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Holiday To Townsville

If you want to pack a lot of natural beauty and beach-lounging into one trip, you know what you’ve got to do: Float away on holiday in Townsville and soak up the sun.
Dip your toes in Rowes Bay or dive deep and explore the Great Barrier Reef. Feeling adventurous? Grab a long board and charge some sweet wave breaks or strap on a harness for some parasailing—buckles go with everything. The ocean is your playground, so have fun! Landlubbers will love wandering through colourful gardens and historical museums or hiking to the top of a hill to scope out nearby nature reserves and the Coral Sea. Oh, and did we mention there’s a creek that runs through the city? Ross Creek, to be exact—so you can enjoy waterside dining almost everywhere! So check out our awesome Townsville packages and get out of here!

Things to Do in Townsville

Start your Townsville holiday at the top of Castle Hill. No, there isn’t a castle to look at, but the lookout point offers views so pretty you’ll forget about the name anyway. From there, you can drive one of Wotif’s Townsville car hire options south to the Townsville Museum and Historical Society before cruising along the waterfront. Before you hit the beach, stop at the Army Museum North Queensland and the Jezzine Barracks. You’ll find a lovely art walk and a breezy promenade in addition to a museum and memorial sites. Once your inner history buff has had its chance to shine, it’s time to give your inner beach bum some time in the sun. West of the city centre, stake your sunbrella in the sand on The Strand—a long stretch of golden beaches, punctuated with green parks and loads of cafes and surf shops. Feeling toasty? Grab some snorkelling gear and dive at the Great Barrier Reef, which is actually a collection of thousands of reefs, so have fun picking a favourite!

Shopping, Dining & Nightlife

Speaking of picking favourites, start shopping on Finders Street, located just west of Ross Creek. This shop-lined street offers everything from chain stores to boutiques, including the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery. We hope you packed an extra suitcase, because you know what they say—Townsville holidays follow the rule of finders, keepers.

Want to chow down on some flavourful finds? Starting at the pier, Ross Creek is lined with heaps of restaurants, all putting their own spin on global fusion and modern Aussie cuisine. Along the Strand you’ll also find several waterfront bistros and cafes whipping up tempting dishes. If you’re feeling extra fancy, catch a ferry out to mysterious Magnetic Island.

When the sun sets over the Coral Sea, hurry to the sand. The Strand Night Markets pop up after dark and you can shop your way through local vendors and make some new friends right on the beach. Sidle up to a nearby bar for drinks or scoot on over to the creek for even more options.

What’s Next?

This is a no-brainer—you’ve gotta go! Book Townsville holiday packages to mix and match sweet deals on airfares and accommodation and get outta town.


Guide to Exploring Townsville

Top Townsville Hotels

Madison Plaza Townsville

Madison Plaza Townsville

409 Flinders St., Corner Of Stanley And Flinders St., Townsville, QLD
    4.0 out of 5.0
     
     
    3.9 out of 5 (988 reviews)

    Located in the heart of Townsville, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Catholic Diocese of Townsville, Castle Hill and Townsville Entertainment & Convention ...

    from NZ$77

    Oaks Metropole Hotel

    Oaks Metropole Hotel

    81 Palmer Street, South Townsville, QLD
      4.5 out of 5.0
       
       
      4.4 out of 5 (733 reviews)

      Situated near the beach, this luxury apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Maritime Museum of Townsville and Perc Tucker Regional Gallery. Museum ...

      from NZ$123

      Oaks Gateway Suites

      Oaks Gateway Suites

      2 Dibbs Street, South Townsville, QLD
        4.5 out of 5.0
         
         
        4.4 out of 5 (531 reviews)

        Situated on the riverfront, this luxury apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Maritime Museum of Townsville and Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal. Perc ...

        from NZ$133

        The Ville Resort - Casino

        The Ville Resort - Casino

        Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville, QLD
          4.5 out of 5.0
           
           
          4.4 out of 5 (986 reviews)

          Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal, ReefHQ Aquarium and Museum of Tropical Queensland. ...

          from NZ$177

          Mercure Townsville

          Mercure Townsville

          166 Woolcock Street, Currajong, QLD
            3.5 out of 5.0
             
             
            4.3 out of 5 (703 reviews)

            This family-friendly Currajong hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Townsville Museum and Historical Society, Anderson Park Botanical Gardens ...

            from NZ$113

            Grand Hotel and Apartments Townsville

            Grand Hotel and Apartments Townsville

            8-10 Palmer Street, South Townsville, QLD
              4.5 out of 5.0
               
               
              4.7 out of 5 (995 reviews)

              Located in the heart of South Townsville, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Maritime Museum of Townsville and Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal. Perc ...

              from NZ$103

              Aquarius on the Beach

              Aquarius on the Beach

              75 The Strand, North Ward, QLD
                4.0 out of 5.0
                 
                 
                4.4 out of 5 (992 reviews)

                Offering direct access to the beach, this North Ward hotel is on the boardwalk and within 1 mi (2 km) of The Strand Beach and Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal. ...

                from NZ$129

                Rambutan Resort

                Rambutan Resort

                113 - 119 Flinders Street, Townsville, QLD
                  5.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   
                  4.2 out of 5 (34 reviews)

                  Located in the heart of Townsville, this luxury resort is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of Tropical Queensland and Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal. Cultural ...

                  from NZ$84

                  Rydges Southbank Townsville

                  Rydges Southbank Townsville

                  23 Palmer Street, South Townsville, QLD
                    3.5 out of 5.0
                     
                     
                    4.0 out of 5 (698 reviews)

                    Located in the heart of South Townsville, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of ReefHQ Aquarium, Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal and Townsville Entertainment & ...

                    from NZ$119

                    Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville

                    Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville

                    334 Flinders Street, Townsville, QLD
                      4.5 out of 5.0
                       
                       
                      4.2 out of 5 (193 reviews)

                      Located in the heart of Townsville, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal. Maritime Museum ...

                      from NZ$123

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