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 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 …
Top Choice Modern Australian in Townsville

Longboard Bar & Grill

The coolest place in Townsville for a light meal and a light party overlooking the water is this surf-themed pub-restaurant, which does terrific nightly specials including tacos and buffalo wings. The regular steak,…
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…
Modern Australian in Townsville

Wayne & Adele's Garden of Eating

Irreverence at every turn in this husband-and-wife-run gourmet restaurant situated in an Aussie backyard (well courtyard, at least). Those who like a side serving of quirky with their grub shouldn't miss mains inclu…
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…
Bar in Townsville

Beach Bar

The place to be seen in Townsville. Well, if it’s good enough for Missy Higgins and Silverchair, then it’s good enough for the rest of us. Some serious Sunday sessions take place in the tavern bar with prime ocean v…
Brewery in Townsville

Townsville Brewery

Brews are made on-site at this hopping, stunningly restored 1880s former post office. Soak up a Townsville Bitter or Bandito Loco.
Music in Townsville

Australian Festival of Chamber Music

Townsville gets cultural during this internationally renowned festival at various venues across the city.
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…