Looking for a getaway with someone special during the cooler months? Turn the temperature to warm with a host of balmy pleasures in Townsville, where you’ll enjoy a mix of exotic natural wonders, inviting blue waters and delicious food and wine. From snorkelling or cruising over the world-famous Great Barrier Reef to a flourishing dining scene that matches the weather, there are plenty of unforgettable things to do in Townsville for couples. Take an extra couple of days to make it even more memorable.
Dine and unwind
With a well-earned reputation for thriving restaurants, bars and diners, Townsville delivers a huge range of dining experiences. Siddle into a dark booth and enjoy the dimly lit ambience of the Townsville Brewery. Set within the historic Townville General Post Office, this iconic brewery serves outstanding craft beers, spirits and modern Australian cuisine.
Looking for something elegant? Savour high-quality cuisine at A Touch of Salt, a highly-acclaimed Townsville establishment. For a taste of the international, visit Townsville’s buzzing City Lane. Home to dumpling houses, Italian eateries, Greek tavernas – and great coffee – this enclave is brimming with flavoursome options.
Relax by world-class wonders
No visit to Townsville would be complete without a dip into the majestic wonders at its shore. Jump aboard a tour and cruise, dive or snorkel over the world-famous Great Barrier Reef around incredible Magnetic Island. Only a short ferry ride from Townsville, Magnetic Island is a palm-fringed paradise packed with walking trails and secluded beaches.
Other Townsville beach experiences are right at your fingertips. Wiggle the toes in the sand at nearby Bushland Beach, where you’ll also find grassy picnic areas and walking trails. Saunders, Toolakea, Toomulla and Balgal Beaches are also a short drive north. For a beautiful scenic walk and picnic amongst the palms, make sure to visit the Palmetum.
Enjoy Townsville’s dynamic events
A lively place all year, there are plenty of shows and events to enjoy in Townsville. Get into the mood by taking a stroll through the Strand Night Markets, where you can sample delicious local produce, surrounded by local fashion, arts and entertainment, on the first Friday of every month.
Turn the entertainment big by catching a live show or event at the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre. This venue has hosted a first-class list of international acts and sporting events. You’ll also find plenty of other activities, from comedy to pub rock, disco and Supercars in Townsville’s dynamic events calendar.
Take another dive into the natural history the region has to offer at the incredible Museum of Tropical Queensland, an attraction full of exhibits and artefacts from prehistoric to modern times. Check out the Ocean Sentinels Above The Surface exhibition in July and see awesome marine-inspired sculptures before they are placed in an underwater gallery by the reef. The pieces have been sculpted by renowned international artist Jason deCaires Taylor.
Where to stay in Townsville
Enjoy spacious rooms and premium bedding only minutes away from the local boutique shops and restaurants. Clarion Suites Townsville offers a range of comforts perfect for any travellers. You can also dine and relax in the lounge at Gossips Restaurant, where you’ll find a delicious menu of multicultural cuisines. Don’t miss some of the chef’s signature curries and stir-frys.
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