Townsville: Best things to do for couples

Spending quality time with your partner is always important. Add powder-white beaches, blissful dives over the Great Barrier Reef, melt-in-the-mouth dining and thriving breweries, bars and markets and it’s essential. Welcome to Townsville, an inspired meeting place of wonders and indulgence ready to fill your collective cups.

Savour some tropical flavour

Family exploring Townsville, having lunch at a table with the beach in the background.
Head out for some brunch with family or friends! Image from Tourism and Events Queensland.

Townsville’s food scene will set your table in more ways than one. Unwind by the sapphire blues of the Coral Sea with panoramic views of Magnetic Island at Quarterdeck Restaurant. An alfresco dining experience is one of the best things to do in Townsville, and this spot is perfect for enjoying a seafood platter and signature Paradise Punch.

For a stylish and intimate dinner don’t pass A Touch of Salt, a highly-acclaimed restaurant passionately prepares seasonal dishes in an open waterside setting. Sample more flavour by blowing the froth off some of Australia’s best craft beers over a shareplate at The Taphouse. The Strand Night Markets is one of the many free things to do in Townsville, with fashion, food and music.

Experience the Great Barrier Reef

two people snorkelling in the coral reef with fish swimming around them.
Guided day tours from the island to go diving and snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef. Image from Tourism and Events Queensland.

World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef is a natural wonder teeming with colourful marine life and coral reefs. So it’s no surprise that it is listed as one of the world’s best diving and snorkelling sites. Jump aboard a cruise with Adrenalin Snorkel and Dive and immerse yourself in its wonders. Looking for extra adventure? Explore the fascinating wreck of the SS Yongala.

Visit Magnetic Island

far away shot of the coast with sandy white beaches with big trees in the background.
Exploring Magnetic Island and the Great Barrier Reef! Image from Melissa Findley.

Take a day trip further into paradise on a 20-minute ferry trip to the secluded beaches of Magnetic Island. Home to 23 beaches as well as 40km of scenic road, this is an idyllic spot to take your car and explore the surrounding national park. Take a dip together on the self-guided snorkel trails from Nelly Bay and Geoffrey Bay.

Replenish with some outstanding seafood fusion fare at Saltwater Restaurant, or snuggle in at Smugglers Wine Bar where you can enjoy a fine drop in a gorgeous beachside setting. For an extra special excursion you can also visit the island from Townsville on a sailing cruise. These personalised tours are available as half day, full day and sunset charters.

Meet cute wildlife and explore local beaches

a close-up of a large crocodile walking on grass.
Check out the Crocodiles at Billabong Sanctuary. Image from Lyn Durham and Tourism and Events.

One of the many fun activities in Townsville is a memorable wildlife meeting. Set in tropical bushland, the Billabong Sanctuary offers a range of unique experiences, from koala feeling to a dingo walkabout. For something different you can even hold a python or cradle a baby crocodile. Don’t forget your swimmers! You can also a dip in the resort-style pool. 

For a plunge in the ocean, there are plenty of gorgeous beaches tucked into Townsville’s coastline. Bushland Beach is a local favourite, with grassy picnic areas and scenic walking trails. For another picturesque walk don’t miss the Palmetum. A short drive north will also take you to the rolling Saunders, Toolakea, Toomulla and Balgal Beaches.

Where to stay

Enjoy the best things to do in Townsville for couples by basing yourself comfortably close to the action. The Clarion Hotel Townsville offers spacious rooms within a five-minute walk of local attractions and restaurants.

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