Townsville in North Queensland, Australia is a popular destination for locals and international tourists. Townsville features a diverse landscape, enviable lifestyle, events to see and places to go to suit every holiday. There are lots of things to do like barra fishing in the Burdekin or Hinchinbrook, snorkeling fringing reefs around Magnetic Island, scuba diving wrecks or the Great Barrier Reef, bird watching at the surrounding wetlands, skydiving or taking a wagon ride in Charters Towers, you will never run out of things to see and do in Townsville. With barrier reef, rainforest, outback and wetlands all within an hour or two of Townsville, it's hard to go past this region for your next getaway.

Where to stay

Whether you are on a family holiday with the kids, camping with friends, you will find accommodation that meets your needs in Townsville. Indulge in your very own private beachfront villa at an island resort, or choose a budget-friendly motel as you explore one of the self-drive routes. Plus there are plenty of self-contained, backpacker, bed and breakfast, and hotel options as you travel the region.

Townsville lies approximately 1,300 kilometres north of Brisbane, and 350 kilometres south of Cairns. It lies on the shores of Cleveland Bay, protected to some degree from the predominantly south-east weather.

Townsville is characterised as a tropical climate. Townsville's winter rainfall in particular is not as high as elsewhere in the tropics such as Cairns. The winter months are dominated by southeast trade winds and mostly fine weather. Further north the coastline runs north/south and the trade winds are lifted to produce rainfall right through the year. Townsville however lies on a section of coastline that turns east/west, so the lifting effect is not present. As a result, winter months are dominated by blue skies, warm days and cool nights, although at times significant rainfall may occur.