Considered the unofficial capital of North Queensland, the sprawling city of Townsville boasts a revitalized esplanade called The Strand, stunning views of Magnetic Island from Castle Hill, and a military fort overlooking Cleveland Bay. During this 2.5-hour sightseeing tour, travel to them all by air-conditioned minivan, making stops at viewpoints along the way to hear your guide’s commentary on Townsville's historical landmarks. Numbers are limited to 12 passengers for a small-group experience.
• 2.5 hours
Join a professional crew aboard a custom-built vessel for snorkeling, an introductory dive with an experienced instructor, or two certified dives in the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. This day trip takes you from Townsville or Magnetic Island to Lodestone Reef, where you get the chance to see reef fish, sea turtles, stingrays, reef sharks and more up close. Lunch as well as equipment are included.
• 9 hours
Enjoy the secluded paradise of Magnetic Island, a tropical destination known for its quiet beaches, rugged landscape, and abundant wildlife. Easily accessible via the ferry from the City of Townsville, Magnetic Island is only 20 minutes away with SeaLink, the quickest link to this idyllic tropical location to set the clock to island time.SeaLink offers up to 18 trips a day to Magnetic Island, the ferry terminal in Townsville is located close to the CBD and The Strand and only 12 minutes from the Townsville Airport. You can easily make a day on Magnetic Island or stay for as long as you want, for the best island experience on the east coast of Australia.Return tickets are valid for up to 30 days from purchase, so take your time and enjoy snorkel trails, and hiking trails of the Magnetic Island National Park, home to the largest colony of Koala's in Northern Australia, and a perfect base to explore the GBR.
• 20 minutes
The Great Barrier Reef comes indoors at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium in Townsville. Admire the enormous aquariums that mimic the ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef with a variety of living corals, sharks, rays, fish and other denizens of the deep. Attractions include an underwater tunnel where you can watch sharks and fish swim around you, and daily animal feeding demonstrations and talks.
• 3 hours
A former Australian Army member acts as your guide on a military history tour in Townsville. The city's military presence dates back to the 1800s, and you will learn more about it at Kissing Point Fort, the Royal Australian Air Force Museum, the Black Hawk Memorial, and Lavarack Barracks, among other landmarks. Want to see beyond Townsville's military sites? You can add a 2.5-hour city sightseeing tour that highlights general history, top attractions and scenic landmarks. This small-group tour, limited to 12 people, includes morning tea (lunch if Military and Scenic option is chosen), entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
• 6.5 hours
Magnetic Island is the perfect place to relax and unwind and with your own vehicle you will be able to explore Magnetic Island at your leisure. Magnetic Island is situated only 5 miles (8km) offshore from Townsville and is a quick and easy trip by ferry. Operating eight times a day this is the only car ferry available for the 40-minute trip from Townsville to Magnetic Island. At the time of booking, please select your date of travel and ferry time for your one-way trip from Townsville to Magnetic Island. The date and time for your return journey can be booked when checking in for your outbound ferry in Townsville or once you are on Magnetic Island.
• 40 minutes
Enjoy Australia’s only cocoa tree to chocolate bar experience on this 3-hour tour. Charley’s Chocolate is unique in Australia and one of only a few places in the world where you can experience the whole journey of chocolate from “Cocoa Tree to Chocolate Bar”. It is deliberately not a theme park as they focus on its authenticity and showcasing how one of everyone's favorite foods comes into being. Charley’s guides are passionate about what they do and want you to share the fascinating chocolate story. The tour will be fun, very much “hands on” and hugely informative.
• 3 hours
A mature and highly-regarded local guide will provide friendly, entertaining commentary on hundreds of topics covering birds and wildlife, trees, geology, history and folklore on your 5 hour tour of the scenic roads and byways of the beautiful Magnetic Island. Departing Nelly Bay Ferry Terminal you'll visit all the major sights, including one or two secret spots some locals don't even know about. After an hours free time in Horseshoe bay for lunch you will head back to the Ferry terminal in time for the 3pm Ferry departure.
• 5 hours
Go open-water diving on the SS ‘Yongala’ wreck, considered one of the best dive sites in the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Your day trip to one of the largest and most intact historic shipwrecks includes two dives with a choice of tanks and weights or full equipment. Enjoy lunch and refreshments on board, and make the most of your dive with a certified guide (optional hire). Numbers are limited to 21 to ensure personalized attention on your small-group excursion, departing from Townsville or Magnetic Island.
• 9 hours
Magnetic Island is situated only 5 miles (8km) offshore from Townsville and is a quick and easy trip by ferry. This ferry service operates eight times a day for a 40-minute trip from Townsville to Magnetic Island. At the time of booking, please select your date of travel and ferry time for your one-way trip from Townsville to Magnetic Island. The date and time for your return journey can be booked when checking in for your outbound ferry in Townsville or once you are on Magnetic Island.
• 40 minutes