Attractions

Top Choice Aquarium in Townsville

Reef HQ Aquarium

A staggering 2.5 million litres of water flow through the coral-reef tank here, home to 130 coral and 120 fish species. Kids will love seeing, feeding and touching turtles at the turtle hospital. Talks and tours (in…
Top Choice Castle in Around Mission Beach

Paronella Park

Set beside a series of creeks and waterfalls 50km northwest of Mission Beach (with at least one resident croc), this unusual tropical park is a romantic, Dali-esque escape from reality. Day trippers wander dreamily …
Top Choice Museum in Townsville

Museum of Tropical Queensland

An absolute must for school-age children and grown-up science and history fans, the Museum of Tropical Queensland reconstructs scenes using detailed models with interactive displays. At 11am and 2.30pm you can load …
Research Institute in Townsville

Australian Institute of Marine Science

Scheduled to re-commence free two-hour tours (10am Fridays from March through November) in mid-2017 after extensive renovations, this marine-research facility at Cape Ferguson conducts crucial research into issues s…
Waterfall in Ingham & Around

Wallaman Falls

Located in Girringun National Park, 51km west of Ingham (the road is sealed except for the last 10km), the country's longest single-drop waterfalls look their best in the Wet, though they are spectacular at any time…
Wildlife Reserve in Townsville

Billabong Sanctuary

Just 17km south of Townsville, this eco-certified wildlife park offers up-close-and-personal encounters with Australian wildlife – from dingoes to cassowaries – in their natural habitat. You could easily spend all d…
Viewpoint in Townsville

Castle Hill

Much of Townsville's fit and fabulous hoof it up this striking 286m-high red hill (an isolated pink granite monolith) that dominates Townsville’s skyline for stunning views of the city and Cleveland Bay. Walk up via…
Viewpoint in Innisfail

Mamu Tropical Sky Walk

About 27km along the Palmerston Hwy (signposted 4km northwest of Innisfail), this canopy-level rainforest walkway gives you eye-level views of the fruits, flowers and birds, and a bird’s-eye perspective from its 100…
Gardens in Townsville

Botanic Gardens

Townsville’s botanic gardens are spread across three locations: each has its own character, but all have tropical plants and are abundantly green. Closest to the centre, the formal, ornamental Queens Gardens are 1km…
Wildlife Reserve in Ingham & Around

Tyto Wetlands

Tyto Wetlands is first and foremost a protected sanctuary for around 230 species of bird, including far-flung guests from Siberia and Japan. Yet it's also a fascinating community space where artists and educators co…