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Mercure Hotel Townsville
166 Woolcock Street
Currajong QLD 4810
Australia

Townsville activities and attractions

Discover the fascinating attractions and exhilarating activities to be found throughout Townsville, North Queensland. From our convenient setting just minutes from the town centre, the Mercure Hotel Townsville is the ideal choice for soaking up everything the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef has to offer. 

Tucked between the hills and Cleveland Bay, Townsville is a cosmopolitan yet quiet and easygoing seaside town with beautifully renovated 19th century buildings, world-class museums, a massive aquarium, breathtaking diving waters, two major sporting teams and vibrant restaurants and nightlife. 

When planning your Townsville adventure, rely on our friendly staff to guide you to the most popular tourist attractions and recreational activities just moments from the Mercure Hotel Townsville.  

A few of our favourite nearby attractions include: 

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  • Sightseeing
  • Tropical Travel Tours

    Tropical Travel Tours

  • Magnetic Island

    Magnetic Island

  • The Strand

    The Strand

  • Reef HQ

    Reef HQ

  • Billabong Sanctuary

    Billabong Sanctuary

  • Crystal Creek

    Crystal Creek

  • Maritime Museum

    Maritime Museum

  • Museum of Tropical Queensland

    Museum of Tropical Queensland

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Tropical Travel Tours

Tropical Travel is your place to enquire and book for all tours and attractions in and around Townsville, Magnetic Island and beyond. Their dedicated team of travel and tour experts will be able to assist you to get the most out of your visit to the region www.tropicaltravel.com.au/townsville/

Magnetic Island

If your idea of paradise is clear blue waters, sleepy koalas dotting plentiful gum trees and a laid-back, island feel, Magnetic Island could be your perfect destination. This triangular island is a popular vacation destination, with its miles of beaches, plentiful hiking trails and wallaby population. It’s also home to many year-round residents (it’s a suburb of Townsville) and more than half of the picturesque island has been designated a national park.

The Strand

This beachfront promenade is lined with palm trees and designed with vacation in mind…as you meander along the shore, you'll find paths just waiting for bikes and roller blades, stunning beaches just waiting for kids to splash in the waves and quiet spots just waiting for picnickers to sit a spell. If that’s not enough, there is also a water park and plenty of bars and restaurants with unbelievable ocean views just waiting for you to sit back, breathe deeply and relax.

Reef HQ

This is not your usual aquarium! Reef HQ proudly shows off the largest living coral reef and lets you get up close and personal with coral, fish, sea stars, sea cucumbers, brittle stars and more. Of particular note is the fact that the aquarium is open to the elements, receiving the same rain, sun and temperature changes the inhabitants would find in the ocean. There’s even a special turtle hospital, where kids are allowed to feed and touch the little patients.

Billabong Sanctuary

Want to feed a kangaroo or hold a wombat? Visit the Billabong Sanctuary, known as one of the best interactive wildlife parks in Australia. The knowledgeable and friendly staff gets enthusiastic thumbs up from visitors, and kids love the photo ops with animals (and the gift shop!).

Crystal Creek

Both Little Crystal Creek and Big Crystal Creek offer stunning scenery, cool bubbly streams, shady picnic spots and plenty of family fun. The natural water slides at Big Crystal Creek make it a slightly more crowded destination, but both spots offer crystal blue waters and underwater scenery irresistible to snorkelers.

Maritime Museum

History buffs, maritime lore buffs and plain old tourists will enjoy poking around this waterfront museum that is filled with stories of bravery and high times on the seas. You can view old photos, browse model ships and steep yourself in battles of long ago; you can even tour the decommissioned HMAS Townsville.

Museum of Tropical Queensland

The Museum of Tropical Queensland celebrates the history, archaeology and natural heritage of Queensland. Located in Townsville, it’s well known for its exhibit on the HMS Pandora, one of the most significant shipwrecks in Australian waters. Visitors also flock to the extensive coral collection and inspect proof that the Snubnose Dolphin exists…it’s the first new species of dolphin to be discovered in 56 years, and this maritime museum is credited with the find.