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Townsville North Queensland

Townsville North Queensland is a place where all of Australia’s most iconic landscapes merge. From the awe of the outback, to the magic of the Great Barrier Reef. Discover the wonder of the rainforest or enjoy endless summer days on a tropical island. Immerse yourself in unspoilt nature, uncover your very own perfect paradise in Townsville North Queensland, and meet the local characters who call this place home. This is a place where active minds explore and dive deeper, it is here you can leave more than just footprints, it’s where you can leave your legacy.

Townsville Enterprise is a not-for-profit organisation and is the official Regional Tourism Organisation (RTO) and economic development body of the Townsville North Queensland region, extending from the Burdekin to the Hinchinbrook, west to Charters Towers, and including the central section of the Great Barrier Reef and its island communities of Magnetic Island and the Palm Island group. In the spirit of reconciliation, Townsville North Queensland and Townsville Enterprise acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout our region and Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

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About our region

Townsville

Townsville is a vibrant city that combines a bustling community, relaxed North Queensland lifestyle, rich history and stunning natural wonders.

Explore the city centre with dining, accommodation and shopping like no other city in regional Australia. Conquer the pink granite monolith - Castle Hill, and soak up the sun along Townsville’s picturesque beachfront promenade - The Strand. Just outside Townsville, go chasing waterfalls and immerse yourself in the tranquility of Paluma Range National Park.

Your holiday bucket-list:

  • Be inspired by the Museum of Underwater Art and Great Barrier Reef
  • Conquer Castle Hill
  • Chase waterfalls in the pristine rainforest of Paluma Range National Park
  • Explore Ross River Parkway and cool off at the Riverway Lagoons
  • Take a stroll through the city to explore edgy street art and grab a bite to eat

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Magnetic Island

Immerse yourself in a tropical island paradise surrounded by secluded bays, golden beaches and activities to excite young and old.

Just a short ferry ride from Townsville, Magnetic Island offers the natural beauty and serenity of an untouched paradise within a thriving community. Spot koalas, rock wallabies and birds in the wild, snorkel fringing coral reefs right off the beach and hike to stunning views amongst National Park.

Your holiday bucket-list:

  • Spot one of the koalas that make up northern Australia’s largest colony in the wild
  • Marvel at the 360 degree views and explore WWII fortifications on the Forts Walk 
  • Visit one of 23 secluded beaches and bays around the island
  • Sail into the sunset to truly admire this island paradise
  • Grab an #instaworthy picture and see the Insta-famous SS Adelaide
  • Hire a topless car - plenty of fun to drive and the most fashionable way to explore the island 

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Hinchinbrook

Hinchinbrook is truly a nature-lover’s paradise. 

As the southern gateway to the Wet Tropics World-Heritage listed rainforests, you can chase waterfalls, experience unique fishing sites, conquer uninhabited Jurassic islands and witness the Southern Hemisphere’s largest single-drop waterfall - Wallaman Falls. The town centre of Ingham is known for its diverse Italian community, a testament to the unique dining, shopping and events within the town.

Your holiday bucket-list:

  • Explore Australia’s largest single-drop waterfall - Wallaman Falls
  • Hike the world-famous Thorsborne Trail on HInchinbrook Island
  • Visit a Mediterranean delicatessen 
  • Bird watch at the TYTO wetlands
  • Land the ultimate catch

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Burdekin

The Burdekin district is nestled in the delta of the Burdekin River, with its two popular townships - Ayr and Home Hill - linked by the iconically historic Burdekin Bridge.

Well-known as the sugar capital of Australia, the Burdekin offers fantastic fishing, magnificent wetlands, beautiful birdlife and miles of unspoilt beaches to explore. The region is also the gateway to one of the world’s best dive sites in the SS Yongala shipwreck.

Your holiday bucket list:

  • Experience one of the world’s best wreck dives - the SS Yongala
  • Wet a line and discover the epic fishing locations
  • Stroll along Australia’s longest sand spit at Alva Beach, Cape Bowling Green
  • Take a step back in time exploring WWII fortifications on Charlie’s Hill
  • Sample some sweet local produce and try the exotic achacha fruit

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Charters Towers

Step back in time and discover the authentic charm and elegance of Charters Towers, a living montage to the rich Australian gold mining history and heritage.

When gold was first discovered here in 1871, Charters Towers became a gold rush town and quickly grew to become the second largest town in the state. Today, Charters Towers and the heritage listed township of Ravenswood stand as living evidence of the wealth and grandeur of the historical gold rush era.

Your holiday bucket list:

  • Discover the working life of the gold rush at the Venus Gold Battery
  • Meet the Texas Longhorns on a wagon tour or safari 
  • Explore WWII fortifications and mining relics atop Towers Hill 

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Great Barrier Reef

Immerse yourself in one of the world's most spectacular natural wonders and discover a pristine underwater wonderland.

The central section of the Great Barrier Reef has less boating traffic and impact from human activity, giving snorkelers and divers a truly breathtaking experience. Follow schools of marine life weaving through the vibrant corals which fill the ocean floor, find Nemo hiding amongst anemones and cruise alongside rays and turtles.

Also home to the Southern Hemisphere's first Museum of Underwater Art, Townsville North Queensland is the gateway to an underwater experience filled with a sense of wonder and education like no other!

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