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“Perfect spot for a Townsville Vista.”
Review of Castle Hill

Castle Hill
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$43.48*
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Townsville City Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #2 of 87 things to do in Townsville
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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.
Reviewed March 22, 2013

Superb views and vistas of Townsville. An easy drive or walk up to the top. Just watch the walking tracks around the top area as there are a number of hazards, you need to watch your step in several places if you intend walking around the tracks away from the main car park area.

Thank BossandMrsBoss
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

If you can get passed all the enthusiastic walkers, cyclists and joggers and take a drive up Castle Hill you won't be dissappointed it gives you a 360 degree view of Townsville. And if you are game why not join the locals and make the 6km round trip to the top and back of Castle Hill.

Thank GenG_12
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

We've been up here a few times over the years...I find it prettiest at night. You don't get to see as much detail (so you'll have to go during the day too), but it's truly a beautiful site at night. It's probably almost certain it'll be cooler during the evening too.

This venue is not wheel chair friendly if you want to do one of the walks to separate look outs and you have to concentrate not to lose you balance in some parts. Ensure you keep an eye on children who may be inclined to run ahead and the fall down the hill...literally.

The lookout is free and worth a peek.

Thank JessSamuels
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

Great Walk , excellent views of Townsville. Not to Difficult. If greater work out is required try running the hill

Thank Leif W
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

If you are looking for a good workout - take the Goat Track to the summit, if you are not looking for something that strenuous take the road. If you don't need a workout, but want to get a good view of Townsville you can drive or cycle

Thank Tom F
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