The historic and resort-like port city of Townsville is filled with charm and excitement. If your campervan holiday happens to take you here, these are the must-see hotspots that MyDriveHoliday recommends:
Townsville’s essence is encapsulated by The Strand. This centuries-old foreshore is littered with activities, including a waterpark, barbeque/picnic areas, cafes, restaurants swimming pools and a jetty, all wrapped in amazing views, with sights like Magnetic Island and Cape Cleveland dotting the horizon.
Few places allow you to get up close and personal with piece of Australia like Billabong Sanctuary. The sanctuary’s 25 acres are filled with an unparalleled variety of native Australian flora and fauna. You can smile for the camera while cuddling a koala or scream for help while cradling a crocodile!
Located about an hour’s drive from Townsville, Yongala Dive is a charter service that takes divers into deep waters to explore the incredible wreckage of the SS Yongala, which sank in a cyclone in 1911 and lay undiscovered for almost 50 years. The wreck is now home to thousands of different marine creatures, including stingrays, trevally and turtles, as well as an abundance of colourful coral.
Spanning 11km along the shores of Ross River, Riverway is a beautiful parkland packed with sights and activities, including two swimming lagoons, skate parks for the kids and the captivating Riverwalk trail. The Riverway Arts Centre also hosts entertaining shows in its theatre, while Pinnacles Gallery is an artistic hub that is definitely worth a visit.
Bringing the sites of the Great Barrier Reef indoors, this live coral reef aquarium is the world’s largest. Reef HQ showcases one of Australia’s most iconic sights through a variety of exhibitions, talks and tours. A highlight and crowd favourite is the shark feeding show.
This underdeveloped national park offers campervanners a rugged camping experience within an unforgettable wilderness setting. Alligator Creek is an established camp spot, but is only suitable for small campervans and tents. You’ll need to check with the size of your campervan will be suitable and organise a camping permit if you want to stay here. Other areas of the park remain mostly untouched, providing untamed bushland that will tickle anyone who loves the outdoors.
A caravan park for 50+ year olds only, Black River Stadium prides itself on its friendly atmosphere and extensive facilities, including toilets, showers, kitchens, gas BBQs, dump points and laundries. Fully catered movie nights on Saturdays are a camping favourite and paint ball skirmishes provide lots of excitement too!
If you’ve arranged to hire a campervan in Townsville for your holiday or if you’re just passing through, there are many places you can stay.
If you want to remain close to the town, you can try BIG4 Walkabout Palms, BIG4 Woodlands Holiday Park, Rowes Bay Caravan Park and the Coral Coast Caravan Park.
Saunders Beach and Bluewater Park, about 40 minutes northwest of Townsville are also good options.
MyDriveHoliday makes campervan and motorhome hire in Townsville easy and affordable. We also offer campervan rental in Cairns, Brisbane and Airlie Beach, as well other locations all around Australia.
A checklist on important facts before heading off on your self-drive holiday.
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