Castle Hill

Castle Hill, Townsville: Address, Phone Number, Castle Hill Reviews: 4.5/5

Castle Hill
4.5
Hiking Trails • Scenic Walking Areas
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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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Jonique Life
Australia2,122 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
First thing we did once we arrived at Townsville was to climb the iconic Castle Hill for a 360 degree sunset view of Townsville and why wouldn’t you with views like this 🤩

Best lookout, spectacular views! We did The Goat Track which is a good work out with 1300 constant stairs going up. Well worth it.

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Written April 21, 2021
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Tiggs N
48 contributions
Feb 2021 • Solo
Road is narrow, low speed and very steep. Plenty of parking and awesome views.

Would ask the Council to give permission for 1 Cafe to be built at the half way point or up the top which would be an amazing Townsville attraction. Perhaps a Government funded project 😋
Written February 5, 2021
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patg0712
Sydney, Australia59 contributions
Jan 2020 • Business
You cannot come to Townsville without enjoying the view from Castle Hill Lookout. It's the place where those who want to be seen can be seen; walking their manicured dog, wearing their lycra, doing their exercise...
Sorry I'm lazy I drive my car but avoid people walking four abreast or letting their dog on the loose or the bike riders screaming down the hill at 100 miles an hour.
Either way, the view from the top - it's spectacular, especially when everyone else gets there at sunset!!!
Don't miss it and make sure your SD card is empty because there are spectacular views all the way around and don't forget to wear your walking shoes because it's a bit rough in places, however, they are making a way for people in wheelchairs or disabled to get around..
Make it a must see!!
Written January 7, 2020
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louie t
Brisbane, Australia559 contributions
Sep 2021
Castle Hill looks more steep than Mt Stuart, but its not. Ton of people walking this daily or bike riding up. or walking the stairs up & walking the road back down. Or u can car up & down. Saw one fit lady pushing a pusher up did the loop & straight back down. Lots to see & down once u arrive up. Impressive must say.
Written September 14, 2021
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GreyNomad2014
Jannali, Australia850 contributions
Mar 2021 • Solo
The two main paths are the Goat Track and the Cudtheringa Track, both well signposted on your way from town and well developed with stairs and resting benches. I also took a rough track off the Maidenhair Track that was part loose rock and boulder climbing. I'd have got lost easily if someone hadn't painted white arrows occasionally. It eventually connects with the Dianella Track and finished just behind the bus stop at the top.
Written March 25, 2021
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Dianne H
333 contributions
Aug 2020
This might be classed as a Hill & not a Mountain but it sure has spectacular 360% views as you drive up it & from the walking tracks up the top & all the viewing points.Brilliant views out to:" Magnetic Island,The Strand,Cape Pallarenda,Cleveland Bay,the City & surrounds & much more.Well worth going up.
Written August 23, 2020
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Edwina S
3 contributions
Aug 2020
Great spot to visit in Townsville. Drive up or walk on the roadway or challenge yourself on the bush track for a fitness splurge. Lovely views over the whole of Townsville, Magnetic Island, out to the west and beyond.
Visitors to the region will love it.
Written September 2, 2020
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Hunnybee
Townsville, Australia553 contributions
Nov 2019
Every time I have been up the hill, the place is packed. Either with walkers or drivers. There are several walking trails, but walkers insist on walking all over the road which can be annoying. The views and sunset from up there is just spectacular, so make sure you take your camera!
Written January 21, 2020
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Scott B
Townsville, Australia13 contributions
Sep 2020
As a Townsville resident, everyone has done Castle Hill at least ONCE! Walking, Running, Jogging, Cycling or by CAR. Their are a whole number of ways to get up to the top. People are always using the Bitumen Road or the GOAT Track to get their personal fitness. Facilities: Water and Toilets Lookout at the Top, bets done with a friend or group even 4 legged friends allowed! Improvements: Extra Lookout looking South, and last visit Dog Water Taps not functioning :(
Written November 14, 2020
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Sunshine_Seahorse
Cairns, Australia47 contributions
Jul 2020
Awesome views. Has a toilet block and drinking water fountain and little lookout tracks at the top.

Slow down and drive safely going up and down as many people are walking on the road and some seem oblivious to the cars (probably because it's a gruelling walk up and they're puffing their guts out haha).
Written July 29, 2020
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