Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium General Entry Ticket
Visit the Great Barrier Reef indoors at the worlds largest living Coral Reef Aquarium and the National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. The Aquarium provides the most outstanding experience through Education, inspiration and Entertainment. Reef HQ Aquarium achieves this through providing living exhibits complimented by thematic and interactive educational experiences which raise awareness and encourages behaviors that will protect the Great Barrier Reef. Attractions include an underwater tunnel where you can watch sharks and fish swim around you, and daily animal feeding demonstrations and talks. All talks and tours included in entry fee.Visit: Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, 2-68 Flinders St, Townsville, Queensland 4810 AustraliaYour admission ticket to Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium gives you the chance to observe a variety of marine animals and corals in elaborate exhibits that simulate the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef and Australia’s greatest natural wonder. Marvel at the 200,000 gallon (750,000 liter) Predator Exhibit and the 660,430 gallon (2.5 million liter) Coral Reef Exhibit, housing more than 150 species of fish and 120 species of hard and soft corals. Unlike many other aquariums, the coral reef tank is exposed to the outdoors, allowing natural light, rain and storms to touch the waters. Walk through an underwater viewing tunnel that gives you front-row views of the living coral reef and the sharks and rays that swim around it. Watch some of the Great Barrier Reef’s most iconic species such as the giant trivially and blacktip reef sharks circle a replica of the SS Yongala, North Queensland's most famous shipwreck. You might also spot smaller critters such as seahorses, pipefish, clown fish and sea turtles. Throughout the day, the knowledgeable and friendly staff offer educational talks and feeding demonstrations. At the Discovery Lagoon, get a close enco
Magnetic Island Round-Trip Ferry From Townsville
Enjoy the secluded paradise of Magnetic Island, a tropical destination known for its quiet beaches, rugged landscape, and abundant wildlife. Easily accessible via the ferry from the City of Townsville, Magnetic Island is only 20 minutes away with SeaLink, the quickest link to this idyllic tropical location to set the clock to island time.SeaLink offers up to 18 trips a day to Magnetic Island, the ferry terminal in Townsville is located close to the CBD and The Strand and only 12 minutes from the Townsville Airport. You can easily make a day on Magnetic Island or stay for as long as you want, for the best island experience on the east coast of Australia.Return tickets are valid for up to 30 days from purchase, so take your time and enjoy snorkel trails, and hiking trails of the Magnetic Island National Park, home to the largest colony of Koala's in Northern Australia, and a perfect base to explore the GBR. Enjoy a quick and easy ferry transfer to Magnetic Island with SeaLink. With up to 18 trips a day, and a short 20 minute trip across Cleveland Bay to the Magnetic Island Marina in Nelly Bay. The local Magnetic Island bus service meets every ferry arrival, and departure making it easy and affordable to explore Magnetic Island. Spend as much time as you like on the island with the flexibility of a return ticket that is valid for one month with a range of accommodation to suit every budget. With 23 bays, plus many beaches with fringing reefs and a network of shipwrecks, there's plenty to explore in the water. You can explore the island by yacht, snorkeling tours, day trips to the Great Barrier Reef, sea kayaking, fishing and jet-skiing. On land, almost 70 percent of the island is protected by national parks. You can walk along nearly 15 miles (24 km) of walking trails in varied terrain. Wildlife thrives here, as Magnetic Island is well known as the home to the largest population of Koala’s in Northern Australia. The only self-contained island
Townsville City Sightseeing Tour
2 hours 30 minutes
