Tasman Holiday Parks

Discover the best beachside accommodation in Queensland

What’s not to love about a beachside holiday in Queensland? The warm salty sea breeze, picturesque beaches that stretch along the coastline, lush rainforests, sunny days and balmy nights, a relaxed lifestyle, an abundance of wildlife and it’s home to one of the seven natural wonders of the world, The Great Barrier Reef. Ok – so we’ve established that we love a beachside holiday in Queensland, but where are the best places to stay? Caravan parks are the perfect place to unwind and enjoy all that Queensland has to offer. Whether you’re taking a break with the kids, partner, or friends, there is something for everyone’s needs and budget. Even our fur babies can come along with many pet-friendly caravan parks available. Here are our top picks for your next holiday in Queensland.

Cool Waters Swimming Pool Spa
South Mission Beach

Tasman’s South Mission Beach

Tasman Holiday Parks South Mission Beach is nestled on the foreshore at South Mission Beach – the perfect setting for a relaxing holiday. It’s in a prime location with direct beach frontage where you can swim all year round in beautiful tropical waters, including during stinger season, as the beach has the protection of stinger nets.

Tasman’s South Mission Beach has been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence every year, in recognition of its fantastic facilities, which include a licensed cafe and kiosk, swimming pool, kids playground, half tennis, and basketball court, games, and TV room, holiday activity club and more!

Tasman’s Rowes Bay

Tasman’s Rowes Bay truly has the premier location in Townsville, offering a beautiful beachfront outlook with picturesque views of Magnetic Island. It’s just a stone’s throw away from the city centre and popular Strand, Townsville’s seaside foreshore.

Tasman’s Rowes Bay Holiday Park is a family-friendly park with a wide selection of accommodation for families, couples, or groups on all budgets. With all the mod cons, great facilities, and a prime location, there’s something for everyone.

Looking for good food and wine? The Esplanade is a beautiful 14-kilometre’s of shared pathway with plenty of options for dining out.

Tasman’s Hervey Bay

Tasman’s Hervey Bay is minutes away from the departure point to Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island. Long uninterrupted white beaches, sand dunes, over 100 crystal-clear freshwater lakes, and ancient rainforests await you.

There is so much to offer right on your doorstep. Hervey Bay has some of the best whale watching in the world – why not join a whale watching tour to observe the magnificent humpback whales. There are plenty of water-based activities too, like swimming, fishing and wakeboarding.

Tasman’s Cairns Cool Waters

Enjoy the laid-back tropical lifestyle Cairns

Cool Waters Gardens
Cool Waters Swimming Pool Spa

Located on the bank of Freshwater Creek in Brinsmead Cairns, Tasman’s Cairns Cool Waters is grassy, well-manicured, and comfortable, with a wide range of facilities on site. it’s the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the laid-back tropical lifestyle Cairns has to offer.

You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to spotting feathered, furred, and finned locals. There is an abundance of wildlife including freshwater turtles, over 50 species of birds with some even being lucky enough to spot a platypus. But don’t worry, there are no crocs in the creek, so it is perfectly safe to swim.

Tasman’s Airlie Beach

Tasman’s Airlie Beach has everything you need to kick back, relax, and enjoy the Queensland sun. The park features a resort pool with sun lounges and BBQ areas, a kids playground, a kiosk for those last-minute essentials, pristine amenities, and laundry facilities.

There is a range of accommodation available to suit every taste and budget from unpowered, powered, and en-suited sites, rooms cabins, and luxury villas. You’ll be spoilt for choice with a range of local activities available including snorkelling or diving The Great Barrier Reef, scenic flights over Heart Reef, sailing the Whitsundays, hiking through the National Forrest, fishing, or just simply relaxing with a good book. The possibilities are endless.

The Whitsundays

Book your next Queensland getaway today at one of our safe, clean, and friendly holiday parks. Get ready to put your feet up, relax or get the sand between your toes and explore. Holiday how you want, knowing that whatever you need, is always within reach.

Five reasons your kids will love a Tasman Holiday Park

Your kids will enjoy the freedom to play on their own with newfound friends.

