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5 Exciting Things to Do in Townsville as a Family - Top 5 Family Activities to Enjoy during a Townsville Holiday

Tipped to be one of Queensland's best-kept secrets, Townville is a family vacation destination like no other. From exploring key highlights to enjoying recreational pursuits, here are some of the most thrilling things to do during a getaway to this area with loved ones.


Spend time at The Strand

Often referred to as "South Bank by the sea," The Strand is a bustling area in Townville that's a hotbed of activity all day long. Lined with biking trails, public parks, and stylish cafes, the main attraction for families and locals who visit The Strand is undoubtedly the pristine stretch of beach found here. While the area is also buzzing with life thanks to the countless bars and restaurants lining its fringes, the best time to visit the venue is during the daytime when one can swim around in the manmade Rockpool or splash around at the water park located next to the beach. Featuring water cannons and slides, this splash centre is one of the best reasons to head down to The Strand.


Discover Castle Hill

As one of Townsville's most recognisable landmarks and iconic attractions, Castle Hill is just short of being called a mountain with its dramatic rock cliffs looking out over the ocean. Families who love a good hike can walk up to the summit of the hill to catch the spectacularly panoramic views the vaulted location affords or simply drive up to the top. Locals love to cycle, jog, or walk up to the summit in the afternoon as the views are especially breathtaking during this magical hour of the day.


Tour the Museum of Tropical Queensland

Families based at Oaks Townsville Metropole Hotel or any other Townsville accommodation apartments will find that they are within close range of another tourist highlight in the area. Offering visitors of varying ages an educational experience that is as informative as it is entertaining, a tour of the Museum of Tropical Queensland is likely to keep one engaged for hours on end. Showcasing artefacts from the HMS Pandora and other vessels connected to the rich history of Townsville and Queensland at large, the locale is also home to the 'Your Shipwreck Adventure', a highly interactive experience that children love.


Visit Magnetic Island

Easily accessible via a 20-minute ferry ride from Townsville, a day trip to Magnetic Island is the closest thing Townville holidaymakers will have to a beach holiday experience in the tropics. Soak up the sunny atmosphere of this picturesque beach capital and enjoy a spot of fishing or snorkelling while you're there. Other activities available to visitors include scuba diving excursions and hiking tours while those who wish to go on a boating adventure are also welcome to do so.


Go Wild at the Billabong Sanctuary

This one of a kind wildlife park is not only home to wombats, crocodiles, and bilbies but also kangaroos and koalas. Adults and children will relish the natural atmosphere of this wildlife sanctuary, which mimics the habitats of each of these native wildlife species that are unique to Australia.