tropical Townsville! Book online now to secure cheap flights for your perfect holiday getaway. Experience world-class events, stunning locations and enjoy the laidback lifestyle of Townsville North Queensland.
destination guide: Townsville
While in Townsville be sure to visit Castle Hill, a favourite for fitness fanatics who enjoy the mighty 275.8 metre hike – the view is definitely worth it. Vehicle access is also available to reach the stunning views at the top.
No holiday in Townsville is complete without a visit to the beloved Strand – the city’s beach foreshore. Recently voted by Trip Advisor as one of Australia’s Top 25 Beaches, this is the perfect spot for a family day out with water parks, playgrounds and 2.2km of beach to explore.
Just a one hour drive from Townsville CBD is Paluma Range National Park, a quaint rainforest village set in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.. Hike through rainforest landscapes, take a refreshing swim in Little Crystal Creek under the shadows of the historic stone bridge and keep your eyes peeled for platypus and native birds who call Paluma home.
From feeding rock wallabies, to discovering hidden waterfalls, you’ll never run out of things to do in Townsville!
things to do in Townsville and surrounding areas
Townsville North Queensland is famous for its world-class events, spectacular nature experiences, beautiful wildlife and friendly locals. It offers all the appeal of a tropical getaway and is home to the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. The region boasts excellent diving and snorkelling experiences and offers easy access to a number of beautiful islands including Magnetic Island.
If you prefer to sit back and relax to the sounds of classical music, you can’t go past the Australian Festival of Chamber Music at the end of July. This nine day program includes 30 concerts and showcases some of the finest musicians from around the world. If you’re looking for the creative hub of the city, you can’t go past Dancenorth. Dancenorth is a contemporary dance company based in Townsville and creates bold, adventurous and critically acclaimed contemporary performances, with multiple productions on offer each year. Lovers of arts and culture should visit the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and Pinnacles Gallery, both offering various exhibitions all year round.
If you’re visiting in July, come hear the roar ofthe annuaTownsville 400, which provides exciting entertainment both on and off the track.Nitro Circus Live will have you cheering on the edge of your seat while you watch daredevils perform mind-blowing stunts on a range of outrageous contraptions. In November you can go a little bit country and see the excitement of the Professional Bull Riders’ PBR Iron Cowboy over two huge nights! The toughest sport on dirt will be sure to have you on the edge of your seat as you watch the cowboys fight the most extreme bucking bulls in a battle of power, agility and pure grit.
Why not push for your ‘Personal Best’ while you explore the region at the Townsville Running Festival in August. The Festival includes a 42.2km Marathon, Half Marathon, 5k Corporate Challenge and much more. With views of the Coral Sea, Magnetic Island and the Marina on offer, you can’t beat it. From the land to the sea, the region also host’s the Magnetic Island Race Week, combining the excitement of competitive sailing with an abundance of live entertainment and social events. In 2017, the city will welcome the best NRL players from around the world when it holds three games of the Rugby League World Cup. Don’t miss an exciting North Queensland Cowboys home game while you’re in town.
arts, culture, events and festivals
Townsville is the home of regional Australia’s best live events. From music to mountain biking, race cars to running festivals, no matter your passion, the Townsville North Queensland events calendar will have you covered.
Love music? Put on those dancing shoes and head to one of Townsville’s music festivals. Get to Groovin the Moo in April for a day of amazing music and perfect tropical vibes. Or, book your tickets to one of the Full Moon Down Under events, where you’ll see international acts on the gorgeous beaches of Magnetic Island.
do you enjoy wildlife?
Townsville offers an abundance of amazing wildlife attractions, including Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium! It’s the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium and it will open your eyes to the amazing underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef – all without getting wet.
And if that’s not enough, why not visit Magnetic Island? Just 8km offshore, you can catch an easy 20 minute ferry ride and land on a perfect island getaway. Over two-thirds of the island is national park, providing a haven for a variety of native wildlife including rock wallabies, koalas, possums and more than 100 different bird species. With 23 bays and beaches to explore, you’ll never have a dull moment on Magnetic Island.
In the heart of the city you’ll find City Lane, a New York inspired precinct complete with street art, funky décor and an atmosphere to match! With options for the health conscious right through to lovers of night life, City Lane has something for everyone’s taste. If you prefer your sport, be sure to visit the local Cowboys Leagues Club, the home of the 2015 NRL Premier’s, the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys – enjoy a meal, watch a game and soak up the atmosphere for a fantastic night out.
For dinner and a view, head to the beach and visit the Cbar on the Strand for a delicious meal while enjoying the amazing waterfront views. Alternatively head across to Magnetic Island for island dining at is best! Indulge on the decks of restaurant Peppers Blue on Blue or make your way to one of Maggie’s many pubs, cafes and restaurants.
If you want to skip the formalities and head straight to the bar, there are plenty of places to enjoy a heavenly cocktail or why not try Townsville’s very own brew at the Townsville Brewery? Here you can watch the entire beer making process from milling to tapping, all while enjoying a cold one for yourself.
Townsville hosts an impressive dining scene, with a variety of restaurants and bars to tempt everyone’s tastebuds.
Townsville’s Palmer Street presents a diverse mix of dining options from high-end restaurants to the Aussie pub. According to the Australian Savour Awards, JAM on Palmer Street offers Australia’s best breakfast and is a must-do while in town. Michels Restaurant is another award-winning dining experience, and is the perfect spot for a special night out.
*terms & conditions
*Any package price advertised is correct at time of publishing of this page. During some periods, air and hotel pricing may not be available and surcharges may apply. Prices and event tickets are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until the booking is completed and confirmed. Prices are quoted in AUD and are based on economy, direct route, including taxes, levies and other government charges which may vary and are subject to change but exclude baggage. Add $30 more per person when booking by telephone, capped at 4 people per booking. Add a 1.3% card payment fee to the total package price when using Mastercard Credit, Visa Credit and American Express. Mastercard Debit and Visa Debit card transactions will incur a 0.6% fee. Seasonal surcharges may apply. Hotel rates quoted are based on double occupancy, per room per night, unless otherwise noted. Prices are based on lead-in room, additional room types available. Charges for extra persons and/or children may apply and will be charged directly by the hotel. Change to dates, fare class and hotel rooms will affect flight fares, hotel rates and price generally. Packaging is for the convenience of Virgin Australia Holidays’ guests and Virgin Australia Holidays endeavours to provide suitable flight schedules and hotels to suit the event selected however, flight schedules, event time and location and hotel check in time and location are ultimately the responsibility of the guest upon booking and guests should ensure flight schedules and hotel check in time and location are suitable for the event time and event location selected. Attendance at events, tours and hotels may be subject to additional terms and conditions. Virgin Australia Holidays Terms and Conditions apply.
**Please remember to select the travel extra in the booking path, it is not automatically selected. All third party supplier services (including flights, hotels, cars and events) are subject to the terms and conditions of the relevant supplier. Please visit the supplier's website for further information.
^Flights purchased in a Tigerair Travels package will earn Velocity Points and domestic flights will earn status credits. Standard Virgin Australia Holidays earn rates apply. Full Virgin Australia Holidays Terms and Conditions apply.