Townsville North Queensland is the ultimate family-friendly destination, with attractions - both natural and indoor, accommodation and dining options that are just made for the young and the young-at-heart!
Whether you and your littlies explore the magic of the Great Barrier Reef, encounter the wonder of the rainforest or discover the awe of the Outback, our natural experiences are waiting, and the local characters who help tell our story are waiting to greet you.
So, get ready to load up the car, pack the snack box, and turn up the volume to your favourite family tracks with activities and experiences that will keep the kids entertained and help you create amazing family holiday memories in Townsville North Queensland!
Must-do family experiences in Townsville North Queensland
Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium
Home to family-favourite Nemo and Dory, the kids will be amazed by the marine life at the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium. Learn about the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and how to be more reef conscious.
Museum of Tropical Queensland
Get hands-on with the interactive displays at the Museum of Tropical Queensland where you and the tiny-tots will learn about the high-seas and discover the stories behind Indigenous artefacts. Exhibitions and collections come from across the nation and the globe so there is always something new to see and learn.
Feeding a kangaroo and cuddling a koala must be every child’s dream, and with more than 50 native animals calling Billabong Sanctuary home, this is where their dreams can come true! Plan your visit to participate in one of the park’s regular animal shows – including crocodile feeding, koala talks, and reptile shows.
You’ll be hard pressed to find any ‘must do’ list for Townsville without this local hot spot! The Strand, is a thriving beach foreshore. With 2.5km of walkway, stunning views across to Magnetic Island, outdoor gym equipment, and more playgrounds than the kids will know what to do with, The Strand is a guaranteed winner. Enjoy the shade of the palm trees with a gelato and a good book, whilst the kids swim and splash at the patrolled beach.
TYTO Wetlands and Interpretive Centre
TYTO Wetlands in Ingham is a great place to relax and unwind with the kids. With local art installations, and hectares of wetland wilderness to explore, absolutely brimming with unique flora and fauna - including the precincts namesake, the Eastern Grass Owl (Tyto capensis)! Ingham is also home to some pretty amazing delis - so make sure you stop by one to top up your picnic basket.
Texas Longhorns Tour
Situated just 10km from Charters Towers is Leahton Park, where nowhere else in Australia can guests take a canvas-covered wagon ride whilst viewing the magnificent Texas Longhorn herd and learn some of the history of this iconic and colourful breed of cattle and the influence they had throughout the world. But that isn't all, you get on one of these tours with a traditional smoko and guided walk through the Love Shack, Cattle Yard and Saddle Shop.
Ayr Nature Display
The Ayr Nature Display has been a part of the Burdekin community for over 53 years and is one man's collection of Australian Nature. From beetles, to shell fish to butterflies, this collection will blow their little minds.
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Tropical Family Getaway
Ultimate family holiday from $820/family
Getaway with the family these School Holidays! Includes 2 nights accommodation, entry to Billabong Sanctuary, return Sealink Queensland ferry to Magnetic Island and snorkel discovery tour.