Considered the unofficial capital of North Queensland, the sprawling city of Townsville boasts a revitalized esplanade called The Strand, stunning views of Magnetic Island from Castle Hill, and a military fort overlooking Cleveland Bay. During this 2.5-hour sightseeing tour, travel to them all by air-conditioned minivan, making stops at viewpoints along the way to hear your guide’s commentary on Townsville's historical landmarks. Numbers are limited to 12 passengers for a small-group experience.You must select from one of four pick-up points at time of checkout. Start your 2.5-hour sightseeing tour with a drive through Townsville’s Central Business District. Known as the CBD, it's considered the commercial hub of North Queensland; you'll learn why as your guide points out historical landmarks and explains the revitalization of the town’s main drag on Flinders Street. You'll learn even more about the city's history from an onboard audio presentation on a ride up a narrow, winding road to the top of Castle Hill. At the summit of the uniquely shaped monolith of pink granite, stretch your legs on a walk with your guide to a viewpoint. You'll have some free time to look out at the city and Cleveland Bay from several viewing platforms. Back in town, you’ll pass the oldest of four botanical gardens en route to the historical Jezzine Barracks. Get out for a detailed tour of Fort Kissing Point, a blockhouse built on high ground in the late 1800s that today overlooks The Strand. Back down at The Strand, see why it has won awards in public development. The 1.4-mile (2.2-km) beachfront playground is studded with ice-cream parlors, cafes, beer gardens and parks. Along a walking path that hugs the coastline, you can look out to see Magnetic Island. After a refreshing stroll on the esplanade, take a short ride over to the Port of Townsville for a brief visit. The final leg of your afternoon tour includes the lower end of Flinders Street and the entertainment
Magnetic Island Sunset Sail
Join a 2-hour peaceful and enjoyable sunset sail during your stay on Magnetic Island. Small personalised groups of 12. BYO is welcome. Complimentary sparkling wine or non alcoholic beverages on arrival and delicious antipasto platters while watching the sunset. No hidden costs. Small personalised groups of 12.Private Charters Available.We also have another vessel, Ragamuffin 3, so check out our website.We depart at 4:30pm and return at 6:30pm. These times are subject to change (especially through winter- maybe half an hour earlier due to it becoming dark earlier).Complimentary sparkling wine & non alcoholic drinks on arrival.....and delicious antipasto platters while watching the sunset.Environmental tax included. BYO is welcome and we have plenty of cold water available. We sail in Horseshoe Bay but also venture off shore and to other bays if the weather and sea conditions allow us. We believe in ensuring our guests have a memorable and enjoyable experience.Our location of departure/drop off in Horseshoe Bay is easily accessible, either by the local bus service as it is very reliable and we also have a taxi company if you did not bring a car to the island.Overall, our Sunset Sail is a lovely way to spend 2 hours sailing on the water with a small groups of guests- 12 MAX.
Townsville and the Australian Army: Walking History Tour with Optional City Sightseeing
6 hours 30 minutes
A former Australian Army member acts as your guide on a military history tour in Townsville. The city's military presence dates back to the 1800s, and you will learn more about it at Kissing Point Fort, the Royal Australian Air Force Museum, the Black Hawk Memorial, and Lavarack Barracks, among other landmarks. Want to see beyond Townsville's military sites? You can add a 2.5-hour city sightseeing tour that highlights general history, top attractions and scenic landmarks. This small-group tour, limited to 12 people, includes morning tea (lunch if Military and Scenic option is chosen), entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off.Townsville might be best known as the gateway to some of Queensland's best adventure spots including Magnetic Island and the Great Barrier Reef. But did you know that the city has also been an important military location since the late 1800s?Learn all about the city’s considerable contributions to the Australian defenses in WWII, and beyond, during a 4-hour military history tour. For a comprehensive introduction to Townsville, upgrade to include a city sightseeing tour focusing on general history and iconic sites. Both options include entrance fees, morning tea (lunch if Military and Scenic option is chosen), guide, and hotel pickup and drop-off. Please see Itinerary below for more details.