5 Reasons your Kids will Love a Tasman Holiday Park
Kids playing basketball at a Tasman Holiday Park

An escape from the daily grind is just as well deserved for our littlies as much as it is for us adults. It’s a chance to take a break from the everyday pressure of life – and let’s face it, our kids have had it pretty tough over the last couple of years with lockdowns and home-schooling. A break from schoolwork, screen times, and other activities is the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with parents and other family members. Caravan parks offer the perfect wonderland for kids, it’s like stepping back to a simpler time where kids are free to be kids. At Tasman Holiday Parks the kids have the opportunity to wind down, explore, get amongst nature, make new friends, and just enjoy being a kid.

Here are five reasons your kids will simply love a Tasman Holiday Park.

1. Freedom

These days kids are kept on a tighter lead as parents try and keep their kids safe in a more uncertain world. At a Tasman Holiday Park, kids are free to explore and play whilst mum and dad kick back and relax, and just supervise. Our holiday parks are safe, clean and friendly, so you feel comfortable allowing your kids the freedom to explore and play.

Whether it’s riding their bikes through the caravan park, bouncing on a giant bouncing pillow or playing in the playground – your kids will enjoy the freedom to play on their own with newfound friends.

2. Make New Friends

Some of the best memories of our childhood holidays are the new friends we made. Our caravan parks are family-friendly so there is bound to be plenty of other kids to play with. Meeting new friends builds confidence, teaches your kids about other cultures, and helps build understanding that there is a big wide world out there. With so many shared facilities including playgrounds, BBQ areas, campfires, pools, and more, your kids will have plenty of opportunities to strike up conversations with other kids their age. Who knows, maybe they’ll make lifelong friends.

3. Fun Facilities

Our caravan parks have an abundance of fun facilities that the kids are guaranteed to love. We have a range of incredible facilities depending on where you stay. Some of which include swimming pools, water slides, jumping pillows, playgrounds, kid’s activity clubs, games rooms, pedal cars, mini-golf, and one of our parks even has a ninja course! You won’t hear the kids say “I’m bored” – there is always something to do.

4. Get Amongst Nature

All our locations are surrounded by natural beauty. From pristine beaches to dense bushland, our caravan parks offer the perfect setting to get amongst nature in a safe environment. Getting your kids off their devices and into nature is not only an absolute blast, but it also has many health benefits and teaches them a sense of appreciation and respect for the planet we live on. So go for a bike ride, dig in the dirt or sand, collect rocks, smell the flowers, spot some animals, and enjoy all the beauty our parks have to offer.

5. Making Memories

I am sure we all have fond memories of holidays we had when we were kids. Who remembers chanting “are we there yet?” and playing car games such as eye spy with my little eye on the way to a caravan park? Once you arrive you took a deep breath of the fresh, salty air, and off you went. The caravan park was full of life, kids riding bikes, families playing outdoor games, kids coming back from the beach, and everyone just having a good time. Our caravan parks are the perfect setting for you and the kids to make beautiful memories. Play all day and into the night, meet new friends, explore new locations, and spend some quality time with loved ones. Holidays are the stuff that great memories are made from.

When planning your next holiday, check out our amazing caravan parks in various locations along the east coast of Australia, down to Tassie, or over in Western Australia and even New Zealand! No matter where it is, the kids are guaranteed to love it!

The Whitsundays

Why an escape to the Bay of Fires in Tasmania is exactly what you need

Picture this, you’re laying back on a quiet deserted beach with just you and family – not another person in sight. There is natural magic all around, from the pale turquoise water and white sandy beaches that transport you someplace exotic, to the bright orange lichen-covered granite boulders that glow under the sun. It comes as no surprise that the Bay of Fires was rated as one of Lonely Planet’s top ten regions in the world. This is exactly why it is the perfect place to escape the daily grind, unwind and relax.

The Whitsundays

The bays are set within a conservation reserve extending along 50km of coastline from Binalong Bay to Eddystone Point. The name Bay of Fires can be traced back to 1773 when ships sailing along the coastline spotted fires burning on the shore lit by Indigenous people.

There are so many things to see and do in the Bay of Fires. Take a stroll along the white sandy beaches of Binalong Bay, go for a surf, or dive beneath its crystal clear waters to see an abundance of marine life. Head north and you’ll find a quiet holiday coastal town named Ansons Bay. Here you can be sure to catch a fish or two as well as kayak around Anson Bay lagoon. It’s also the perfect place to get amongst nature with its abundance of local wildlife and stunning bushland to explore.

Ok… so now you’re convinced, and escape to the Bay of Fires is definitely on the cards, but how do you get there and where can you stay?

