With its easy access to the Great Barrier Reef, limitless outdoor adventures and close proximity to sweet city life, Townsville is an ideal destination for travelers looking to experience it all. Three days in this iconic destination is enough time to touch the land, the sea and the sky and leave the famous Down Under with plenty of memories and stories to share.
Day 1: Dare to Dive
Spend the day exploring one of the world’s most famous dive sites—SS Yongala. Take a boat from Alva Beach and head out to the deep sea remains of this notorious ship. Get up close with hundreds of tropical fish, turtles and stingrays while navigating the haunting coral crusted wreckage.
Day 2: Magnetic Island
This beautiful island off the Queensland coast is a favorite holiday destination among locals. Spend an afternoon exploring the 27-square-kilomteres of scenic walking paths, impressive mountains and densely populated bird sanctuaries. Magnetic Island is a tropical paradise that allows visitors to escape the city and fully immerse in nature.
Day 3: More Man-Made Wonders
There’s more to Townsville than Mother Nature, but even the city’s man-made wonders tip a hat to the flora and fauna of the tropics. Start the day with a visit to Billabong Sanctuary, where travelers can get up close with wildlife from the Australian outback. Snuggle up with baby koalas, feed deadly pythons and learn more about conservation efforts being made to protect these critters. Afterwards, spend an afternoon at The Strand, sipping strong coffees (or cold beers) at one of the dozens of nearby cafes and taking in the sights and sounds of one of Townsville’s top attractions.