River to Mountain Townsville Tour with Optional City Sightseeing Upgrade
Discover those hidden secrets of Townsville that most visitors never get to see. View our university and regional hospital, enjoy a walk around our River way precinct and hear stories about the early explorers of the region. Enjoy your morning tea at the Heritage Tea rooms the oldest building of its type in North Queensland and experience the views from Thornton’s gap at the top of the mountain range and so much more. This tour takes you away from the city to experience our river area and up into the mountains above Townsville. We explain how those early pioneering years and events, laid the foundation for Townsville to become the largest city in Northern Australia.Townsville has a very interesting history it's still important trading port was the gate-way that opened up the last part of the east coast of Australia to be colonised. The wealthiest of Australia's early gold fields was discovered close by at a place called Charters Towers and this early trade in gold, helped establish Townsville's as the preeminent port in North Queensland. This 4 hour tour takes you on a journey away from the inner city area to discover the present day Townsville and hear the story of its past. After pick up from your CBD Accommodation we spent the first hour driving out to the river-way precinct stopping off to view one Townsville's early industries and some of her present day facilities including the city university and regional hospital. Our first guided walk is at River-way where we spend around 50 minutes discovering this award winning public area. Next we head up to the top of the mountains above Townsville during the drive we tell you the story of the early explorers of the region, before enjoying a delicious morning tea break at the heritage tea rooms. On the return journey we stop to admire the magnificent views from the Thornton's Gap lookout. For those that wish to also see the inner city area of Townsville. You have the option to upgrade to a f
Magnetic Island Twilight Sailing Cruise
Jump on board a 58-foot sailing yacht for a gentle sunset sail in the magical waters surrounding Magnetic Island. Enjoy a selection of Tamburlaine organic wines or beers with some delicious local cheeses while you kick back and relax on a beautiful sailing yacht.Your 58-foot sailing yacht is perfect for a twilight cruise. She's a beautiful 58 foot sailing yacht with two deep cockpits and a large foredeck with plenty of space for everyone. For twilight cruises numbers are limited (up to 12 guests) to ensure a very personal service for all guests on board. At 4.15pm you will be met on the corner of the Peppers Boardwalk restaurant and the Magnetic Island Ferries car ferry ramp at the Nelly Bay Ferry Terminal and shown to the beautiful 58 foot sailing yacht, which is only a stones throw away from the meeting spot. Once on board you'll have a choice of places to sit - on the foredeck, on the beanbags in the middle or in one of the two cockpits at the back of the boat. There's plenty of space for everyone to spread out and with a maximum of around fourteen guests it'll feel like your own private charter. On departing Magnetic Island Marina at 4.30pm you'll receive a quick introduction and safety brief before pulling up sails in Cleveland Bay. Guests are always invited to get involved if you wish, or feel free to watch the crew, Paul & Clare, hoist the sails before turning off the engine to enjoy the peace. Once under sail, you will be offered a selection of Tamburlaine Organic Wines, which include Sauvignon Blanc, Vintage Blanc de Blanc, Chardonnay and a Petit Fleur (Rose). For non-wine drinkers, there is a locally brewed beer and soft drinks. There is also a delicious cheese platter to enjoy with your wine - be sure to try the homemade pumpkin chutney!!! The route of the 90 minute cruise in Cleveland Bay will depend on the wind (strength and direction) and the skipper, Paul will ensure that it is the most comfortable ride for the prevailing con
Magnetic Island Sailing BBQ Lunch Cruise
Jump on board a beautiful 58 foot yacht for gentle sail to one of Magnetic Island's secluded bays. Enjoy a swim or an explore on the beach or just relax while a delicious BBQ lunch is being prepared for you and only a few other guests.ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Pilgrim Sailing, 123 Sooning St Magnetic Island Marina, Magnetic Island, Queensland 4819 AustraliaDeparting from Magnetic Island Marina.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Magnetic Island National Park, West Point Road, Magnetic Island, Queensland 4819 AustraliaThe cruise will anchor in one of the bays of Magnetic Island.Duration: 4 hours
