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Are there currently restrictions on travel to Townsville related to COVID-19?
Yes, there are currently restrictions on flights to Townsville along with the rest of Australia. Before you book or search for flights, consider the following restrictions: Australia has restricted the entry of all travelers, with the exception of Australian nationals and permanent residents and their immediate family members, New Zealand nationals residing in Australia, diplomats accredited to Australia and residing in Australia and their immediate family members, and airline crew. Travelers who are not Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members need to apply for an exemption to enter Australia.
Australia has enacted temporary travel restrictions for flights to Melbourne and Sydney due to a recent increase in COVID-19 cases:
Through July 14, International flights to Melbourne are being diverted to other Australian airports.
Through July 17, the number of international passengers arriving to Sydney has been limited to 450 per day, and each flight is limited to 50 people.
All travelers are required to quarantine for 14 days at the first point of entry. Quarantines take place in state-designated facilities and are free of charge, except in the Northern Territory and Queensland. Airline crew are subject to self-isolation until their next scheduled flight.
Foreign nationals may transit through Australia if the connecting flight is within 72 hours of the arriving flight. They must either have a transit visa or be nationals of a visa-exempt country.
Transit passengers don’t need to apply for an exemption to travel restrictions if they are booked to depart on a connecting flight from the same airport within eight hours and they are not going to leave the airport. Travelers who plan to leave the airport before boarding their connecting flight or who will be at the airport for longer than eight hours need to apply for a travel exemption here and will be subject to quarantine until their departing flight. Travelers from New Zealand and Pacific Islanders may not need a travel exemption. More information on transiting Australia is available here.
Travelers planning to travel across Australian state borders should note that some Australian states also have domestic travel restrictions, border restrictions, and quarantine requirements in place. In the case of onward travel within Australia, travelers are advised to check in advance with their travel/accommodation provider.. If you are looking to book a trip to Townsville and are outside of the restricted areas, please take the proper precautions and stay informed about traveling during COVID-19.
Cheapest Prices for Townsville flights by month
At the present moment the cheapest month to fly to Townsville is currently March; with February being the most expensive. Prices will vary depending on multiple factors such as booking in advance, airline and departure airports and times.
When is the best time to fly to Townsville?
Choose a month below to see average flight price and weather conditions.
LAS - TSV
$871 - $2684
77 - 89.6 °F
0.28 - 10.59 inches
Whilst there are several times of the year to choose from, March is seen as the time to fly to Townsville, however, it is possible to get good deals throughout the year. January tends to be the warmest period in Townsville so if you are looking for sun or warmer climates then look to fly around this time. February is the wettest if you need to factor this in to your plans.
A big draw for Townsville, for many, is the small island off the coast known as Magnetic Island – Maggie to the locals. It’s a beautiful island with more than half of it a national park, with untouched bays, beaches and bush.
The largest city in Queensland, and one of the fastest-growing cities in the state, locals consider Townsville the unofficial Capital of North Queensland. It sits on the shores of Cleveland Bay, near the central section of the Great Barrier Reef.
Along with Magnetic, there are Orpheus, Dunk and Bedarra Islands, which are also zoned as National Parks. The merits of the islands are obvious – they are nothing short of gems shining in the blue seas – but Townsville is beautiful too with several fascinating attractions.
The Strand is popular with locals as well as visitors and the Riverway is a unique space with swimming lagoons, galleries and parklands. Reef HQ, the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium, is a huge draw, as is the Museum of Tropical Queensland. One of its star attractions are the exhibits from the HMS Pandora, a British warship that was sent to capture the mutineers from the Bounty, and which sank off Queensland in 1791.
Townsville has a tropical climate, and, thanks to its geographical location, it has less rainfall than other parts of the tropics. Townsville gets more than 300 sunny days per year. The winters (June to August) are warm with occasional rain, and the summers (December to February) are hot and humid. Late October and November can see “build-up” thunderstorms, while Late-December to early April gets most rainfall. Tropical hurricanes (and then flooding) are a threat during these months.
Taxis and car-rental companies are available at the airport. There’s also an Airport Shuttle bus that travels to various hotels and motels, the Strand and City, Sunferries, the Transit Center and the Coral Princess cruise company. Sunbus runs the bus service. There are regular ferry services to Magnetic Island and Palm Island.
You can swim year round in Horseshoe Bay on Magnetic Island; there are stinger nets offshore.
The Perc Tucker Regional Gallery concentrates on artwork relevant to North Queensland and the Tropics.
Strand Ephemera, a biennial event, places sculptural artworks and other art along Townsville’s beachfront strip.
The Great Green Way is a road trip that starts in Townsville and ends in Cairns. The 217-mile journey winds through 12 national parks and more than 20 tropical islands. Stops along the way include Charters Towers, Paluma National Park, Wallaman Falls (Australia’s highest single-drop waterfall), Hinchinbrook Island (the largest island national park with stunning Mission Beach), Innisfail, Wooroonooran National Park and, finally, Cairns.
There are plenty of opportunities to shop in Townsville. There’s a night market on the first Friday of every month at The Strand Park on the foreshore, Cotters Markets, an arts-and-crafts market, are on Sunday mornings in the Flinders Street Mall, the Willows Rotary Markets are held at the Willows Shoppingtown Carpark on Sundays, and the Horseshoe Bay Markets on Magnetic Island are every Sunday morning.