Your kids will enjoy the freedom to play on their own with newfound friends.

5 Reasons your Kids will Love a Tasman Holiday Park
Kids playing basketball at a Tasman Holiday Park

Getting to the Bay of Fires

St Helens is known as the gateway to the Bay of Fires and is less than a ten-minute drive. It’s approximately four hours from Hobart and three hours from Launceston.

Places to stay in St Helens

Tasman’s St Helens offers state-of-the-art accommodation in a prime location overlooking the stunning Georges Bay on the northeast coast of Tasmania. The accommodation offers a modern designed cabin or studio, and spacious caravan or camping sites. There is also room for your fur babies as this is a pet-friendly caravan park. Enjoy the caravan parks’ large camp kitchen, spacious and clean amenities, kids’ facilities, and a popular onsite restaurant, Parkside Bar and Kitchen, serving a delicious menu accompanied by stunning views of the bay.

Tasman’s St Helens is conveniently located near town, with local wineries, pristine beaches and bays, historic attractions, world-class mountain bike trails, and of course, the incredible Bay of Fires is only a short distance away.

Stop dreaming about visiting the Bay of Fires and start booking! Your slice of paradise awaits you.

Visit Serpentine Falls – Western Australia’s most underrated attraction

Western Australia is home to some of the most pristine beaches in Australia. Stretching across 12,000 kilometres of coastline, there’s no shortage of white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and the odd kangaroo checking out the surf. It’s no wonder millions of tourists flock here each year. However, if you’re after something a little different and off the beaten track, head approximately 35 kilometres inland and you will find a beautiful gem named Serpentine Falls.

Serpentine Falls is located within the beautiful Serpentine Falls National Park – just a 50-minute drive southeast of Perth. Serpentine Falls cascades over a huge granite rock face 15 metres into the rock pool below. The best time of year to see it at its full flow is during the winter months. That’s not to say that the warmer months don’t have perks too. If you wish to visit in Spring the wildflowers offer an amazing colour palette tantalising to the eye. It’s the perfect place to escape the big smoke and laze around the natural rock pools with a good picnic.

There are many other things to see and do at Serpentine Falls National Park. Take a 6-kilometre walk on the Baldwins Bluff Nature Track which passes through Jarrah and Marri woodlands leading to a spectacular view over the valley. If you’re up for a tougher challenge, take a 14-kilometre hike on the Kitty’s Gorge Walk Track.

After all this walking you’re bound to have worked up an appetite. For a good feed look no further than Millbrook Winery – a little slice of heaven located in the historic town of Jarrahdale. You won’t be disappointed with its ever-changing range of delicious meals cooked by multi-award-winning chefs, and all local and sustainably sourced ingredients. Pair this with trophy-winning wines and a stunning view of the surrounding Jarrah Forest and you have yourself the perfect dining experience.

Your kids will enjoy the freedom to play on their own with newfound friends.

5 Reasons your Kids will Love a Tasman Holiday Park
Kids playing basketball at a Tasman Holiday Park

The Serpentine Falls National Park is home to a large variety of wildlife and natural beauty. The Park has over 70 bird species, kangaroos, echidnas, brushtail possums, wallabies and if you’re lucky you may even spot a quokka.

The Whitsundays

Where to stay?

Tasman Holiday Parks – Serpentine Falls is central to all major attractions in the area. There is a range of accommodation options for all types of travellers. This Australian caravan park has a range of amenities including cooking areas, showers and laundry facilities and is perfect for the caravanning traveller looking for comfort and convenience.

There is also a range of cabins available from the basic to ultra-modern luxurious stays with all the trimmings. Perfect for couples, families, or groups of friends, there’s a cabin to suit everyone’s travel style.

So, if you want to experience natural wonders, Australian history, good food and wine, look no further than Serpentine Falls.

South Coast NSW – The perfect weekender from Sydney or Canberra

The South Coast of New South Wales is the perfect little getaway for Sydney siders or Canberrans. With its quaint coastal towns lined with pristine beaches, green rolling hills, award-winning restaurants, cafes and wineries, bush tracks, beautiful scenery and so much more, it’s the perfect setting to relax, unwind and have some good old-fashioned fun.

One of our favourite places on the South Coast is Bawley Point. Just under a four-hour drive from Sydney and two and a half hours from Canberra, it’s a scenic drive for a fair-dinkum Aussie getaway.

