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Townsville

Townsville sits in an enviable position in North Queensland - nestled between the Great Barrier Reef’s Magnetic Island, the open spaces of the outback and the spectacular waterfalls and rainforests of Hinchinbrook. This popular sunny holiday destination has retained its small town charter and community spirit.

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Places to stay

Whether you’re visiting for a few days while preparing to set sail to Magnetic Island and the Great Barrier Reef, or based here to explore the national parks, beach and waterfalls of Hinchinbrook, there’s a variety of places to stay in and around Townsville. For a tropical gateway to the reef or the rainforest, base yourself at one of the many holiday apartments or hotels along The Strand and soak in the views of Magnetic Island and the Port of Townsville.

To stay on one of the best tropical islands in far North Queensland, take the 20 minute ferry ride from Townsville to Magnetic Island. Acadia and Picnic Bay offer a variety of apartments, cottages or houses ideal for families, groups and those looking for a central spot to explore the island.

Things to do

Get ready to explore Magnetic Island, a World Heritage-listed National Park with its spectacular natural landscapes and seascapes including boulder-strewn headlands, hoop pines, high quality sandy beaches and fringing coral reefs perfect for snorkelling. Catch a ferry from the Townsville Ferry Terminal.

Sample exotic Australian tropical fruits at Cotters Rotary Market; also a great stop to stock up on picnic supplies and Aussie souvenirs. For a tasty meal, visit the City Lane precinct for dining options ranging from sushi to burgers or a gelato at Juliette’s - or book a table at Longboard Bar and Grill for sunset dinner and drinks with a view.

With everything from the outback to island adventures, there’s so many ways to spend your days in the tropical surrounds of Townsville.

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Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island is easily reached from Townsville on a short ferry ride. Get ready to explore the World Heritage Listed National Park with its spectacular 23 bays and beaches, walking trails, Australia’s largest wild koala colony and two world-class snorkeling sites - the Nelly Bay and Geoffrey Bay Trails.

Every activity you could hope for is on offer from sailing, scuba diving, kayaking, horse riding, fishing and stand-up paddleboarding - you’re guaranteed to fill your days.

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Hinchinbrook

Looking for even more adventure? Hinchinbrook Island to the north of Townsville is a pristine natural playground bursting with ancient rainforest, isolated beaches and many endangered animal species. Choose to stay at one of the many holiday homes, hotels or bungalows in Hinchinbrook Shire or in Ingham, the major town. West of Ingham is Girringun National Park, home to Wallaman Falls - the largest single drop waterfall in Australia, a sight not to be missed.

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Getting around

From the airport: Townsville Airport is located approximately five km from the city centre in Garbutt. Taxis, shuttle bus services and Uber are available.
Around town: Sunbus runs the bus service in Townsville. Car and passenger ferries operate to Magnetic Island, where a bus service operates and hire vehicles are available. The best way to explore the surrounding region and national parks is by hire car or organised tour.

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