Convenient comfort in the CBD
The largest city in Queensland's North, Townsville is a coastal hub with easy access to the Great Barrier Reef and outlying outback. With the newly revitalised Flinders Street Mall in the heart of town, staying in Townsville's CBD has never offered more choices of things to see and do.
Staying on Palmer Street will have you within reach of the city's best dining options, with nearby 4-star hotels including the Grand Hotel Townsville, Oaks M on Palmer, Quest Townsville and Rydges Southbank Townsville. Closer to the shopping-and-nightlife-heavy Flinders Street you will find the Holiday Inn, known locally as the "sugar shaker", and the chic Chifley Plaza.
Stay along The Strand
The Strand is Townsville's purpose-built beachfront promenade which attracts locals and visitors alike – speckled with palms, designed for a daily cardio fix and surrounded by al fresco eateries. Still within walking distance of the mall and close enough to the marina that you can jump on a ferry to Magnetic Island at a whim, staying at The Strand is a popular choice for many.
Find your Townsville accommodation close to the foreshore at the high-rise Aquarius on the Beach self-contained units, the perfectly positioned Waters Edge The Strand or the spacious and stylish Australis Mariners North Holiday Apartments.
Main road motels and more
As the main hub between Central Queensland and Far North Queensland, Townsville is a popular stopover for those embarking on a coastal road trip from Mackay to Cairns. Without heading into the busy town centre, there are plenty of places to pull in along the main roads of Ross River Road and Bowen Road, merging into Charters Towers Road.
Take your pick of the affordable motor inns and lodges such as the unmissable Monte Carlo Motor Inn, the clean and comfortable Cascade Motel and the quaint Colonial Rose Motel – all well suited for an overnight stop to break up the journey.