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Townsville, QLD: Best things to do in and around Townsville

Cairns to the north and the Whitsundays to the south could also be higher recognized, however there isn’t a scarcity of motion around Townsville, north Queensland’s largest metropolis, a area greatest visited in the Dry Season, April to October.

1. Mountain Bike around Cape Pallarenda

Forming the northern boundary of Townsville, the rugged Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park and the neighbouring wetlands of Town Common, provide every part from biking and climbing to fowl watching. Fitting the temper of the nation, a basic experience begins from the outdated Quarantine Station. Fitting maybe the character of Townsville, Under the Radar, swoops and rises alongside the coast with fabulous views throughout to Magnetic Island. Looping again on the Lagoon Trail totals 16km however including in Smedley’s Loop will put 1 / 4 century in the legs.  

2. Kite Board at Pallarenda Beach

‘Go with it. Don’t combat it’ mentioned Ben. I fought it and copped extra physique slam than the meant physique drag throughout the ocean. I actually didn’t anticipate to choose up kite boarding in one 2 hour lesson, however was eager to attempt it after watching, for years, the speeds and heights gained by this comparatively new water sport. Most afternoons, at Pallarenda Beach, you’ll discover the locals having fun with the winds that, in Townsville, are common however not too robust. In The Loop, run by a former kiteboard world champion, affords classes and Ben reckoned a couple of extra would have me not solely physique dragging, however up on my ft too.


3. Hike up Castle Hill

Castle Hill, overlooking Townsville.

Standing over Townsville like a paternalistic pet, Castle Rock dominates town from all instructions. Rising practically 300 metres, this granite monolith is a well-liked spot for the locals to stretch their legs. None extra so than on the Goat Track which, with its 758 steps, will get any coronary heart began, maybe cease a couple of too.

4. Snorkel off Magnetic Island

Maggie, because the locals name it, is the island suburb of Townville. The common 8km ferry experience will drop you onto this laid-back island of seaside, forest and hill. Take your snorkelling gear or rent some on the island. I picked a arrange in Nelly Bay, the place the ferry arrives, tempted too by the pool noodles bought as ‘Social Distancing Sticks’ simply to assist the proprietor’s humour. Head then to one, different or each of the self-guided snorkel trails. These, at Nelly Bay and Geoffrey Bay, have a sequence of buoys which information the route. A water-proof card, obtainable on the ferry terminals, highlights the corals and fish you may encounter alongside the best way.

5. Hike on Magnetic Island

Arthur Bay, Magnetic Island

Arthur Bay, Magnetic Island. Picture: Jesse and Belinda Lindemann

There are a couple of causes for visiting the little settlement of Arcadia, cane toad races on the native pub being one. But to your personal train, not that of our feral fiends, the strolling tracks throughout the hills to Horseshoe Bay or Nelly Bay are crackers, taking you to some lookouts throughout an island that’s 90% nationwide park. Be positive to carry sufficient water because the rocky steps will sluggish the tempo on a heat day.


7. Take half in the Paluma Push

The tiny hamlet of Paluma sits in the clouds and the Wet Tropics rainforest, 1000 metres above Townsville. It’s a quiet place for 364 days of the yr, save for the roar of quite a few waterfalls that descend off the plateau. For that different day of the yr, lots of of riders ascend for the Paluma Push, one among Australia’s oldest mountain bike races, that weaves a gorgeous route by forest and farm.

Most individuals although come to Paluma to hike to hidden falls and swim in swimming pools that, relying on time of day or yr, might be contemporary or freezing: Cloudy Creek, Crystal Creek, Birthday Creek and extra. And there are numerous extra trails than a map may reveal. Some locals have, over 30 years, created a community of strolling trails. Ask and they could be revealed.

8. Island adventures on Hinchinbrook

Thorsborne Trail, Hinchinbrook Island. Do not use unless TEQ campaign

Thorsborne Trail, Hinchinbrook Island. Picture: TEQ

An hour and a half north of Townsville, shut to the sugar cane city of Ingham and solely 4km off the little settlement of Lucinda, sits the island of Hinchinbrook. A particular and spectacular place, the 40km lengthy east coast is all rocky headlands, waterfalls, seashores and clear water. The landward, western facet all flat, mangrove lined channels of turbid water. The island rises steeply to sharp mountains of 1000 metres or extra.


An adventurer’s paradise, Hinchinbrook is house to the famend Thorsborne Trail, a 3-4 day stroll on the east coast. Limited in capability the path have to be booked, usually a yr or extra forward. Sea kayakers can also benefit from the coastal paddling, often dipping inland to wash the salt off in excellent plunge swimming pools at Zoe or different waterfalls. While on swimming pleasures, bear in mind that crocodiles do frequent the waters of the ocean around Hinchinbrook.

See additionally:

–Best waterfalls in North Queensland

–An ideal weekend in Townsville

–5 nice actions in Townsville

–Few Aussies learn about this highway journey, nevertheless it’s gorgeous

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