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Castle Hill

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Address: Castle Hill Road, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia
Phone Number: 61800801902
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Just metres short of a mountain, Castle Hill is the giant pink granite...

Just metres short of a mountain, Castle Hill is the giant pink granite monolith that stands proud in the centre of Townsville - a perfect place for visitors to orientate themselves. As well as offering vehicle access, Castle Hill provides a number of popular walking tracks, which are frequented by more than 2,500 locals a day! The 360-degree views of Townsville at the top are well worth the journey. Be sure to have a camera on hand, particularly for sunrise or sunset as these are photo opportunities which shouldn't be missed. As well as offering an iconic centre piece for the city and spectacular scenic views, Castle Hill has a significant history. The Hill's vantage was used by visiting American soldiers during World War II. According to local legend, the visitors famously offered to demolish the hill and use the rock to build a bridge to Magnetic Island. A World War II observation bunker sits on one corner of the Hill reminding visitors of Castle Hill's military history. Castle Hill facilities include car parking, public amenities, drink fountains and shaded seating to enjoy while taking in some of the best views of the city and across to Magnetic Island.

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great views but narrow road

The views from Castle Hill are spectacular particularly early evening . But be carefull on the access road it is narrow and winding . Drive slowly .

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Mark O
Tully, Australia

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Tully, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The views from Castle Hill are spectacular particularly early evening . But be carefull on the access road it is narrow and winding . Drive slowly .

Thank Mark O
Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Definitely a must to go when you visit the beautiful town, Townsville. I would recommend to go in the evening to see the sunset, also it is less exhausting as it is not as hot anymore.

Thank Zola M
Boyne Island, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Castle hill is just a great way to see everything, Magnetic Island, the strand and all of Townsville. Some people were jogging up the hill for exercise so be careful as you drive up because it is a shared zone.

Thank Mark C
Townsville, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

On a clear day ,the view across Cleveland Bay to Magnetic Island, Cape Cleveland and north to the Palm Group and beyond is great and across the road the view to Mt Stuart and the urban sprawl up the valley is also good. Day or night is worth the walk up the road and the goats tracks if you are... More 

Thank 910ChrisM
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Castle Hill is one of the "must do" places on any visitors list. The views during the day out to Magnetic Island and Mount Stuart are stunning. Equally at night the lights stretch forever. Locals can be seen walking, running or cycling up and down the Hill both morning and evening.

Thank Judith T
Fairfield, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is a must to visit and enjoy the views during the day and night. there are different walking trails so you can enjoy the views

Thank tropics1967
Droitwich Spa, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Its a long way up, although locals can be seen running up and down, but its worth it: what other city has a hill like this in the centre of the town offering stunning 360 degree views

Thank Graham R
Antwerp Province, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very nice view from above over the city of Townsville. Just a couple of minutes by car (or a bit longer by foot - you won't be alone).

Thank K H
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a must do in Townsville. The views are 360° and give you a fantastic look down on the city and out to magnetic island. There are many different vantage points and look outs once you are up here

Thank TravellerPete82
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

If you're walking up there are 2 main goat tracks or the road. I would suggest one of the goat tracks up and taking the road down as its a bit steep. Best place to get parking is down near the park and walking from there. Takes about 20 minutes to walk up with a seat half way to take... More 

Thank Brea J

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