Townsville is so underrated

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Tucked between Cairns and the Whitsundays you’ll find the colourful town of Townsville. The gateway to many spots in Tropical North Queensland, this cool, quirky town is very much underrated.

 

Hike up Castle hill

With panoramic views dominating the Townsville skyline and several trails ranging in difficulty and length, it is a popular hike for tourists and locals alike.

 

Swim in the creeks at Paluma Range National Park

A short 80km northwest of Townsville is the gateway to the wet tropics of North Queensland where crystal creeks and rock pools are plentiful. Be sure to explore the cascading waterholes under the beautiful stone arch bridge at Little Crystal Creek and Big Crystal Creek. A great spot to cool off, chill out and slide down the rockface.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a day trip to Magnetic Island

A 20 minute ferry ride to the beautiful Magnetic Island. The best way to get around is by car or scooter which are easily rented on the island. You’ll be spoilt for choice with adventures and activities.

 

Explore Townsville Botanical Gardens

Among the old city centre, you’ll find four beautiful botanical gardens. Andersons Botanical Gardens and Queens Gardens, set on a backdrop of Castle Hill. They are all open from sunrise to sunset.

 

Put on your hiking shoes for Wallaman Falls

2.5hrs northwest you’ll find Australia’s largest single drop waterfall – Wallaman Falls. View the falls from the viewing platform or hike to the base for an experience like no other amongst the world heritage listed tropical rainforest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit the infamous museum of Underwater Art

Not far from Townsville you can experience the Museum of Underwater Art (MOUA) the only underwater museum in the southern hemisphere. Submerged in various locations around Townsville, suitable for certified divers and snorkellers of all ages and abilities.

 

Visit “Little Italy” in Ingham

With over half the population of Ingham being of Italian descent the towns often referred to as “Little Italy”. It’s renowned for its delicious Italian cuisine.

 

Cruise around Townsville by bike or scooter

There is nothing quite like zipping around a city when there’s lots to explore.

 

Explore Townsville’s colourful street art

If you’re looking for something a little more cultural Townsville is full of surprises. Alleyways, lanes and warehouses provide a street art gallery. Head to the new city lane precinct for a display of large murals from well known street artists to local talent. Denham Lane and Ogden Street being firm favourites.

 

Grab a scoop at Juliette’s Gelateria on the strand

Enjoy an ice cream and finish it off with a stroll along the promenade down the marina rock pools for a splash at the water park.

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