Situated on the tropical north coast of Queensland,Townsville is home to approximately 180,000 of the Region’s overall population and is an essential services hub for northern Australia. With the paradise of Magnetic Island right on the doorstep, Townsville is the ideal place for an adventure with friends or an escape for the family. Boasting 300 days of sunshine a year, national and international events, award winning restaurants and attractions, National Parks and the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, it’s not hard to see why people are attracted to Townsville.
Ideally positioned in the centre of its regional counterparts, Townsville offers the perfect home base to explore the wonders of our reef, islands and beaches, the former golden days of the west and the mysteries surrounding our acclaimed wetlands and rainforests. The diversity of closely positioned destinations, signature events and hallmark attractions makes filling your Townsville itinerary an easy one.
Flinders Square Visitor Information Centre
Photo Credit: Megan Mackinnon Townsville
Take a step back and smile as The Great Barrier Reef takes your breath away. With stunning coral reefs, colourful marine life and a rainbow of blue water as far as the eye can see, it’s a once in a lifetime experience not to be missed.
Covering over 344,000 square kilometres (roughly the same size as Japan or Germany), the sheer size and grandeur of the reef resulted in it being one of the original eight wonders of the world and the first coral reef to be awarded World Heritage status. The Great Barrier Reef stretches over 2,300 kilometres from Tropical North Queensland in the north, right down to Bundaberg in the south.
Magnetic Island, or Maggie as it is affectionately known, is North Queensland’s most renowned and visited tourist attraction. Just a 20 minute ferry ride from Townsville and located within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Maggie is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With 23 beaches and bays, fringing coral reef and Northern Australia’s largest colony of koalas, there is plenty to do and discover on the Island. Maggie is the perfect holiday spot to do as much (or as little) as you like.