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“A view like no other !!”
Review of Castle Hill

Castle Hill
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Townsville City Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #2 of 86 things to do in Townsville
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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 May 15, 2013

Although road works were being conducted we were able to access the summit after some days and what a sight. Not to be missed. We would have liked to spend more time walking some of the trails but while the hill was closed we were unable to get to the top until the last minute of our holiday. But it was worth it. A must do for all travellers to Townsville.

1  Thank Letty L
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Reviewed May 15, 2013

Located close to the centre of Townsville, the views from atop Castle Hill are spectacular. 360o vistas spread out beneath you, giving you the chance to familiarise yourself with the towns layout. The road to the top is something to be aware of though, a tight, twisty 2.9Km path along which I would be hesitant to tow any type of trailer let alone a caravan. It also seems to be used as a regular jogging track, so care must be taken to avoid the numerous pedestrians along the way up. For those that are inclined to clamber up on foot, as well as the road, there are several other walking track options which are all well signposted. Once at the top, there is ample parking space, and facilities. The best views remain a short walk away from the carpark, and require some deftness to climb the steep stairs, but easily achieved by anyone with moderate fitness.

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Reviewed May 13, 2013

Went to the top of Castle Hill which is a great look out over Townsville, great spot for photographers and picnickers..mist spray exists if you decide to walk or run up the hill. There are also a few different walks if your adventurous, just enjoy the views especially the side looking towards Magnetic Island, very pretty...

1  Thank Lisa L
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

Walking the hill is one of my favourite to do activities. The goat track seems to be the route less travelled to the foot of the stairs which is when the real hard work begins. Once at the top spectacula views all around. For those less fit driving up the road for the view is worth considering. Having water and public amenities at the top is great addition.

1  Thank caro2251
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

Another spot in Townsville worth going to. It is a great drive up to the top and for those that are a little more energetic there are several walking tracks to the top which looked great. There are several lookouts on the top, giving you different views of Townsville.

1  Thank HannahRandal
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