Castle Hill, Townsville

4.6
#2 of 48 in Trails in Queensland
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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  • August 16, 2017
    What an amazing view! Definitely worth making the trip up the hill, the views from the top are stunning. You can drive to the top then it's a short walk to the many lookouts.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Surprisingly good views over all of Townsville and the nearby Coast. Easily accessible by car or cab ($35 return trip from the city, including wait time) there are some great walks and viewing platfor...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    iconic, what is a visit to Townsville without going to Castle Hill and marvelling at the view. There are walking tracks also.  more »
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  • May 31, 2017
    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.
  • April 24, 2017
    Great views and a very nice walk up and down on the goat track.
  • June 13, 2017
    Great views
  • June 15, 2017
    Nice views
  • June 6, 2017
    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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