Townsville - Do & See
There is plenty to do and see around Townsville. Just off the North Queensland coast, and measuring in at a length of more than 100 metres, the wreck of the SS Yongala has been labelled one of the world’s top-ten diving sites. Also, just 135 km to the southwest is Charters Towers, a living history site, which was established because of the gold trade in the late 1800’s. Today it contains a number of superb historic buildings.
For nature lovers and families there is Billabong Sanctuary with its wombats and koalas and the Reef HQ on Flinders Street. Culture is catered for at the Aboriginal Centre and at the National Heritage Complex in West End.
Just 17 km south of Townsville crocodiles, snakes, wombats, and koalas abound. Billabong Sanctuary offers visitors a chance to experience crocodile and snake handling shows, wombat and koala patting and a dip in the resort-sized pool.
Reef HQ Aquarium
This is the largest living coral aquarium in the world - an example of the Great Barrier Reef on land. It has 100,000 visitors a year – so why not try a fantastic fishy adventure for the whole family?
Cultural Centre Townsville
Get a taste of North Queensland’s indigenous heritage. The centre couples informative, interactive displays with regular dance and cultural performances to give visitors a slice of the region’s rich heritage.
National Trust Heritage Centre
This historical complex has three Queensland houses dating from the last 150 years. All are furnished in the period fashion of when they were built. A good place for a blast from the past.
Just a 90 minute drive from the city gold was discovered in 1871 by an Aboriginal boy named Jupiter. Today the town has 10,000 inhabitants and has some beautifully preserved 19th and early 20th century buildings from its heyday. Well worth a visit.
Experience a real Australian adventure on a working Queensland cattle station. Ride a friendly horse through the beautiful Australian bush and enjoy learning how to draft cattle, shear sheep and crack a whip. After a morning of hard work, you can tuck into an oven roast lunch!
Woodstock Trail Rides:
Escape to a tropical island, nearby Magnetic (or “Maggie” to locals). Hop on the ferry and spend the day swimming, sun bathing or simply relaxing at one of the many beautiful bays or beaches on Magnetic Island.
Great Barrier Reef
Discover the magical colours of the tropical marine fish and coral. Departing from Townsville, it takes only 2 hours to get there. A full day adventure takes you to the crystal clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef and includes snorkelling, glass bottom boat tours, a marine biology presentation and a scrumptious buffet lunch.
There are several tourist bureaus that can help you book the trip of a lifetime. Here’s one:
Tropical Travel & Accommodation
Mission Beach is a beautiful stretch of sand offering all sorts of activities, besides the obvious sun bathing you can skydive or kayak. Paddle from South Mission Beach along the coast, pass golden sandy beaches and rocky headlands. As you cruise along, there will be plenty of opportunities to see turtles and many sea birds that frolic along this scenic coastline.
Coral Sea Kayaking:
Townsville’s beachfront promenade is a 2,5 km stretch of parkland dotted with barbeques, picnic areas, exercise facilities and restaurants. The Strand offers fun for the whole family. The free water park delights adults and children alike.