Townsville Helicopter Tour
Enjoy breathtaking views of Townsville and Cleveland Bay during a helicopter flight with an expert pilot as your guide. Choose from either a shorter flight around Townsville or a longer flight that also takes you over Magnetic Island. The state-of-the-art helicopter flies over Castle Hill, the Strand, Townsville Port, Ross River and the Coral Sea. Upgrade to include Magnetic Island and portions of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Your pilot will provide expert commentary about Townsville’s highlights and history for a comprehensive overview of this stunning region.You can request hotel pickup or make your own way to the Townsville Airport, where you meet an expert pilot and receive a safety orientation before boarding the helicopter. Up in the sky, the pilot provides detailed commentary about all the sights you see. If you have a question, just ask on a two-way audio headset.Read on to learn about the two flights you can choose from:City Flight (10 minutes):Fly over Townsville by helicopter for aerial views of all the key landmarks, including the iconic Castle Hill, a heritage-listed pink granite mountain that stands 938 feet (286 meters) high in the heart of Townsville. Take in the long sandy beaches of the Strand and the bustling activity around Townsville Port, the third largest seaport in Queensland. Then follow the Ross River from the port through the city for a final look from above before gently landing at the airport to end your amazing flight. Magnetic Island Scenic Flight (30 minutes):See all the same sights as the City Flight option above, and fly over Cleveland Bay to Magnetic Island, located five miles (8 km) offshore from the city of Townsville. Part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Cleveland Bay and the surrounding waters of the Coral Sea host abundant marine wildlife and fringing reefs, some visible from the air. Glide over Magnetic Island to admire scenery of rugged cliffs, dense rainfores
Full-Day Adventure Sailing Experience: Circumnavigate Magnetic Island
7 hours 30 minutes
A full day on the water, circumnavigating Magnetic Island- sailing, snorkeling(we supply the snorkel gear, UV/wet suits), exploring a beach/bay only accessible by boat, paddle boarding, kayaking and boom netting. Small personalised groups of 12 and we welcome you into our home, Big Mama.Big Mama is a 18m(60ft) solid, well maintained sailing vessel with professional and friendly crew.Half Day Sails & Private Charters Available.We also have another vessel, Ragamuffin 3 so check out our website.We meet our guests on the beach in Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island at 8:40am and return at 4:30pm. Morning tea of homemade scones, jam, cream, tea and coffee is served on arrival, to welcome our guests. We do not have a planned itinerary as we plan our trip taking in consideration the weather and tides for snorkeling. We do snorkel the fringing Great Barrier Reef around Magnetic Island and we also visit a beautiful beach/bay to explore, paddle board, kayak or relax. We provide a wholesome and plentiful BBQ Lunch of fresh mackerel fish parcels, chicken and beef skewers, potato salad, coleslaw, garden salad and crusty bread.We also supply good quality snorkel gear & UV and wet suits.We see brahimy kites, sea eagles, rock wallabies, dolphins, turtles, dugongs, hump back whales( in their migration season) and other marine and local wildlife, but each day is different and it is a surprise to what we see on your day??Afternoon tea is fresh fruit platter, Anzac biscuits, tea and coffee. We also offer boom netting.
Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Townsville or Magnetic Island
