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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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  • Average3%
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“goat track” (179 reviews)
“great view” (135 reviews)
“walk up” (90 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"
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"great workout"
in 17 reviews
"car park"
in 71 reviews
"worth the effort"
in 35 reviews
"walking trails"
in 18 reviews
"late afternoon"
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"visiting townsville"
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"townsville city"
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"great walk"
in 29 reviews
"enjoy the view"
in 15 reviews
"coral sea"
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"great spot"
in 16 reviews
"walkers"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A drive to the top of castle hill is a must at night to look down over the city is like a fairyland of lights. Also it gives one the idea of how large Townsville is. Great place to visit

Thank Cheryl W
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Reviewed yesterday

Great place to begin your holiday in Townsville as it allows you to get your bearings. was a pity that someone had pinched the plaque that would point out directions and landmarks for you. Well worth the visit.

Thank Sherridan63
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Very rewarding to walk the hill. Always a great atmosphere as there is always someone else doing it. Great to do before sunrise. Lovely on a Saturday afternoon.

Thank Tamra M
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A popular exercise route for walkers. There are various tracks to walk Castle Hill, there is a map on the Townsville City Council website. Great views of Townsville and Magnetic Island from the top.

Thank Chereeba7
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I have walked both the road and the goat track to the summit of Castle Hill. The tracks have recently been upgraded with steps (lots of steps) and are much safer than they used to be, so it is an awesome workout and always a...More

Thank AlleyGG
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you visit Townsville, book a half day tour. This place you can also walk up to if fit! and then walk back but Hills it is. The views just amazing and you have a few places to walk out to to see the best...More

Thank mbmdf
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Reviewed 1 week ago

320metres above Townsville with outstanding views in all directions makes this one of the best lookouts in the Country. You can drive all the way up but a lot of people do us it as an exercise. You would have to be fit. Once you...More

Thank Peter D
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We weren’t fussed with visiting Castle Hill but did it to fill in time, now I’m sorry we didn’t have more time! At the top there are many little tracks you can take to view the magnificent views. Do yourself a favour, go up the...More

Thank Rider112
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Go for a drive up or park at the bottom and walk up (hard yakka drive up first to see if you can do it).

Thank Darren B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Castle hill is the place to be in Townsville! It has many different tracks for fitness, either up the goat tracks which include stairs that go on for ever, or up the road. No matter which way you go there are views at every turn....More

Thank Dale R
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