Things to do in Townsville

Discover the vibrant offerings of Townsville and its surrounding regions in North Queensland, Australia. Start by exploring the City Centre, walking or cycling along The Strand and Castle Hill. See more!

Things to do in Townsville

Location - Townsville, North Queensland, Australia

Discover the vibrant offerings of Townsville and its surrounding regions in North Queensland, Australia. Start by exploring the City Centre, walking or cycling along The Strand and Castle Hill. For families, a free kids' Water Park is available at The Strand—delight in local flora at the Botanical Gardens, such as Queens Gardens. Sports fans can catch a game at Country Bank Stadium or join local clubs like the Townsville Bushwalking Club. There are many things to do in Townsville and the region.

Thrill-seekers can cycle to Pallarenda or tackle the Under the Radar mountain bike trail. Fishing and boating are popular, with charter options available. Try stand-up paddleboarding kitesurfing or enjoy the Ross River pathway and Riverway Lagoon for a swim.

Foodies have various options, from vegan-friendly Shorehouse to the rooftop gem, Rambutan. For coffee connoisseurs, there's no shortage of quality cafes.

Explore Billabong Sanctuary, Ross River Dam, and natural treasures like Crystal Creek outside Townsville. Take guided tours from reputable companies such as Raven Tours and NQ Cycle Journeys. Don't miss Magnetic Island, accessible by ferry, and regional attractions like Paluma Range National Park and Wallaman Falls.

Townsville City Centre - CBD

Things to do

Where to eat

  • Shorehouse for dinner - vegan-friendly.
  • The Quarterdeck
  • Longboards
  • Touch of Salt
  • Empire Alternicade is a local bar with pinball machines and retro gaming consoles.
  • Dalrymple Hotel has live music.
  • Rambutan is an exquisite rooftop restaurant and bar located on Flinders St in the city.
  • Palmer Street, which is just around the corner and offers its charm.
  • The recently renovated Commonwealth Hotel boasts a spacious outdoor area, live music, and a vibrant atmosphere. They have a really great kids playground there, and there are certain days or nights where kids eat free.
  • See also the Best Coffee in Townsville article.

Townsville Area

Tour Companies

Townsville Bus Charters | Detours Coaches
NQ Cycle Journeys, bike hire, North Ward, Townsville
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Magnetic Island

  • Ferry / Car Ferry options are available
  • Forts Walk
  • Picnic Bay


  • Paluma Range National Park
  • Wallaman Falls
  • Broadwater State Forest
  • Cardwell
  • Charters Towers

See also the best places to car camp article

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