The best Bawley Point accommodation is Tasman Holiday Parks – Racecourse Beach. Whether you want to camp under the stars or stay in a cabin or villa that fits the whole family – you will find it here.

There’s no need to take the car out when you’re here, with everything you need right here at your doorstep. Racecourse Beach is great for swimming, fishing, surfing, and has amazing sand dunes that will keep the kids (and big kids) entertained for hours. There’s a giant jumping pillow, playground, activity centre, mini-golf, swimming pool and more.

Your kids will enjoy the freedom to play on their own with newfound friends.

5 Reasons your Kids will Love a Tasman Holiday Park
Kids playing basketball at a Tasman Holiday Park

Racecourse Beach is surrounded by beautiful national parks. Take the coastal track from the beach through Murramarang National Park to see the Spotted Gum Trees that stand tall along the coastline. Take a walk over to Pebbly Beach to visit the resident roo’s. You will be sure to kangaroos grazing the grass nearby or hopping along the beach. Who knows, you may even spot the legendary surfing kangaroo.

There are plenty of walking tracks nearby including Durras Lake Discovery Trail, Depot Beach Rainforest Walk, Myrtle Beach Walking Track and Wasp Head Walk, just to name a few. If you want to venture out it’s just a short trip to see the exotic animals at Mogo Zoo, sip wine at the Bawley Valley Estate Winery, or check out some of the neighbouring beaches.

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Another little gem you can’t go past is Jervis Bay. Well known for its white sandy beaches and turquoise blue waters, you will find complete serenity only three-hours drive from Sydney and Canberra. The tranquil beaches here are perfect for swimming, paddle boarding, snorkelling, diving, kayaking, whale and dolphin watching, and more.

There are plenty of nature walks, cycling tracks, restaurants, cafes and wineries in the surrounding area. For more of a cultural experience look no further than Booderee National Park. Learn all about the Aboriginal history of this magical place and how generations have thrived here for many years.

Tasman Holiday Parks – Myola is the perfect accommodation in the Jervis Bay area. It has all the comforts of home with a range of refurbished poolside cabins. For those that prefer the great outdoors, there are powered and unpowered campsites for caravans or tents. With plenty of amenities including a swimming pool, tennis court and playground – the kids will be happy to explore the park as they please.

With so much to see and do in the South Coast of New South Wales, it’s the perfect place for a weekend away.

Three of the Best Parks for Family Fun

Moama on Murray Resort, New South Wales

After settling into your self-contained villa in this beautiful bushland setting on the Murray River, your only other decision will be what to do first. For the adults, that could be as simple as sitting back with a beverage of choice and relaxing on the wide verandah of your accommodation enjoying the view. As for the children, their energy levels can be met with a hit of tennis, mini golf, racing around on the pump track or testing their skills on the grand prix track for scooters. Still have energy to burn? Then they can keep going on the Ninja course, go for a spin in a pedal car or run off the excitement with a game of basketball or soccer.

There are also some family fun activities to join in together at the onsite animal farm with daily feeding and interaction with sheep, chickens, goats, ducks and rabbits. No stay on the river would be complete without some fun on the water which the whole family can enjoy by hiring a pontoon boat. You only need a driver’s licence and a few instructions to take your crew of up to 12 people on a leisurely cruise complete with BBQ and esky supplied.

St Helens, Tasmania

Located overlooking the stunning Georges Bay, this St. Helens park is for the beach loving family with water views from your cabin or caravan site and the bonus of an onsite bar and kitchen when no-one wants to cook. After a busy day exploring you can dine in the restaurant or enjoy the alfresco views while enjoying some of the local seafood that this area is known for, or get a pizza to go for the family.

There is a huge camp kitchen in the park as well, and for the kids, a playground, jumping pillow and games room to keep them entertained. Nearby there and safe beaches for swimming in sheltered coves and places for everyone’s pastimes from surfing, beach and jetty fishing and walks around Georges Bay, including conservation areas and the spectacular Peron Dunes.

Discover a world of white sandy beaches and clear blue waters at the southern end of the Bay of Fires.

Nambucca Heads, New South Wales

Halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, this is an ideal park to get people together and with only bush and beach bordering the park it’s perfect for families.

There is direct access to Nambucca Beach but the kids won’t want to leave the park which has everything they could want with a swimming pool, two water slides, a jumping pillow, buggies for a roam around the park and even ‘Goanna Cove’, a games room and entertainment area for indoor fun.

