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Things to Do in Townsville

Do you have a layover, overnight, day trip, or an extended stay in Townsville and the surrounding area? Why not get out and take in some Townsville activities? We have 17 tour ideas.


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Attraction Tickets

Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium General Entry Ticket

Townsville, Australia
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 21.83


The Great Barrier Reef comes indoors at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium in Townsville. Admire the enormous aquariums that mimic the ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef with a variety of living corals, sharks, rays, fish and other denizens of the deep. Attractions include an underwater tunnel... Read More

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Ferry Services

Magnetic Island Round-Trip Passenger Ferry Ticket from Townsville

Townsville, Australia
Duration: 40 minutes
Priced From: USD 20.27


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... Read More

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Magnetic Island Round-Trip Car Ferry Ticket from Townsville

Townsville, Australia
Duration: 40 minutes
Priced From: USD 124.76


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... Read More

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Ferry Services

Magnetic Island Round-Trip Ferry From Townsville

Townsville, Australia
Duration: 20 minutes
Priced From: USD 25.73


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... Read More

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Helicopter Tours

Heli Fishing Day Trip from Townsville

Townsville, Australia
Duration: 5 hours
Priced From: USD 693.97


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... Read More

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Helicopter Tours

Orpheus Island Day Trip by Helicopter from Townsville

Townsville, Australia
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 818.73


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... Read More

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Helicopter Tours

45-Minute Cape Cleveland Scenic Helicopter Flight from Townsville

Townsville, Australia
Duration: 45 minutes
Priced From: USD 389.09


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.

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Helicopter Tours

60-Minute Palm Island Scenic Helicopter Flight from Townsville

Townsville, Australia
Duration: 60 minutes
Priced From: USD 538.02


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.

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Helicopter Tours

90-Minute Hinchinbrook Island Scenic Helicopter Flight

Townsville, Australia
Duration: 90 minutes
Priced From: USD 740.75


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.

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Helicopter Tours

Townsville Helicopter Tour

Townsville, Australia
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 101.37


Enjoy breathtaking views of Townsville and Cleveland Bay during a helicopter flight with an expert pilot as your guide. Choose from either a shorter flight around Townsville or a longer flight that also takes you over Magnetic Island. The state-of-the-art helicopter flies over Castle Hill, the Strand, Townsville Port, Ross River and the Coral Sea. Upgrade to include Magnetic Island and portions of the Great Barrier Reef... Read More

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Historical & Heritage Tours

Townsville City Sightseeing Tour

Townsville, Australia
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 42.89


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... Read More

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Historical & Heritage Tours

Townsville and the Australian Army: Walking History Tour with Optional City Sightseeing

Townsville, Australia
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 70.18


A former Australian Army member acts as your guide on a military history tour in Townsville. The city's military presence dates back to the 1800s, and you will learn more about it at Kissing Point Fort, the Royal Australian Air Force Museum, the Black Hawk Memorial, and Lavarack Barracks, among... Read More

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Lunch Cruises

Magnetic Island Sailing BBQ Lunch Cruise

Townsville, Australia
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 108.38


Jump on board a beautiful 58 foot yacht for gentle sail to one of Magnetic Island's secluded bays. Enjoy a swim or a snorkel or just relax while a delicious BBQ lunch is being prepared for you and only a few other guests.

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Sailing Trips

Magnetic Island Twilight Sailing Cruise

Townsville, Australia
Duration: 90 minutes
Priced From: USD 69.40


Jump on board a 58-foot sailing yacht for a gentle sunset sail in the magical waters surrounding Magnetic Island. Enjoy a glass of Tamburlaine organic wine or beer with some delicious cheeses while you kick back and relax on a beautiful sailing yacht.

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Scuba Diving

Magnetic Island 3-Day SSI Open-Water Learn To Dive Course

Townsville, Australia
Duration: 3 days
Priced From: USD 264.33


Learn to Dive on Magnetic Island with a 3-Day SSI (Scuba Schools International) Open-Water Course. Come visit paradise and learn to dive at the same time!

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Scuba Diving

Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Townsville or Magnetic Island

Townsville, Australia
Duration: 9 hours
Priced From: USD 186.36


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... Read More

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Scuba Diving

Scuba Dive the S.S. Yongala Wreck on the Great Barrier Reef

Townsville, Australia
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 217.55


Go open-water diving on the SS 'Yongala' wreck, considered one of the best dive sites in the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Your day trip to one of the largest and most intact historic shipwrecks includes two dives with a choice of tanks and weights or full equipment. Enjoy lunch and... Read More

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