Unique ways to cool off in Townsville North Queensland
Ready to explore Townsville North Queensland’s famous water wonders? Lucky for you, not only is Townsville home to the Great Barrier Reef and surrounded by gorgeous tropical seas, but we also have incredible waterfalls, beautiful islands, and Instagrammable pools as well.
26 October 2023
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It’s called the GREAT Barrier Reef
Townsville is the gateway to the central section of the one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders: The Great Barrier Reef. With numerous operators ready to take you out to explore, you can dip into the water and spend a day swimming alongside famous marine life (yes, that includes Nemo!), admiring pristine coral and making incredible memories.
From the world-renowned Museum of Underwater Art to the S.S. Yongala shipwreck, one of the world’s best dive sites, Townsville North Queensland is a pinnacle for those wanting to encounter marine wildlife and see the Great Barrier Reef thriving resilience for yourself. You can visit the Great Barrier Reef from Ayr with Yongala Dive, or from Townsville with Adrenalin Snorkel and Dive.
Not only is the Great Barrier Reef practically at your fingertips in Townsville, but there are also several islands just waiting to make your acquaintance as well. From Orpheus Island, Pelorus Island, and of course, our beloved Magnetic Island, you’ll be spoiled for choice when choosing your base for your water adventure.
For those who like their water activities with a side of luxury Orpheus Island is calling your name. Accessible via a 30-minute scenic helicopter flight, enjoy an all-inclusive resort backdrop as you partake in guided snorkelling tours and visit parts of the Great Barrier Reef seldom reached by the general public. Once you’ve explored Orpheus Island, don’t forget to visit its neighbour Pelorus Island. While only found 800m away, this island and its fringing reef is only accessible via boat tours like those provided by Wild Hinchinbrook Adventures.
And we can’t forget our fan-favourite Magnetic Island. Known locally as ‘Maggie’ this island is the perfect spot for family water activities and provides ample opportunity to cool off. From off-the-beach Nelly Bay Snorkel Trail (perfect for beginner snorkelers), to scenic sailing with Big Mama Sailing and sunset kayaking with Magnetic Island Sea Kayaks. Our top tip: Time your visit to Magnetic Island with the Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week late August for a fantastic island water event.
Don’t go chasing waterfalls… or do!
Townsville North Queensland is home to ancient rainforest and gorgeous flowing waterfalls and this includes Australia’s highest single drop permanent waterfall: Wallaman Falls. Bring a picnic and spend the day enjoying views of the 268m plunge. If you like to explore, continue the trek down through World Heritage rainforest to the bottom of the falls where you’ll feel the power of this region’s iconic waterfall.
Well-known for good reason, Little Crystal Creek is a popular freshwater swimming spot, found approximately an hour drive north of Townsville. Framed by the iconic 1930s bridge, you’ll find both visitors and locals here enjoying a refreshing dip. Just like with Wallaman Falls, this is a brilliant spot to pack a picnic and enjoy a few hours relaxing by the water – just remember to take all rubbish with you when you go!
Looking to earn your waterfall reward? Tie up your hiking boots and head to Ethel Creek Falls, Diorite Falls and Triple Falls, which are three fantastic waterfalls all found at the end of varying hikes. We can’t think of a better reward for getting your sweat on than a dip under a waterfall!
Easy ways to cool off
Looking to cool off without putting too much effort in? You can’t go past The Ville Resort Casino. This sophisticated hotel is known for its Instagrammable infinity pool so be sure to snap a picture before ordering a cocktail and enjoying a day relaxing poolside.
Need to entertain the kids? Head to the water parks found in both Ayr and Charters Towers. The kids will love the 3 large slides and big bucket at Ayr’s Burdekin Water Park as well as the water jets and spray hoops at the Charters Towers Water Park. Purchase food and drink on site and settle in for an enjoyable, family-friendly afternoon.