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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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“great view” (121 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Castle Hill Road, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The night view of Townsville is magnificent from the hill top. The wind was strong and it was a bit chilly but we were glad we made a trip up. It is easier for access if one has a vehicle. Some residents come here for...More

Thank limww
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Take the Goat Track from Stanley Street to the summit. A long walk steep in places over 1,300 steps. Good cardio workout with exceptional views at the top. Well worth it.

Thank Robert r
Reviewed 4 days ago

Castle Hill is something you should not miss when visiting the Townsville City. walking up the tracks or driving over the Hill, is something need to do, to have a relaxing and wonderful view of the city, airport and surrounding areas. also you can see...More

Thank Raymond E
Reviewed 5 days ago

When you come to Townsville the first thing that you need to do is go for a drive up the hill and see the whole of the Ville from the top. If you are brave, you can also join the many hundreds of Townsvillians who...More

Thank Robyn G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Castle Hill is nice to drive up having a very nice view on most turns. The view at the top of the Palm Island group and other islands is well worth the effort and time.

Thank Trudy L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to walk up the hill, drive up and view the city landscape.. A wonderful landmark for Townsville City.

Thank Dellita D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Drove my mum up here today what an amazing view, she loved every minute of it , easy to find, easy to climb unless your walking haha 🤣

Thank Karen C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did it the easy way and drove up, but it looked a bit precarious for walkers or joggers who were on the roadside for a lot of the climb. Worth getting to the top as the views of Townsville are pretty spectacular, even better...More

Thank Irene I
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When you stand at the top of castle Hill and look out over the ocean at the beaches and Magnetic Island in the distance, you are seriously looking at some of the best views in Australia

Thank Trent C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Castle Hill rises above the city and is an iconic landmark in Townsville. You can drive to the top and you can also walk both along the road and the designated walking tracks. If driving, it is important to be aware that there are people...More

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