Townsville North Queensland
Waterfalls, wetlands and wilderness
Relax. You’re on tropical time here, and there’s absolutely no rush. Townsville’s national parks are studded with streams to refresh you, wetlands alive with waterbirds, vivid reefs teeming with fish, secluded bays and rugged ranges for you to explore. You can experience the thrill of plunging waterfalls, or catch a glimpse of rare native Australian wildlife. Challenge yourself on an iconic Australian bushwalk or hop on a mountain bike and take an unforgettable ‘scenic route’. Get away from the hustle and bustle of Townsville city to one of the islands that lie close to the shore and are part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Encounter resident koalas, kayak through the shallow waters—or if you’re up for a challenge—tackle one of Australia’s best long-distance wilderness hikes. You’ll never run out of breathtaking experiences in these national parks.
Photos: Mountain bike adventures, Fiona O’Grady, Queensland Government; Get wet, Darren Jew, Tourism and Events Queensland; Best walks, Stephen Nowakowski, Queensland Government