Townsville’s 10 Best Kept Spots You Need To Visit This Summer!

Townsville’s 10 Best Kept Spots You Need To Visit This Summer!

Guest Blogger, Abbie Gatherum, shares with us her article on Townsville’s 10 Best Kept Spots You Need To Visit This Summer!​

This post was originally published on Abbie’s blog,, and has been republished here with her permission…

Orpheus Island

Located just 80km north of Townsville amidst the magical waters of the Great Barrier Reef lies Orpheus Island, a small island that stretches across the immaculate turquoise coastline. Comprised of National Parks and World Heritage-listed Marine Parks Orpheus Island is the perfect spot for all your ocean adventures!

SeaLink makes getting to Orpheus easy, running several snorkelling, swimming and lunch trips a year. Alternatively, Orpheus provides the perfect backdrop for a more private interlude, with a 5- star resort that can only be accessed via helicopter.

Anderson Botanic Gardens

Did you know that Anderson Botanic Gardens is the largest Australian Botanic Garden featuring plants of the dry tropics?

With a strong emphasis on the dry tropics and native species, Anderson Botanical Gardens focuses on regional collections, which include cycads, pandanus, conifers, bamboos, palms, and an orchard.

Bring your picnic rug and morning tea and sit and enjoy the simple act of relaxing in nature.


Wallaman Falls

Wallaman Falls is approximately two hours north of Townsville and set high in the mountains of the UNESCO World Heritage Wet Tropics. The waterfall is notable for its main drop of 268 metres which makes it the country’s tallest single-drop waterfall.​

To get to the base of the falls, take the Djyinda track – 3.2km return. It is recommended that the track is for intermediate hikers, but beginners are welcome to do it with caution and a little bit of fitness. While the hike down to the base of the falls is relatively straight forward, pace yourself on the return trip as the incline is definitely more noticeable, particularly if you’re travelling with camera gear or as a family.

Allow approximately 2 hours return for beginner hikers. The height of Wallaman Falls is, after all, 268 meters.



Take a step back in time to the historic town of Ravenswood! Here you can explore natural wonders, heritage listed buildings, and get a glimpse into the life of the local folk.

Ravenswood is a truly inspirational location for those with a sense of nostalgia and a camera.

Make sure you check out:

  • Courthouse museum
  • Imperial Hotel
  • Ravenswood Court House and Police Station
  • Lookout
  • Post office
  • Railway Hotel
  • Mabel Hill

Charters Towers

Charters Towers is a small country town located about an hour outside of Townsville. With a rich gold rush history, the town is famous for its heritage buildings, the Tors drive in, Burdekin Falls Dam, and the sunsets on Tower Hill. It’s a great spot for a day trip out of Townsville or an evening under the stars at the drive in!


The Tors Drive in

The famous Tors drive in is one of the oldest drive in theatres in Australia. Open continuously since 1966, the retro cinema is run by a local family with the aim to recapture some of the nostalgia of the drive in era.

The theatre plays popular blockbusters for less than the price of a single movie at other cinemas. Entry for a student is $6 and entry for an adult is $8. For that price, you get to watch two popular movies in your own little parking nook, with surround sound. They even have a snack bar with hot food, candy, and locally made soft drink brewed right in the heart of Charters Towers. 

​If you’re heading to Charters Towers, adding this to your list of things to do is an absolute must!

Texas Longhorns

​Texas Longhorns in Outback Queensland? Yep, that’s right, you can find real, living and breathing Texas Longhorns in your own backyard! Situated just 10km from the famous city of Charters Towers, or 140km south-west of Townsville, North Queensland, is Leahton Park which is home to Australia’s largest herd of purebred Texas Longhorns.

Take a horse drawn wagon ride back in time to the old west, in the era of the Texas Longhorns, or enjoy oven cooked damper and billy tea served from the cowboy wagon. If you’re lucky, you might even spot Water Buffalo, Bison, or Scottish Highland Cattle. 

This is a unique and memorable experience you will never forget!


Queens Gardens

Situated in the heart of the Townsville city is a nature lovers playground. Although often used as the entry point to Castle Hill or the Strand, Queens Gardens is also the perfect location for a picnic, an evening stroll, or to watch the sun set over Castle Hill.



​Can’t get enough of North Queensland’s Palm Trees? Well Lucinda is a Palm Tree lovers absolute paradise! Kissing the shoreline for kilometres on end are the most picturesque Palm in all of Queensland- and it’s only an hour and a half’s drive away. Oh and keep an eye out for the Lucinda jetty- it is the longest service jetty in the Southern Hemisphere- 5.76 kilometres long!


Broadwater, Abergowrie State Park

Looking for a getaway to the rainforest, but tired of visiting Crystal Creek over and over again? Well, Broadwater has got you covered!

Deep in the heart of the Abergowrie State Park, you can meander along the rainforest walk to see the magnificent white fig, explore the bank of the Broadwater Creek, and visit the start of the Dalrymple track.

Just make sure to pack your swimmers and some food- you will never want to leave!


Above blog post originally published at ​and republished by Townsville Women with author’s permission.​

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Abbie Gatherum is a creative writing major, freelance writer, and travel blogger at  She loves travelling the world and has visited over 30 countries in the last three years. Her passion for storytelling and reading is what inspires her to go out and adventure at any spare moment she gets.

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