Castle Hill is one Townsville attraction you won't miss. Dominating the city skyline, the pink granite monolith is one of the Queensland coast's most distinctive natural features. Rising to a height of 286 metres above sea level means that Castle Hill is just a smidgen short to be classified a mountain, but still it offers a choice of vantage points from which to view the city below.
More choices you have are how to get to the top. Tourists from colder climates might be startled to see locals walking up Castle Hill on a typically humid day, but the 'Goat Track' is by far the best way to reach the summit. Only a 20-30 minute walk depending on your fitness level, the ascent will make the stroll back down feel very rewarding. Driving to the top is another option but you miss many of the best views when taking the car. Be advised too that finding a car park at the top can be difficult during peak climb times between late afternoon and sunset.
Castle Hill's lookout was used by American World War II soldiers many decades ago, and still today an observation bunker sits on one corner of the hill to remind locals and tourists alike about Townsville's coloured history. Atop you'll also find plenty of the usual lookout amenities including benches, water fountains and bathrooms, plus some more unusual ones including a misting machine to reward the athletes and Townsville's iconic "saint" - a graffiti rendition of a television show stick figure emblem.
Of course the view is the real reason to make the trip up Castle Hill and you better have packed your camera because it sweeps right across Townsville, Cleveland Bay and all the way to Magnetic Island, or “Maggie” as the locals like to call it.