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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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“goat track” (171 reviews)
“great view” (125 reviews)
“walk up” (86 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Castle Hill Road, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Enjoyed both a hike and a drive up Castle Hill. Our friends are locals so this was one of our first outings upon arriving into Townsville. I’d suggest early morning before the temps creep up.

Thank Christine_brevard
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Spectacular 360 degree views are breathtaking. While some areas are closed off for pathway reconstruction, there a still plenty of viewing spots. There are walking paths up from the foot of the hill for the fitter more adventurous. A must when you visit here

Thank Mumjudy
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Very interesting place to visit with breathtaking views over the sea and also the places below. Would love to climb it one day...

Thank Ladymaggic
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Reviewed 6 days ago

From the vantage point of the lookout, take in a view of all of Townsville, the interior of Queensland and the azure Coral Sea. Don't miss it!

Thank Eddiemack
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Make sure to do the summit walk - it's a rough track but means you get to see all the views of Townsville, Magnetic island, up and down the coast and inland. Fun to search out local landmarks! Well done to those walking up and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Keen for a workout while you're away?... want to try out a challenge?... Then do as the locals do and start out at the bottom of Castle Hill and get yourself to the top as quickly as you can!... This is an excellent beginners workout......More

Thank Treay81
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Reviewed 1 week ago

we walk up the goat track the 10 000 step route make sure you have a water bottle. if you are not a fitness person then i suggest you drive up as it's less strain on your body elderly and parent with children definitely drive...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Couldn't walk up as my knee was not working well. So we drove up and we found plenty of parking and this is such a very popular spot for the walkers, runners cyclist and sight seers. Some great photo opportunities and the expanse of the...More

Thank Howard R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sometimes you may be disappointed with a Lookout. Well, not with this one you won't, I'm pretty safe in saying. you see the city, t.he islands right up to Palm Island. The ocean and foreshore add to this spectacular panorama. It's only 2.9kms to the...More

Thank d0nald37
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was great. Pity that 2 of the walking tracks were closed for repair, but you got to see so much from up at Castle Hill. Another bonus was that the toilets were clean!

Thank SnJJones
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