Touring Townsville on a Budget: What to Do, Where to Go

Going on a vacation in Australia’s elegant cities doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, if you’re looking for a place to bask in the sunshine and enjoy some tourist attractions on a tight budget, there’s a perfect place for you. Head out to Townsville, Queensland, which has 320 days of sunshine and lots of low-cost attractions.

Even some of Townsville’s dental clinic facilities offer affordable rates, which makes this tropical city of North Queensland a great place to visit. So, if you’re interested in touring Townsville, make sure to check out these beautiful but inexpensive attractions.

Street Art

Melbourne may be famous for having some of the most beautiful street artworks in the world, but Townsville is slowly gaining on them with the latter’s own street art. Go around the central business district of the city, and you’ll see some of the most innovative artworks on building walls. And since they’re painted on building walls, there are no entrance fees for you to pay.

Jezzine Barracks

If you’re up for a walk down memory lane and a scenic view of the coast of Townsville, head to the Jezzine Barracks. This 15-hectare tourist attraction is significant for commemorating the Aboriginal people of Australia. The site itself also has a rich history with the Australian army.

If you want to know more about the Australian army, check out the Army Museum here at Jezzine Barracks and you can view the history of the country’s bravest soldiers. After that, you can go to the boardwalk that provides you with a beautiful view of the Coral Sea. Walk from Rowes Bay up to The Strand, and from there, check out the observation deck at Kissing Point Fork.

All of these destinations are free. The heritage park also has many areas where you can lay out a blanket and have a picnic.

Frosty Mango

If you’ve had enough sun at the Jezzine Barracks and you’re looking for a way to cool down, head over to Frosty Mango for some delicious and healthy homemade ice cream. Established in 1989, this shop north of Townsville offers ice cream made from fresh fruits. Not only do they serve fruity ice cream, but they also have pancakes, sandwiches, and freshly made wraps.

The ice creams don’t go over $18 (the cheapest is $4.50). So it’s an inexpensive diner filled with all the sweet but healthy treats your heart desires.


Townsville may be a city, but everywhere you go, you can see Mother Nature in the backdrop giving, this elegant city a very laidback atmosphere. And when you head north, you’ll see the mountain village of Paluma where you’ll get to walk through a rainforest, freshwater creeks, and some beautiful rocky landscapes.

Spend the whole day walking around this rustic village, and when you’re in need of a refreshment or food, check out the local cafes and restaurants. The local eateries are quaint, cute, and very far from the commercial establishments you often see in big cities.

So, check out Townsville and more importantly, the attractions above if you want to roam around the city on a tight budget. There are plenty more attractions in this tropical city that won’t put a hole in your wallet, so take your time, explore, and enjoy.


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