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It’s pretty hard to be unhappy when the sun is shining. And with an average of 320 days of sunshine per year, Townsville North Queensland has cause to celebrate.

You don’t have to like football, fast cars, diving or sailing in this town, but if you do, you’ll be in your own personal nirvana with a line-up of events usually only seen in bustling capital cities.

From Magnetic Island with its 23 bays and beaches, to the beautifully wild Hinchinbrook Island (home of the Thorsborne Trail) and epic Wallaman Falls, you can’t help but succumb to the allure of this region – sitting pretty between the reef, rainforest and outback.

Townsville’s CBD has undergone a transformation in recent years and is gaining a reputation for its shopping, food and entertainment precincts. Enjoy boutique shopping on Flinders Street, Palmer Street and Gregory Street as well as the regular local markets. Take yourself on a self-guided street art tour around the inner city streets, or check out the top-notch restaurants, bars and cafes on Palmer Street, the new City Lane and other favourite hangouts.









By Air

Virgin Australia have a range of flights available to visit Townsville. Visit www.virginaustralia.com.au to book your flights. 

By Car

Self-drive or hire a car. The Pacific Way is a 1337km journey from the Gold Coast to Townsville, taking in the best of coastal Queensland. For a different route, try the Great Inland Way.

By Rail

What better way to experience Queensland than through the magic of rail on a trip to Townsville North Queensland aboard The Sunlander or the Spirit of Queensland; both of which run along the Queensland coastline north and south of Townsville.






From five-star to budget-friendly, you will find an abundance of accommodation in Townsville. No matter where you stay you'll feel right at home and be perfectly situated to start exploring. 

To start planning your holiday and view accommodation options head to the Queensland Holidays portal by clicking here





Once you’ve arrived in Townsville, there’s so much to see that you won’t want to stay in the one place. You’ll be happy to know there are plenty of ways to get around, whether you want to travel by car, bus or train.

Rail travel
What better way to experience Queensland than through the magic of rail on a trip to Townsville North Queensland aboard The Sunlander or the Spirit of Queensland; both of which run along the Queensland coastline north and south of Townsville.

Travel by coach
Bus and coach services are frequent to Townsville North Queensland from throughout Queensland.

Road Trip
Hire a car or campervan and drive Townsville North Queensland. Whether you hire when you arrive, or just to get around, it’s a comfortable way to take in all that Townsville has to offer.

Taxi
Townsville Taxis currently service the Townsville Region, Charters Towers and Magnetic Island, so if you are in need of door to door service, phone 131 008.

Ferry to Magnetic Island
With both passenger and car ferry services operating from the main land to Magnetic Island, this tropical island paradise is just a short cruise away.

Explore all of the transport options available below.


To start planning your holiday and view transport options head to the Queensland Holidays portal by clicking here





From diving shipwrecks and island-hopping to strolls along the foreshore and a packed calendar of events – you’ll see, do and learn more in Townsville.

  • Experience the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet at the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium.
  • Get hands-on at the Turtle Hospital and do your bit for animal conservation and reef research.
  • Dive the century-old SS Yongala shipwreck, then swap sea for sand and head to laid-back Magnetic Island or luxurious Orpheus Island.
  • Meet an eat street (aka Palmer Street) worth saving your appetite for, with a smorgasbord of restaurants and cafes to choose from.
  • Time your trip with one of Townsville’s many concerts, music festivals, sporting events, culinary fiestas and local markets. 
  • Ride a bike along the palm tree-studded esplanade – The Strand – or take a hike up Castle Hill for a 360-degree sunset serenade.




Click here to view an interactive map of Townsville and start planning your time in paradise.