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Youngy and Goobs experience Townsville

Get the most out of a day in Townsville. Challenge Accepted.

April 16, 2019  3:58 PM

Get a taste of the tropics in Townsville, North Queensland, gateway to Queensland’s far north. The coastal city is a vibrant mix of modern architecture and restored heritage buildings, bustling outdoor cafes, restaurants, boutiques and quirky galleries, all linked by a shady park-lined beach promenade.

By Air
Virgin Australia have a range of flights on offer to get you to Townsville. Visit the Virgin Australia website to see available routes and dates. 

By Car
If you're not keen on flying, Queensland’s wide-open spaces make it ideal for exploration by car. The roads are high quality and well-signed so getting to Townsville is easy.

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 Spirit of Queensland from Brisbane or Cairns or The Inlander which travels to and from Mount Isa.

AFL Travel have a range of fantastic packages to help you plan the perfect trip to Townsville. Click here for more info.


Tickets to the Gold Coast SUNS v St Kilda match are available through Ticketek.

Those wishing to attend the match are encouraged to purchase early to avoid disappointment. 

For those who want to show their support check out the Northern Sun Membership, which gives you access to the Round 13 premiership match in Townsville plus much more. 


From five-star to budget-friendly, you will find an abundance of accommodation in Townsville. 

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Enjoy alfresco dining, explore the Great Barrier Reef and islands or simply enjoy the views from one of the city's beautiful parks. However you like to relax, there's plenty of things to see and do in Townsville and surrounds. 

Kick Back on The Strand 
No visit to Townsville is complete without a stroll on The Strand, a 2.2km-long cafe-lined waterfront parkway with a free water adventure playground for the kids. 

See the Largest Reef in Captivity 
Explore the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet at Reef HQ, the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium.

Hang Out in the City 
Browse the shops and local markets, eat and drink you way along the buzzy restaurant strips on Palmer and Flinders streets, and soak in the water views from a cafe on The Strand.

Hike Castle Hill
For a sunset you’ll never forget, hike up to the top of Castle Hill and marvel at the 360-degree views.

Get Wrecked
Learn about the state's earliest recorded shipwreck, HMS Pandora, on show at the Museum of Tropical Queensland. Or, drive an hour south to experience one of the world’s best wreck dives, the SS Yongala.

Visit Wallaman Falls
Mother Nature knew what she was doing when it came to waterfalls in the tropics. Drive two hours north to see Wallaman Falls, the longest single-drop waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere.

Explore Magnetic Island
Don't get confused if you hear lots of locals talking about visiting "Maggie" - it's not a person but a patch of paradise just a 20-minute ferry ride from Townsville, with 23 bays and beaches. This is the place where you can cuddle a koala, drive a topless car, ride a horse and race a jet-ski all in one day.

Dive the Great Barrier Reef
It's Australia's great natural wonder - seeing the Great Barrier Reef up close is a bucket-list experience.

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