Boasting over 300 days of sunshine per year, Townsville is the ideal holiday location for those who like it sunny! With many of the same attractions as popular holiday destination Cairns, but lacking the crowds and party scene, Townsville has a laid back atmosphere, tropical surroundings and of course access to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven wonders of the natural world.
Things to do in Townsville – Nature & Wildlife
Townsville is located on the north east coast of Queensland, adjacent to the central section of the Great Barrier Reef. The city features beautiful coastline, pristine waterways and surrounding rainforest, outback and wetlands providing an extensive range of outdoor things to do in Townsville. The Barrier Reef is an obvious attraction if you are keen to do some snorkelling or scuba diving and there is a selection of tour operators providing daily outings to the reef offering a range of experiences. The Hinchinbrook and Burdekin rivers are a great place to try your luck at barramundi fishing and the opportunity for bird watching and other water activities.
Nearby Jourama Falls are not far off the Bruce Highway down a 1.5 kilometre walking track. The unusual tiered formation is quite breathtaking and a definite must see. Only a short 20 minute ferry ride from town, Magnetic Island is a great way to spend a day; swim in the crystal clear turquoise waters, snorkel with the tropical fish and turtles in the surrounding reef or stroll along one of the many walking tracks that traverse the island. There’s also a choice of water sports available including fishing, sailing and kayaking or you can experience swimming on horseback.
Things to do in Townsville – Attractions
This holiday destination isn’t only for nature lovers. If you’re more interested in what the town has to offer there are plenty of things to do in Townsville. The local restaurant and cafe scene is busy and contemporary and offers everything from cheap take away to fine dining. Foodies will enjoy the local seafood and tropical cuisine and the local Murdering Point Winery gives visitors an insight into the making of unique tropical wine blends.
Townsville has a rich historical background and there are a number of heritage buildings, museums and galleries to visit. Families will also enjoy the Reef HQ Aquarium that showcases the aquatic life from the area as well as rehabilitating injured sea animals and educating visitors on the issues facing the Great Barrier Reef today.
Billabong Sanctuary is another favourite attraction with families and features over 100 varieties of Australian animals in park like surroundings. Kids will love the opportunity to hold a koala, wombat, crocodile or python and the crocodile feeding will have you on the edge of your seat.