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Looking for things to do in Townsville, Australia? You've come to the right place! North Queensland's unofficial "capital", Townsville has plenty to see and do ranging from the natural to the man made; its coastal location makes exploring the beautiful waters off QLD and the Great Barrier Reef a pleasure, as snorkelling, surfing, cruises and more are all popular pastimes, while nearby Magnetic Island is a paradise just off-shore. See the marine life up close at ReefHQ Aquarium, explore the nearby rainforest, climb Castle Hill in the city centre and much more!

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Townsville to Magnetic Island Ferry Transfer
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Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive Cruise from Townsville and Magnetic Island
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Reef HQ Aquarium
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Townsville Scenic Helicopter Flights
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Townsville and Magnetic Island SUPER SAVER Pass
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Yongala Wreck Dive Trip from Townsville and Magnetic Island
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2 Night Townsville and Magnetic Island Stay and Play Package
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3 Night Magnetic Island Package from Townsville
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2 Night Magnetic Island and Koala Sanctuary Tour Package from Townsville
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2 Night Rainforest Self Drive Package from Townsville
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Townsville Military Tour with Optional Scenic Tour
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Texas Longhorn Wagon Tour from Charters Towers
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1 Night Magnetic Island Package from Townsville
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Museum of Tropical Queensland
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Outer Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise from Townsville and Magnetic Island
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The Strand Townsville
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Castle Hill Townsvillle
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Mount Stuart Townsville
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Riverway
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Cotters Markets
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Queens Gardens
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Great Barrier Reef Snorkel and Dive Cruise from Mission Beach
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Top 10 Things to do in - Townsville and surrounds

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Magnetic Island
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Reef HQ Aquarium
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Outer Reef
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Castle Hill
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The Museum of Tropical QLD
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Yongala Wreck
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The Strand
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Military Tours
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Texas Longhorns
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Town Common Conservation Park
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1. Visit Magnetic Island

Location:8km off coast of Townsville

Undoubtedly the feather in Townsville's cap, Magnetic Island is an island oasis just off the coast of the city that's hugely popular with both locals and visitors from afar alike and just a short, 20-minute boat ride away across a beautiful stretch of water. As part of the Great Barrier Reef island chain, it's got everything you'd expect when imagining a reef escape,€“ pristine beaches, hidden bays, abundant wildlife, a tonne of walking tracks and an ideal location amongst a World Heritage protected marine park.

2. Visit Reef HQ Aquarium

Location:2-68 Flinders Street, Townsville City

With its status as the world's largest living coral reef aquarium, it's the best available showcase of the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef available for those who aren't keen divers or aren't looking to get wet, having won numerous awards for its combination of entertainment and conservation efforts. The likes of hammerheads, rays, groupers and more all live their lives in a shared environment that's about as close to they would in the “real world” as possible, so it never feels quite like the typical “isolated attraction” experience given by some other wildlife facilities.

3. Take an Outer Great Barrier Reef Day Trip

Location:Breakwater Ferry Terminal, 10 Sir Leslie Thiess Drv, Townsville

One of the main drawcards for those visiting Townsville from both interstate and abroad is obviously going to be the Great Barrier Reef; it's considered one of the Natural Wonders for a reason and Townsville's relatively less-commercialised nature for exploring its offerings make for a pleasant reef adventure springboard than the likes of Cairns or Port Douglas.

4. Castle Hill walk and Lookout

Location:Castle Hill, Townsville CBD

Most major cities have one spot that serves as the clear best lookout point, and Townsville's answer to this is Castle Hill which sits right in the centre of its CBD. Upon arriving in the city, it's hard to miss; the hill's central location coupled with its distinct red-pink colouring and 286m tall peak looms over the city and is one of the most popular walking/hiking locations in the region.

5. Visit The Museum of Tropical QLD

Location:70-102 Flinders St, Townsville City

This little gem of a museum differs from many other similar attractions around the country by combining typical historical exhibitions with its focus on all-things-tropical. As the name suggests, Townsville's Museum of Tropical Queensland puts a large emphasis on the likes of the natural history of rainforests, maritime exploration, modern and ancient animals that dwell in the tropics and the ecosystems of the Great Barrier Reef

6. Dive the Yongala Wreck

Location: 89km South-East of Townsville

Widely regarded as Australia's best wreck dive, the skeleton of the SS Yongala off Townsville's coast is an immensely popular diving site for enthusiasts all over the country. Located in waters teeming with a large range of sea life ranging from graceful manta rays to fierce-looking bull sharks and everything in-between, it's a site that combines both varieties with generally good visibility.

7. Relax on The Strand

Location:The Strand, North Ward

Townsville's popular beachfront promenade of The Strand is perhaps the city's centrepiece and serves as a central hub for all sorts of entertainment and outdoor enjoyment. Stretching for a length of over 2 kilometres, the Strand is home to a variety of facilities including accommodation, barbecue areas, playgrounds, walking trails, and bike tracks. It's a spot that's both relaxed and energetic at the same time and provides great views out to nearby Magnetic Island.

8. Townsville Military History Tours

Location:Townsville City

Townsville has played a rather large role throughout Australia's history for over 130 years and additionally, serves as home to the largest Army barracks in the country. It's only fitting, then, that the transitions from peace to war and back again are an integral part of Townsville, and the chance to experience and learn about these often tumultuous times are offered by local operator Townsville Military History Tours who aim to provide further insight for interested parties.

9. Texas Longhorns at Charters Towers

Location:441 Urdera Road, Charters Towers

One of the unique attractions that the greater Townsville region offers can be found near Charters Towers, around 2 hours' drive to the south-west of Townsville city. Emulating an experience similar to the great Western trails of America during the 1800's, this attraction is much more than a simple cattle farm. Visitors to the facility are greeted by friendly and enthusiastic owners and are encouraged to get up close with the cattle that have famously peaceful and passive dispositions.

10. Explore the Town Common Conservation Park

Location:Cape Pallarenda Rd, Town Common

It's rare to have such a large, natural showcase of wildlife in an environment relatively untouched so close to a city, but Townsville's Town Common Conservation Park is just that. Bird life is the undisputed focus here (it's home to almost 280 species in total) and the park comes with its own purpose-built bird watching tower designed to provide optimal views of the region.

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