Located in North Queensland’s “dry tropics”, Townsville and Magnetic Island boast an average of 320 days of sunshine each year, making Townsville attractions and activities available year-long. Combining this glorious sunshine with a relaxed lifestyle and a diversity of attractions – Townsville is the perfect choice for a North Queensland holiday experience.

The city is the perfect stepping-off point to experience the wonders of the region – the outback, rainforests, magnificent waterfalls, tropical islands and of course cruises to the Great Barrier Reef.

The history of Townsville has been captured in the city’s selection of museums. The Townsville Museum, Maritime Museum, RAAF and Military Museums offer insights into the development and growth of the region from settlement days through to its contemporary position as a strategic base within Northern Australia and the Asia Pacific.

Regional centres such as Charters Towers, Ravenswood and Bowen have museums with incredible historical memorabilia. Bowen was the first settlement in North Queensland while Charters Towers and Ravenswood were major gold mining centres over 100 years ago. Buildings, furnishings, clothing and equipment from this period are on display in each centre.

Billabong Sanctuary is the north’s most spectacular Australian wildlife park set on ten hectares of wetland, rainforest and native eucalypt habitat. Cuddle a koala, hold a giant python or be fascinated by the crocodiles and cassowaries while enjoying all the facilities. Prolific natural birdlife can also be experienced at the world-renowned Town Common Environmental Park, only 7 km from the city centre. The Reef HQ aquarium in the centre of the Townsville accommodation precinct is a world-class attraction.

Townsville, the capital of North Queensland, combines the lure of the tropics with the attractions of a major city. From diving the Great Barrier Reef, trying your luck at the Casino, rafting white water rapids or simply lazing on golden beaches – Townsville attractions offer the best of all worlds.