The Dry Tropics

Townsville is Australia's largest tropical beachside city, supplying almost constant sunshine, gentle tropical breezes and sparkling azure waters. A visit to the Strand is not to be missed; it's an award-winning leisure development on Townsville's foreshore and a great place to enjoy a leisurely stroll or bike ride, the children's playground and the magnificent view of Magnetic Island from a selection of trendy restaurants, cafes and bars.

Pay a visit to world-renowned Reef HQ, the world's largest living coral reef aquarium, have a flutter with the locals at the Jupiter's Townsville Casino or learn about Australia's fascinating native wildlife at the Billabong Sanctuary. For great views of the city and over the ocean, head up to Castle Hill.

Head in any direction from Townsville and you'll be well-rewarded: the Great Barrier Reef sprawls to the east, the outback beckons to the west, islands and rainforest entice to the north and sugar cane and mango farming communities tempt in the south.

Insiders' Tips

  1. Museum of Tropical Queensland: This world-class museum is bursting with fun and fascinating displays, with a primary focus on North Queensland.
  2. Dive the SS Yongala: Voted one of the best dive wrecks in the world, she is one of the largest, most intact historic shipwrecks and intriguing maritime mysteries.
  3. Enjoy the view from Castle Hill

For More Information

For maps, days tours and accommodation options, visit the Townsville & Magnetic Island chapter in our Queensland's Tropical North online brochure. Click here.

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