Getting to Townsville


By Air

Townsville Airport has daily flights from all major Australian cities, and is located a short 7-minute drive from the town centre. Flight times from other cities are:

  • Brisbane – Townsville: 2hr 5min
  • Sydney – Townsville: 2hr 45min
  • Melbourne – Townsville: 3hr 5min
  • Cairns – Townsville: 1 hour

By Road

Townsville is a 347km from Cairns a 4 hour 30 minute drive from Cairns, or you can drive from Brisbane 1,352km and explore the beauty of Queensland over a couple of days.


By Rail

Queensland Rail Travel runs regular services from Brisbane and Cairns to Townsville.

Townsville Airport – Queensland

Getting around Townsville


Major car-rental agencies are represented in Townsville and at the airport.


Townsville runs a local bus service around Townsville – you can buy a single/daily ticket. Route maps and timetables are available at the Visitor Information Centres and online.


Taxis congregate at ranks across town or call 13 TAXI.


Uber operates in Townsville and can be used via the smartphone app.

By Foot

The CBD is quite accessible by foot. You can reach a variety of amenities and activities such as nightlife, restaurants, movie theatres, The Strand and Castle Hill.