Not always thought of as a holiday destination, Townsville has developed into a vibrant region home to glorious weather, a fantastic range of natural attractions and easy access to some of the most beautiful islands in Australian waters.
Townsville's Strand is one of the most impressive family recreation areas in North Queensland and is backed by the beautiful Castle Hill. This picturesque playground offers a scenic promenade where you can stroll or rollerblade as well as playgrounds, the beautiful beach, rock pools safe for swimming and a number of nearby restaurants and pubs.
Although not technically part of Townsville, Magnetic Island is also a popular spot for visitors to the region with a 20 minute ferry ride from Townsville to this aquatic playground. Here you can swim, snorkel, dive, hike or mountain bike the beautiful beaches and natural environment of the Island. Nelly Bay is also a stunning spot and for those who are feeling particularly game, there is even an 'unofficial' nudist beach here.
There's also a spectacular tourist drive that stretched from Townsville all the way to Mission Beach known as the 'Great Green Way'. When you reach Mission Beach, there are also a number of ferries that depart daily to the islands if you feel like exploring further.
Townsville's most popular accommodation options are on the beachfront along the promenade of the Strand and are just minutes from all the action of the inner city. There is also tropical village accommodation further north at Mission Beach, gateway to Dunk Island and Bedarra Island's exclusive holiday resort. Closer to Townsville, Orpheus Island also offers a luxury accommodation experience with 5 star service, food and facilities.
North Queensland's largest city, Townsville is home to almost 200,000 residents and is set on the Ross River. One of Australia's largest economies, Townsville is the region's biggest port and exports copper, nickel, zinc, timber, wool, sugar and beef globally. Renowned as the 'unofficial' capital of North Queensland, Townsville sits right next to the middle of the Great Barrier Reef.