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The Strand
The Strand
Owner description: Immerse yourself in the Townsville way of life and discover The Strand, Townsville's thriving beach foreshore! With a relaxed, yet energetic vibe, The Strand is bursting with... more Owner description: Immerse yourself in the Townsville way of life and discover The Strand, Townsville's thriving beach foreshore! With a relaxed, yet energetic vibe, The Strand is bursting with activities to excite the whole family. The two and a half kilometre walkway offers spectacular views across to Magnetic Island and is popular for runners, walkers and kids with bikes and scooters. Enjoy the ocean breezes with a meal at one of the restaurants or cafes there. Alternatively treat the whole family to a barbecue or beach picnic. With a number of fantastic playgrounds and the popular Strand Water Park, The Strand will keep the kids entertained for hours. Take a swim in the ocean or the rock pool, test your balance on a Stand-Up Paddle Board or land on the beach after the adrenalin rush of skydiving! Enjoy the shade of the palm trees with a good book or grab a gelato and just enjoy the stunning views. For fishing enthusiasts, the jetty is a great spot to cast a line. At the end of The Strand, discover Jezzine Barracks and uncover the stories of Townsville's settlement. Learn of the regions significant military and indigenous history and enjoy the outdoor art. less
Attraction type: Beaches
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Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Owner description: 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... more Owner description: 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. less
Attraction type: Scenic Walking Areas; Hiking Trails
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Jezzine Barracks
Jezzine Barracks
Owner description: A significant site for both the Australian military and local Aboriginal People, the Jezzine Barracks are now open to the public and include coastal boardwalks, artwork... more Owner description: A significant site for both the Australian military and local Aboriginal People, the Jezzine Barracks are now open to the public and include coastal boardwalks, artwork, traditional plantings and parklands. The 15-hectare heritage precinct commemorates the military and Aboriginal heritage of the Kissing Point headland through 32 specially commissioned public artworks, extensive interpretive signage and the restoration of significant elements of the Kissing Point Fort complex. The space includes a coastal walkway connecting Rowes Bay and The Strand, observation decks up at Kissing Point Fort, traditional plantings along the ethno-botanical walk, the Crossed Boomerang Amphitheatre, Norman and Brigadier North parklands and the Kennedy Regiment Plaza. The Traditional Owners of Garabarra are the Wulgurukaba people and the Bindal people, who retain an enduring 'connection to country' despite the impact of non-Aboriginal settlement in the area. For thousands of years Garabarra was the centre of a common food foraging area for local Aboriginal people - an area with immeasurable cultural and spiritual values. The Fort was established in 1870 after the British withdrew from the colonies and it was in continuous military use from 1885 to 2006. In 2007 a community trust was established to keep this land in public less
Attraction type: Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Billabong Sanctuary
Billabong Sanctuary
Owner description: Billabong Sanctuary is Australia's best interactive wildlife experience. There are interactive talks and feeding shows throughout the day commencing at 9:15 am. At these wildlife... more Owner description: Billabong Sanctuary is Australia's best interactive wildlife experience. There are interactive talks and feeding shows throughout the day commencing at 9:15 am. At these wildlife presentations you will learn all about the unique characteristics of Australia's native animals. The talks are not only informative but a lot of fun, so will have one of your best experiences at an Australian attraction. The native animals are displayed in their natural habitats of wetlands, eucalypt forest and rainforest. Highlights of the Sanctuary are holding a koala, hugging a wombat, hand feeding a cassowary, holding a small crocodile and wrapping a python around your neck. You will also be able to sit next to a dingo for a photo opportunity and watch feeding of giant estuarine or saltwater crocodiles. The wildlife presentations are repeated in the afternoons so nobody misses out. You can also return the following day with no extra charge. There are picnic areas with free gas barbecues or enjoy a meal at the Blinky Bill Cafe. You can also cool off in our tropically landscaped pool. less
Attraction type: Nature & Wildlife Areas
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Riverway
Riverway
Attraction type: Points of Interest & Landmarks
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All places to eat » Places to eat

A Touch of Salt
A Touch of Salt
Ranked #1 of 340 Restaurants in Townsville
Price: $8 - $29
Cuisines: Australian, Contemporary
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Romantic, Scenic view
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Seasoned
Seasoned
Ranked #2 of 340 Restaurants in Townsville
Price: $11 - $42
Cuisines: Australian
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Juliette's Gelateria
Juliette's Gelateria
Ranked #3 of 340 Restaurants in Townsville
Price: $2 - $8
Cuisines: Australian, Cafe
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Scenic view
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Jam Corner
Jam Corner
Ranked #4 of 340 Restaurants in Townsville
Price: $8 - $32
Cuisines: Australian
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Chico Rio Brazilian Restaurant
Chico Rio Brazilian Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 340 Restaurants in Townsville
Cuisines: Brazilian, Vegetarian Friendly, South American
Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Civic Guest House Backpackers Hostel
2.0 of 5
Civic Guest House Backpackers Hostel
$20 - $49 (A$26 - A$64)
Ranked #1 of 17 Townsville B&B and Inns
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Rambutan
5.0 of 5
Rambutan
$20 - $121
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Reef Lodge Backpackers
Reef Lodge Backpackers
$30 - $44
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Cascade Motel In Townsville
3.0 of 5
Cascade Motel In Townsville
$82 - $108
Ranked #3 of 41 Hotels in Townsville
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Park Regis Anchorage
4.0 of 5
Park Regis Anchorage
$69 - $131
Ranked #4 of 41 Hotels in Townsville
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Castle Crest Motel
3.0 of 5
Castle Crest Motel
$56 - $95 (₹3,739 - ₹6,342)
Ranked #5 of 41 Hotels in Townsville
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Quest Townsville on Eyre
4.5 of 5
Quest Townsville on Eyre
$87 - $182
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Grand Hotel and Apartments Townsville
4.5 of 5
Grand Hotel and Apartments Townsville
$92 - $153
Ranked #1 of 41 Hotels in Townsville
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Quest Townsville
4.5 of 5
Quest Townsville
$108 - $164 (A$142 - A$215)
Ranked #2 of 41 Hotels in Townsville
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