Location - Girringun National Park, North Queensland, Australia

Townsville has a rich World War II history. During World War II, concrete bunkers, forts, vantage points, searchlights, and gun emplacements were constructed and used by Australian and American soldiers. Many of them still stand today and remind us of Townsville's military history.

A persistent urban legend has it that when American troops were stationed in Townsville during World War II, they offered to demolish the hill and construct a causeway to Magnetic Island. Another is that American troops constructed tunnels under Castle Hill and Kissing Point. Maybe no one will ever know the real story.

The Forts, Magnetic Island
The Forts; Photo credit @hollie_moriarty_photo

Magnetic Island

The Forts

The Forts on Magnetic Island are some of the most frequently visited and definitely the most locally known WW2 bunkers in the area. The Forts include a workshop, officers latrines, a mess hall and kitchen for lower ranks, an ammunitions store, an artillery command post, gun emplacements, a range finder, a radio tower signal station, and a command post. Read more about the Forts Walk and check it out for yourself if you haven't already!

Searchlight Tower

Just back from the Searchlight Tower was another structure.

Searchlight tower magnetic island
Second Searchlight Tower

Anti-aircraft gun site

An anti-aircraft gun site in Nelly Bay.

Kissing Point / Jezzine Barracks

Jezzine Barracks fort.

Cape Pallarenda

Cape Pallarenda Coastal Artillery and searchlight bunkers.

Town Common

Town Common Range Observation Bunkers

Townsville City / Castle Hill

The Green Street bunker at West End is also known as the Sidney Street bunker ors Project 81.

Flinders Street East Signals Bunker

Top of Castle Hill

Jimmy's Lookout

Jimmy's lookout anti-aircraft bunker is located near the airport.

Brookhill, Roseneath, and Wulguru (Mount Stuart)

Roseneath and Wulguru have a number of heritage-listed sites, including a former Operations and Signals Bunker. Wulguru has a number of heritage-listed sites as well that we need to explore and document in the near future.

Perhaps check out the Stuart Bunker, which is off Stuart Drive (formerly in Stuart) and was a former Operations and Signals Bunker. There is also a former Fighter Sector Headquarters bunker as well.

Brookhill also have a few hidden gems.

Mount Louisa

The auxiliary bunker near Mount Louisa summit.

Ross River

Ross River Anti-aircraft bunkers. Located South Townsville.

Garbutt

Garbutt Operations & Signals Bunker

Orpheus Island US submarine repair station, Palm Island Group

Mount Straloch and Saddle Mountain, Giru, and other plane crashes are located around the area.

Notes

Note that some of these locations are located on private property, and prior permission is required to access some locations.

This post is slowly getting updated. Ask for more information.

Interactive Map

Here's an interactive map of all the WWII Bunkers of the Townsville area.

We would like these historic sites to be remembered, and we would like the relics and artefacts to stay on site, untouched, and not fall victim to collectors and trophy hunters. There are few places remaining like these in Australia, let alone the world, to explore that have not been pillaged. There is no reason to remove objects from any of these sites. Please be responsible, respect the history, and respect the importance of these sites for future generations. Leave No Trace - Take photos and leave only footprints.

Note that ozatwar.com was used to source some bunker names. You can find more information and history at Australia at War. Neil Olsen from Neilo's Images has also provided locations and many photos of these locations.