Top things to do

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 Italian in Mission Beach

Caffe Rustica

This contemporary corrugated-iron beach shack is home to some seriously delicious home-made pastas and crispy-crust pizzas; they also make their own gelato and sorbet. Be sure to book ahead.
Top Choice Cafe in Mission Beach

Bingil Bay Cafe

Everything is groovy at this lavender landmark, from the eclectic menu to the mellow vibes emanating from the porch. Breakfast is a highlight, or just grab a coldie and immerse yourself in the art displays, live mus…
Top Choice Castle in Mena Creek

Paronella Park

Self-made Spanish immigrant José Paronella built Paronella Park as a gift to his wife Margarita. He opened the incongruously sited property and pleasure gardens to a grateful public shortly after their construction.…
Cafe in Townsville


Dependable and delicious, with an all-day dining menu that caters to the grazers (antipasto $18) and the gluttons (huge battered fish burgers $17).
Cafe in Townsville

Cafe Bambini

With four locations strewn around town, this local success story cooks up some of the best (all-day!) breakfasts in Townsville, while lunches are fresh and filling.
Brewery in Townsville


Brews are made on-site at this hopping and stunningly restored 1880s former post office. Soak up a Townsville Bitter or Bandito Loco with a meal at its refined restaurant (mains $17 to $36).
Casino in Townsville

Jupiters Casino

For a waterside flutter.
Pub in Townsville

Molly Malones

This boisterous Irish pub stages live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Cheap and tasty food too.
Cultural Centre in Townsville

Cultural Centre

Showcases the history, traditions and customs of the local Wulgurukaba and Bindal peoples. Call for guided-tour times.