7 things to do in Townsville these school holidays
From tickling a wombat to a spring picnic at the Jezzine Barracks and exploring Magnetic Island by kayak, there are plenty of things to do in Townsville these school holidays that will keep the kids busy!
1. Billabong Sanctuary
Get close… then closer! Set in 25 acres of natural bushland and featuring over 100 species of Australian animals, Billabong Sanctuary is the ultimate Aussie wildlife experience!
You can drape a python over your shoulders, tickle a wombat, pat a dingo, hand-feed a cassowary, get your duck-face on with a duck, and of course, snuggle up with a koala. Keep an eye out for the interpretive shows held throughout the day.
2. Explore Caste Hill by foot
Sure, you could just drive to the top of Townsville’s Everest, but did you know there are over 10 different Castle Hill tracks to explore by foot? So grab the kids and let them walk that energy out as you explore the different routes to the summit. Just remember, the panoramic view at the top will be worth it!
3. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
Explore the crystal clear waters of Lodestone Reef on a day trip with Adrenalin Snorkel and Dive. Before starting, the kids will get schooled on snorkelling techniques, and learn about the reef’s eco system but have no fear, there’s no classroom stuffiness here!
Oh, and the included morning and afternoon tea and tropical smorgasbord lunch is sure to keep them going too.
4. Reef HQ
Want to dive into the Great Barrier Reef but don’t want to get wet? Reef HQ Aquarium has got you and your family covered.
Not only do you not have to wear a snorkel, but someone else does all the hard work for you in the Predator Dive Show. Ask a professional diver questions as they swim with sharks and don’t miss the shark-feeding show, which, luckily for the diver, happens later in the day.
5. Magnetic Island
Whether it’s taking the ferry over to explore the island’s national park to spot some wild koalas, hiring a jet-ski, cruising ’round in a topless car to each of the four main bays, or going on a morning kayak tour (FYI: tropical breakfast included, hallelujah); there is so much to see and do on Maggie, the kids won’t want to leave!
6. The Strand
You can’t go past the beachfront promenade for a good time these holidays. With a water park, rock pool, multiple playgrounds and beach swimming all going down, The Strand always makes for a perfect day out.
7. Spring picnic
The Jezzine Barracks have recently undergone a $40 million transformation, so pack a picnic (and cricket set) and go see what all the fuss is about.
Take the kids for a walk through the newly landscaped parks and brush up on the military history of the site. Thirty-three public artworks are scattered throughout the walk and the Army Museum of North Queensland is also here, just in case the beautiful scenery isn’t enough.
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