Comfortably melding a unique cultural heritage with a diverse modern economy, the coastal city of Townsville has, in recent years, become a key destination for tourists. Adjacent to the central section of the Great Barrier Reef, scuba diving enthusiasts flock to Townsville hotels in the heart of the city, the ideal jumping off point for water-based adventures combined with extremely comfortable and luxe lodgings amidst a hopping nightlife. Be sure to spend a day on neighboring Magnetic Island, the vast majority of which is national park.
From your Townsville cheap hotel near the "Strand"—a long tropical beach and garden strip—set out on a walking tour of the Riverway on the banks of the Ross River before stopping in at the Museum of Tropical Queensland, built around a display of relics from the sunken British warship HMS Pandora. The Reef HQ is also a must-see—a sprawling tropical aquarium, it holds examples of many of the Great Barrier Reef's native flora and fauna. And bird lovers will revel in strolls along Toolakea and Toomulla beaches, known the world over as the perfect place to spy rare avian species.
Get Some Culture
Grab a hotel in Townsville near Flinders Mall, a favored hang-out for shoppers seeking souvenirs, antiques, arts and crafts, and fresh produce, and indulge your senses in some internationally-famous cultural events, such as the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in July, the Annual Greek and Italian Festivals, the Palmer Street Jazz Festival and Great Tropical Jazz Party (on Magnetic Island), Cultural Fest in August, and The Stable on the Strand, Townsville's annual Christmas gala.