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mountain view of Townsville

Reserve a rental car in Townsville at VroomVroomVroom so that you can explore Far North Queensland in comfort and style. We compare car rental deals from the country's leading suppliers, including Avis, Enterprise (formerly Redspot), Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty. 

Townsville is a wonderful city located in Queensland, Australia. It is nestled on the top of the north between Mackay and Cairns, considered to be the unofficial capital of North Queensland. Townsville is one of the largest cities near the Great Barrier Reef, offering a lot of day tours and cruises. The Strand is one of the most popular places in Townsville. The location offers a spectacular view over the Port of Townsville and Magnetic Island. The tropical beach is the perfect place for a relaxing afternoon. There are plenty of places to park your rental car so you can enjoy a full day on the The Strand.

Reasons why more people choose to rent a car with us

At VroomVroomVroom, we make booking a rental car easy, so there are no excuses for not hiring a car. We provide a list of best Townsville car hire deals from the top suppliers with their addresses in the lower left hand bar, so you can choose where the most convenient place is to collect your car. You may also check out our location pages for options on your next vacation.

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  • Campervan hire:  Also, you may want to book a campervan for your visit to Townsville. Compare and save on current campervan rates here.

Driving tips in Townsville

Approximately half way between Mackay and Cairns, Townsville is deemed as Queensland's second capital as the city is the right pit stop in tropical North Queensland for a holiday. Most of Townsville's major attractions can be found outdoors. One of which is the Magnetic Island cited as the only island on the North Queensland Coast with a divine mix of untouched National Park and with over 20 stunning beaches. Located only 8 km offshore from Townsville, this paradise island is in a rain shadow thus making it the sunniest city on the Queensland coast. 

Best time to visit Townsville

Townsville, like majority of the cities in Queensland, consists of tropical climate with hot humid summers and warm winters. Generally, the weather in Townsville is at its best from May to September. Winter is also extraordinary, since most days here are still warm and even the evenings are always cool. 

Tourists deciding to visit Townsville will surely not regret their decision, as the city is really spectacular. There are numerous parks, impressive buildings, restaurants, pubs, as well as sporting centres. Townsville will offer possibilities to all tourists to plan an amazing vacation in this beautiful city. 

Find out why Townsville is a must-visit

No matter which city you choose to visit in Australia, VroomVroomVroom would love to help you book a car hire. Here are some useful information about Townsville, just one of the many Queensland cities that we have access to hire cars.

There are many magnificent diving sites in Australia, but Townsville seems to have captured the hearts of many diving enthusiasts. Do you want to know why? Aside from exploring its diverse marine life and colorful coral reefs, there are other unique diving opportunities awaiting them! Diving doesn't necessarily have to be underwater because in Townsville, you can also dive into history and dive without getting wet. That's right, the city is filled with unique attractions that would make your holiday more memorable. So if you are looking for the ultimate diving adventure in Australia, then start renting a car here and drive all the way to Townsville. 

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S.S. Yongala Wreck

One of the top diving sites in the world is the S.S. Yongala Wreck, where you can find an array of sea creatures such as schools of giant grouper, giant trevally, and cobia, as well as sea turtles and snakes. The famous wreck is situated in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and can be easily accessed via Yongala Dive, which is a PADI 5-star dive resort. If it's your first time to try diving, then you might as well take the Open Water course before moving to a more advanced course. Once you've passed all the necessary courses, then you can start exploring the S.S. Yongala Wreck and even snap some cool underwater photos!

Reef HQ Aquarium

Address: 2-68 Flinders Street, Townsville City QLD 4810

If you're not in the mood to get wet, but still want to explore the Great Barrier Reef, then the perfect place to visit is the Reef HQ Aquarium. This is your chance to get up close with thousands of sea creatures and watch marine-based shows such as fish and shark feeding, turtle talk, and predator dive show. Enter the viewing tunnel of the Predator Exhibit to experience how's it like being surrounded by dangerous sea creatures. You can even spot a replica of the famous S.S. Yolanga Wreck in that area. If you have small children in tow, then let them join the Creature Feature Workshops at the Discovery Lagoon.

Museum of Tropical Queensland

Address: 70-102 Flinders St, Townsville City QLD 4810, Australia

Are you ready to dive into history? There are many interesting exhibits and programs at the Museum of Tropical Queensland that tell the story of life in the tropics. You can even find a life-size replica of a centuries-old ship called the HMS Pandora at the Great Gallery. There are exhibitions of North Queensland creatures, tropical rainforests, deep sea creatures, fossils, and more! 

Tucher Regional Gallery

The Tucher Regional Gallery is a Townsville art gallery, which displays numerous artworks, including more than 2000 art pieces in its wonderful collections. Art lovers should not miss this spot.

Ross River 

Ross River is another impressive location of Townsville. Here, tourists will be amazed by the spectacular view and the many possibilities to plan all kinds of outdoor adventures and aquatic sports, including sailing and surfing. Tourists will also be able to visit the Ross River Parkways, a series of beautiful parks which uphold their title of one of the best and most stunning destinations in Townsville.

Birch Carroll and Coyle

Address: 10 Little Fletcher St, Townsville City QLD 4810, Australia

Movies Birch Carroll and Coyle on the corner of Sturt and Blackwood street. Have a good old fashion date with your partner at the movies or take the whole family out to see the latest release.

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Park Regis Anchorage

Address:51 Palmer Street, South Townsville QLD 4810

Known for its central location, guests staying at Park Regis Anchorage have easy access to the city's premiere restaurants, bars, cafes, and clubs. The Great Barrier Reef and the Magnetic Island are within easy reach as well as several national parks, tropical rainforests, and other attractions. Their rooms are spacious and most have a private balcony so you can enjoy great views during stay. There are several dining venues to choose from that are located near Park Regis, but you can also have a satisfying meal at Table 51 which can be found within the hotel.

For more choices in accommodation, visit Wotif.com where you can find a wide selection of hotels.

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