Treat Yourself on a Rainy Day in Te Anau

It may come as a surprise to some but yes, we do get the occasional rainy day here in Te Anau, but don’t let a little rain get you down! I’ve put together a list of my favourite things to do in Te Anau when venturing out into the wilderness isn’t much of an option.

Tasman Holiday Parks – Te Anau Hot tubs and Sauna.

If you happen to be staying with us at Tasman Holiday Parks – Te Anau, the Hot tubs and Sauna are a must-do! They are exclusive for guests only. Plus, the hot tubs have shelter and a lake view so you can sit back in pure bliss and listen to the rainfall around you. Don’t forget to make a booking at the reception!

Coffee dates.

How good is a coffee date in a nice cosy café on a rainy day? Head over to the Sandfly café and enjoy their delicious coffee and grab a yummy treat from their cabinet.

Fiordland Cinema.

Fiordland cinema really is something special. Forget the usual cramped seating and crowds of people. Fiordland cinema has oversized seats and a food service that will deliver food to your seat at the half-time interval. Yes, you heard me. They have an interval just like the good ol’ days.

Your kids will enjoy the freedom to play on their own with newfound friends.

5 Reasons your Kids will Love a Tasman Holiday Park
Kids playing basketball at a Tasman Holiday Park

Glow Worm Caves.

Rainy days can often put one off joining tours but during the Glow Worm cave tour you’re spending your time in cave filled with glistening glow worms. Apart from the occasional drip from the ceiling you’ll keep dry and get to experience an amazing trip!

Dinner in town.

One thing Te Anau does well is food. We have an abundance of different restaurants offering a variation of international and local foods. From pizza to curries, Fish & Chips to pub style meals. There’s something for everyone!

Fiordland Massage Clinic.

Time to get out of the rain and look after number 1? Whether it’s an old sports injury, deep tissue or purely to relax, with a range of different massages and treatments it will be impossible not to leave the Fiordland massage clinic feeling on top of the world.

Book your Tasman’s Te Anau holiday today!

Understanding Kiwi Culture

We are quite certain that you will very quickly realise that kiwis are extremely relaxed, but there are a few social guidelines you may not be familiar with.

1. Never sit on a surface used for preparing or eating food.
2. Keep to the left when walking on a footpath.
3. Kiwis are very friendly, don’t be afraid to smile or say a quick “hello” to passers-by.
4. Kiwis are used to wide-open spaces. We recommend respecting each other’s bubbles, so make the most of all the extra space.
5. Part of the kiwi charm is a great sense of humour which usually comes in the form of extreme sarcasm. Don’t take anything too seriously!

Maori Language – Travel edition

Te reo (Te reh-oh) – The Maori language
Kiaora (Key ah-aura) – Hello
Morena (More-ren-ah) – Good Morning
Nō… au (Nor… Oh) – I’m from…
Ka kite anō (Car key-te ah-nor) – See you again
Ka pai! (car pie) – Good work!
Aotearoa (Ah-or-te-ah-raw-ah) – New Zealand
Haere mai (High-reh my) – Welcome
Kei te pai (Kay te pie) – You’re welcome
Kai (Kah ee) – Food
Kia mihi (Key ah mi-he) – Thank you

Seven Tips to Survive a Road Trip with Kids

Family holidays are the place where so many beautiful memories are made. Late nights playing board games, endless summer days at the beach, lots of laughter and smiles, and exploring new and exciting locations together as a family. It can be a real bonding experience; however, it can also be testing at times.

Surviving the road trip is your first hurdle. Master this, and you will be relaxing at your holiday destination before you know it. Check out our top seven tips to keep your sanity and make the road trip more enjoyable for the kids.

1. Choose your destination wisely

When choosing a place to holiday, think about how many hours the kids will handle being in the car. For younger kids, it may be harder for them to sit still for hours on end and may lose their cool on more than one occasion.

Perhaps try picking a holiday spot within three to four hours from home. For older kids, it may be a little easier to stretch out the drive for a longer road trip.

2. Pack snacks that won’t send them loopy

We all know kids never stop eating, so it’s important to pack snacks to keep them satisfied for the duration of the trip.  

