About Townsville

Townsville in North Queensland is the gateway to the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, wet tropics rainforest, tropical islands, wetlands, national parks and historical, military and outback experiences.

Boasting over 300 days of sunshine each year, Townsville is a holiday destination perfect for families, couples and friends, with more than 700 dining outlets, unique retailing and attractions, 3,000 hotel rooms and world class events and entertainment.


It has never been easier to access Townsville, now with over 22,000 airline seats available weekly. 

Direct flights from most of the capital cities are available, however some travellers might require a stopover in Sydney or Brisbane depending on your origin of travel. 

We recommend delegates book their flights to and from the symposium as soon as possible to secure seats on their preferred flights. Follow the links below to access popular airlines.


There are a number of transport options to get into the city from the airport. Townsville Airport is only a 10 minute drive to the city. Car hire and taxis are easily accessible at the airport. 

Townsville Taxi - 131 008


The Townsville CBD is growing its reputation as a centre for fashion, food and entertainment. Visitors can enjoy boutique shopping, alfresco dining and regular local markets. The CBD is well connected with the Palmer Street dining and accommodation precinct, located just a short walk from the central hub of Flinders Square over the historic Victoria Bridge. Make the most of the free WiFi in Flinders Square and pop in to see the Volunteers at the Visitor Information Centre.

The Townsville region in North Queensland offers real experiences where the natural attractions are complimented by a large range of activities catering to all ages. Click here for things to do in the Townsville region. 


top things to do in townsville


  • Castle Hills
  • The Strand
  • Jezzine Barracks
  • Riverway
  • Townsville's CBD
  • Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium
  • Museum of Tropical Queensland
  • Billabong Sanctuary
  • Townsville Scenic and Military Tours

‚ÄčArts & Culture

  • Riverway Arts Centre
  • Townsville Civic Centre
  • Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
  • Pinnacles Gallery
  • Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts


  • Palmer Street
  • Gregory Street and the Strand
  • Cannon Park
  • Flinders Street
  • City Lane
  • Central Village
  • Local Markets

The Great Outdoors

  • Wallaman Falls
  • Paluma
  • Townsville Town Common
  • Cape Pallarenda
  • Bowling Green Bay
  • Castle Hill
  • Botanic Gardens
  • Northern Beaches
  • The Great Barrier Reef - Magnetic Island, Hinchinbrook Island, Orpheus Island
  • Palm Island

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Regional Highlights

If you would like to extend your stay and travel to some of the neighbouring areas there are a number of destinations and day trips just a short drive from the city centre of Townsville. 

Magnetic Island

Uncover a tropical island paradise surrounded by secluded bays, golden beaches and activities to excite everyone. Just a short 20 minute ferry ride from Townsville, Magnetic Island has the natural beauty and serenity of an untouched paradise within a thriving community. 

Charters Towers

Take a step back in time and discover the laid-back charm and elegance of Charters Towers, a whole different world where you really can live Australia's story and see the Outback just a 90 minute drive inland from Townsville.


Hinchinbrook is a nature lover's dream! Home of the Southern Hemisphere's largest single drop waterfall, Wallaman Falls, Hinchinbrook Shire is also the southern gateway to the Wet Tropics World Heritage listed rainforests and provides awe-inspiring scenery around every corner.


Famous for being the sugar capital of Australia, the Burdekin district is located about an hour's drive south of Townsville. Nestled in the delta of the Burdekin River, its two popular townships - Ayr and Home Hill - are linked by the iconic Burdekin Bridge. 

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The Strand