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…
Cultural Centre in Townsville

Cultural Centre

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

Maritime Museum of Townsville

One for the boat buffs, with a gallery dedicated to the wreck of the Yongala and exhibits on North Queensland’s naval industries. Tours of decommissioned patrol boat HMAS Townsville are available.
Museum in Townsville

Museum of Tropical Queensland

Not your everyday museum, the Museum of Tropical Queensland reconstructs scenes using detailed models with interactive displays. At 11am and 2.30pm, you can load and fire a cannon, 1700s-style. Galleries include the…
Gallery in Townsville

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

Contemporary art gallery in a stately 1885-built former bank. Exhibitions focus on North Queensland artists.
Gardens in Townsville

Queens (Botanic) Gardens

If you fancy a lazy picnic, head to these ornamental gardens at the base of Castle Hill.
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…
Research Institut in Townsville

Australian Institute of Marine Science

This marine-research facility at Cape Ferguson runs free two-hour tours (10am Fri Mar-Nov) covering the institute's research (such as coral bleaching and management of the Great Barrier Reef) and how it relates to t…
Viewpoint in Townsville

Castle Hill

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 the rough ‘goat track’ (2km one way) …