While visiting for the Townsville Fashion Festival presented by Escape Travel, why not make the most of what the region has to offer and get out and explore its diversity.  With island, rainforest, reef, wetland and outback experiences all within an hour radius of the Townsville city centre, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to activities.

Accommodation and dining is plentiful too.  Check out the popular local eats spots on Palmer Street, Flinders Street, Gregory Street, Cannon Park and newly opened City Lane.  Each of these spots has their own unique atmosphere created by the adorable collection of boutique shops, cafes and bars.  Most of the accommodation is located in the city centre with properties including bed and breakfasts through to five star offerings. 

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About Townsville


Townsville enjoys 300 days of sunshine each year and offers easy access to beaches, rainforests and the outback right in the very heart of the tropics.

It is the largest city in Northern Australia and is one of the fastest-growing cities in the state with a population of 191,000.

Located about halfway between the tip of Cape York and Brisbane, Townsville stretches across 3,736 square kilometres and is nestled on the shores of Cleveland Bay. Traditional owners, the Bindal and Wulgurukaba peoples, are the first known people to have lived in the Townsville region. The city was founded in 1864 and declared a city in 1903.


Character & Climate


Townsville is characterised by its relaxed, tropical lifestyle created out of the beauty and charm of the city's natural surrounds. With the idyllic paradise of Magnetic Island right on its doorstep, a diverse mix of rainforest, sandy beaches, world-class heritage reef and diving experiences, outback bush and big city benefits, Townsville has something for every holiday itinerary.

With glorious sunny winter days, every day is an opportunity to enjoy the vast array of experiences this vibrant city has to offer. Winter in North Queensland is a delight, and the temperate climate offers the perfect escape from the cold winters down south. Picturesque swimming locations and well-shaded parks and gardens offer endless recreational opportunities for visitors and locals alike.


City Precincts


Flinders Street Central has undergone a major upgrade and refurbishment program and traffic passes through the former mall for the first time in almost three decades, breathing new life into the city heart. Flinders Street is home to a wide variety of retail shops and service providers and is also the venue for the award-winning Cotters Markets which are held every Sunday. New to the CBD is City Lane, Townsville's first laneway dining experience. 

Flinders Street East boasts an eclectic mix of restaurants, nightclubs, pubs and wine bars. The strip is not only the nightlife precinct of the city, it is an emerging hotspot for diners before meeting friends for an evening out on the town.

Palmer Street is located on the south bank of Ross River in the CBD and captures the essence of international cuisine and metropolitan accommodation. Boasting award-winning restaurants for breakfast, lunch or dinner, Palmer Street offers mouth-watering flavours guaranteed to tantalise your taste buds. Whether you fancy Indian, Asian, Italian, Greek, French, Mexican, modern Australian or locally-caught seafood, a visit to Townsville's premium eat street is a must. The central location offers proximity to public transport, the city's vibrant nightlife hub and gorgeous views across Ross Marina.

Gregory Street in North Ward offers a cosmopolitan village atmosphere adjoining the Strand. With exclusive boutique shopping and open air cafe dining it is the perfect stop for lunch or coffee and cake.

Bowen Road is a hub of hotel and motel accommodation located within a 10 minute drive of the city centre. Conveniently situated a close distance to both the city and the highway, Bowen Road is a well-located area to find accommodation in Townsville.


Townsville's Most Popular Destinations

The Strand is one of Townsville's great community highlights. This spectacular waterfront promenade is perfect for families or for those wishing to soak up Townsville's laid back tropical atmosphere. This 2.2km palm tree-studded stretch is adorned with bike paths and walkway, safe swimming beaches, picturesque picnic spots, a water park and chic restaurants and bars with breathtaking views. You can enjoy the free family fun of the Water Park, fish off the pier, dine at one of the many eateries or restaurants, or simply laze on the multi award-winning beach and enjoy the million dollar view to Magnetic Island.

Riverway is a hidden gem 20 minutes from the city centre. Located on magnificent Ross River frontage, Riverway Lagoons cover an area the size of more than three Olympic swimming pools, nestled among shady raintrees. Swim in the lagoons, walk the shaded boardwalk and pathways along the river, visit Pinnacles Gallery, have a meal at the restaurant, cook a meal on the gas barbecues provided, or catch a show at the Riverway Arts Centre.

Castle Hill is a red rock monolith in the heart of Townsville offering panoramic views and a slice of military history. There is a popular walking track for locals, with a rocky ‘goat track' a favourite for fitness fanatics. A road offers access for vehicles and pedestrians.


Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island (‘Maggie' as it's affectionately known) is Townsville's tropical island paradise, situated only 8km from the mainland. With pristine uncrowded beaches, fringing coral reefs, abundant wildlife and a friendly community atmosphere, it's easy to see why the attraction really is ‘magnetic'. Maggie is the perfect base for you to enjoy the AFCM, visit on a day tour or just pop over and explore.

Not to be Missed

With 23 beaches and bays, Maggie has the natural beauty and serenity of an untouched paradise, as well as all the luxuries of today's modern cities. Nestled in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and surrounded by fringing reefs, Maggie is well equipped for a range of water activities. You could also spend your time sampling the fine local art, keeping an eye out for the koalas that live on the Island, discovering one of the many wonderful restaurants or, of course, relaxing on the glorious beaches. With two thirds protected National Park, Maggie is home to some amazing experiences guaranteed to draw you back again and again.

Getting There

Maggie is just 20 minutes from the heart of Townsville and features a mainland ferry terminal fully serviced by public transport including city buses, taxis and the airport shuttle. The island is easily accessible by both passenger ferry and barge. Those travelling by passenger ferry will find a range of transport options available on the Island including public bus services as well as car, mini moke and scooter hire.

SeaLink Queensland, the ferry passenger service to Magnetic Island, offers up to 18 return services daily in state-of-the-art, high speed catamarans that can have you in paradise in just 20 minutes, just enough time to relax with a drink in air-conditioned comfort while you cruise across the bay. With services running from 5.30am to 12.00am, visiting Magnetic Island has never been easier.

Bookings Phone: (07) 4726 0800

Accommodation and Travel



We encourage you to book your accommodation in Townsville as early as possible to secure the best possible rates and location.

Townsville offers a range of accommodation options on the mainland and Magnetic Island from 5-star resorts and self-catering island apartments to Townsville CBD hotels and the Casino.

For a truly tropical Festival experience, consider staying on Magnetic Island and catching the ferry to the mainland for Festival events. Maggie is just 20 minutes from the heart of Townsville and features a mainland ferry terminal fully serviced by public transport including city buses, taxis and the airport shuttle.



Townsville Airport is North Queensland's regional hub with direct flights from Brisbane, Darwin and Sydney as well as Queensland's major centres including Cairns, Mackay and the Gold Coast. Most accommodation venues are just 10 minutes from the airport.

Townsville is serviced frequently by Qantas, Virgin Blue and JetStar. Please visit their websites for bookings:

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