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What are the best things to do in Townsville?

Queens Gardens

To experience nature without venturing too far from the CBD, plan a visit to Queens Gardens after your flights to Townsville. This attraction is a heritage-listed botanic garden that was established in 1870. The Queens Gardens feature both exotic and local plants, some of which are thought to be the oldest cultivated plants in Australia. While exploring the gardens after cheap flights to Townsville, you’ll also be treated to an incredible view of the rugged Castle Hill.


Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

The Perc Tucker Regional Gallery is based in the heart of Townsville. It’s located inside a heritage-listed building and showcases the art of tropical Queensland and the Pacific islands. Throughout the gallery, visitors with return flights to Townsville can peruse more than 2,000 pieces of artwork that reflect the history and culture of the Tropics. In addition to the permanent exhibits, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery also holds regular educational events and workshops.


Paluma Range National Park

Paluma Range National Park begins about 60 kilometres (37 miles) north of Townsville, making it ideal for a day trip when you book cheap flights to Townsville. The traditional owners of the land are the Nywaigi Aboriginal people, who have inhabited Tropical North Queensland for more than 45,000 years. While visiting Paluma Range National Park after flights to Townsville, you can learn more about Nywaigi culture while witnessing some gorgeous tropical landscapes. Throughout the park, there are an abundance of walking trails and swimming spots to visit as well as major landmarks such as Jourama Falls and Mount Spec.


What’s on in Townsville?

Australian Festival of Chamber Music

Each winter, many of the country’s best chamber musicians perform in the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Over the course of 10 days, more than 30 performances are held across Townsville. The festival began in 1991 and has since become internationally acclaimed for its unforgettable performances that are against the beautiful backdrop of tropical Queensland. If you enjoy classical or chamber music, plan your return flights to Townsville between late July and early August to attend the event.


Magnetic Island Race Week

Magnetic Island is located just off the coast of Townsville and is known as one of Australia’s preeminent sailing destinations. Between late August and early September, visitors with airfare to Townsville can witness the sailing action. Magnetic Island Race Week features daily races that can be viewed from beaches all around the island. If you book flights to Townsville during the event, you can also enjoy various social events such as live music, food stalls, and children’s activities.


Neck of the Woods Music Festival

Neck of the Woods is different than your average music festival; in addition to live music, festival-goers can take part in yoga workshops, view art installations, and shop from artisan market stalls. The festival also features a food market where you can taste some of Townsville’s best street food. The festival is held over a long weekend and showcases 20 up-and-coming Australian musicians. Neck of the Woods is family-friendly and also offers a program of events for children. In order to experience the event, book tickets to Townsville in late June.


What is the best way to get around Townsville?

While the centre of Townsville is compact and walkable, many of the region’s top attractions are located outside of the city limits. To fully explore the area when you book airfare to Townsville, consider renting a car. Car rentals are available to book through Webjet and can be picked up from Townsville Airport (TSV) for daily rates starting around $55 NZD.

If you would prefer to use public transport after your flights to Townsville, that’s an option as well. Upon arrival, catch an airport shuttle or taxi to your accommodation in the city. From there, you’ll have no trouble walking to attractions in the CBD. In order to visit places around the city’s suburbs after your cheap flights to Townsville, Sunbus offers 13 bus routes around the Townsville area. Some of the major bus stops around Townsville include the ferry terminal, Esplanade, Townsville Railway Station, and Castletown Shopping Centre.


How much time should I spend in Townsville?

When you book tickets to Townsville, plan to visit for about three to five days. When you book return flights to Townsville for a short visit, you’ll be able to experience a basic introduction to the region. Base yourself in the city and plan a day trip or two to explore the rainforests and coastlines of tropical Queensland. If you’re able to book flights to Townsville for about five days, this will allow you to see the area in more detail, including a couple of days on the iconic Magnetic Island.