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), Chico Rio Townsville (247 Flinders St) and Yayos (201 Sturt St). If you’re looking for affordable options, Shorehouse (118 The Strand) and Jam Restaurant (1 Palmer St) are great picks.

When to visit Townsville

Townsville in December
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Townsville in December
Estimated hotel price
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 5 km from the city centre. The shortest flight to Townsville from New Zealand departs from Auckland and takes around 14h 50m.


Another option to get to Townsville is to pick up a car hire from Cairns, which is about 282 km from Townsville. You’ll find branches of JUCY and Sixt, among others, in Cairns.

Airports near Townsville

Airlines serving Townsville

United Airlines
Good (4,221 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,175 reviews)
Excellent (1,790 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (722 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (586 reviews)
Qantas Airways
Good (369 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (5,468 reviews)
Air New Zealand
Good (215 reviews)
Good (211 reviews)
Virgin Australia
Good (205 reviews)
Hawaiian Airlines
Good (1,309 reviews)
Fiji Airways
Good (95 reviews)
Excellent (1 reviews)
Excellent (16 reviews)
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Where to stay in Townsville

Average rates range from around $139 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $123 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Adventurers Backpackers Resort and Summit Motel. There are also lots of holiday rental options in Townsville, with prices from $83 to $1,329 per night. North Ward is the neighbourhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, holiday rentals in Townsville are about 26% more expensive than a hotel room in the city.

Where to stay in popular areas of Townsville

Most booked hotels in Townsville

The Palmer Collective
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
Aquarius on the Beach
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
Mercure Townsville
Good (7.6, Good reviews)
The Ville Resort - Casino
Good (7.3, Good reviews)
Madison Plaza Townsville
Good (6.7, Good reviews)

Hiring a car in Townsville

You’re likely to save money by hiring your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 18% more expensive than at Townsville.

Expect to pay $2.00 per litre in Townsville (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $23.92 and $31.89.