Borobi’s top 6 things to do in Townsville
Putting the sunshine in ‘sunshine state’, it’s hard not to be happy in Townsville North Queensland when it’s dishing out an average of 320 sunny days per year. But throw in the fact that it’s nestled between the reef, rainforest and outback, and you’ve got a recipe for some serious outdoor adventuring.
In the countdown to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, adorable mascot Borobi hit the road to explore this patch of Queensland and found, if you’re limited on time, you can’t miss these 6 things to do in Townsville.
1. Take a hike up Castle Hill
No time for snoozin’ when there’s an epic sunrise to watch, and the best viewpoint, paws down, is from the summit of Castle Hill. Falling just short of a mountain, this pink granite monolith stands at 285 metres tall in the Townsville CBD, serving up 360-degree views of the city stretching out all the way to Magnetic Island.
Not much of a morning person? Don’t let that stop you from exploring the many different walking tracks at any given time of the day.
2. Skill up on all things reef
Get your hands
dirty wet meeting the friendly locals – aka creatures of the Great Barrier Reef – at the world’s largest living coral aquarium, Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium.
With over 150 species of fish and 120 species of hard and soft corals at home in the expansive Coral Reef Exhibit (which holds 2.5 million litres of water and is the size of an Olympic swimming pool), it’s basically the land-lubbers version of the reef itself, complete with it’s own Turtle Hospital and Predator Exhibit to boot.
3. Chase the sun with Townsville Helicopters
Make like Arnie and “get to da chopper” for a sunset flight with Townsville Helicopters. You’ll follow the Ross River down to the Ross Creek and CBD, getting an eagle-eye view of The Strand and Castle Hill, before flying over the 15-hectare heritage precinct known as Jezzine Barracks.
The Barracks are a significant site of history for both the Australian military and local indigenous people.
Want to go deeper? Explore the city’s heart with this 48-hour guide.
4. Cruise Magnetic Island in style
Feel the wind in your hair (or fur) when you hire a colourful topless car and explore the 52-glorious-square kilometres of Magnetic Island.
Home to the largest colony of wild koalas in Australia, make sure you keep an eye out for Borobi’s furry mates and the resident rock wallabies as you beep beep beep your way around the island’s bays and beaches.
Can’t get enough of the island life? If you’re going to maroon yourself on ‘Maggie’, you’ll want to make sure you tick off these 6 must dos.
5. Sun and snorkel at Arthur Bay
Venture off the beaten path to Arthur Bay on Magnetic Island and get mask down, snorkel up with huge coral and colourful reef fish in less time than it took you to slip, slop, slap.
Starting at Forts Junction, the track will have you winding your way through national park to reach the secluded bay on a two-kilometre round trip.
If it’s more underwater time you’re craving, download our FREE ebook and discover Townsville’s secret side of the Great Barrier Reef.
6. Take in a tropical sunset at Magnetic Island’s West Point
Watch the sky turn to gold as you kick back on the beach at West Point to catch the sun dip behind the Townsville coastline. Better yet, pack a picnic and bring your fishing rods and make it a long, lazy afternoon!
What’s your favourite thing to do in Townsville?
Check out more about the 2018 Commonwealth Games here.
This post was originally published in 2016 and updated on 16th February 2018.