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Townsville Tourist Attractions


Townsville is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia. It is a city located on the northeastern shore of Australia. Townsville is known for its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and Townsville tourist attractions draw a significant number of people every year.

About Townsville Tourist Attractions

Townsville is the biggest metropolitan area situated towards north of the Sunshine Coast. This picturesque and culturally diverse city is regarded as the informal capital of North Queensland. Townsville is home to a number of popular tourist attractions, which include the following:

The Strand

The Strand is a sprawling tropical shore and garden area in Townsville, Queensland. This foreshore is situated in the outskirts of North Ward. This area will offer you a breathtaking sight of the Magnetic Island, Port of Townsville, and Cape Cleveland. The strand is home to many monthly and yearly events. Every month, the fourth Friday is the occasion when the market is utilized for Nightmarkets. Nightmarkets is a quite famous fiesta among the local people. Other popular events include the following:

Run Christmas events organized by Townsville City Council every year
Stable on the Strand
Carols by Candlelight
Firecrackers show and meet on New Year’s Eve.

One major event that is held once every two years is the Strand Ephemera. This festival features the local artists demonstrating their works beside the seashore.

The Strand has become extremely popular because of its following features:
Oceanway sidewalk
Lifesaving Club
Barbecue spots
Strand Park
9 meter tall “Space Net” set up on the shore facing Strand Park
Tobruk Memorial Pool

Of late, the Townsville City Council has launched a program, known as Ten Things to do on the Strand. The program focuses on the recreational features of the area. The Strand was rated as the cleanest beach in Australia in 2008.


Riverway is a riverfront park area situated in the Condon residential district, Townsville. It was opened in July 2006. Riverway extends by the Ross River with parts of Loam Island, Pioneer Park, Ross Park and Apex Park at the Ross River Dam. Loam Island and Pioneer Park are the two parts of Riverway that have been finished. It is linked directly to the Thuringowa CBD via a foreshoreway. The various sectors of Riverway are as follows:

  • Village Boulevard
  • Tony Ireland Stadium
  • Riverway Arts Center
  • Riverway’s Village Precinct

The Museum of Tropical Queensland

The Museum of Tropical Queensland is an archeological and natural history museum in Townsville. It is situated in the same compound as the Reef HQ Aquarium. The Museum of Tropical Queensland is affiliated to the Queensland Museum Campus Network. It was founded in 1987 and is famous for its collection of marine archeology, corals, and marine megafauna.

Reef HQ

Reef HQ is a big tropical aquarium, featuring a lot of indigenous flora and fauna of the Great Barrier Reef. It is the biggest living coral reef aquarium in the world. Reef HQ is a part of the GBRMPA (Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority). Various sections of the aquarium are as follows:

  • Coral Reef Exhibit
  • Children’s section
  • Predator Exhibit
  • A gift shop
  • A café

The diverse flora and fauna includes fish species, coral species together with sea urchins, sea stars, brittle stars, sea cucumbers, snails, feather stars, sponges, and worms. The aquarium was founded in 1987 and draws around 100,000 visitors every year.

Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island is located just away from the coast of Townsville. You can reach there by ferry services run by Sunferries. Magnetic Island is a hilly island located in Cleveland Bay. It is home to a bird sanctuary and national park. The highest point of the island is located at an elevation of 497 meters.

Botanical Gardens in Townsville

There are three botanical gardens in the city and they are Queens Gardens, Anderson Park, and the Palmetum. All these gardens boast a diversity of Australian indigenous flora.

Australian Festival of Chamber Music

The Australian Festival of Chamber Music is a global chamber music carnival. The carnival started in 1991 and draws numerous celebrated Australian and overseas musicians.

Townsville Entertainment Center

The Townsville Entertainment Center has a seating capacity of more than 5,000 people. The center organizes various national and overseas music concerts along with trade and sporting events.

Townsville Civic Theater

Townsville Civic Theater is one of the main cultural hubs in North Queensland. It was opened in 1978 and since then it has been a hub for performing arts and other types of amusement.

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

The Perc Tucker Regional Gallery is a famous public art gallery in the city. The gallery highlights the works of art associated with the Tropics and North Queensland. It also hosts the popular art festival, Strand Ephemera.

Last updated on 1/11/2010
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