What's on in Townsville?
Glendi Festival Townsville
The Glendi Festival celebrates all things Mediterranean for a two-day period in October. Book your Townsville holiday packages around the event and be in town to savour authentic Greek, Italian, French and Turkish cuisine, or attend any of the live music performances. The festival is free to attend and attracts more than 25,000 attendees every year. If you’re thinking of attending, get in early to book your Townsville holiday packages a few months in advance.
Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week
For an incredible sailing event, book Townsville holiday packages to line up with the Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week. This annual event usually takes place from 29 August until 4 September. As well as the world-class racing, attendees can watch live music and dance the night away.
The Townsville 400 is an annual supercards racing event. The action all happens on the Townsville Street Circuit, and hundreds of car enthusiasts snap up Townsville holiday packages so they can attend. The three-day event sees travellers with Townsville holiday packages have the chance to watch practice sessions, qualifying sessions and then be trackside for the final 200-kilometre race.
What are the best things to do in Townsville?
Take the whole family to the Reef HQ Aquarium
The Reef HQ Aquarium is dedicated to one of Australia's best-known natural landmarks: The Great Barrier Reef. A trip to the aquarium offers a glimpse into the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, and makes a great alternative if you’re not planning on heading out to the reef itself. Some of the aquarium’s draws include dive shows, discovery sessions in the lagoon, and feeding demonstrations. There is also an on-site turtle hospital. Reef HQ Aquarium doubles as a budget-friendly activities for families travelling on Townsville holiday packages, because kids aged 5 years or less are permitted free entry.
Hike to the top of Castle Hill
Castle Hill Lookout is one of the best hiking destinations in Tropical North Queensland. From the lookout at the summit, tourists with Townsville holiday packages will have panoramic views of the landscape below. The lookout isn’t accessible only to those on foot however, and those that booked car rental to go along with their Townsville holiday packages can also drive to the top via Gregory Street.
Have an afternoon at the Museum of Tropical Queensland
If you're spoiling your kids with Townsville holiday packages, the Museum of Tropical Queensland is a must-visit. The whole family can learn about Australia's rainforests, the Great Barrier Reef, dinosaurs and the history of the HMS Pandora, a ship sent to pursue bounty mutineers. The wreck of the HMS Pandora is considered one of the most significant in the Southern Hemisphere. Once you've heard the epic tale of HMS Pandora, there's also an interactive exhibit about the ship that young children will love.
Go on a day trip to Magnetic Island
Magnetic Island is one of the best day trips to make from Townsville. It's only a 25-minute ferry to the island, and you can spend hours wandering around the beaches, hitting the hiking trails and keeping an eye out for all the wildlife. Travellers in Queensland with Townsville holiday packages can expect to pay around $33 AUD for a return ticket to Magnetic Island.
What should I know before visiting Townsville?
Best time to travel to Townsville
Townsville has almost perfect weather all year round. The city gets 320 days of sunshine, and temperatures range between 25 to 32℃. The most popular time for Townsville holiday packages is travel during the end-of-year holidays. In December, the city fills up with families and children on school break. If you're looking for a quieter getaway, book your Townsville holiday packages around the school breaks.
How to get around Townsville
The easiest way for travellers with Townsville holiday packages to get from the airport into town is with the Airport Shuttle. It will drop you off in the city centre or at the ferry terminal. Once you're at your hotel, you can explore the city on foot or use the efficient bus network. Car hire is another popular option with many travellers that choose to snap up Townsville holiday packages. Having a car at your disposable will give you the freedom to explore beyond the city and go on as many day trips as you desire.
What to pack for Townsville
The most important thing to pack for your Townsville holiday packages is sunscreen. While away, you're likely to be spending most of your days outside and protecting your skin against the sun is a must. Another item to pack for your Townsville holiday packages is a reusable water bottle. It's easy to get dehydrated while out and about in the Queensland heat, and the last thing you want to happen on your trip is to get heatstroke.