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Castle Hill, Townsville
(4.7/5 based on 1,000+ reviews on the web)
Rising to a height of 286 m (938 ft) above sea level and dominating the skyline, Castle Hill is a pink granite monolith in the heart of the city. It is one of the most distinctive natural features on Queensland's coast. From a number of vantage points on the hill, you can view the city and the Magnetic Island, which is visible across Cleveland Bay. Many locals walk up this hill for daily exercise. There are many different routes to the top, including a paved road or rough paths. The hill is home to 300 native plant species, which the local conservation council protects through an on-going bush rejuvenation program. To visit Castle Hill on your trip to Townsville, use our Townsville vacation planner.
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  • Short walk for a nice view all over the city fresh breathe at the top of castle hill and good to take nice oictures of you :D 
  • Great for 369 degree views if Townsville and magnetic island. Also fun to walk, hike or bike up. Loads of different trails. 
  • the views from Castle Hill are panoramic. There are walking tracks to the top but I took the easier option and drove up. 
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  • A great 360°view of the entire Townsville and surrounding area. For those chasing a free and worth while workout there are walking tracks that vary for diferent fitness levels. Fitness clubs and other friendly groups frequent castle hill. For walkers I recommend the goat track 👍👍
  • Amazing view of Townsville. A must place to visit if you are in the city. Will provide you a view of the entire city, strand etc.
  • Amazing views of the Townsville region, we drove up due to time restrictions, but so many people were riding, walking, pushing their babies in prams etc up the hill it was very impressive to see them all out getting fit. It was 30°c in May in town but cold enough on the hill that my (Canadian) wife had a jacket on, but she gets cold all the time :). Views to Magnetic Island and the surrounds are very much worth the short drive.
  • The best viewpoint in the Queensland! Amazing view of Townsville and its harbour. In the sunny day you could see you Magnetic Island.
  • Great 360° views of Townsville. Look out over the city, bay and Magnetic island. Worth the drive up or walk if you're feeling adventurous. Beware, the locals walk up here morning and afternoon. Thousands of them!