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Top Historical Sights in Townsville

Top Historical Sights in Townsville

Coastal Townsville boasts plenty of natural beauty in its tropical waters, but it's also ripe with history, thanks to more than 130 years of supporting Australia’s military defense. Explore the the history of Australia’s war heroes at top historical sights in Townsville. Here’s where to visit. 

Jezzine Barracks at Kissing Point Fort

Meander along coastal boardwalks through this heritage parkland to learn about the Australian military’s role in World War II. Placards and public artworks are situated near observation points at Kissing Point Fort, a historical landmark also significant to the local Aboriginal people.

Army Museum of North Queensland

Townsville is home to the country’s third largest Army brigade and Australia’s largest Army barracks. Located in the center of Jezzine Barracks, the three galleries of this military museum let you discover the role the Army in North Queensland played from the 19th century to contemporary conflicts.

Royal Australian Air Force Museum

Get up close to Australian fighter planes and other aircraft at the Air Force base. An enthusiastic group of volunteers staff the small museum, with interactive and informative displays on the history of the RAAF in Townsville. Ideal for aviator history buffs.

Black Hawk Memorial

Located in the Palmetum Gardens, the Black Hawk Memorial commemorates soldiers from the Special Air Service Regiment who were killed in a 1996 helicopter accident in Queensland. As a result of the nighttime collision, 18 aircrew and personnel were killed.

Lavarack Barracks

Home to Australia's largest defense base and the Army's Third Brigade, the Lavarack Barracks occasionally opens its doors to the public. At the barracks you can meet current members of the Australian Defence Force and learn about military life inside the garrison.

Maritime Museum

Learn about the Battle of the Coral Sea, which took place during WWII. In the Federation Gallery you find model battleships, and the Seafarers' Gallery showcases more maritime history. Visit a lighthouse, boat shed, gun deck, and a memorial to the Royal Australian Navy.

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

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

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Looking for a new underwater challenge? Embark on an unforgettable full-day scuba diving adventure in the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, open only to certified divers. Dive amid schools of tropical fish, manta rays and sea snakes; explore the remarkably preserved SS Yongala shipwreck and spot sea turtles and whale sharks. This small-group tour has a maximum of 21 participants and includes two open-water dives, lunch on-board and transport from either Townsville or Magnetic Island.
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  • 9 hours
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45-Minute Cape Cleveland Scenic Helicopter Flight from Townsville

45-Minute Cape Cleveland Scenic Helicopter Flight from Townsville

Make your experience of Townsville truly special by taking a 45-minute scenic helicopter ride over Cape Cleveland. In a group limited to four passengers, you’ll soar over Townsville’s coastline, the Cape Cleveland Lighthouse, and the Bowling Green Bay National Park. Absorb the region’s natural landscapes from above while your polite provides commentary via headsets. Choose between a morning and afternoon departure.  
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