Pack some healthy snacks like fruit, nuts, veggie sticks, muesli bars and plenty of water. Try and avoid sugary foods and drinks – we don’t want them having a sugar overload that leads them to a complete meltdown.

3. Leave nice and early

Leaving as early as possible has many benefits. You will avoid peak hour traffic, the kids will still be sleepy and you will arrive at your holiday sooner.

The trick is to pack the car as much as possible the night before. Leave those final items such as snacks and toiletries for the next day. Get a good night’s rest so you are bright-eyed, and bushy-tailed for the next day.

Once you are ready to hit the road, carry the young ones straight from their bed to the car. With any luck, they may stay asleep for the first half of the trip. Pack a spare change of clothes so once they’re awake you can stop to change them out of their pyjamas.

4. Plan in-car entertainment

Kids get bored easily especially when they are strapped in their car seat unable to get rid of pent-up energy. Plan some in-car entertainment ahead of time so when you hear “I’m bored, are we there yet” you are prepared to keep them occupied for a little longer.

Have a list of car games at the ready. Classics such as I spy with my little eye, number plate bingo, or trivia are a great way to pass the time. If you run out of car games before you reach your destination, colouring books and toys will do the trick.

If your kids aren’t all that keen on car games, another option is an iPad so they can watch movies, play games, or listen to music. You can even get an iPad holder that attaches to the back of the front seat, so they don’t have to hold it whilst watching their favourite movie.

5. Make regular stops

Stopping regularly is good for everyone’s sanity. Kids and adults can get a little restless and fidgety so a chance to get out, breathe some fresh air and stretch the legs is a great idea.

You could try planning your stops so you can map out some playgrounds, beaches, picnic spots, or attractions to make it interesting. After a stretch, it’s time to pile back in the car and continue your journey a little more settled than before.

6. Plan your road trip around nap times

For those travelling with younger children, make sure you plan your trip with their naps in mind.

Try being on the road during their nap time so they sleep in the car. Once they wake up you can stop somewhere to have something to eat, have a play and go to the toilet. Then back in the car for hopefully another nap or some in-car entertainment.

7. Stay cool, calm, and collected

A long time spent in a confined space can be quite difficult for children.

It can also be a stressful time for adults stuck in traffic, kids screaming in the back, and feeling trapped and confined. Keeping your cool will help calm the situation and make the kids feel a little more at ease.

If you react and start getting heightened and agitated, it will only make the situation worse leading to a chorus of tantrums. So, if you feel like you’re going to lose it, listen to some music, start a car game, or perhaps stop so everyone can gather themselves before embarking on the next part of your journey.

For some kid-friendly holiday destinations, check out the caravan parks on offer with Tasman Holiday Parks. We have a fantastic range of caravan parks in QLD, NSW, WA, TAS and New Zealand. Our amenities are second to none and there is plenty to keep the kids entertained throughout your stay.

Top 15 Things to Do in Townsville

Townsville is a tropical city on the north coast of Queensland boasting loads of sunshine and good times. This vibrant city is the perfect place to holiday with so much to see and do.

Whether you’re a family, couple, group or travelling solo there is something to suit everyone’s taste including fishing, water sports, arts, culture, sports, and natural wonders. We have narrowed down the top 15 things we think are a must when visiting Townsville.

1. Whale Watching

Townsville is a great place to catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures as they pass through Townsville on their annual migration. The ocean comes alive from June through to October with whales frolicking in the warmer waters.

There are plenty of locally run cruises available to get up close and personal to these gentle giants. Spend half the day cruising through the tropical warm waters in search of these amazing mammals.

2. Magnetic Island

Just a 20-minute ferry ride from Townsville is the beautiful Magnetic Island. This little slice of paradise has 23 palm-fringed beaches and bays for you to soak up the sun’s rays. It is a great place to do as little or as much as you like.

There are plenty of ways to explore the island from walking tracks, cruises, or topless car hire. Whilst exploring, keep an eye out for Australia’s favourite furry friend, the Koala. Magnetic Island is home to Australia’s healthiest and largest population of Koalas

Whether you are just here for the day or an extended stay, there is something here for everyone.

Dip below the water to explore the tropical marine life along the snorkel trails at Nelly Bay and Georffrey Bay. There are also many dive sites to explore the natural wonders under the sea.

3. The Strand

The Strand stretches two and a half kilometres along Townsville’s vibrant beach foreshore. Take a walk, go for a run, ride a bike or scooter along the pathway whilst admiring the view of Magnetic Island. There are plenty of dining options along the Strand or spots to stop for a picnic or barbecue.

