THINGS TO DO IN TOWNSVILLE AND MAGNETIC ISLAND

There’s never a shortage of things to do around Townsville and Magnetic Island whether you’re wanting to dive the Great Barrier Reef, enjoy natural water slides at Crystal Creek or koala spotting through National Park hiking trails.

Here are our top picks to explore during your visit to the region.

DISCOVER THE STRAND

The Strand promenade is a lively beachside retreat for Townsville locals and visitors enjoying casual walks, taking a swim in the ocean all year round or relaxing under the shady parkways.

Just a 5-minute walk away from Rambutan, the Strand is also the gateway to numerous water activities, the Yacht club, funky cafes and a few hidden boutiques.

EXPLORE MAGNETIC ISLAND

A day trip over to Magnetic Island is a must do for all visitors. With more than half the island covered in National Parks, there’s plenty of hiking trails and pristine bays and beaches to cool off in.

Explore the popular Forts walk and take time to spot beautiful koalas perched in the tree tops during sunrise and sunset.

Discover giant clams while snorkelling at Geoffrey Bay or catch a Barramundi or two at the beautiful Westpoint, the perfect place to be when the sun is setting.

Buses from Nelly Bay ferry terminal go from Picnic Bay where you can grab a beer from the local island pub or over to Horseshoe Bay, the dining precinct of the island.

CAPTURE PANORAMIC VIEWS ON CASTLE HILL

Castle Hill is by far, Townsville’s most iconic spot to take in breathtaking panoramic views of Magnetic island that extend from Pallarenda through to Cleveland Bay.

We suggest you head up early in the morning or just as the sun is setting, and if your up for the challenge, make sure you follow the hundreds of joggers that frequent the popular Goats track.

Don’t forget to take your camera; it’s definitely a sight worth capturing once you reach the top.

DIVE INTO THE GREAT UNKNOWN

The S.S Yongala Wreck dive has been hailed as one of Australia’s best dives evoking an adventure of mystery and marine exploration.

The wreck itself is situated 15m below the surface extending to 29m in depth. The abundance of marine life includes turtles, eagle rays, manta rays, sea snakes, sharks, tropical fish and much more.

Our friendly staff are happy to assist you with booking your dive trip or beginners course, with expert instructors offering some of the cheapest rates in North Queensland.

Trips depart daily with Adrenalin Snorkel & Dive from both Townsville and Magnetic Island.

SNORKEL THE UNSPOILT GREAT BARRIER REEF

Townsville offers visitors hidden snorkel trails surrounding the coastline and along Magnetic island that reveal untouched reef.

There are giant clams to find and thousands of colourful sea life to discover, including turtles, stingrays, dugongs and humpback whales if you’re one of the lucky few.

STROLL THROUGH COTTERS MARKETS

Pick up some handcrafted souvenirs or fresh produce at the weekly Cotters Markets on Flinders Street. The friendly locals are always happy to share their own insider tips on exploring Townsville so be sure to ask for their recommendations.

GO WILD AT CRYSTAL CREEK

Crystal Creek is a popular freshwater swimming hole with natural water slides frequented by Townsville locals and visitors to the region. The shady areas allow for relaxation and lazy picnic lunches.

VISIT THE WORLD’S LARGEST LIVING CORAL REEF AQUARIUM

Reef HQ is the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium, offering an exciting array of intriguing experiences, that showcase rare and astonishing features of the Great Barrier Reef.

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