What you can do in Townsville
With over 300 days of sunshine each year, a local culture that’s is relaxed and welcoming, stunning beaches and a growing list of restaurants, cafés and boutique shopping. It is no wonder Townsville is ever growing as a popular holiday destination for both domestic and international tourists.
Strand is a 2.5 km stretch of beautifully landscaped gardens, playgrounds and
of course the famous waterpark and Rockpool swimming enclosure. The water is clear and the sand is clean.
It really is a beautiful beach. The path is wide enough that children can run
and play without being close to the road. There are so many playgrounds and
activities to keep them amused, it allows parents the freedom to just sit and
enjoy the breathtaking views of Magnetic Island.
While largly, it is residential housing and holiday complexes that line the Strand waterfront, there is an ever growing range of quality cafe's and resturaunts opening up in the area. Offering visitors the option to dine and enjoy the magnificent view accross the water.
Bird lovers will delight at the black cockatoos that entertain travellers during the day, making grooming of the Strand pathways a real challenge for the local council.
The amphitheatre at the Gregory Street Headland plays host to a number of community events including the beating of the Drums every full moon. This is a must for the kids - everyone is encouraged to join in. The atmosphere is warm, welcoming and most of all, super fun.
The rockpool is a man-made swimming enclosure that uses the fresh ocean water. The grass is manicured, gardens landscaped and there are play activities for the kids. It is closed every Thursday for cleaning which keeps the water quality for swimmers.
Swimming in the ocean year round is not a problem in Townsville. There are 2 large stinger nets, anchored in the water between November and May each year. One is located next to the Rockpool - the other in front of the Strand Park, next to the Jetty.
Free electric BBQ sites are scattered along the Strand promenade. They are clean and well maintained. They really are a tribute to the hardworking effort of our local council.
Some suggestions of where to go and what to see during your visit to the fastest growing regional city in Australia.... Townsville!
Visit the many parks and swimming facilities on the STRAND
Climb, walk, ride or drive up CASTLE HILL or MOUNT STUART.
Go to one of the many MARKETS
Picnic, swim and relax at RIVERWAY
Experience the best crocodile shows in the North at BILLABONG SANCTUARY
Visit the only open air Aquarium in the world at REEF HQ
Get interactive at MUSEUM OF TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND
Do on one of the award winning KOOKABURRA TOURS
Visit the botanical gardens or the PALMETIUM
See Townsville from a higher perspective with a TOWNSVILLE HELICOPTER FLIGHT
Experience the RED BARRON
Dive the Reef at YONGALA
Exlplore the river on POP SULLIVAN'S river cruise
Catch the ferry to MAGNETIC ISLAND
Sit in the saddle and HORSE RIDE AT HORSESHOE BAY
Drive up Hervey's range to the historic TEA ROOMS.
Cool of in a waterfall at PALUMA and then have a picnic at PALUMA DAM
Visit some of the beautiful secluded areas of the PALM ISLAND GROUP
Take a drive to INGHAM and visit the award winning TYTO WETLANDS
Head west to CHARTERS TOWERS
One house North of Townsville is the Italian township of INGHAM & 3 Hours North of Townsville is MISSION BEACH