Castle Hill, Townsville

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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. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Townsville holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Castle Hill and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • The night view of Townsville is magnificent from the hill top. The wind was strong and it was a bit chilly but we were glad we made a trip up. It is easier for access if one has a vehicle. Some reside...  more »
  • The Castle Hill is recommended for the sunset, with great views of Townsville and the coast. Parking is sufficiently available.
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  • Take the Goat Track from Stanley Street to the summit. A long walk steep in places over 1,300 steps. Good cardio workout with exceptional views at the top. Well worth it.  more »
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  • Cool place with heaps of options for routes. Parking can be crazy if you want to go the more popular ones, or don't want to walk much.
  • Great views and a very nice walk up and down on the goat track.
  • Great views
  • Nice views
  • Centre of the city :)

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The largest city of North Queensland, Townsville boasts a large selection of accommodations for all tastes and budgets. Those who prefer to stay close to the coast can choose among a variety of boutique hotels and rental apartments along the Strand. The city center has a number of larger hotels (both international chains and independently owned), as well as several hostels known for their laid-back atmosphere. Campsites close to the city are not too numerous, so if you're looking for a prime location to spend your holiday close to nature, try to book in advance.
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