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Hottest 100 - Townsville North Queensland Style #51-100

3rd September 2019

Hitting that holiday sweet spot is different for every traveller.

Whether it’s hiking a jurassic trail or diving the wonders of the reef, whatever your style, we’ve collated (in no particular order) Townsville North Queensland’s best of the best experiences in this holiday hot list.

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51 During the crushing season, watch a cane fire burn in The Burdekin, the sugar cane capital of Australia.

52 Cross your fingers and hope to find a nugget when you pan for gold at The Miner’s Cottage in Charters Towers.

53 Bay hop to local snorkel and fishing hotspots around Maggie on a half-day tour, or bring shipwreck stories to life ona two hour Sunset and Shipwreck Tour with Aquascene Charters.

54 Rise for a morning paddle with Magnetic Island Sea Kayaks. Starting at Horseshoe Bay, you’ll drift over coral gardens before stopping at a secluded bay for a tropical brekkie.

55 Explore Jezzine Barracks’ scenic coastal boardwalk, ethnobotanical trail, and over 30 specially commissioned art installations commemorating the military and Aboriginal heritage.

56 Treat your better half to a night of fine dining in Townsville City’s premier foodie strip, Palmer Street.

57 Hop aboard Pilgrim or Big Mama Sailing for a sunset cruise off Magnetic Island.

58 Embrace your inner mozart and head to Radical Bay to enjoy stunning views while you play your favourite melody on the beachside piano.

59 Take adventure to the next level with Townsville Helicopters, and witness the reef from above – you can even land on the sand cay at Wheeler Reef to feel like the only people in the world.

60 Ride bareback through the ocean on a horse riding tour at the Horseshoe Bay Ranch on Magnetic Island.


61 Taste test the award-winning cold ones brewed around the clock at The Brewery.

62 The platypus safari at Hidden Valley Cabins has a 98% success rate of spotting these duck-billed cuties, earning them the title of one of the top six places in the country to spot them.

63 Discover the stories of Townsville on a military, city lights or scenic tour with Tour Townsville.

64 Pop into the Army Museum on the military history trail at Jezzine Barracks.

65 Head to the TYTO Wetlands observation deck at dusk to spot the resident birds which the wetlands were named after – the endangered Eastern Grass Owl (Tyto Capensis).

66 Treat your pooch to a day of sun and sand at the off-leash Pallarenda Beach.

67 Tempt your taste buds at CityLane, where you’ll find everything from a Mexican cantina and sushi bar to Italiano and paleo delights.

68 Spot wild koalas when you hike through military history on Magnetic Island’s Forts Walk.

69 Try ice-cream and sorbet flavours made from almost every fruit you could think of at the Frosty Mango.

70 Rest assured you won’t find snappy reptiles at Alligator Creek, just crystal-clear swimming holes and hikes through the landscapes of Mount Elliot.


71 Drink the infamous Kopi Luwak coffee at Hervey’s Range Heritage Tea Rooms. One of the most expensive coffees in the world, it’s produced from coffee beans digested by an Asian civet cat – yes, it’s cat poop coffee!

72 Have brekkie with the koalas at Bungalow Bay Village on Magnetic Island. As well as having a morning snuggle from these cuties, you can stuff your faces with an Aussie-style
breakfast of jaffles and toad-in-a-hole.

73 Birdwatchers will be in paradise at the Town Common Conservation Park – up to 280 species have been recorded here.

74 Spend two days trekking through ancient palm-filled gullies and open forests on the Wet Tropics Great Walk.

75 The Ross River is the perfect backdrop for a weekend stroll or cycle.

76 Meet the rock wallabies on Magnetic Island when you take to the National Park walking tracks.

77 From palms and pandanus to cacti and succulents, plant lovers will be in heaven exploring the city’s botanic gardens – Anderson Park, Queens Gardens, Dan Gleeson Memorial
Gardens and The Palmetum.