The kids will love the fun-filled playgrounds and the popular Strand Water Park. Enjoy the tropical warm waters with a dip in the ocean or rock pool. It’s also not a bad place to throw a line in or simply relax with a good book under a palm tree.

For a little bit of culture and history, check out Jezzine Barracks. This 15-hectare precinct includes a coastal walkway connecting the Strand to Rowes Bay. It’s significant to both the Australian Military and local Aboriginal People. Check out the observation decks at Kissing Point Fort, 32 specially commissioned public artworks, traditional plantings, and extensive interpretive signage.

4. Castle Hill

Castle Hill towers 290 meters high with 360-degree views over Townsville. This iconic, pink, granite monolith has around 15 walking tracks that are popular with both tourists and locals. Every day you will find walkers, joggers and cyclists making their way up the well-worn tracks.  

The most popular tracks are Castle Hill Road (5.2km return), Cudtheringa (2.5km return) and Goat Track (1.6km return).  If you’re not keen on an uphill hike you can always drive, there is a carpark up the top so you can get out and enjoy the view.

5. Yongala Dive

Most Scuba Divers will tell you that the Yongala Dive is on their bucket list. That’s because this historic shipwreck is a diving experience like no other. After spending over 100 years on the ocean floor, the Yongala has developed its own ecosystem and is home to an abundance of marine life including different species of fish, rays, turtles, and corals.

This historic shipwreck is a diving experience like no other.

The ship is 110 metres long and is one of the largest shipwrecks in the world. It’s situated inside the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park approximately 33 meters deep and 48 nautical miles from Townsville.

After the S.S. Yongala sank in 1911, a search for the missing vessel was carried out but nothing was found. For 50 years it remained a mystery and the S.S. Yongala was lost to the ocean.

Today it attracts many diving enthusiasts around the world and is considered one of Australia’s best dive sites. There are many dive centres in Townsville operating dive trips to explore this combination of man-made and natural wonder.   

6. Museum of Underwater Art

Experience art like you have never experienced it before at the Museum of Underwater Art. This art gallery with a twist is Australia’s only underwater museum.

Resting on the bottom of the Great Barrier Reef in Townsville, you will find a display of globally significant artworks created by the world’s leading underwater sculptor, Jason deCaires Taylor. It was created to provide an unforgettable underwater experience and inspire reef conservation.

If scuba diving is not your thing, you can enjoy the art on the surface. See the “Ocean Siren” sculpture that rises above the water alongside the jetty at The Strand. It is modelled on a local schoolgirl of Wulgurukaba Aboriginal heritage.

This four-meter sculpture is a visual representation of real-time reef conditions. It’s linked to a live data feed from a weather station on the Great Barrier Reef and the 202 LEDs change colour in response to changing sea temperatures.

7. Golf

Golf lovers rejoice, Townsville is home to a variety of courses so you can enjoy a day out on the green. Townsville’s dry season is the perfect condition to tee off with the average temperature around 27 degrees Celsius.

If you’re staying at Tasman Holiday Parks – Rowes Bay, the Rowes Bay Golf Club is only a five-minute drive. This picturesque course features Castle Hill as a backdrop with flowing natural waterways and a variety of flora and fauna.

For a golfing experience the whole family can enjoy, why not check out the Townsville Mini-Golf and Fun Park. Play a round on this 18-hole mini-golf course then finish up with some bouncy time on the jumping castles.

8. Wildlife Spotting

Townsville and its surrounding regions are home to an abundance of wildlife.

A trip to Magnetic Island will take you to a Koala’s paradise with more than 50% of the island protected by the Magnetic Island National Park. You may even spot Allied Rock Wallabies, Brushtail Possums, Echidnas, and 186 types of birds.  On the mainland, you will find over 400 species of birds as well as flying foxes, snakes, crocodiles, echidnas and more.

9. Billabong Sanctuary

Billabong Sanctuary is an Australian native animal park and function centre. Set in 11 hectares (27 acres) of natural tropical North Queensland bush, you will find all kinds of native mammals, birds, and reptiles. This boutique park will make your visit a memorable one with many interactive experiences on offer.

