This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Townsville. To help you make friends with Townsville before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
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), so the hostels in Townsville are busy all year round.
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.
Written by local enthusiast for Townsville hostelsMiika