Join a professional crew aboard a custom-built vessel for snorkeling, an introductory dive with an experienced instructor, or two certified dives in the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. This day trip takes you from Townsville or Magnetic Island to Lodestone Reef, where you get the chance to see reef fish, sea turtles, stingrays, reef sharks and more up close. Lunch as well as equipment are included.Depart from Breakwater Marina, just off The Strand in Townsville, or board the MV Adrenalin at Nelly Bay Ferry Terminal on Magnetic Island. Your trip starts with morning tea with your fellow snorkelers and scuba divers. Lodestone Reef, chosen for its diversity of sites, great coral cover and crystal-clear water boasts colorful reef walls and large bommies that attract the likes of reef fish, sea turtles, stingrays, Maori wrasse, and white-tip and black-tip reef sharks. The reef has areas for just about anyone interested in snorkeling or diving, with the depth ranging from 3 to 65 feet (1 to 20 meters) in parts. Each option caters to different skill level; see below for more details. Ice water, tea, coffee and cordials are available throughout the day on board the 45-foot (14-meter) custom-built vessel, which provides fully shaded areas and a sundeck. Enjoy afternoon tea and a tropical buffet style lunch before you’re returned to Townsville or Magnetic Island. Option 1: Snorkel TourThe pristine coral and clear visibility of Lodestone Reef is great for snorkelers. For a closer look, follow the channels between the reef right up into the shallows. Option 2: Certified DiveCertified divers can enjoy two dives at an uncrowded dive site. Explore the reef with a dive buddy, or enhance your underwater adventure with an experienced dive guide. Unless you have 10 logged dives, it is required that you hire the certified dive guide. Explore the fringing reef and canyons around the lagoon, or head for deeper water and explore the coral columns and
Scuba Dive the S.S. Yongala Wreck on the Great Barrier Reef
Go open-water diving on the SS ‘Yongala’ wreck, considered one of the best dive sites in the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Your day trip to one of the largest and most intact historic shipwrecks includes two dives with a choice of tanks and weights or full equipment. Enjoy lunch and refreshments on board, and make the most of your dive with a certified guide (optional hire). Numbers are limited to 21 to ensure personalized attention on your small-group excursion, departing from Townsville or Magnetic Island.This phenomenal dive is one no open-water scuba diver should miss! The SS Yongala wreck is situated in the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Legally protected under Australia’s Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976, the site is designed to conserve wreck relics and artifacts. Check in at Breakwater Marina, just off the Strand in Townsville, or board your boat at Nelly Bay Ferry Terminal on Magnetic Island for an early morning departure. Start with morning tea as you greet your small group of open-water divers, and receive tips from professional crew members about protecting the marine environment at the shipwreck site, located approximately 48 nautical miles (89 km) southeast of Townsville. The upper sections of the 361-foot-long (110 meters) ship, which sank during a cyclone, begin 49 feet (15 meters) below the water’s surface. The ship extends to the depth of the sandy sea floor, approximately 100 feet (30 meters) down. The SS Yongala carried 49 passengers and a 73-person crew. On its way from Melbourne to Cairns, it lost all 122 people on board. The wreck was first found in 1958, and due to its remote location and protected landmark status, it has remained mostly untouched. When you reach the established artificial reef, keep an eye out for a diverse range of marine life attracted to this complex habitat. You’re likely to spot turtles, sea snakes, giant trevally, Queensland gropers, eagle rays, manta rays, sharks, thousand
45-Minute Cape Cleveland Scenic Helicopter Flight from Townsville
Share some local history with a scenic flight to Cape Cleveland Lighthouse, then follow the coastline to reveal the wetlands of Bowling Green Bay National Park. There will also be the chance to take in the beautiful sights of Townsville itself when you make your way back.Share some local history with a scenic flight to Cape Cleveland Lighthouse. Perched high on the wind-beaten cliff face, the lighthouse was built in 1879 and marks the northern-most point of Cape Cleveland and the entrance to Cleveland Bay. Then make your way along the coastline reveal the wetlands of Bowling Green Bay National Park, this flight takes in some of the region’s most spectacular scenery before returning to Townsville. This part of the flight will showcase the vast and contrasting views of the Townsville region, and will give you a true layout of the city and its many landmarks.
