Celebrated as one of Australia's most liveable cities, Townsville combines natural beauty and convenience with one of the world's best climates. What's more, it is only a short ferry ride to Magnetic Island, one of the Great Barrier Reef's most accessible and beautiful islands.
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With more than 320 days of sunshine a year and a stunning coastal setting overlooking the sparkling Coral Sea, Townsville is one of Queensland's premier gateways to the breath-taking Great Barrier Reef.
Blessed with tropical palm trees, golden beaches, hiking trails and coral reefs, Magnetic Island is a true paradise that deserves to be at the top of any holiday list.
Ideal for couples, families and the solo traveller alike with features that include a vibrant cultural scene, quality dining experiences and adventure activities aplenty, Townsville & Magnetic Islands' hospitality, beauty and relaxed vibe truly make these locations two jewels in Queensland's crown.
What are the must-see attractions in Townsville & Magnetic Island?
Dominated by the majestic bluff of Castle Hill that rises in the centre of Townsville, it wouldn't be a trip to Townsville without scaling this beloved peak at least once. Feeling energetic? There are ample walking trails that will get a fit person to the top in about 40 minutes from the bottom, though be sure to take plenty of water. If you're short of time or energy, you can drive to the top and revel in the breathtaking 360 degree views.
As is the case with many of Australia's coastal communities, Townsville has an array of spectacular beaches on its doorstep. Combined with Magnetic Island just 13.5km away, the visitor is really spoilt for choice. Just be sure to follow the signs - not all beaches can be swum at all year round due to stingers.
Looking for adventure? Book a day reef tour and experience the underwater world like nowhere else on earth. If you don't feel like a boat ride, pop into Reef HQ to discover the world's largest living coral reef aquarium. The Riverway complex offers recreational facilities for all ages, including an arts centre and swimming lagoon with toddler pool. The Billabong Sanctuary gives you the chance to cuddle a koala, pat a wombat or walk with kangaroos.
For something completely unique, head to MOUA, the Museum of Underwater Art, and learn about conservation, indigienous culture and art like never before.
Want more? There's plenty to keep the seasoned and new traveller to Townsville inspired, no matter what time of year.
Ideal for the family, couple or solo traveller alike, Magnetic Island boasts an array of pursuits that will satisfy everyone. From snorkelling, bushwalking, diving, sailing and shopping, indulge yourself with spas or a meal at one of Magnetic Island's exceptional bars, cafes and restaurants