Tropical Townsville: where to stay

By Tegan Reeves,

Queensland is known as the Sunshine state, and this couldn’t be more true in Townsville. The north Queensland city boasts an average of 320 days of sunshine per year.

Average hotel and accommodation prices in Townsville are significantly lower than that of nearby Cairns and Port Douglas, making it an excellent base for exploring the nearby Magnetic Island and Great Barrier Reef.


Aquarius on the Beach

Walk halfway along Townsville’s beachside restaurant precinct, The Strand, and you’ll arrive at Aquarius on the Beach. The cream high rise almost opens its front doors onto Townsville’s main waterfront, Strand Beach.

Opt for the recently refurbished Executive Deluxe rooms – balconies from these look out over the Coral Sea to Magnetic Island. The hotel has gone so far as to market these views as ‘Strandtastic’. Small perks like free gym entry to Strand Fitness (just down the road) make Aquarius on the Beach stand out amongst other hotels.

The pool offers a welcome refreshment from the tropical waters of Strand Beach. Pull up a lounge and gaze out to the main drag for some prime people watching.

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Oaks Gateway on Palmer

If there are any indicators of luxury, infinity pools are one. For this reason, the facilities at Oaks Gateway on Palmer might be classified as luxurious. Guests can enjoy the infinity pool and hotel gym overlooking Ross Creek.

Lime green feature walls give the hotel rooms colour against the beige decor. The one and two-bedroom self-contained apartments are ideal for larger groups or longer stays, with full kitchens and laundries.

Townsville’s main shopping precinct, Flinders street, is minutes away on foot, as is Strand Waterpark. The free waterpark, located on the south-eastern end of The Strand, is open daily.

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Chifley Plaza

The Chifley is perhaps Townsville’s most iconic hotel, located in the centre of the CBD. Rooms come with pillow-topped beds, rain showers and air conditioning made for the tropical heat. The inclusion of free unlimited WiFi in all rooms is an added bonus.

Breakfast downstairs at Fratello Cafe is not to be missed. The hotel served almost 3000 breakfasts in January alone, cementing the cafe as one of the best eateries in town. A full continental breakfast here will set you back $15.

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The Ville Resort-Casino

Formerly known as Jupiters, The Ville Resort-Casino is currently undergoing major renovations. This will see the resort fitted out with luxe features, such as an infinity pool, swim-up bar, and private cabanas.

Rooms are decorated with modern furnishings and a tropical colour palette. Most offer views out to the Coral Sea, Magnetic Island, or the nearby marina. Take advantage of the free WiFi and in-room entertainment between sessions at the casino.

The resort is home to several restaurants and bars. Kobe, the resort’s steakhouse, is well known for dishing up some of the best cuts of Australian beef in Townsville.

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Islington Apartments

These short and long stay apartments are perfect for families looking to explore the Townsville region. Only five minutes’ walk from the Townsville CBD or twenty minutes from The Strand, the apartments are nearby all attractions on foot.

Apartments are light filled and airy, with simple but modern décor. Guests receive access to the gym and outdoor pool, as well as free unlimited WiFi.

While you’re here, be sure to visit Reef HQ, the largest living aquarium in the southern hemisphere.

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Quest Townsville

Quest Townsville has recently been renovated, with a refreshing décor. Choose from the studio, one or two-bedroom apartments, all of which look out to the marina.

Stay here if you’re looking for a hotel with more of a homely touch. All one and two-bedroom apartments come with a fully-equipped kitchen, in addition to laundry access. If you don’t want to cook, the hotel also offers a chargeback service at many local restaurants, including Nando’s, IMC Steakhouse and Michel’s Restaurant.

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