60-Minute Palm Island Scenic Helicopter Flight from Townsville
The Palm Island Archipelago is a magnificent jewel in the crown of the Great Barrier Reef and its size, undoubtedly best experienced from above. On take-off enjoy an extraordinary vista of Magnetic Island before tracking towards the Coral Sea and the trail of small islands leading to Palm Island’s splendid shores. Circling the island’s rugged coastline see the fringing reefs that make this island one of the most prized assets of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The return flight offers views of Townsville’s city and port districts, the Strand and Castle Hill.ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Nautilus Aviation, Gypsy Moth Court Hangar 15, Townsville Airport, Garbutt, Queensland 4814 AustraliaCheck-in is 30 minutes prior to your departure for your pre-departure briefing.You'll then board the helicopter for your scenic flight. Duration: 30 minutesPass By: Magnetic Island National Park, West Point Road, Magnetic Island, Queensland 4819 AustraliaStart your journey flying out to Magnetic Island. Pass By: The Strand, Townsville, Queensland 4810 AustraliaFly over the StrandPass By: Castle Hill Road, Townsville, Queensland 4810 AustraliaFly over Castle Hill
Orpheus Island Day Trip by Helicopter from Townsville
Leave the busy world behind and take a helicopter flight to the island of Orpheus Island for an afternoon in paradise. In just 30 minutes, your expert pilot flies your small-group from the mainland to this small island in the Great Barrier Reef. Following a refreshing fruit cocktail on arrival, explore the Island and enjoy its facilities or, opt for a transfer to your very own secluded beach. After 3 hours on the Orpheus Island, return by helicopter back to Townsville.Make your way to the Townsville Airport to meet your pilot for your helicopter flight to Orpheus Island. After a safety briefing from your pilot, set off into the skies. During the 30-minute flight, communicate with your pilot via the provided 2-way radio headset. Your pilot points out landmarks below you as you soar over the Coral Sea to Orpheus Island. Situated in the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, the secluded island features about seven miles (11 km) of pristine coastline surrounded by fringing coral reef. When you arrive at the Orpheus Island heliport, the island staff welcomes you and offers you a a refreshing cocktail. Explore the island and enjoy its facilities or, opt for a transfer to your very own secluded beach. In absolute seclusion on your private island, enjoy your chef-prepared gourmet picnic hamper with refreshments, beach comb and snorkel straight off the beach into pellucid blue-green waters to discover the mystical coral gardens and brightly coloured tropical fish of this under water world. Once three hours have passed, return to the helipad for your flight. Pass over the Palm Island archipelago on your way back to Townsville, marveling at the scenery as it unfolds around you. Upon arrival, make your own way to your next destination with great memories of an afternoon getaway on a gorgeous island.
90-Minute Hinchinbrook Island Scenic Helicopter Flight
1 hour 30 minutes
Take a flight around Hinchinbrook Island and take in Australia's largest island National Park. Experience many beautiful sights from the air like Palm Island archipelago and the Great Barrier Reef. There is also a chance to take in the landmarks of Townsville city.ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Nautilus Aviation, Gypsy Moth Court Hangar 15, Townsville Airport, Garbutt, Queensland 4814 AustraliaCheck-in is 30 minutes prior to your departure for your pre-departure briefing.You'll then board the helicopter for your scenic flight. Duration: 30 minutesPass By: Hinchinbrook Island National Park, Hinchinbrook Island, Queensland 4849 AustraliaExplore Hinchinbrook Island from abovePass By: Townsville City Council, 103 Walker St, Townsville, Queensland 4810 AustraliaFly over Townsville
Heli Fishing Day Trip from Townsville
Whether you’re an experienced or novice angler, this HeliFish adventure will take you to new heights! Explore some of far North Queensland’s most elusive fishing locations by helicopter.Helifish is more than just fishing – it is a photographers dream! See the beauty of untouched terrain from the air and rivers full of fishing potential.Specialising in helicopter fishing, the tours are flexible to suit personal requests, fishing skill and groups of all sizes!Make your way to the Townsville Airport to meet your pilot and start your fishing tour by helicopter. On this outing, known as 'heli-fishing,' you get to wear a 2-way radio headset that allows you to communicate while in flight. As for gear, it's all there. Your guide provides equipment such as overhead rods, spin reels, nets, coolers (eskys), chairs, and insect repellent, among other necessary gear. Your tackle box comes stocked with filleting knives, lures, and bait. Next you'll take a short flight to either Bray Island, a rocky outcrop surrounded by deep waters, or to an estuary near Cape Cleveland. When you land, your guide breaks out a gourmet picnic lunch accompanied by sparkling wine or beer. On this trip, expect to cast a line for mangrove jack, salmon, flathead, and barramundi (from February thru October). At Bray Island, you'll also fish for cod, mackerel and trevally. (Bonus: You may spot other wildlife including crocodiles, dugongs, turtles and humpback whales.)