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Day Trips from Townsville

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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.

Visit local a travel agent for Great Barrier Reef trips.

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.

For more information visit local travel office Tropical Travel Townsville

Beautiful Hinchinbrook Island and Paluma Range National Park are both day trips north of Townsville and are included in our Townsville to Cairns Drive.

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