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 as a reminder 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 they constructed tunnels under Castle Hill and Kissing Point.
Definitely the most locally known WW2 bunkers, The Forts on Magnetic Island are often visited. Read more about the Forts Walk.
The Forts (Workshop, Officers latrines, Mess hall and kitchen for lower ranks, ammunitions store, artillery command post, gun emplacements, range finder, radio tower signal station and command post).
Anti-aircraft Gun Site, Nelly Bay
Fort: Jezzine Barracks
Cape Pallarenda Coastal Artillery and searchlight bunkers
Town Common Range Observation Bunkers
Townsville City / Castle Hill
Green Street Bunker
The Green Street bunker at West End is also known as the Sidney Street bunker and Project 81.
Flinders Street East Signals Bunker
Top of Castle Hill
Jimmy's Lookout Anti-aircraft bunker
Roseneath and Wulguru (Mount Stuart)
Roseneath and Wulguru have a number of heritage-listed sites, including former Operations and Signals Bunker.
Wulguru has a number of heritage-listed sites.
Ross River Anti-aircraft bunkers. Located South Townsville.
Garbutt Operations & Signals Bunker
Orpheus Island US submarine repair station, Palm Island Group
Note that some of these locations are located on private property and prior permission is required to access the location.This post is slowly getting updated. Ask for more information.
Here's an interactive map of all the WWII Bunkers of the Townsville area.
Maps Download - ask
We would like these historic sites to be remembered, and we would like the relics and artefacts to stay at the site and not fall victim to collectors and trophy hunters. There are few places remaining like this 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 this site for future generations. 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.