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“Night time view fantastic” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Castle Hill

Castle Hill
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Townsville City Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #2 of 75 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.
Taumarunui, New Zealand
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“Night time view fantastic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2014

Went up here at night, what a view! A steep winding narrow road to the top. See the beaches, port, city, and Magnetic island.Can view from several different angles using the short walking tracks, but you might want to take a torch as there are no lights on these tracks. A must if you are in Townsville overnight!

Visited July 2014
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“Top walk, top views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2014

Many steps up the goat track but safe if steep and you will be accompanied by many walkers and runners. Views over Townsville and harbour sensational and you get close up to huge boulders.

Visited July 2014
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Mona Vale, Australia
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“Magnificent Sunset from the Top”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2014

It"s a long way up yo the top, but the sunset and view reward the effort. It gets very busy during the last our before sunset. Really worth the trip.

Visited June 2014
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Cranbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“stunning views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2014

a long winding road but the view at the top is terrific and well worth it, apparently it is only a few meters off being a mountain

Visited July 2014
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Eagle Heights, Australia
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“Castle Hill is a must do!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2014

You haven't seen Townsville if you haven't been up Castle Hill to look at the city laid out before you. It gives you an overall layout of the city, beaches, coastline and Magnetic Island out to sea. You can also see the Palm Island group in the distance and the coast curving northwards. Loved it! (go up Mt, Stuart if you have a little more time for an even greater view!)

Visited July 2014
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