Top Historical Sights in Townsville
Coastal Townsville boasts plenty of natural beauty in its tropical waters, but it's also ripe with history, thanks to more than 130 years of supporting Australia’s military defense. Explore the the history of Australia’s war heroes at top historical sights in Townsville. Here’s where to visit.
Jezzine Barracks at Kissing Point Fort
Meander along coastal boardwalks through this heritage parkland to learn about the Australian military’s role in World War II. Placards and public artworks are situated near observation points at Kissing Point Fort, a historical landmark also significant to the local Aboriginal people.
Army Museum of North Queensland
Townsville is home to the country’s third largest Army brigade and Australia’s largest Army barracks. Located in the center of Jezzine Barracks, the three galleries of this military museum let you discover the role the Army in North Queensland played from the 19th century to contemporary conflicts.
Royal Australian Air Force Museum
Get up close to Australian fighter planes and other aircraft at the Air Force base. An enthusiastic group of volunteers staff the small museum, with interactive and informative displays on the history of the RAAF in Townsville. Ideal for aviator history buffs.
Black Hawk Memorial
Located in the Palmetum Gardens, the Black Hawk Memorial commemorates soldiers from the Special Air Service Regiment who were killed in a 1996 helicopter accident in Queensland. As a result of the nighttime collision, 18 aircrew and personnel were killed.
Home to Australia's largest defense base and the Army's Third Brigade, the Lavarack Barracks occasionally opens its doors to the public. At the barracks you can meet current members of the Australian Defence Force and learn about military life inside the garrison.
Learn about the Battle of the Coral Sea, which took place during WWII. In the Federation Gallery you find model battleships, and the Seafarers' Gallery showcases more maritime history. Visit a lighthouse, boat shed, gun deck, and a memorial to the Royal Australian Navy.