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Tropical gateway to Queensland's north

Townsville is a sun-drenched, tropical town with a breezy lifestyle. It's super close to Magnetic Island and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as rainforests, waterfalls and national parks. It's the perfect place to jump off and explore the beauty of North Queensland.

Fun things to do: Townsville

  • Head to The Strand for cycling, socialising and sunset cocktailing 
  • Cuddle a koala at Billabong Sanctuary 
  • Take a ferry to a tropical paradise on Magnetic Island 
  • Check out Townsville's food scene in City Lane 
  • Take a daytrip to Girringun National Park to check out the epic Wallaman Falls

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Do the Strand

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Cycle, stroll or sip a wine along The Strand.

The Strand is your scenic shortcut to all things Townsville. It's a 2.5km palm-lined, coast-hugging walkway where locals flock to cycle, stroll and hang out. There are playgrounds along the way, including the Strand Water Park, as well as cafés and waterfront bars. Pack a beach picnic and soak up the sensational views over to Magnetic Island, or cast a line off the jetty. The beach is perfect for swimming, surfing and stand-up paddleboarding too. For a dose of local history, the nearby Jezzine Barracks are fascinating.

Ferry to paradise on Magnetic Island

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Transport yourself to paradise on Magnetic Island.

Magnetic Island is a slice of tropical paradise – and it's just a 20-minute ferry ride from Townsville. This one island has 23 beautiful beaches to explore, so hire a topless car and go beach hopping. There are heaps of hiking trails to conquer, a famous shipwreck to scuba dive around and incredible granite boulders to climb. For sheer cuteness, visit the rock wallaby colony in Geoffey Bay or hang with the northern Australia's largest colony of wild koalas!

Day trip to Wallaman Falls

Aerial view of Wallaman Falls, a 268-metre single-drop waterfall surrounded by cliffs. Image credit: Tourism and Events QueenslandTourism and Events Queensland
That's not a waterfall. *This* is a waterfall.

Take a daytrip to the incredible Wallaman Falls in Girringun National Park. At 268m, it's the highest, permanent, single-drop waterfall in Australia. Access the base of the falls via Djyinda Walk and walk to the main lookout for the knock-your-socks-off scenery. Hit the walking trails and soak up the ancient rainforest landscape. If you're lucky, you might see a musky-rat kangaroo, a platypus or an endangered southern cassowary.

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