78 No boat? No worries! You can reel in a Barra and learn how to wakeboard all in a day with Crackajack Sportfishing Adventure in the Burdekin region.

79 If you’re in need of a nature escape, head to the misty mountain village of Paluma, where freshwater crystal creeks and Wet Tropics Heritage-listed Rainforest walks await.

80 Jump on a jetski with Townsville Watersports to discover beautiful bays and coves, or even Cape Cleveland Lighthouse. You may be lucky enough to encounter sea turtles,  dugongs, dolphins, or even whales.

Palmetum Botanical Gardens, Townsville  Explore the Great Barrier Reef

81 Mosey along Mercer Lane’s Mosaic Artwork in Ingham. Over 2,000 locals and visitors placed the tiny tiles as a tribute to the town’s cane cutting history. 

82 Head to the Magnetic Island Stage Door Theatre for a night out complete with dinner and a show! With live singing, hilarious comedy and  tongue-in-cheek impersonations, this is a dazzling live performance you’ll be talking about for years to come!

83 Hire a boat from the kind folks at Townsville Boat Hire and take the family out for a day of mud crabbing and fishing in the local creek systems.

84 Did you know it’s estimated over half the population of Ingham is of Italian descent? Stock up on Italian delicatessen continental delights at Lou’s Food Emporium or JK’s Deli.

85 Be cool. Real cool. Go ice skating at Warrina Ice Skating Rink – yes, you read that right, an icy escape from North Queensland’s tropical temps.

86 Pitch a tent and enjoy a night under a million stars at one of the region’s camping spots. Paluma, Bivouac Junction, Broadwater and Burdekin Falls Dam are a few local favourites.

87 What do you get when you mix talented local designers with a crafty shopping space? Renegade  Handmade Gift Shop, that’s what. It’s a haven for lovers of handmade jewellery, homewares, and fashion.

88 Take pleasure in the amazingness of the Great Barrier Reef, with guided easy access shore dives tailored to any experience level, with Magnetic Island’s longest running dive operators, Pleasure Divers.

89 Rock climbing enthusiasts will love Hot Rocks, Townsville’s premier indoor rock climbing centre, or touch base with the Rock Climbers Association of North Queensland to tag along to an outdoor rock climbing adventure.

90 On the hunt for some new threads and homewares? Hit up Townsville’s Gregory, Palmer, and Flinders Streets; or Ayr’s main street for boutique shopping ‘til you drop.

Mercer Lane’s Mosaic Artwork, Ingham  Camping under the stars

91 Stretch your legs on the Mount Inkerman Nature Trail. At just 2.2km return, the natural terrain track winds its way through bushland to the summit, with breathtaking views once you reach the top.

92 Fill your day with water sports fun at Magnetic Island. Tube rides, catamarans and jetskis are all available along Horseshoe Bay.

93 Experience the ultimate mix of old and new, exploring heritage buildings through virtual reality technology with Charters Towers Historical Tours.

94 Cozy up at Hooch and Fellow and let a cocktail guru pour you the perfect drink mixed with care and precision.

95 Hear of tales from another era and how life was in the times of the Outback’s Gold Rush with Raven Tours.

96 Embrace the great outdoors, and take journey through rainforest terrain, thick woodlands, gorgeous waterfalls and swimming holes at Paluma Range National Park.

97 Try the award-winning Fairy Floss Windmill, at Shaw & Co. It’s a zesty mix of vanilla vodka, elderflower liqueur, cranberry and apple juice, topped with strawberry fairy floss.

98 Enjoy a romantic island hideaway at the all inclusive (and very exclusive) Orpheus Island Resort.

99 Lounge in luxury on a cabana at The Ville’s Splash Bar.

100 See the Insta-famous SS Adelaide,’s most liked post of 2018. 186,502 (and counting) likes can’t be wrong! This shipwreck off Magnetic Island is a sight to behold. 

SS Adelaide  Historical Charters Towers

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