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Townsville and Whitsundays

In the heart of the Great Barrier Reef lie 74 idyllic Whitsunday Islands waiting to be discovered. Base yourself in the coastal town of Airlie Beach and make a splash in pristine waters teeming with marine life. Only a hop, skip, and a jump away from Townsville is Magnetic Island. ‘Maggie’ offers unforgettable wildlife encounters and untouched bays with world-class snorkelling.

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Hostels There are 3 hostels featuring Townsville & Whitsundays
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Airlie Beach, QLD

Airlie Beach YHA hostel is located in the centre of Airlie Beach close to the swimming lagoon, restaurants, cafes and Airlie's thriving nightlife. All rooms are air-conditioned.

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Magnetic Island, QLD

This award-winning YHA hostel has all the facilities of an island resort. Set on beautiful Magnetic Island, this backpackers hostel includes an Asian Wok and Curry House, open air bar, funky night atmosphere and hammocks surrounding the pool.

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Townsville, QLD

'Stay + Play' in Townsville's oasis in the city at Rambutan. Main land Australia's first 5 star backpackers located in the heart of Townsville with a short walk to the stunning Great Barrier Reef.
Enjoy a slice of Luxury, without the heavy price tag.

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This property is not a member of the YHA network however you can still book your accommodation here. Hostels standards may vary and YHA member discounts do not apply.

Tours & Activities There are 6 Tour Packages featuring Townsville & Whitsundays
Travel Stories There are 6 Travel Stories related to Townsville & Whitsundays
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    Backpacker Magnets

    It’s no wonder travellers are attracted to the tropical treats of Townsville and Magnetic Island, writes Joanne Brookfield.
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    Love is in the Air

    Grab that special someone and book your next getaway to one of these destinations guaranteed to make sparks fly, writes Tom Smith.
  • Sun, Sea, Sail

    Sailing the Queensland coast's classic sail routes offers a unique travel experience not to be missed.
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    Ten of the Best Adventures in North Queensland

    From Airlie Beach to Cape Tribulation, rainforest to coral reef, crocodile to kangaroo - Queensland adventures await!
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    Top Five Pirate Experiences

    Ahoy, me hearties! Hoist the Jolly Rodger and unleash your inner Jack Sparrow with these five pirate experiences across Australia.
  • Whirlwind Whitsundays

    Elinor Sheargold takes on 2 bucket list items in 2 days in the Whitsunday Islands.