Things to do


Townsville North Queensland is a place where all of Australia’s most iconic landscapes merge. From the awe of the outback, to the magic of the Great Barrier Reef. Discover the wonder of the rainforest or enjoy endless summer days on a tropical island. Immerse yourself in unspoilt nature, uncover your very own perfect paradise in Townsville North Queensland and meet the local characters who call this place home. This is a place where active minds explore and dive deeper, it is here you can leave more than just footprints, it’s where you can leave your legacy.

Begin your exploration in the thriving city of Townsville. Beneath the protective presence of Castle Hill, Townsville City combines federation architecture with sophisticated restaurants, accommodation and shopping like no other regional Queensland city.

Enjoy alfresco dining, urban street art, coffee along the beachfront, vibrant night life in laneway bars and eateries, boutique shopping and explore the art, culture and entertainment which brings the city to life.

With an abundance of outdoor activities, Townsville North Queensland is your one stop adventure spot. Within the compounds of Townsville, you can discover a variety of trails & tracks to tingle your senses. With a range of levels for the beginner stroll to the expert hiker boasting some of the most scenic views and refreshing water sources.

Walking Trails

Castle Hill

Just metres short of a mountain, Castle Hill is the giant pink granite monolith that stands proud in the centre of Townsville – a perfect place for visitors to orientate themselves. Castle Hill offers vehicle access as well as several popular walking tracks, which are frequented by more than 2,500 locals a day! The 360-degree views of Townsville at the top are well worth the journey. Be sure to have a camera on hand, particularly for sunrise or sunset as these are photo opportunities that shouldn’t be missed.

Apart from being an iconic centrepiece for the city and a lookout for spectacular scenic views, Castle Hill has a significant history. The Hill’s vantage was used by visiting American soldiers during World War II. According to local legend, the visitors famously offered to demolish the hill and use the rock to build a bridge to Magnetic Island. A World War II observation bunker sits on one corner of the Hill reminding visitors of Castle Hill’s military history.

Castle Hill facilities include car parking, public amenities, drink fountains and shaded seating to enjoy while taking in some of the best views of the city and across to Magnetic Island.

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Mount Spec

Paluma Range National Park

Paluma Range National Park, the southern gateway for the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Mount Spec straddles the summit and escarpment of the Paluma Range, rising 1000 metres above the Big Crystal Creek floodplain.

The upland rainforests are crisscrossed by a maze of streams and cascades. Open eucalypt forests dominate the lower slopes and casuarinas fringe the clear creeks.

Set up camp at Big Crystal Creek and explore the surrounding tracks and waterways. Take in the views from McClellands lookout and admire the 1930s stone bridge over Little Crystal Creek. Escape the summer heat by picnicking near the creek before slipping into the one of the many cool waterholes.

Walking Tracks

Ethel Falls

You won’t find Ethel Creek Falls listed on any of the National Park websites, nor will you find it on any of the signs in the area. But that could be a good thing! Ethel Creek Falls are a hidden gem in the middle of Paluma Range National Park, and not only are these falls beautiful, but you’re very likely to be the only ones there! However, this could change if Queensland’s Department of National Parks take over the maintenance of the Paluma trails. So, take advantage of this gem while you can!

Location Paluma Range National Park
Skill Level Easy
Distance 3 km return from Hussey Road or
8 km return from Paluma Township:
– McClelland Lookout to Cloudy Creek (2 km each way)
– Cloudy Creek to Ethel Creek (2 km each way)
Time Allow 2-3 hours return

Mount Bowling Green National Park

There’s are many places to adventure to around Townsville, so many that it would take you several years to explore all the different places within one hour of Townsville. Just south of Townsville is Bowling Green Bay National Park which provide adventurers like you and me an easily accessible playground where we are free to explore.

Walking Tracks

Alligator Creek & Alligator Creek Falls

The Alligator Falls trail traverses through the Bowling Green Bay National Park, along the trail to Alligator Falls. Enjoy grassy open woodlands, cool riparian forests and views of the cascades of Alligator Falls. Eucalypt woodlands cover the lower slopes of Mount Elliot and are filled with many interesting plants that you will see along the walk.

Location Bowling Green Bay National Park
Skill Level Easy to moderate walk on track. Some sections have a slight incline.
Distance 17km return
Time Allow 4-6 hours return