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“An Eagle's View”
Review of Castle Hill

Castle Hill
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Townsville City Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #2 of 81 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.
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“An Eagle's View”
Reviewed February 8, 2014

It was well worth taking the short drive up to Castle Hill for a 360 degrees view of the surroundings. We walked the few trails at the top, but felt a bit lazy, seeing all of the locals and visitors alike who had hiked up the hill from the bottom.

Visited February 2014
Thank Julia Kim K
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Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia
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“WOW! Absolutely Spectacular!!”
Reviewed February 8, 2014

The drive up here was rather exhilarating but for the health conscious (unlike me), the walk seems to be extremely popular too.

When to get to the top, you can see literally hundreds of miles in all directions. It's fantastic and I'm so glad we decided to drive up!

Visited February 2014
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Leixlip, Ireland
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“Great view”
Reviewed February 7, 2014

Great hiking and great view.
You can even drive up there.
Bring your GoPro to make a nice time lapse of the sunset.

Visited January 2014
Thank Backpacking_Eskimo
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Mackay, Australia
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“Great view”
Reviewed February 5, 2014 via mobile

Always drive up here when in Townsville. The view at night is spectacular. Shame that last time there was a lot of litter though.

Visited October 2013
Thank Gail M
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“Amazing view of Townsville”
Reviewed February 1, 2014

Interesting drive through Castle Hill area to look out at the top. Worth the drive for the view. Free.

Visited January 2014
Thank Lisa P
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