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“Great viewpoint for a look over Townsville and towards Magnetic Island”
Review of Castle Hill

Castle Hill
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Townsville City Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #2 of 78 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.
Sydney, Australia
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“Great viewpoint for a look over Townsville and towards Magnetic Island”
Reviewed August 25, 2013

Castle Hill is a soaring granite monolith in Townsville. It dominates the landscape. You can drive up to the top and there is adequate parking there. From the top there are various short walking tracks to take from which you will be able to get excellent 360 degree views of the city.

PROS

- it's free
- great views, especially at sunset
- toilets provided
- ample car parking space
- water fountain provided
- various tracks to investigate

CONS

- drivers will need to be careful at night as lots of joggers run up to the top and back and may be hard to see

Definitely worth the visit.

Visited August 2013
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North Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great views, hike up if you have the time”
Reviewed August 21, 2013

Really easy and quick from downtown/Strand, great 360 degree views of the whole Townsville area and nice trails

Visited August 2013
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Hull, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Superb views”
Reviewed August 20, 2013

We drove up castlehill both daytime and night time and the views were just beautiful. Unfortunately, the views just cannot be appreciated on photos! Showers are even provided at the top for those brave enough to run/walk up castlehill as well as toilet facilities. Only complaint is that the runners all wear dark clothing and run in the middle of the road so if driving, be weary of them and drive slowly as they are hard to see in the dark!

Visited April 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Amazing views”
Reviewed August 17, 2013

Castle Hill has an amazing 360 degree view of all of Townsville and of Magnetic Island. For someone like me who is not from Townsville, it helps you understand the size and vast terrain surrounding Townsville. It was one of the highlights of my visit.

Visited July 2013
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New South Wales, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great views”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

Great views. Don't bother walking up just drive. Lots of walking tracks and different vantage points at the top. Try not to mow down any walkers on the road while you're driving up and down!

Visited June 2013
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