Kissing Point Fortification
Set on a rocky headland looking out across the ocean, Kissing Point Fortification was built in 1870. For more than 100 years, the fort defended colonial Queensland from such perceived threats as Russian and French forces. Today, it offers sweeping views.
Hilltop views from the fort take in Townsville harbor, the Strand beach, Pallarenda Beach, Cape Pallarenda, and all the way to Magnetic Island. Visitors interested in military history can hike to the former gun emplacements that guarded over the city and, in the surrounding Jezzine Barracks, walk through bunkers that were built in case of attack. Public artworks also honor the area’s Aboriginal heritage, and you’ll also find the Army Museum of North Queensland here. For those specifically interested in Townsville’s military history, a specialized tour is a great choice. These tours typically also take visitors to such sites as Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum and the Black Hawk Memorial.
Things to know before you go
- Kissing Point Fortification appeals to both casual sightseers and military history enthusiasts and requires little advance planning.
- Good walking shoes are recommended.
- There is limited wheelchair access.
- Restroom facilities are available close to the parking lot.
How to get there
Kissing Point Fortification is set on the headland at the northern end of the Strand. From the center of Townsville, it is around a 40-minute walk or 5-minute drive to Jezzine Barracks. From the parking lot, it is a steep climb up to the fortification.
When to get there
You can visit Kissing Point Fortification any time, any day: sunset is a popular time. If you want to visit the Army Museum of North Queensland, note that opening hours are limited to Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday mornings.
Army Museum of North Queensland
Just a five-minute walk from Kissing Point Fortification, in the center of the Jezzine Barracks, the Army Museum of North Queensland exhibits artifacts and interactive displays relating to the history of the Australian Army in North Queensland from the late 19th century to the present day. Admission is free.