Escape to a tropical island, nearby Magnetic (or “Maggie” to locals). The island offers a wide range of activities for a perfect day off. Hop on the ferry and spend the day swimming, sun bathing or simply relaxing at one of the many beautiful bays or beaches on Magnetic Island.
Experience a real Australian adventure on a working Queensland cattle station. Ride a friendly horse through the beautiful Australian bush and enjoy learning how to draft cattle, shear sheep and crack a whip. After a morning of hard work, you can tuck into an oven roast lunch.
Just 17 km south of Townsville crocodiles, snakes, wombats, and koalas are in abundance. Billabong Sanctuary offers visitors a chance to experience crocodile and snake handling shows, wombat and koala petting and a dip in the resort-sized pool. Explore the diverse fauna and take a picture with these unique species.
This historical complex has three Queensland houses dating from the last 150 years. All are furnished in the fashion of the period when they were built. The collection of preserved materials from the past, as well as the annual Heritage festival, present to its visitors an interesting part of local history and culture. National Trust Heritage Centre is definitely a good place for a blast from the past.
Discover the magical colours of the tropical marine fish and coral of the Great Barrier Reef. Departing from Townsville, it takes only 2 hours to get there. A full day adventure takes you to the crystal clear waters and includes snorkelling, glass bottom boat tours, a marine biology presentation and a scrumptious buffet lunch. There are several tourist bureaus that can help you book the trip of a lifetime, including: Tropical Travel & Accommodation
Mission Beach is a beautiful stretch of sand offering all sorts of activities. Besides the obvious sun bathing you can skydive or kayak. Paddle from South Mission Beach along the coast, passing golden sandy beaches and rocky headlands. As you cruise along, there will be plenty of opportunities to see turtles and many sea birds that frolic along this scenic coastline. Coral Sea Kayaking:
Townsville’s beachfront promenade is a 2.5 km stretch of parkland dotted with barbecues, picnic areas, exercise facilities and restaurants, offering fun for the whole family. The free water park delights adults and children alike. With its beautiful views the spot is also a great choice for a romantic stroll with your beloved one.
Paluma and Crystal Creek Rainforest is a hidden gem and a lovely cooling spot where you can escape the hot summer days and indulge in tranquility. After the hike to the creek, take a cold swim, have a picnic, barbecue and just enjoy your day in these beautiful surroundings.
The Maritime Museum of Townsville is a museum which covers a considerable period of the town’s maritime history. It welcomes everyday people from all around the world, and it is a big attraction for everyone who is keen on human activity at sea. Visit the different galleries, explore the preserved materials and artefacts and have an exciting maritime experience.
Famous for its range of gourmet steak dishes, the Southbank Grill also offers a range of fresh seafood, and a mouth-watering dessert menu, making it a must visit restaurant. The establishment is open both for breakfast and dinner and guarantees attentive service in a cosy atmosphere.
Palmer Street’s first restaurant offers a great mix of multi-cultural dining experiences, utilising fresh local ingredients. It is a favorite among both locals and tourists. Finely prepared meals served with style and a sense for detail offer a high quality culinary experience.
For relaxed waterfront dining overlooking the Townsville Marina, don’t miss the Pier Restaurant and Bar. Here you can enjoy an abundance of seafood, sitting directly over water. The restaurant has a magnificent backdrop offering superb views of the city, harbour and marina by day or night.
A Touch Of Salt has a spacious indoor and outdoor area for warm summer nights and cosy evenings. The menu is contemporary, and if you have a hard time choosing what to take then ask the knowledgeable waiter, who will gladly help you. You are sure to enjoy your evening here.
Townsville Brewing is the city's old post office, re-built into a brewery, restaurant and event centre. The food is varied and tasty, and the entrees, including Crispy Coconut Prawns and Beef Tataki, are some of the best in town. The beer and the wine will, of course, not disappoint.
This restaurant is located by The Strand, and is a part of the Yongala Lodge. Here you can try authentic dishes from French cuisine which are prepared using fresh, locally produced ingredients. Enjoy the delicious food from either the front veranda or the historic dining room.
Jam Corner is a great option for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Seasonal fruits, seafood and meat options are all included in the menu. The outdoor seating allows you to enjoy the beautiful view over the river and city skyline. The waiters are friendly and welcoming, and the Australian cuisine is very tasty.
Summerie's Authentic Thai Cuisine truly lives up to its name, as the food tastes just as it would if you were in Thailand. You can choose to sit at the restaurant or take the food with you and enjoy it out in the sun. No matter which you choose, you are sure to have one real Thai experience.
Wayne & Adele's Garden of Eating has an Australian menu where you can choose from many unique combinations of delicious meals. You can also choose between indoor and outdoor seating. The atmosphere is just as laid back and relaxing as the Australians themselves are.
