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
Travel from Townsville to Magnetic Island in just 20 minutes aboard a high-speed catamaran. Choose from 18 departures per day to travel to this island paradise in the Great Barrier Reef, with extensive national parks and abundant wildlife. A large koala population has been making a comeback on the island and tropical waters teem with marine life. Amenities such as restaurants, spas, resort hotels and more provide options for those who like creature comforts as well. Stay for a day or longer with a round-trip ferry ticket that is valid for up to one month.
• 20 minutes
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
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
Access some of North Queensland’s best remote fishing locations via helicopter (aka 'heli-fishing') on this Townsville outdoors excursion. Your professional pilot takes you to two prime spots on the Haughton River, Bray Island or Cape Cleveland, where you can spend most of your time waiting for a bite. You’re provided with the necessary gear, coolers, and a delicious picnic lunch that includes wine or beer. Your experienced fishing guide knows these waters well, rewarding you with some great insight on this small-group tour, limited to six people, that is suitable for both experienced and novice anglers.
• 5 hours
Leave the busy world behind and take a helicopter flight to the island of Orpheus for an afternoon in paradise. In just 30 minutes, your expert pilot flies your small-group of up to four people from the mainland to this small island in the Great Barrier Reef. On the island, receive a welcome fruit cocktail, deluxe picnic lunch and a dinghy or a custom built drop off boat to take you over to bathe in the warm waters of the Coral Sea. Spend an idyllic three hours snorkeling over the coral reef, lounging on the beach and soaking up the scenery, then return by helicopter to Townsville.
• 4 hours
Share some local history with a scenic flight to Cape Cleveland Lighthouse, then follow the coastline to reveal the wetlands of Bowling Green Bay National Park. There will also be the chance to take in the beautiful sights of Townsville itself when you make your way back.
• 45 minutes
Experience Palm Island from the air and gain a true appreciation of its wonder and beauty. There will also be the chance to see all the beautiful sights of Magnetic Island and the sights of Townsville from the air.
• 1 hour
Take a flight around Hinchinbrook Island and take in Australia's largest island National Park. Experience many beautiful sights from the air like Palm Island archipelago and the Great Barrier Reef. There is also a chance to take in the landmarks of Townsville city.
• 1.5 hours