If you want to get up close and personal with the animals you can cuddle a koala, snuggle with a wombat, feed the birds, take a dingo for a walk, or if you’re game, hold a baby croc or take a selfie with a snake. You can also check out talks and shows at the park including koala feeding, cassowary feeding, wombat experience, crocodile feeding and more.

10. Visit Beautiful Botanic Gardens

In Townsville, you will find three beautiful, botanic gardens to explore. Whether you’re after the ideal picnic spot, somewhere to stretch your legs, or simply want to get out in the fresh air, these parks and gardens are the place to do it.

Located near the Ross River you will find Townsville Palmetum. This garden boasts an impressive display of over 300 species of palms, many rare and threatened in their natural habitat. It’s also a great place for bird-watching with numerous bird species visiting the park and its many water features.

The Anderson Park is Townsville’s largest garden with 25 hectares of flora and fauna to explore. The Park contains specimens of tropical trees, palms, and Pandanus. It’s a stunning spot to soak up the natural beauty around you.

Situated at the foot of Castle Hill is the heritage-listed Queens Gardens. This is Townsville’s oldest garden established in 1870. You will find a range of ornamental plants with eye-catching flowers, foliage, and fruit. Wonder down the paved paths to see lush palms, frangipani trees, fig-trees, cactus, wild ginger, and roses.

11. Local Dining

Tempt your taste buds with Townsville’s growing foodie scene.

Palmer street offers a myriad of dining options from casual alfresco to classy, upmarket cuisine. Flinders Street has many cafes, restaurants, and bars, and comes to life at night until the early hours. Gregory street is famous for being Townsville’s cafe set as well as a couple of great dining experiences on offer.

If you prefer to whip up home-cooked meals, our Tasman Holiday Parks – Rowes Bay has a fabulous camp kitchen with everything you’ll need.

12. Reef HQ

Experience the Great Barrier Reef whilst keeping your toes dry. At Reef HQ Aquarium, you can get a taste of what it’s like diving the reef with a range of marine creatures and corals on display.

Discover hands-on encounters with some amazing creatures and many talks and tours including animal feeding, Turtle Hospital talks and a predator dive show. The kids will love finding Nemo whilst the adults marvel at the impressive display of corals and critters.

*Note: Reef HQ Aquarium is currently closed for refurbishments and will reopen in 2023.

13. Cotters Market

For a little retail therapy check out the bustling Cotters Market held each Sunday in Flinders Street. Spend your Sunday browsing through the largest arts and craft market in North Queensland with over 150 stalls offering a selection of local arts, handmade gifts, and food. Enjoy live music, grab a feed, buy some souvenirs, and support local farmers, artists, foodies, and designers.

It’s a great way to connect with and support the local community of Townsville.  

14. Riverway

Riverway is situated on the banks of the Ross River offering a great escape from the heat with its many waterfront activities. Take a dip in the free lagoon pools, enjoy a barbecue or picnic on the riverfront, or take a stroll along the shady pathways. There is also the Riverway Arts Centre, Pinnacles Gallery, the Riverwalk, public art, village spine, restaurant, and parklands to explore.  

The kids will love looking for turtles and ducks in the river, and you might be lucky enough to spot a wallaby. They will also love watching a movie under the stars at the outdoor cinema at Riverway Oval – best part is, it’s free! Movies will screen every third Friday of the month.

15. Museum of Tropical Queensland

Experience a snapshot of the natural and cultural heritage of North Queensland at the Museum of Tropical Queensland.  The galleries tell stories of World Heritage-listed rainforests, coral reefs, and the tragic tale of shipwrecked HMS Pandora.

The museum has permanent and changing exhibitions providing in-depth education experiences, innovative public programs, early childhood activities and entertaining holiday activities. Kids will love exploring Your Shipwreck Adventure, an underwater setting of a sunken ship on the Great Barrier Reef with interactive games and activities. 

Where to Stay in Townsville

Tasman Holiday Parks – Rowes Bay

Tasman Holiday Parks – Rowes Bay offers a beautiful beachfront outlook in Townsville with picturesque views of Magnetic Island. It’s just a stone’s throw away from the city centre and popular Strand.

There is a wide selection of accommodation for families, couples, or groups on all budgets. With all the mod cons, great facilities and prime location, there is something for everyone. You can even bring the family dog as this is a pet friendly caravan park QLD. Book your trip to Townsville to experience the tropical laid-back lifestyle along with adventure, culture, and relaxation.