Ribs and Rumps offers a complete steakhouse experience. By dining at this establishment you will feel the familiar flavors of barbecue grilling. The restaurant is widely recognized for its delicious ribs. The friendly ambiance make this a good option for a great time out with friends.
Donna Bionda is an Italian restaurant named after a beautiful lady, and this beauty, finesse and sophistication are transmitted onto the meals. The delicious focaccia, pasta and pizza are offered in different styles. Finish your Mediterranean experience with a sinfully delicious Tiramisu.
Sidewalk Café and Bar is a peaceful spot in the busy day. The establishment serves tea, coffee and a variety of drinks, delicious cakes and homemade desserts, as well as filling snacks and soups. The home-grown products are a guarantee for quality and freshness, and the laidback atmosphere makes for a relaxed break.
If cups of tea are your cup of tea you can always head out to the Heritage Tea Rooms – a fully restored Cobb & Co era building offering the great Aussie cuppa. The Heritage Tea Rooms offer a great taste of historical Australiana combined with the great tastes of traditional Australian fare.
Good food, great art, fine wine. The owners of Barefoot merged their passions for dining and all things artistic to create a wonderful cultural mix. Located on the beachfront on Horseshoe Bay, there’s also a well-stocked art gallery for diners to peruse at their leisure.
Odyssey on the Strand is a great place to stop for a snack when you are out shopping. Ideally located on The Strand, overlooking the rock pools, this Mediterranean style cafe offers breakfast and lunch every day, and on weekend nights there’s a Greek taverna-style menu.
Located in the heart of Townsville, MJ&Co.Espresso Bar offers many healthy options, making the cafe a great choice for breakfast or lunch. A cup of delightful coffee brings a bright morning pick-me-up, and the fresh salads, omelettes, french toasts and pancakes give you the productivity you need throughout the day.
Fratello Coffee is a lovely spot where you can have breakfast, a lunch break or just stop by for an afternoon snack. They have a rich selection of coffee, as well as delicious food, such as wraps, paninis, pies and filos. The fruit salad is very popular and the tempting muffins are a must, and it can all be enjoyed in the cafe's outdoor seating area.
The Cat's Meow presents a creative interior concept in a casual style. This small and cute place possesses everything you need to feel comfortable and engaged while having a serving of poached eggs, toast, melon or chickpea salad. The vintage cafe has a wide range of tea, the trademark product of the establishment.
That Place on Sturt is a good option for breakfast and lunch. Try the burritos, which are one of the specialties of the cafe. A kids' menu is also featured to make sure that everyone gets what they are looking for. A dinner menu is available on Friday and Saturday evening and includes some egg, salmon and lamb dishes.
Vitti’s Cafe is a place where you can taste quality coffee or a delicious homemade cake in a pleasant atmosphere. The breakfast and lunch meals contain healthy vegetables like avocado, tomatoes and potatoes. You can even hire the establishment for organizing the catering for your private party.
Hoi Polloi Cafe is a cool cafe in a convenient location. The concept of being a non-standard coffee shop makes it attractive, and it is a worthy stop for all who would like to try something new, out of the ordinary. The place welcomes everyone who would like to have a chat and drink a cup of quality coffee.
Drop by Born Wild Wholefoods + Espresso and get a reviving smoothie for a more productive morning. For all who want to start their day with coffee, check out the menu and find your perfect coffee match. The cafe also serves freshly cooked food, as avocado on toast, chicken schnitzel and lamb, and the good quality ingredients highlight every dish.
This is an internationally recognised, award winning brewery producing and distributing eight brands of beer and six alco-pops. Some of the best beer brands in the area are featured on the menu, and are well worth a try. The pub offers dining options as well, including some local specialties.
Located in the basement of the old Chifley Plaza Hotel, this bar and lounge hosts themed dance parties (rumba on Thursdays), live performers (jazz features prominently) and serves a variety of snack foods. Stay updated with The Basement's upcoming events and have a memorable night.
With its spotless reputation and both indoor and outdoor seating areas, this reputable hotel's bar is a favorite weekend spot. The dining options include seafood dishes, but also some international ones. After finishing your meal, you can attend the gaming room where you will be provided with the necessary entertainment for a night to remember.
Located away from the main tourist haunts is the Centenary Hotel - popular among locals for its food and drinks, as well as its great outdoor play area for kids. You will find an extensive menu, which includes varied food selections, such as Thai beef salad, lasagna and steak. The spacious establishment is also ready to host your private or corporate event.
Located inside the Australian Hotel, this bar is one of the town's favorite spots for dining, which also features multiple large screens which are perfectly fit for watching sports and events. The steaks offered are quite popular and deserve a try. Grab a couple of drinks with your friends and make yourselves comfortable.
