Townsville is perfect for anyone who loves the great outdoors. Its year-round sunshine and tropical rains allow for lush rainforests, diverse wildlife, and a spectacular ecosystem. Outdoor activities are plentiful for anyone looking for a great weekend full of fun and adventure.
So, here are 6 natural attractions of Townsville you should check out the next time you are keen for some one-on-one time with Mother Nature:
1: Paluma Range National Park
The Paluma Range National Park is just an hour’s drive from Townsville and presents you with beautiful waterfalls surrounded by a deep rainforest. This bushwalking experience is one you are going to remember for years to come.
You can also take a dip in Little Crystal Creek as well as Big Crystal Creek and swim with the native platypus that calls this sanctuary their home.
2: Castle Hill
Whether it’s the sunrise or the sunset, Castle Hill is the place to be. Standing on the summit of 286 meters at these times will allow you to see the majesty of the city with an uninterrupted 360-degree view.
You can also race to the summit with your partner, giving yourself some exercise along the way to this romantic viewpoint.
3: Tyto Wetlands
North of Townsville is the Tyto Wetlands, home to over 245 species of birds spread out over 90 hectares or natural paradise. Taking a walk along the 4 km. walkway in the early morning is the perfect way to observe the many birds, including the Eastern Grass Owl.
Just bring your binoculars, some sunblock, and mosquito repellent to take in this nature attraction. You can also pop-in to Ingham, Queensland’s own Little Italy for some culinary delicacies after your morning walk.
4: Charter Towers
Take 138 km. drive west to Charters Towers to experience the Australian Outback in its truest form. Leahton Park is a great choice to have fun while meeting the Texas Longhorn bull with the longest horns in the world, JR.
The best part of Charter Towers is that after spending a fulfilled day at the ranch, you can be back at the hotel for dinner and drinks.
5: Hinchinbrook Island
Hinchinbrook Island is Townsville’s largest natural park spanning over 393 square km. and only permits 40 visitors at a time. This limited access has allowed the natural attractions and features of the park to be preserved for over 100,000 years.
Hiking up the 32-km. Thorsborne Trail is only recommended for experienced hikers but kayaking on the river Hinchy is a fun activity for everyone.
6: Orpheus Island
If you want to enjoy the exclusive nature attractions of Orpheus Island, you are going to have to charter a private helicopter. But if you can afford to do so, you are going to have the privilege of being one of the few guests in the luxurious Orpheus Island Lodge.
12 km. of bushwalking through the eucalypt forests and snorkeling in the coral reefs will be the pinnacle of your trip if you decide to visit Orpheus Island.
While we have talked about only 6 nature attractions of Townsville you should check out, there are plenty more that will make your trip worthwhile. These include Wallaman Falls as well as the Magnetic Island.