Serving Townsville, Queensland, Townsville Airport is a regional airport that is located in Garbutt, Queensland. Also known as Townsville International Airport or Garbutt Airport, the airport features asphalt runways, varying lengths of approximately 1,100 to 2,400 metres or 3,600 to 8,000 feet. Townsville as a city has been established as the largest urban centre in Australia, based on population. Temperatures in Townsville have been reported at an annual range of 28.9 degrees Celsius, or 84 degrees Fahrenheit, as an average high, with an average low of 19.8 degrees Celsius, or 67.6 degrees Fahrenheit. The city’s hot weather in itself is a tourist attraction, with many international visitors wanting a taste of the almost never ending warm sunshine and waters.
What to see & do
Destinations in Townsville include Magnetic Island, Paluma and Northern Beaches, Hinchinbrook, Charters Towers, Burdekin, and Islands of the Great Barrier Reef. Top activities include dining, shopping, and experiencing the city via its regional adventures, entertainment venues, parks, gardens, and landmarks, among others.
Magnetic Island features a national park with bays and beaches. Among the activities and notable locations within Magnetic Island are The Moltke dive site, Arcadia, Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island National Park, Nelly Bay, and Picnic Bay. These destinations offer the perfect location for Magnetic Island activities such as snorkelling, fishing, diving, and wreck diving. The island also hosts annual events such as the Great Tropical Jazz Party, Bay Days Festival, Magnetic Island Adventurethon, and Full moon party.
Paluma and Northern Beaches offer Balgal beach, Lake Paluma, and Paluma Range National Park. Hichinbrook has places such as the Abergowrie State Forest, Girringun National Park, Herbert River Museum, Ingham Cemetery and Memorial Gardens, among others. When in Charters Towers, the main spots and activities include the Centenary Park, Charters Towers and Cemetery, Dalrymple National Park and sales yards, Historic Ambulance Centre, Lissner Park, Pipers Lookout, and Pioneer Cemetery, to
name a few. In addition, Burdekin features the Ayr, Home Hill, Ravenswood, with its main activity being the Yongala Dive.
How to get around within Townsville
Getting to various places within Townsville requires the use of the city’s public transportation system. Public transportation in Townsville includes Sun bus, Hermit Park Bus Service, Townsville taxi, and Queensland Railway. The Sunbus provides a regular service within Townsville’s most inhabited areas; it runs seven days a week with its route consisting of seven main lines, all over the city. Also operated by Sunbus, Hermit Park Bus Service has charter bus service to various destinations. The Townsville taxi is also an option when getting to and fro various points of the city. The taxis can be booked online for a quick transfer. Although the city does not have a suburban rail service, Queensland State’s Queensland Rail covers the city, with its statewide routes and schedules.
How to get there
Airlines that fly to and from Townsville Airport include Airnorth, Alliance Airlines, Brindabella Airlines, JetGo Australia, Jetstar Airways, Qantas, QantasLink via Sunstate Airlines, Regional Express, Skytrans Airlines, and Virgin Australia. Among the destinations that are flown to and out of include Darwin, Cloncurry, Brisbane, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Moranbah, Rockhampton, Elrose, Palm Island, and Sydney.