Townsville Attractions

What you can do in Townsville

With over 300 days of sunshine each year, a local culture that’s is relaxed and welcoming, stunning beaches and a growing list of restaurants, cafés and boutique shopping. It is no wonder Townsville is ever growing as a popular holiday destination for both domestic and international tourists. 

The Strand is a 2.5 km stretch of beautifully landscaped gardens, playgrounds and of course the famous waterpark and Rockpool swimming enclosure. The water is clear and the sand is clean. It really is a beautiful beach. The path is wide enough that children can run and play without being close to the road. There are so many playgrounds and activities to keep them amused, it allows parents the freedom to just sit and enjoy the breathtaking views of Magnetic Island. 
While largly, it is residential housing and holiday complexes that line the Strand waterfront, there is an ever growing range of quality cafe's and resturaunts opening up in the area. Offering visitors the option to dine and enjoy the magnificent view accross the water. 

Bird lovers will delight at the black cockatoos that entertain travellers during the day, making grooming of the Strand pathways a real challenge for the local council.

The amphitheatre at the Gregory Street Headland plays host to a number of community events including the beating of the Drums every full moon. This is a must for the kids - everyone is encouraged to join in. The atmosphere is warm, welcoming and most of all, super fun.

The rockpool is a man-made swimming enclosure that uses the fresh ocean water. The grass is manicured, gardens landscaped and there are play activities for the kids. It is closed every Thursday for cleaning which keeps the water quality for swimmers.

Swimming in the ocean year round is not a problem in Townsville. There are  2 large stinger nets, anchored in the water between November and May each year. One is located next to the Rockpool - the other in front of the Strand Park, next to the Jetty. 

Free electric BBQ sites are scattered along the Strand promenade. They are clean and well maintained. They really are a tribute to the hardworking effort of our local council.

Some suggestions of where to go and what to see during your visit to the fastest growing regional city in Australia.... Townsville! 

Visit the many parks and swimming facilities on the STRAND

Climb, walk, ride or drive up CASTLE HILL or MOUNT STUART.

Go to one of the many MARKETS

Picnic, swim and relax at RIVERWAY

Take a walk out at PALLARANDA and enjoy the birds at the TOWN COMMON.

Experience the best crocodile shows in the North at BILLABONG SANCTUARY

Visit the only open air Aquarium in the world at REEF HQ


Do on one of the award winning KOOKABURRA TOURS

Visit the botanical gardens or the PALMETIUM

See Townsville from a higher perspective with a TOWNSVILLE HELICOPTER FLIGHT


Experience the RED BARRON

Dive the Reef at YONGALA

Exlplore the river on POP SULLIVAN'S river cruise

Catch the ferry to MAGNETIC ISLAND

Circumnavigate the Island with a JET SKI TOURS or SEA KAYAK ECO ADVENTURE

Sit in the saddle and HORSE RIDE AT HORSESHOE BAY

Take a 20 minute drive to the NORTHERN BEACHES or beyond to BIG & LITTLE CRYSTAL CREEK

Drive up Hervey's range to the historic TEA ROOMS

Cool of in a waterfall at PALUMA and then have a picnic at PALUMA DAM

Visit some of the beautiful secluded areas of the PALM ISLAND GROUP

Take a drive to INGHAM and visit the award winning TYTO WETLANDS

Visit local waterfalls like WALLAMAN , JOURAMA & PALUMA


Head south to AYR & THE LOWER BURDEKIN and then 3 hours south of Townsville is AIRLIE BEACH

One house North of Townsville is the Italian township of INGHAM & 3 Hours North of Townsville is MISSION BEACH