Castle Hill Lookout

The Castle Hill Lookout is located at the top of Castle Hill at the end of Castle Hill Road.

It is the city’s most prominent landmark. This 290-meter-high granite monolith with beautiful 360-degree views from its lookout. You can see the sweeping views of Townsville, the ocean, and Magnetic Island. From there you can fully appreciate the size and scale of the beautiful city of Townsville.

Castle Hill is actually 286 metres high and made of pink granite, Its actually  18.9 metres short of being tall enough to be a mountain. There are 15 different hiking trails of various levels of difficulty. These tracks lace the hill and many locals hike the trails to the top as part of their daily exercise routine. The Goat Track, which follows a rough path up the hill, includes approximately 1,300 stairs.

It takes about an hour to walk the hill with time to appreciate the views and is  frequented by more than 2,500 locals a day. You can also drive up if you’re feeling lazy. Make sure you take a camera especially as the sunrise or sunset photo opportunities that shouldn’t be missed.

You can also see a WWII bunker, which was used by U.S. forces as a lookout point during the war.

When you go be sure to take plenty of water. There are some drinking fountains by the lookout but nowhere else. If you drive up beware of pedestrians and cyclists as they use the road as well. There is a carpark a short distance from the lookout. If you’re hiking up, it’s best to time your outing for the early morning or late afternoon when the temperatures are cooler.

There are public toilets at the top of lookout

Castle Hill is visible from everywhere in Townsville so you wont find it hard to find. To drive to the top to the hill go up Stanley Street, which turns into Castle Hill Road and goes all the way to the summit.

Castle Hill also has an interesting World War II history. The American Military used the hill as a lookout point. It is commonly held belief that they offered to destroy it and repurpose the rock to build a bridge to Magnetic Island. A World War II observation bunker sits on one corner of Castle Hill.

When you look up at castle hill from the strand you will see The Saint painted on the side of the hill. This local icon was painted on Castle Hill as a prank back in 1962 by university students and has been photographed countless times from all angles along the Strand, Cathedral School.

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