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Castle Hill

Castle Hill Road, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia
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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 view” (129 reviews)
“walk up” (88 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Castle Hill Road, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We drive up to the top of this look out late at night and it was gorgeous! 360° views of Townsville and surrounds. Be wary of pedestrians as they walk on the same road up and down castle hill! I would say that the view...More

Thank Leanna B
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I drove up here after work yesterday to have a look. There were around 100 people walking up and down the road. The view is awesome over the strand. If you have time give it a walk.

Thank jaywood01
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the second time we have visited Castle Hill lookout. The drive up to Castle Hill is slow because it is quite steep but very well maintained. When we reached the top, they are actually doing upgrades to some of the higher lookouts, that...More

Thank Ozzmo1962
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The views are some of the best I have ever seen anywhere in the world. 360° views. A must do in Townsville.

Thank Dashman1
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth a drive up to this lookout, views were amazing. If you want some exercise we saw a lot of people walking/jogging up to the top

Thank Kathy S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic views over Townsville and Magnetic Island. A number of different lookouts and an easy drive up to the top. Do not walk this one unless you have above average fitness levels.

Thank Andy G
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Reviewed 1 week ago

360 degree view from the top. Definitely worth the drive. Road up was loaded with pedestrians, so exercise care - road is somewhat narrow, 2 km long and steep.

Thank STraveler2
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We'd stumbled along the entry to the track up to Castle Hill and even though we were in thongs and our day gear, thought we'd give it a go. Its an energising walk up, but well worth it and not too difficult at all. We...More

1  Thank Marnie G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Easy to find, doesn’t take long to take a drive up Castle HIll. Good views of the Ocean & city. No need to see this view on an organized tour, not much up on the summit other than a view.

Thank Rosemary D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The drive up was exciting enough - trying to avoid the ‘hoons’ making their way down on a Sunday afternoon - but the views were outstanding. Pity the Hynes lookout was closed for renovations, we just had to do the Summit loop instead. You could...More

Thank Charlotte J
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