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Townsville Queensland

An incredibly scenic seaside town with access to all the natural goodies.


At a Glance

Townsville is one of the major cities in Queensland, decorated with plenty refurbished historic buildings from the previous centuries. Many see Townsville as the unofficial capital of North Queensland as most of the business and administrative infrastructure is located there. Townsville is incredibly aesthetically pleasing, with strips of gardens laden on its streets. You can march up the majestic red Castle Hill to have a panoramic view of the town.

All the good things of Queensland are present here in Townsville. Towards the sea, you can visit the smooth white beaches, sail to the picturesque Magnetic Islands and dive to admire the Great Barrier Reefs. Townsville is also famous for their state-of-the-art museums and aquariums that preserves the human and natural history of the region.


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Where is Townsville?

 

Townsville is 1348 kilometres northwest of Brisbane.

Townsville is located on the eastern coast of the Townsville North Queensland region facing northeast to the Pacifics. The Ross River and its tributaries crosses the town. The Castle Hill near the city central is a good viewing platform overlooking the surrounding area. The Magnetic Island to the north is also a great location to visit. The best way to visit Townsville is to arrive at the Townsville Airport by plane.


 

Things to see in Townsville

 

The Strand

You could not believe how beautifully the Strand had been transformed. On arrival, you can hire car, then drive to the entire length of The Strand from the marina through to Kissing Point. Magnificent scenery, sandy beaches, outstanding fauna. Facilities all in good order and everything nice and clean. I also had a couple of early morning walks and it was great to see so many people making use of the walking trans, boardwalks etc. There are numerous cafes, bars, restaurants, ice cream stores etc. along the way. Just enjoy it!

The Strand

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Castle Hill

Have to drive to the top of Castle Hill when visiting Townsville. Beautiful views from an iconic landmark. Plenty of parking with stairs to some of the higher points. Fantastic 180º views over Townsville from a number of lookouts. It is well worth the easy drive or for the fitter a scenic walk to the summit. It's amazing to see all the cyclists, walkers and runners who make their daily pilgrimage to the top of this hill! The view is spectacular!

Castle Hill

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Jezzine Barracks

Jazzine Barracks is worth to visit due to the historical information, with incredible views and the lovely green parkland spaces. It is so well kept. Leave time to explore the hidden areas, visit the art in the huts and to read all the historical facts. Also, the views from this hilltop are spectacular as you look across the bay, a lot of work and dedication has gone into the restoration of this important part of Townsville's history. It pays to take time and Remember

Jezzine Barracks

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Lake Paluma

Lake Paluma is a very clean and well-maintained campsite close to Townsville and Ingham. You are able to Stop for the dip in little Crystal Creek. Easily accessed. Lots of spots to dip. Beautiful scenery and such a refreshing experience. Highly recommend.

Lake Paluma

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What's the weather like?

 

Townsville is classified to be in the tropical savanna climate group where a dry and wet season is more prominent than the traditional four seasons. Despite being tropical, Townsville experiences a lower level of rainfall as compared to other areas in the tropics due to a geographical characteristic. Despite that, monsoon rainfall does occur during the wet season. In Summer (December to February), the average maximum temperature is 31°C with an average minimum of 24°C. In Winter (June to August), the average maximum temperature is 25°C with an average minimum of 14°C.

 

Get to know Townsville's history

 

As with most of the eastern Australian coast, Townsville was visited by Captain James Cook in 1770. Prior to European arrival, the area was inhabited by several indigenous people such as the Bindal and Wulgurukaba people. The settlement of Townsville was established in 1865 as a coastal port named the Cleveland Bay. It was renamed to Townsville in 1866 in honour of Robert Towns who help funded the settlement. It grew quickly in the following year as a major port in the area, with population tripling from 1882 to 1891. Townsville played an important role in the Pacific theatre in the Second World War, being a staging area for assaults and raids by Australian and US soldiers.

Today, Townsville is considered by many as the unofficial capital in North Queensland, being the largest urban centre in the area. It is also a popular destination for tourists that want to explore tropical beaches and the rich history of the area.