About the Townsville region 

    The Townsville Hospital and Health Service has a geographic footprint of 148,000 square kilometres and is home to approximately 238,614 people. The region covers from Cardwell in the north, Richmond in the west and Ayr and Home Hill in the south.  

    The Mater Health Services is serviced by more than 100 of the region’s leading consultants. The Townsville Mater Private Hospital participates in the Commonwealth Medical Intern Program.

    The Townsville Private Clinic is a 60-bed private mental hospital with inpatient, day patient and outpatient services. Other Private Clinics include Qld X-Ray, Kirwan Health Campus, North Qld Neurology, Townsville Lower Limb Clinic.


    • With over 300 days of sunshine a year, this region provides a laid-back tropical lifestyle that is complemented by nearby capital city comforts.
    • Travel to the local islands and explore an abundance of marine life at your own leisure or stroll through the beachside markets at Palm Island.
    • Discover The Strand, Townsville’s thriving beach foreshore! The two and a half kilometre walkway offers spectacular views across to Magnetic Island and is popular for runners, walkers and children. Enjoy the ocean breezes with a meal at one of the nearby restaurants or cafes.
    • Launch your boat at one of the ramps in The Burdekin to try a bit of beach fishing, mud-crabbing or chase the elusive barra.


    The Burdekin 

    Famous for being the sugar capital of Australia, The Burdekin district is located an hour south of Townsville. Its two popular townships, Ayr and Home Hill, are linked by the iconic Burdekin Bridge. By far the district’s greatest claim to fame is its fishing. The Burdekin is well-known for its barramundi, mud crabs and off-coast reef fishing. Along the coast, you will find Alva Beach, a popular launching spot for dive boats heading out to explore the S.S Yongala shipwreck. This shipwreck has been ranked as one of the top 10 wreck dives in the world.

    Charters Towers

    Take a step back in time and discover the enchanting outback town of Charters Towers, just an hour and a half west of Townsville. Driving through the streets of Charters Towers is like viewing a living montage of Australian history and heritage. Charters Towers offers a real Australian outback experience with many activities lending a nod to an era gone by including gold mining, farming and more.

    Magnetic Island

    With 23 bays and beaches, Magnetic Island is the island playground of Townsville. The island is only 20 minutes from the city centre. Do as little or as much as you like on Magnetic Island with activities ranging from snorkelling, boat charters, guided tours, water sports, golf, diving expeditions, jet skiing, fishing, horse riding, bush walks and more. Magnetic Island offers many restaurants, surf clubs and cafes, backpacker accommodation through to apartments and luxury hotel accommodation.  Rent one of the topless cars on the Island or bring your own car over on the barge. Feed the koalas, rock wallabies or try feeding the batfish in Florence Bay at low tide.  Another highlight is the Theatre Restaurant and festivals held on the island.  

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