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3 Day Trip Ideas From Townsville


Townsville is like the gateway city to everything the Great Barrier Reef and Far North Queensland has to offer visitors and locals alike. If you’re looking for day trip ideas, Townsville is definitely the place to be to launch your adventures.

With so many of the region’s island resorts in close proximity to the city and the wonders of the reef only just offshore, for anything you desire to do in the north, Townsville is the perfect place to base yourself for the holiday of a lifetime.

Let’s take a look at just 3 awesome day trip ideas to be had in and around Townsville.


#1 – Take a flight over Magnetic Island


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Magnetic Island is one of the most famous holiday destinations in the area and it’s located only a short distance from Townsville’s shores. 

If you really want to observe this magnificent island, the best way to do so is from the air on a 30 minute helicopter ride with Nautilus Aviation. Most people have never been in a helicopter, so it’s sure to be an experience you will never forget.

Your flight will launch from Townsville, where you will travel the short distance to Magnetic Island, known affectionately as “Maggie” to the locals. There, your chopper will slowly circle the island so you can get a bird’s eye view of everything down below.

You may glimpse dolphins, or even a whale from the air if they are in season. The return journey offers magnificent views of the Townsville area. Be sure to take a camera to capture some memorable snapshots.

All the details can be found here


#2 – Enjoy a luxury picnic on Havannah Island

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Havannah Island may not be as well known as some of the other islands in the region, but it’s certainly worth visiting and exploring. Once again, you can arrive in style aboard your very own helicopter. The island is located to the north of Townsville and offers a glimpse into the unspoilt beauty of the area.

Your chopper will land on the beach like a scene from a survival show. There, you will get to spend 2 hours in this idyllic island setting, where a picnic lunch is provided for you to enjoy. The food is washed down with sparkling wine or ice cold beer.

You’re free to go for a swim in the crystal clear waters and if you fancy doing some snorkelling, all gear is provided.

Once more, definitely take a camera or your smartphone so you can capture some fantastic images of life in the tropics.

Learn more about the Havannah Island experience.


#3 – See Townsville from the air

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While on the subject of day trip ideas in Townsville and unique helicopter rides, while in Townsville, why not see the entire city from the sky?

Townsville and the surrounding areas are extremely picturesque. It’s very hard to appreciate all the beauty this region has to offer from down on the ground, so a 45 minute, 1 hour, or 90 minute helicopter joyride is the best way to drink in all the magnificent scenery.

The 45 minute flight sweeps you around Townsville, where you will also follow the coastline of the eastern side of Magnetic Island and then on down to Cape Cleveland, returning to Townsville after a leisurely loop of the area.

If you want to discover what mysterious Hinchinbrook Island looks like from the air, then opt for the 90 minute helicopter flight. Not only will you see Hinchinbrook in all its glory, but many of the other islands in the area as well, along with enjoying panoramic views of the mainland’s coastline.

Learn more about this memorable experience.


Book Your Day Trip From Townsville Today 

Townsville has a range of unforgettable experiences nearby. If you’re ready to start planning your Townsville day trip check out our tours departing Townsville and book now. 

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