Things To Do

Townsville boasts more than 320 days of sunshine each year and with its convenient location the Robert Towns is the perfect base for exploring Townsville’s spectacular World Heritage-listed national parks, lush tropical gardens, and the stunning natural landscapes and attractions. The Robert Towns offers choices for all travellers.


The Strand esplanade, with its pier and water park, is popular. The Reef HQ Aquarium has marine life and coral from the Great Barrier Reef, plus a sea turtle hospital. Southeast of the city, the Billabong Sanctuary wildlife park is home to koalas, wombats and crocodiles.

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Magnetic Island

Palm-fringed beaches, koalas, hiking trails and snorkelling adventures are just a few of the things you’ll find on Magnetic Island.  Magnetic Island National Park covers more than half the island and has 24 kilometres (15 miles) of walking tracks.

Magnetic Island has many excellent dive sites, and the warm, shallow waters are ideal for beginners. You can snorkel right off the beach at Alma, Arthur and Florence bays or follow one of the fascinating Snorkel Trails at Nelly Bay and Geoffrey Bay.

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Reef HQ

While you’re there, visit Reef HQ, located next door to the cultural centre. Inside, you’ll find the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium and the education centre for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. It’s home to thousands of fish and corals and North Queensland’s first dedicated turtle hospital.

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