Townsville Activities

Our most recommended Townsville Activities

Museum Of Underwater Art & Great Barrier Reef Day Trip

1. Museum Of Underwater Art & Great Barrier Reef Day Trip

Begin your journey from the Townsville Breakwater Marina, or from Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island. Sail to the Central Section of the Great Barrier Reef on a custom-built day vessel. First, visit the Museum Of Underwater Art (MOUA) located offshore on the John Brewer Reef. Surrounded by the beautiful and colorful coral reefs, explore this underwater site which is the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Learn more about conservation, restoration, and education about the issues affecting the reefs, with a strong emphasis placed on indigenous culture and history. See The Coral Greenhouse, the first submerged building design by artist Jason deCaires Taylor. After exploring the MOUA, explore other sections of the reef with dives ranging from a depth of 1 to 20 meters suitable for snorkelers, beginner, and experienced divers. See schools of baitfish as well as an abundance of colorful reef fish including Parrotfish, Maori wrasse, Clownfish, Angelfish. Keep a lookout for turtles, stingrays, White Tip Reef Sharks, and Black Tip Reef Sharks which can often be spotted. Discover how the Great Barrier Reef is managed and what work is being done to protect it. With a friendly crew, learn more about how you protect the reef and its creatures for future generations to come. After the dives, be returned by boat to Nelly Bay, or Townsville Breakwater Marina.

Townsville: Sunset Sailing Tour Boat Cruise

2. Townsville: Sunset Sailing Tour Boat Cruise

Set sail from Townsville Yacht club on a sunset cruise and watch the last rays of the day descend over Townsville. Sit back and relax on this exclusive small group sunset sail escape. With the views of the Great Barrier Reef, enjoy beautiful sights of Strand beach, Cleveland Bay, and also the famous Magnetic Island. Watch the amber sun descend over Magnetic Island or Townsville with some complimentary drinks onboard.

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What people are saying about Townsville

Beautiful experience!! Spend the sunset on a quaint little sailboat away from the rowdy bigger boats. A date with the ocean watching the comings anf goings of the waterways while the glorious backdrop of the golden sun goes down. Viewing the harbour, city and activing on the water in a cosy relaxed boat by friendly skipper. Recommended by us all who ventured.

First time snorkelling and also given opportunity to try to scuba. Fantastic support from crew and instructors. The Site (John Brewer Reef) 62km from Townsville, Australia, was a great place to view Great Barrier Reef for first time. Loved the day.

Beware the long boat ride out there (3 hours either way and can be choppy), but can't deny the unforgettable experience of snorkelling on the reef. The adrenaline staff were also excellent, will definitely be back!

Staff very helpful and friendly. Beautiful day learning about the coral and fish as well as snorkeling around it.

Fantastic snorkelling. Amazing coral and fish. Great crew and equipment