Press "Enter" to skip to content


The Townsville region offers a myriad of experiences for the visitor. From the Great Barrier Reef and its scattering of tropical islands through to the historic outback and the lush rainforests, waterfalls, national parks and World Heritage listed areas to the north.

The Townsville region centres on the cities of Townsville and Thuringowa, and extends north to Mission Beach, south to the Burdekin, west to Charters Towers and includes the islands of Magnetic, Dunk, Hinchinbrook, Orpheus and Bedarra.

Hinchinbrook Island

When you’ve got an island paradise called Magnetic, right on your doorstep, it’s not hard to see why people are attracted to Townsville. Surrounded by a rich hinterland of tropical rainforests and waterfalls, Townsville is also close to historic gold mining towns, the Outback, islands, and of course, the Great Barrier Reef.

Magnetic Island

The town itself provides a snapshot of all these local features, with its world renowned Reef HQ, the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium, the Billabong Sanctuary, where you can learn all about Australia’s fascinating native wildlife, and many other cultural and heritage attractions like the Brolga Dreaming Aboriginal Centre.


You can also organise many different types of trips and adventures in Townsville. Diving enthusiasts have access to the Yongala Wreck, Australia’s best wreck dive site and there are also plenty of tours available to explore the local national parks and surrounding rural townships. You can even sign-up to join an outback cattle drive. These are just some of Townsville’s many hidden treasures.

Wallaman Falls

So whether you’re looking for an action packed tropical holiday, or just want to laze on a warm secluded beach, you can find all this and more on your holiday in Townsville.

Townsville Enterprise Ltd is the Regional Tourism Organisation (RTO) that is responsible for marketing Townsville as a tourism destination.

Bed & Breakfast and Farmstay for Mission Beach.

Townsville Visitor Guides

  • Townsville & Magnetic Island Guide
  • Magnetic Island Guide

* Destination description by Tourism Queensland