The Townsville Airport (TSV) welcomes in all flights to Townsville, and operates as an important hub for this city. This is a small airport, but functional, and you’ll have access to a couple of ATMs, be able to access free WiFi, and pick up snacks from one of three food outlets.
The airport is only 10 minutes from the centre of town, with shuttles and taxis being the primary forms of transport between the two. Taxis are a bit more expensive, but you can pick one up right outside the terminal. The journey shouldn’t cost you anymore than about $25.
Qantas, Jetstar, Regional Express, JetGo, AirNorth, Alliance Airlines, Hinterland Aviation, and Virgin Australia all operate flights to Townsville.
Why visit Townsville?
Townsville is one of the largest towns on Queensland’s northern coastline, and whilst it is often overlooked in favour of the northern climes of Cairns, or the quaint beauty of Noosa, it has everything you could want from a seaside town. Expect to find fine dining, great shopping, a good nightlife, as well as a whole host of stunning surrounding countryside, from hinterland, to rainforests, beaches, and then out to the remarkable Great Barrier Reef.
Things to do in Townsville
In the town itself, you can visit the Museum of Tropical Queensland or the Maritime Museum, or even go on one of the walking military tours, and learn what part Townsville had to play in the history of Australia. Then spend some time on The Strand, a promenade along the waterfront of the city and where many restaurants, bars and cafes are on offer when you start to feel a bit peckish.
However, it is the natural attractions near the city that really take the prize. Just in view is the spectacular Magnetic Island, which is easily reached via a 20-minute boat ride, and is considered a pristine oasis within reach of the city. Horseride, sunbathe, hike and swim on this fantastic island.
Make time in your schedule for a trip out to the Great Barrier Reef also, as one of the natural wonders of the world, this has to be seen to be believed. You can take boat trips out there, which will ferry you responsibly to parts of the reef where you can snorkel, and see the spectacular rainbow corals and technicolour fish that live here. It doesn’t matter how old you are, this is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences that you will remember long after you’ve left for home.
Best time to visit Townsville
· Townsville is a tropical town, so you’ll never really feel too cold in this part of the country. Summers are rainy and humid, with days sitting at around 30-31°C.
· Winters are very mild, and tend to be pretty warm with highs of 25°C, but you can experience lows of 15°C.
· This leaves the shoulder seasons as the most pleasant time to see this part of the country, with average highs of 27-29°C.
Flights to Townsville
· Brisbane (BNE), Cairns (CNS), Melbourne (MEL), Sydney (SYD) and a variety of regional airports offer direct flights to Townsville.
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Please note that information is correct as of September 2016
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