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Castle Hill

Castle Hill Road, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia
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Just metres short of a mountain, Castle Hill is the giant pink granite monolith that stands proud in the centre of Townsville - a perfect place for visitors to orientate themselves. As well as offering vehicle access, Castle Hill provides a number of popular walking tracks, which are frequented by more than 2,500 locals a day! The 360-degree views of Townsville at the top are well worth the journey. Be sure to have a camera on hand, particularly for sunrise or sunset as these are photo opportunities which shouldn't be missed. As well as offering an iconic centre piece for the city and spectacular scenic views, Castle Hill has a significant history. The Hill's vantage was used by visiting American soldiers during World War II. According to local legend, the visitors famously offered to demolish the hill and use the rock to build a bridge to Magnetic Island. A World War II observation bunker sits on one corner of the Hill reminding visitors of Castle Hill's military history. Castle Hill facilities include car parking, public amenities, drink fountains and shaded seating to enjoy while taking in some of the best views of the city and across to Magnetic Island.
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“goat track” (165 reviews)
“great view” (123 reviews)
“walk up” (84 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Castle Hill Road, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia
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"goat track"
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"great view"
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"walk up"
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"degree view"
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"magnetic island"
in 250 reviews
"great workout"
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"car park"
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"worth the effort"
in 34 reviews
"short walks"
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"late afternoon"
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"visiting townsville"
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"townsville city"
in 23 reviews
"enjoy the view"
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"great walk"
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"coral sea"
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"great spot"
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"lookout"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

What a lovely drive, yes we did drive and 100 fit people walked, it is definitely worth it, best view.

Thank Liza v
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great view on top of the hill. May take a while to walk all the way up but the effort is worthy. Clear view of the whole city and beach

Thank paulzhu2018
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Absolutely love Castle Hill. It’s a fantastic walk and being close to nature and wildlife what more could you want. It’s a great workout and they have made the goat track more user friendly now by upgrading it and putting in steps etc.

Thank Kez W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Walked up the goat track and down the road. Easier than I expected it would be. Lots of people, lots of dogs, lots of traffic. Perhaps they should consider providing better separation of pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles. Icy cold water at the top which was...More

Thank Rob L
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Reviewed 1 week ago

you can either drive or walk up castle hill, and the view is worth a look. it is a well known landmark in Townsville

Thank Fiona G
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I walked along the goat track which means many stairs to take but with a average fitness level it is makeable without any problems. Locals run on the top as daily workout. It is a very nice walk and as soon as you arrive on...More

Thank Mirjam S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Take the time to either trek up the hill or drive on up. Absolutely worth it. With the main lookout or the variety of short walks that radiate out from the main carpark. Great views of the city, Magnetic Island north up to Palm and...More

Thank Danny L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's quite a climb. It will make you sweat. Once you get to the top it is really worth it. You should take water although there is a drinking fountain. The views are better than you would expect. A 360 degree view of the surroundings....More

Thank captainslow2014
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Never been to Townsville before but wow !! This place is bigger than I thought with heaps to do. What a great place to view the the city and surrounding areas plus Magnetic island which is very cool, If you are in the area this...More

Thank Ned K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hill is an absolute killer, so glad we drove up it instead of walking! Absolutely amazing views from the top. A must see location if visiting Townsville.

Thank Shannon M
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