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“Stunning view”
Review of Castle Hill

Castle Hill
Ranked #2 of 90 things to do in Townsville
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

The walk there is extremely exhausting with a lot of stairs but the view is absolutely stunning! I was amazed and when it's good weather you can see Magnetic Island. A must if you are in Townsville!

Thank Sarah I
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Great for fitness and a slower pace, Castle Hill offers 360° views taking in the Strand, Magnetic Island, city, Pallarenda as far as the eye can see. A must do, in fact more than once to take in the different light and times.

Thank treajules
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Looking for a great view of Townsville and surrounds? make your way up Castle Hill - drive, or for the fitter among us, walk or bike. The tracks are well marked, they are a quite a few steps so you can expect jelly-leg if you haven't exercised for awhile.

Early morning and dusk usually sees the local fitties out, lots of them.
Take an early morning drive up and watch the sun rise. The road is windy but well maintained and the views aware great. Take a selfie on the rock wall with views of Maggie in the background.
Its a fun road on a motorbike!

Thank Debbie G
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Reviewed 26 March 2018

I hiked up Castle Hill with a few of my friends. We are all about 20, and relatively fit, but we were sweating buckets by the time we reached the top. It's a pretty steep incline, but the hike up only took about half an hour. We used a combination of the road and the goat trail. If you can, be sure to go at dusk as the sun is setting over Townsville. It gets pretty crowded, as locals use the road and the trails for exercise, but the views are well worth it!

Thank ayla_busch
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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

Castle hill is in the centre of Townsville the view from the top is outstanding you can see the whole town from the top . If your lucky you can watch the kids learning to abseil down the rock . Rather them than me .

Thank Jimpendrigh
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