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Address: Castle Hill Road, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Just metres short of a mountain, Castle Hill is the giant pink granite...

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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Amazing View!

Best place to view Townsville in it's entirety. Beautiful sunrises. Popular walking destination so watch out for locals on the road.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Townsville, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Best place to view Townsville in it's entirety. Beautiful sunrises. Popular walking destination so watch out for locals on the road.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Well worth the walk to the top for some amazing vistas of Townsville and the coast. Don`t walk if you are not fit, take the car

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

To tilly appreciate Townsville; it's remoteness, beauty and history you need to get up to Castle Hill

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Super great way to get a little exercise! Love taking the goat track for a short hike with some friends!

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really great views from the top, but if you can take the time to walk up and own. In the afternoon and morning there are heaps of people out on the hill and it's a great community experience.

Thank Dave W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Castle Hill is natures gym. Love going up the hill via goat track, cudtheringa track or just up the road which is great for exercise or just sight seeing! Can also ride your bike up and down if you keen. Lots of stops along the way and great lookouts at the top!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Right in the heart of Townsville an exercisers delight, 200m above sea level, serviced by bitumen road as well as dirt tracks, to delight in a panoramic 360 degree view of the city, the Esplenade, Magnetic Island, Casino, boat harbo.ur Castle Hill height

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Walk or drive to the top of Castle Hill to experience the most amazing view of the city down in the valley and the beautiful sea from a viewing deck. We did a little bit of hiking - not much as we had our young grandsons with us and it was a terribly hot day. It is quite amazing to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is (one of) the icon of Townsville, a lookout on the top of the hill. Beautiful view 360 degrees to the Townsville City and Region, lovely. In a good weather you can see several distinguished places, such Town Centre, the Strand, Jezzine Barracks, Reef HQ, Railway Station, Rail Yard, and an ideal place to see sunrise. Locals use this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our friend took us for a drive to Castle Hill, we thoroughly enjoyed it, it was about 6.30 -7.30pm and the winding road had a lot of walkers getting their daily exercises, we got out at the top and walked out to the point. If you are in Townsville make sure you go.

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