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Day Trips from Townsville

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6 Townsville Day Trips

  1. Paluma Range National Park: 78 km (1 hr 40 min drive) north on the Bruce Highway. There is camping with showers, picnic tables and BBQs here. Explore Jaurama falls, Big Crystal Creek floodplain, the lookouts and the many rainforest walks. 

  2. Hinchinbrook Island: 165 km (2 hrs drive) north and on the coast. Park your campervan and catch a ferry to Hinchinbrook Island to spend a day hiking through its pristine forests, mangroves, streams and beaches. The Visitor Information Centre at Cardwell can give you ferry information.
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    Hinchinbrook Island.

  4. Mission Beach: 235 km (3 hr drive)  north of Townsville. Long empty beaches, islands, cafes, and coastal walks. There is a Visitor Information Centre and lots of beach camping and caravan parks to choose from. 

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    Camping at Mission Beach, between Cairns and Townsville.

  5. Charters Towers is a historic town 137 km (1.5 hr drive) west of Townsville. There are several caravan parks so that you can stay overnight in your campervan if you choose.

  6. Great Barrier Reef and Shipwrecks: Many tours leave Townsville daily for the Great Barrier Reef and underwater shipwrecks where you can snorkel, scuba dive, or enjoy the reef through the comfort of a glass bottom boat. Tours range from a single day trip to four days where you sleep on the boat and visit different dive sites.
  7. Visit local a travel agent for Great Barrier Reef trips.

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    The Great Barrier Reef

  8. Magnetic Island: There are no campervan sites on Magnetic Island but it makes an unforgettable day trip. Board a Sealink Ferry from Townsville, pick up some free maps on board, and upon arrival on Magnetic Island, catch the Sunbus to one of the 23 stunning bays and beaches Magnetic Island is famous for. The Sunbus travels to all the key locations, but if you’d like more mobility, hire a bike, car or scooter for the day or take a Hop on Hop Off Bus Tour.

    With white sands, turquoise water, onshore reefs, underwater shipwrecks and majestic granite boulders, you could spend the entire day swimming, snorkeling and beach hopping. Here's our pick of the best.

    • Horseshoe Bay is a stretch of beach with parkland and picnic tables serviced with cafes, art galleries, restaurants, bars, and a supermarket.
    • A beautiful walking trail to secluded Balding Bay and Radical Bay begins at the east end.
    • Alma Bay has eateries and a picturesque bay sheltered by monolithic granite boulders.
    • Near the Forts Walk you'll find secluded Arthur Bay and Florence Bay.

    Magnetic Island has a WWII history. Forts and bunkers can be reached via the Forts Walking Trial. Walking trails offer stunning views and give you the chance of seeing Magnetic Island’s resident koalas snoozing up a tree.

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    Magnetic Island.

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