Top 5 Day Trips
From Townsville
Accessible By Bus Charter

While Townsville is well known as a jumping-off point for the Great Barrier Reef, there are heaps of other places to hire a charter and go on a day trip from the unofficial capital of North Queensland. With not one but two World Heritage sights on the coastal city’s doorstep and more than three hundred sunny days every year, Townsville holidays are amazing.

If you have a large group or you simply don’t want to drive yourself, why not consider a coach hire for your day trips from Townsville. Let’s take a closer look at a few places that are accessible by bus travel from Townsville.

At this interactive Australian native animal wildlife park just twenty minutes outside Townsville, you’ll have the chance to get up close and personal with koalas, kangaroos and crocs.

Koala at Billabong Sanctuary

1. Billabong Sanctuary

For a day trip that will keep the whole family entertained, charter a bus and visit the Billabong Sanctuary. At this interactive Australian native animal wildlife park just twenty minutes outside Townsville, you’ll have the chance to get up close and personal with koalas, kangaroos and crocs. A must-do experience for any trip down under.

2. Paluma National Park

Located just 45 minutes north of Townsville, Paluma is on the southern end of the Wet Tropics, the world’s oldest tropical rainforest and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This rainforest retreat is home to incredible flora and fauna, amazing waterfalls and bushwalking galore. Why not get your mates together, hire a charter and take a day trip to Paluma? Don’t forget to pack a picnic and your swimmers as you can go for a dip in Little Crystal Creek, a freshwater swimming hole. The iconic 1930s stone arch bridge will make the perfect backdrop for your ‘gram shots.

The iconic 1930s stone arch bridge will make the perfect backdrop for your ‘gram shots.

Waterfall and Bridge at Paluma National park

This historic outback town boomed at the end of the 19th century when it was a gold rush town.

Charters Towers

3. Charters Towers

An hour and a half west of Townsville is the old mining town of Charters Towers, which makes for a very interesting day trip. This historic outback town boomed at the end of the 19th century when it was a gold rush town. Admire the heritage architecture and visit The Miner’s Cottage to try your hand at panning for gold yourself. Who knows, maybe you’ll find your fortune!

4. Cardwell Spa Pool

With a coach hire, the Cardwell Spa Pool can easily be reached in just two hours driving north from Townsville city centre. If you don’t mind a bit little longer of a drive, the Cardwell Spa Pool is an incredible spot to go for a swim and cool off. This once local secret spot shot to social media fame a few years ago due to the amazingly bright blue waters which are caused by minerals in the underlying rocks. It’s no surprise that it is now becoming a popular day trip from Townsville. The idyllic swimming spot is seasonally fed so the water levels fluctuate throughout the year. It’s best visited from May to September for those picture-perfect swimming snaps.

This once local secret spot shot to social media fame a few years ago due to the amazingly bright blue waters which are caused by minerals in the underlying rocks.

Spa Pool in Cardwell

Made up of four villages stretching along fourteen kilometres of golden sandy beaches Mission Beach is sandwiched between the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest.

Beach and Palm Trees at Mission Beach

5. Mission Beach

Bus travel is a fun and social way to travel up the coast, taking in the stunning views from your bus window as you go. It might be a longer drive north of Townsville at three hours but you certainly won’t be disappointed when you get to stretch your legs at Mission beach. The relaxed beachfront is a great place to relax and unwind. Made up of four villages stretching along fourteen kilometres of golden sandy beaches Mission Beach is sandwiched between the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest. However, when planning your Townsville holidays, it’s important to note that October to June is stinger season when marine stingers, namely the box jellyfish which have toxic stings that can be deadly are present, so be sure to only swim inside the stinger nets during these months.

Day-Trip From Townsville With Ease

Day trips from Townsville do not have to mean all day stuck behind the wheel driving. Some can be reached within an hour or two, or better yet, contact TNA Bus Hire to organise a coach and let someone else do the driving for you, while you enjoy quality time with your family and friends.

Ready to plan your day trip from Townsville?

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