Townsville Magnetic Island

6 things to do in Townsville these school holidays

From tickling a wombat to exploring Magnetic Island by kayak, there are plenty of things to do in Townsville these school holidays that will keep the kids busy!

1. To the Castle (Hill)

Townsville Castle Hill
Sure, you could just drive to the top of Townsville’s Everest, but did you know there are over 10 Castle Hill tracks to discover by foot?

So grab the kids and let them walk that energy off as you explore the different routes to the summit. Just remember, the panoramic view at the top will be worth it!

2. Snorkel the Reef

A holiday in Townsville isn’t complete without experiencing the Great Barrier Reef. Explore the crystal clear waters of Lodestone Reef on a day trip with Adrenalin Snorkel and Dive.

Before starting, the kids will get schooled on snorkelling techniques and learn about the reef’s ecosystem.

3. Island escape

Magnetic Islandbeaches | Magnetic Island families
Whether it’s taking the ferry over to explore Magnetic Island to spot some wild koalas, hiring a jet-ski, or cruising round in a topless car to each of the four main bays, there is so much to see and do on Maggie, the kids won’t want to leave!

4. Meet the (furry) locals

Set in 25 acres of natural bushland and featuring over 100 species of Australian animals, Billabong Sanctuary is the ultimate Aussie wildlife experience.

You can drape a python over your shoulders, tickle a wombat, pat a dingo, hand-feed a cassowary, and of course, snuggle up with a koala.

5. Stalk the Strand
The Strand, Townsville

You can’t go past the beachfront promenade for a good time these holidays.

With a water park, rock pool, multiple playgrounds and beach swimming all going down, The Strand always makes for a perfect day out.

6. Learn about the Reef

Want to dive into the Great Barrier Reef but don’t want to get wet? Reef HQ Aquarium has got you and your family covered.

With over 150 species of hard and soft coral in the expansive Coral Reef Exhibit version of the reef itself, complete with its own Turtle Hospital and Predator Exhibit, it’s basically the land-lubbers version of the reef itself.


Download this 6 things to do in Townsville printable. Stick it on the fridge and rate each activity after you complete it and tick it off!

6 things to do these school holidays in Townsville Template

Ready to pack your bags for a family getaway? What does your family want to do first?