisine at Cannon Park. In Townsville, every single day is food festival day!
Now that you have explored the city, it’s time to drive around and discover the many hidden wonders that Townsville has to offer. Start your day visiting The Strand, a long beachfront boulevard dotted with cafes, bars, restaurants, parkland, swimming areas and a water playground the whole family can enjoy together. Venture to Magnetic Island where koalas and locals co-exist or alternatively head to Paluma for secluded beaches and a lazy day on the sand. Other points of interest are the Charters Towers for great outback adventure or Ravenswood, Hinchinbrook, Burdekin, Cardwell and Mission Beaches.
Townsville has a broad range of accommodation options available such as hotel rooms at Jupiters, multi-bedroom apartment complexes, motels, self-contained apartments, budget accommodation and backpacker lodges. All these amazing sites are waiting to be discovered by you, so get in your camper van and get on the road!