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Review of Castle Hill

Castle Hill
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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 October 16, 2013

We traveled by car to the summit of Castle Hill negotiating many bends and dodging the large number of fitness enthusiasts who were on foot seeking to reach the summit. Views from the top are spectacular on a day when the sun shone brightly and Magnetic Island and many others off the coast were plainly visible. One was able to see that Townsville is spread out over a very large area. The children loved watching commercial and military aircraft taking off or landing at the nearby airport. Sight seeing enthusiasts will enjoy the 30 minutes required to visit the site of the iconic "Saint".

Thank Robert B
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

This lookout is worth the trip up the steep winding road for the magnificent views of the city as well as its historical significance. You haven't been to Townsville if you haven't been to the top of Castle Hill. You would need to be physically fit to walk it though.

Thank Jo J
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

I drove my hire car up Castle Hill, though if you're a fit person you could park and walk/run like everyone else. They all swarm to the top like ants! There's not a lot to do at the top, but there are spectacular views of Townsville and Magnetic Island.

Thank somethingaboutkerry
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

The drive to the top of Castle Hill winds around to the summit. The further up you go a different angle of the city and suburbs is given.
There is a car park at the top that can be quite full at times. There is a lookout over the beach side suburbs next to the carpark. Others can be accessed by climbing sets of stairs.
If you are fitness inclined there are walking tracks that lead all the way to the top. The other option is to walk up the road. Very good in the early morning or evening.

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Reviewed October 8, 2013

The view up here is superb. It's a nice drive up the mountain and if your feeling fit the walk is pretty nice to.

Thank 415GerardC
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