Townsville travel guide

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With a population of 196,219, Townsville is a must-see destination in Queensland, Australia. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country.

Where to Eat in Townsville

Townsville City is the neighbourhood with the most restaurants in Townsville. These include popular favourites such as A Touch of Salt (86 Ogden Street), Yayos (201 Sturt St) and Wild Rice Laos Thai (235 Flinders St 1). If you’re looking for affordable options, Shorehouse (118 The Strand) and Miss Songs (Sir Leslie Thiess Drive) are great picks.

When to visit Townsville

Townsville in February
Estimated hotel price
C$ 130
1 night at 3-star hotel
Townsville in February
Estimated hotel price
C$ 130
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Townsville in January, when the average temperature is 27 °C, and the highest can go up to 31 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is July, when it can get as cold as 13 °C, with an average temperature of 19 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in February, when precipitation is around 290 mm. In contrast, July is usually the driest month of the year in Townsville, with an average rainfall of 10 mm.

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How to Get to Townsville


When flying to Townsville, you’ll arrive at Townsville (TSV), which is located 3 miles from the city centre The shortest flight to Townsville from Canada departs from Edmonton and takes around 52h 50m.


Another option to get to Townsville is to pick up a car rental from Cairns, which is about 175 miles from Townsville. You’ll find branches of Atlas Car & Truck Rental and Budget, among others, in Cairns.

Airports near Townsville

Airlines serving Townsville

United Airlines
Good (3,599 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (1,688 reviews)
Excellent (1,452 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (584 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (445 reviews)
Qantas Airways
Good (273 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (4,982 reviews)
Air New Zealand
Good (170 reviews)
Hawaiian Airlines
Good (1,075 reviews)
Good (162 reviews)
Virgin Australia
Good (149 reviews)
Fiji Airways
Good (71 reviews)
Excellent (1 reviews)
Excellent (6 reviews)
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Where to stay in Townsville

Average rates range from around C$ 109 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to C$ 98 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Adventurers Backpackers Resort and Reef Lodge Backpackers. There are also lots of vacation rental options in Townsville, with prices from C$ 68 to C$ 1,071 per night. North Ward is the neighbourhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, vacation rentals in Townsville are about 36% more expensive than a hotel room in the city.

Where to stay in popular areas of Townsville

Most booked hotels in Townsville

Island Leisure Resort
Excellent (9.1, Excellent reviews)
C$ 123+
Tropical Palms
Excellent (9, Excellent reviews)
C$ 142+
The Palmer Collective
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
C$ 87+
Grand Hotel and Apartments Townsville
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
C$ 151+
Aquarius on the Beach
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
C$ 131+
Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
C$ 157+

Renting a car in Townsville

Expect to pay C$ 1.49 per litre in Townsville (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between C$ 17.81 and C$ 23.75.