On March the 13th 2017 we traveled up the east coast from Airlie Beach to Townsville. We had already booked two nights in a hostel and had around one and a half days to explore the city.
Our double room in the Civic Guest House was really nice and was only $50 AUD per night, which is pretty cheap for Australian standards. Only the kitchen was an absolute mess and the worst so far!
For our first afternoon we planned to hike up Castle Hill. Castle Hill is located in the center of Townsville, or rather Townsville was built around Castle Hill. Locals climb up the Castle Hill for their evening workout. On the steep way up dozens of locals crossed our way running up or down. We hiked in a pretty decent speed, but still were stung out, when we reached the top.
But the view was reward enough! We had a nice view on whole Townsville and could see Magnet Island. We were on time for the sunset and could take some nice shots!
The next day we walked along the esplanade called „The Strand“. The esplanade is beautifully landscaped and very neat.
There were two spots on the beach with a net in the ocean. The nets should keep the jellyfish away, so one can also swim during jellyfish season. A local told us that „only stupid tourists trust those nets.“ If you do not trust these nets: At the end of the esplanade there is a lagoon, where it is safe to go for a swim.
We liked Townsville, mainly because of the stunning view from the top of Castle Hill. We think, that two days are definitely enough as there is not much to do. The esplanade is beautiful, but it’s very sad that you can’t swim during almost 6 months of the year, because of the jellyfish season.
Of course we filmed a (German) vlog about Townsville.