Hooch & Fellow is trendy bar where you can find a wonderful selection of drinks. The place is a great choice to chill out with friends and try some of the most exquisite beverages in town. Indulge in the cosy and intimate atmosphere with an elegantly served cocktail and enjoy an experience of the highest class.
The Lighthouse Bar and Grill is a contemporary establishment where the attention to detail is expressed in every single aspect, from the interior, through the stylish menu, to the way the food is served on the plate. Find a combination of great food, for example lamb, pork, vegetarian dishes, as well as selected wines. Surrounded by beautiful spots you just cannot get enough of the views all around you.
Wild Goose Brews & Chews boasts an abundance of lovely international flavors, like Tukish gourmet sandwiches, Greek salad and Italian pasta. The bar has plenty of experience in organizing parties, and you can even plan any event here, from your birthday to girls' or boys' night.
Cactus Saloon, known also as Cactus Jack’s older brother, is a place where you can have endless entertainment. In the establishment are housed three bars which are unique in themselves. Choose the one which best matches your lifestyle. It is time to have fun sipping on emotions and positive vibes.
Flinders Street Mall, the city centre’s shopping hub (Flinders Street, Townsville), offers a range of boutiques and speciality stores including retail chains, local businesses, cafes and an art gallery. The Mall is transformed on Sundays when Cotters Market takes over the open spaces.
Stockland Plaza is one of the city’s largest shopping centres, with 135 speciality stores and 7 major retailers, including Big W. The atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable. The food court has a wide variety of tasty treats and there are many outlets for fashion, jewelry, electronics, accessories and more.
Castletown Shoppingworld is located on Woolcock Street at the corner of Kings Road, Hyde Park. The center is home to two supermarkets and over 150 specialty stores including Target. Clothing stores, jewellers and gifts shops, health and beauty studios and many more turn this contemporary shopping center into a place to be.
Willows Shoppingtown is located in Thuringowa’s city centre, 15 km west of Townsville’s CBD. Major retailers including Woolworths, Coles, and Target and 150 speciality retailers. The place is famous among the locals as a retail facility where you can have a relaxed shopping experience.
Cotters Markets are a popular Sunday shopping spot among locals and a good starting point for your tour around the town. Browse through this flea market packed with all sorts of items, like clothing, craft goods, fresh local fruit and vegetables and much more. Stop by and find your very own treasure.
If you happen to be in town on the first Friday of the month, make sure to stop by one of the Strand Night Markets and have fun browsing through the eclectic items on sale. You will be pleasantly surprised by the wide range of stalls and the variety of products which are offered. The food stalls are a trademark. What makes it even more attractive is the fact that it is located right on the beach.
Mary Who? Bookshop is for all those who enjoy turning the pages, feeling the smell of a book and reading. In this bookstore you can find the latest publications. Besides the wide range of books, you can also find a big collection of music and DVDs. To make your stay even more memorable you can add some chocolate to your basket.
Fairfield Central is a shopping centre which offers its clients a diverse mix of goods and services, including beauty salons, cafes, restaurants and grocery shopping, and all of them combine comfort with cosiness and a unique atmosphere. Turn your shopping experience into a real pleasure.
The Katz Alley will please everyone who is inspired by the fashion of the past and is into vintage clothing. The women can find tops, bottoms, dresses, skirts and shoes, and the men, button up shirts, workshirts, T-shirts and caps. You can also find some small wonders like purses, brooches and earrings which will make your day.
If you are looking for something a bit different, an original gift to surprise your loved ones, then you have to visit Renegade Gift Shop. You can find many quality and unique handmade gifts, including jewellery, home decoration items and greeting cards, all in numerous creative designs.
The airport is located five kilometres from the city centre. Taxis are available from the arrivals end of the building by phoning 131 008. A cheaper option is to take the airport shuttle bus or coach into town. Townsville City Shuttle: +61 478 160 036 Gordonvale Coaches: +61 400 392 244
The city center is quite compact, so the main visitor areas are easy to get around on foot. Sunbus, the local bus service, runs regular routes around the city and to the outlying suburbs. Most lines include a stop at Flinders Mall, but detailed routes and ticket prices can be found at www.sunbus.com.au. Tickets can be bought at ticket vending machines, transport shops and some convenience stores, as well as upon boarding the bus.
Calanna Pharmacy Aitkenvale: 290 Ross River Rd, Aitkenvale, +61 7 4725 5244, Mon-Sun 8am-10pm Chemist Warehouse Townsville: 126 Sturt St, Townsville, +61 7 4771 2348, Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 8:30am-5pm, Sun 8am-5pm Townsville City Chemmart Pharmacy: M/280 Flinders St, Townsville City, +61 7 4771 2571, Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat 9am-1pm, Sun 8:30am-1pm