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Townsville is a coastal city of about 180,000 residents in the northeastern parts of Queensland, Australia. Bruce Highway (which goes through the east coast) runs near Townsville which is known for its great location for several reasons. It's close to the central part of the Great Barrier Reef, and this makes the city a common entry point for snorkeling / diving groups. Townsville is also known for its sun (320 days of sunshine on average / year).
Besides Bruce Highway, Townsville has its own eponymous airport, which is located about 10 kilometers west from the main city area. The city is also served by bus and train lines. Most bus passes you can purchase (for use while traveling through the east coast) will allow you to choose Townsville as a stopover. This being said, rental cars are a great traveling option in Australia and highly recommended, especially if you're traveling in groups because of the affordability and convenience.
Townsville hostels are of good value and the selection is good. Price range reflects that of other places in east coast Australia: you'll be looking at about 20-25AUD a night for a dorm bed and a bit more for double / twin rooms.
There are plenty of things to do and see in when you visit a Townsville hostel. The local stadium (named Dairy Farmer's Stadium) hosts sporting events, mainly Rugby League. If you want a nice view of the city, the Castle Hill in the middle of the city is the place to go, and you can also see the famous Magnetic Island from here. (You can book tours to the Magnetic Island from the city.) There is also an aquarium and many museums and gardens in the city.
The most interesting thing for people visiting Townsville hostels is the Great Barrier Reef. Check the local tour operators for details. Townsville hostels are usually of great help too. They can often even organize tours for you.
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"My first night in Oz (Australia) was spent here, so that alone gives me happy memories (a bed after two days travelling). I met some of the locals, all very friendly!! The staff were lovely and very helpful, which was great as I was alone and so far from home. The rooms were clean, the bathrooms were clean, and the kitchen was massive and clean. And the barman in the bar next door was so cute. I really could not fault this place!!!" …...
Civic Guest House Backpackers Hostel
"Civic Guest House Backpackers Hostel is located in the centre of Townsville, North Queensland. Although this is a less traveler-oriented place than others on the East Coast, we found there to be plenty to see and do whilst spending three days in the city. The hostel itself is a hotel disguised as a hostel, with very high standards of upkeep in dorms and common areas and very friendly and helpful staff. The Location Civic Guest House is...
Globetrotters Backpackers Townsville
"Really Great - I was very happy with this hostel, can't imagine you'd do better. First, it is a converted motel so each room (I was in a four-share) has its own bathroom with shower. There was also a mini fridge and a small TV in the room. The linen was first rate, commercially laundered, hotel linen and the bunks were modern and comfortable. You can't do better than the location -- right in the centre of the city with the mall and woolworths...
Foreign Exchange Accommodation - Beachside
"… Cash, EFTPOS/Debit Card, Visa/MasterCard Credit Card (*3% Credit Card surcharge applies) Bookings can be cancelled by contacting the hostel directly. Cancellations can be made any time in advance of arrival date. The following conditions apply to cancellations received by the hostel: * More than 48 hours in advance of arrival time: No further charges apply. * Within 48 hours of arrival time: A charge equivalent to 10% of the total...
Foreign exchange accommodation Beachside
"… Check out time is 10am; Check in time is from 2pm Payment options: Cash, EFTPOS/Debit Card, Visa/MasterCard Credit Card (*3% Credit Card surcharge applies) Bookings can be cancelled by contacting the hostel directly. Cancellations can be made any time in advance of arrival date. The following conditions apply to cancellations received by the hostel: * More than 48 hours in advance of arrival time: No further charges apply....
Transit Centre Backpackers
"Base Townsville is located in the transit centre and is therefore very handy for connecting with the coach services. This hostel has a very different layout from the Base on Magnetic Island, but has the same relaxed, chilled-out atmosphere. There is a large TV room offering a offering all the cable channels on a huge widescreen TV and very comfortable seating. In the same room there is also high-speed internet access. Near the common area...
32 Hale Street
"Reef Lodge is a new hostel in Townsville, and is located just off of the main downtown street. This makes it ideally situated to the pubs, restaurants and cafes that line the Esplanade. While still undergoing renovations, the building is in good condition and the dorm rooms are relatively clean. All rooms have air conditioning, a the more expensive dorms come with a fridge and toaster. The washrooms are a dissapointment, but to be...
"… It has a cozy, homely atmosphere. Guest can prepare their meals in a fully equipped kitchen and can choose to eat inside or outside in the tropical garden and make friends with other guests. Singles/Twins/Doubles/Ensuites - 3 or 4 bed dormitories (not suitable for children under six years) Rooms air/con and fan - TV & fridge all rooms - beds made up with linen Free washing machine - fully equipped kitchen Cleanliness guaranteed...
Foreign Exchange Accommodation - The Avenue
"… Air-conditioned bedrooms in summer • Large open common areas • Parking • Close to public transport Accommodation: We have spacious shared & private rooms that sleep 1-10 people. Bookings welcome for nightly and weekly rates. Please note our 4 Bed Private Room is a double & bunks. Hours: Reception hours are between 9am & 10:30am, and 2pm & 6pm Arrivals outside of these hours must be advised Check out time is 10am, Check in time is...
Townsville Travel Tips & Suggestions
Townsville is awesome!
Townsville is the best place in Oz -- really helpful and friendly people. Maggie Island is easy to get to and is a tropical paradise. You can see koalas in the wild up near the fort. You will have a brilliant time here.
I had a brilliant time in townsville. It's a place where you can go to get a real feel of Ozy life as there isn't a huge backpacker appeal. It's just a really nice town and I look forward to going back. Another bonus is that it is a base for the Oz army so there were plenty of fit young men around. This was way back in 2000 so hope not too much has changed!
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