Townsville is a widely under rated destination in Tropical North QLD that serves as a great port of call for those looking for an alternative, less touristy spot than the likes of its nearby neighbor's Cairns and Port Douglas.

Couple this with the proximity of the beautiful Magnetic Island which provides numerous opportunities to enjoy all the atmosphere and marine activities of the Whitsundays, and you've got a wonderful holiday destination right next to the Great Barrier Reef.

One of the sunniest destinations in North QLD – boasting an average of 300 days per year of sunshine Townsville's weather, laid-back atmosphere and convenient coastal location make it a great choice for an all-around travel spot that tends to be easier on the wallet than some of the “bigger names” to boot.

But if you're looking to travel to Townsville and enjoy its offerings, how should you best spend your time there? We've put together a detailed list on the Top 10 Things to do in Townsville below based on a combination of feedback from locals, tour operators and staff input.

Below is our recommended list of the top things to do in Townsville and Magnetic Island.

 1. Take a day trip to magnetic Island

 2. Dive the Yongala Wreck

 3. Visit the Strand beach

 4. Visit Crystal creek

 5. Visit the Museum of tropical Queensland

 6. Walk up Castle hill and take in the view

 7. Take a day trip out to the Great Barrier Reef

 8. Go to the Reef HQ Aquarium

 9. Visit Pallerenda beach and have a BBQ

10. Visit Billabong sanctuary