Townsville NQ Alive with curiosity logo  The Strand, Townsville

We encourage you to make the most of your visit to Townsville.  Plan to stay a bit longer and experience our wonderful part of the world!

Townsville – a great place to visit

The best holidays are the ones that leave you feeling energised and alive. Townsville North Queensland gives you that feeling with a collection of destinations and attractions to spark anyone’s curiosity.

View to Magnetic Island from Castle Hill, TownsvilleThe best place to begin your exploration is Townsville city.  Beneath the protective presence of Castle Hill, Townsville City combines federation architecture with modern fine dining like no other Queensland city. Stroll down the Strand and look over the breathtaking Great Barrier Reef, or better understand its beauty with a visit to Reef HQ Aquarium.

If it’s nature you like, don’t miss a walk through Northern Australia’s largest colony of wild koalas on Magnetic Island. The remarkable Forts Walk is the best vantage point for wildlife, spectacular rocky coves, and historic military sites.Mosman St, Charters Towers

Your history lesson continues with a short drive to iconic Charters Towers. Feel the fervour of the gold rush with a trip to The Miner’s Cottage where you might just strike it lucky yourself when panning for gold. Or just wander the streets of this celebrated Australian town and sample billy tea and damper straight from the camp oven.

A little further south is the Burdekin, the sugar capital of Australia. Sample the legendary Burdekin produce or try your hand at barramundi fishing in the Burdekin River estuaries!  Or get even closer to marine life with a scuba dive on the S.S. Yongala shipwreck – one of the top ten dive sites in the world.

Wallaman Falls, HinchinbrookThe last destinations to explore are the ancient and awe-inspiring rainforests of Townsville North Queensland.  Swim in the crystal clear waterholes of Crystal Creek, stare with amazement at Wallaman Falls in the Hinchinbrook region – the largest single-drop waterfall in Australia – or play hide ’n’ seek in the world’s oldest continually-living rainforest in Paluma National Park.

Townsville North Queensland rewards your curiosity.  Wander, ramble, peer and unearth, and you’ll leave with something more precious than gold: the feeling of being alive.Townsville the capital of tropical North Queensland, is a vibrant region that encompasses beautiful coastal towns, rainforests, and rugged Outback and country terrain.

To find out more about visiting Townsville and touring the region before or after the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition, visit the Tourism Townsville North Queensland website.


Townsville hosts many interesting and varied events.  Consider taking in some other events while you’re here.  Check out the following websites for some ideas of what’s on in Townsville around the time of the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition:

We hope you enjoy your stay in Townsville and make the most of what is on offer.