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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Aquarium
“Reef HQ has the most amazing glass tunnel ... its like being underwater - you can see all kinds of sea life up close - definitely worth a visit. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Visit Stockland Townsville Shopping Centre today for a wide variety of stores, great offers and exciting events”
  • 18 locals recommend
Mountain
“Just metres short of a mountain, Castle Hill is the giant pink granite monolith that stands proud in the centre of Townsville - a perfect place for visitors to orientate themselves. Castle Hill offers vehicle access as well as a number of popular walking tracks, which are frequented by more than 2,500 locals a day! The 360-degree views of Townsville at the top are well worth the journey. Be sure to have a camera on hand, particularly for sunrise or sunset as these are photo opportunities that shouldn't be missed. Apart from being an iconic centrepiece for the city and a lookout for spectacular scenic views, Castle Hill has a significant history. The Hill's vantage was used by visiting American soldiers during World War II. According to local legend, the visitors famously offered to demolish the hill and use the rock to build a bridge to Magnetic Island. A World War II observation bunker sits on one corner of the Hill reminding visitors of Castle Hill's military history. Castle Hill facilities include car parking, public amenities, drink fountains and shaded seating to enjoy while taking in some of the best views of the city and across to Magnetic Island.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“I love this place! The food is great, the view is stunning and the staff are lovely”
  • 19 locals recommend
Food
“Awesome food & drinks, huge selection to sit and enjoy or take home with you. Great little handmade store in the complex too (Handmade Renegade) ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Art Museum
“All things arty... a great place to spend an hour or two . Located in The Mall with lots of shops, boutiques, gift shops, eateries and a boutique brewery across the road. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Castletown has everything you need. Woolworths, Target and speciality stores”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The C-Bar makes an excellent long black with views out to Magnetic Island. Sit on the deck and spot turtles and dugon, while enjoying the licensed bar and locally sourced menu, cooled by the salty mist of the sea. A great place all year round”
  • 23 locals recommend
Museum
“Learn all about the "Pandora" with great activities for kids and rotating displays and exhibitions. It also has a Cafe and gift shop. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“It is an amazing walking track that takes you both sides of the river with free swimming pools and childrens parks”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
“Very relaxed waterfront bar & grill . The best chicken wings ever rite on the water.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Park
“The strand is the perfect place to visit. You can stroll along the path and enjoy the ocean view, stop off at the gelateria for a coffee or gelato, have a meal a one of the many cafe's, visit the playgrounds and waterparks for the kids, and workout equipment is positioned right the way along for a beach side workout. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“With handful of different eateries and the social Tap House it has something for everyone from Shore & Co Steaks , Italian , Korean . it's very social and has a great city lane feel.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Casino
“The Quater Deck is located at The Ville and is a great place to catch up with freinds . With views of Magnetic island and looking over the new pool . its has a great vibe smart casual but classy ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Everything you need, including a liquor store, and bulk natural food 'the Source', and a Brumbies bakery here”
  • 8 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“Short 15 min walk along the Strand to Townsvilles most iconic Coffee and Gelato cafe.”
  • 15 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“I love this place! The food is great, the view is stunning and the staff are lovely”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The C-Bar makes an excellent long black with views out to Magnetic Island. Sit on the deck and spot turtles and dugon, while enjoying the licensed bar and locally sourced menu, cooled by the salty mist of the sea. A great place all year round”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bar
“Very relaxed waterfront bar & grill . The best chicken wings ever rite on the water.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“With handful of different eateries and the social Tap House it has something for everyone from Shore & Co Steaks , Italian , Korean . it's very social and has a great city lane feel.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“We rate 'A Touch of Salt' as the best fine dining in Townsville, a family owned and run business that takes pride in their food and service to customers. Also a great setting on the edge of the river, you can be seated inside in the air-conditioning or outside when the weather suits.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Café
“Consistently excellent food, I especially like the crumbed olives. They often had a lunch special, 2 courses and wine, which is lovely, as well as degustation menus. Also, do nice breakfasts. About 5 minutes walk if you go via the Ching Street bush track, or you can head up Willmett Street, and head downtown that way.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Brewery
“Great for Friday night drinks, happy hour specials every day, excellent stout, and yum pizzas and meze”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“Definitely the best Japanese in town and possibly the most consistently excellent food ans service. It has super fresh sashimi and sushi and the hot pot (shabu-shabu) is great to share. It can get quite expensive depending on what you order.”
  • 4 locals recommend

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