The port of entry for trips into the Outback and to the Great Barrier Reef
The gateway to Queensland’s vast northern region, Townsville is adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef and Magnetic Island with its beaches, bush-walking tracks, bird life and koala sanctuary. With about 320 days of balmy weather each year, it’s the ideal place in which to get acquainted with the undersea realm. Beyond that, visitors can revel in the waterfalls, wetlands and tropical rainforests of Hinchinbrook or Paluma Range National Park or enjoy a bit of Outback adventure. A showplace of iconic 19th-century buildings, Townsville is also a magnet for visitors thanks to its hosting of an array of cultural and sporting events. Groovin’ the Moo is the May Day long-weekend musical highlight while the Cultural Festival takes place in August each year. Award-winning restaurants and family-friendly attractions like Townsville Environmental Park abound.
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When to go
Townsville enjoys more than 320 days of sunshine each year. Enjoy hot and humid summers and warm winters. The hottest months are between October and April so pack your sunscreen and drink plenty of water. The best time to visit is between May and September when the days are warm and the evenings are always cool.
Sailing festivities take place at the end of August each year at the Magnetic Island Race Week. New Year’s Eve celebrations are for the whole family – make your way to Strand Park to watch fireworks.
Flying with Jetstar
Jetstar flies direct to Townsville from Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. There are also flights linking the city to Hobart and Honolulu, and New Zealand.
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Townsville’s city-centre attractions, namely the main tourist areas of Flinders Mall and the Strand, are easily navigable on foot. Primarily operating out of Flinders Mall, Sunbus has the monopoly on local public transport and also operates shuttles during special events. Hired cars are best booked online and taxis are also available.
Travel time 10 minutes
Taxi Approx A$20
Con-X-ion Airport Shuttle One-way A$10 (adult), A$5 (child); journey takes 10-15 minutes