South Townsville


When the sun goes down, South Townsville’s Palmer Street comes alive! Following the river, this after-hours hot spot is brimming with groovy cafes, lively pubs and fine dining restaurants, sophisticated cocktail bars and hip hotels. The atmosphere buzzes in this precinct located just across the river from Townsville City Centre.

There is plenty to see and do during the day too! South Townsville is home to the city’s Maritime Museum. The pride of the Museum is a display of the SS Yongala, which sunk in 1911 drowning all 122 people on board. The wreck, off the coast of Townsville, is now one of the world’s premier wreck dive sites.

Visitors to the Museum can take a guided tour of a real naval patrol boat, the HMAS Townsville, anchored near the mouth of Ross River. The kids will also love the extensive display of hand-made model boats that the Museum has on offer.

Accommodation at South Townsville includes backpacker hostels, motels, self-contained units and a number of well-known hotel chains.

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