Castle Hill

Queensland

Castle Hill is both a heritage-listed isolated pink granite monolith standing in the heart of the north Queensland city of Townsville and a suburb of Townsville. It rises to a height of 286 metres and dominates the city skyline and provides magnificent 360° views.

Lookouts
Picnic Facilities
Toilets
Dogs Permitted
286m
Maximum Elevation

Getting there:

Research reveals that there are in fact 15 tracks to the top; one is even called the 'Widow Maker'! But, Castle Hill Road (5.2km return), Cudtheringa (2.2km return) and Goat Tracks (1.3km return) are the most popular. An average of 2,500 transverse the hill at a walk, run or a cycle on a daily basis, plus dogs and pushchairs.

The 'turn around' car park on Castle Hill Road provides the starting point for the tarmac version or the Cudtheringa Track and Hillside Crescent for the start of the Goat Track.

Maps:

https://thegotownsville.com.au/castle-hill/

Route/Trail Notes:

All the tracks are well worn and easily identified. The Goat Track, whilst short, is pretty steep, with 1,300 steps to the top. Cudtheringa rises steeply for 100m and then follows the edge of the cliff before joining the Goat track for the final climb.

Permits/Costs

None

Other References/Comments:

http://www.townsvillenorthqueensland.com.au/things-to-do/tours/castle-hill-56b260ae7b935fbe730e0344

As well as offering an iconic centre piece for the city and spectacular scenic views, Castle Hill has a significant history. The Hill's vantage was used by visiting American soldiers during World War II. According to local legend, the visitors famously offered to demolish the hill and use the rock to build a bridge to Magnetic Island!

At the top, there are toilets and a water fountain for people and another for animal.

 

Comments

Up Cudtheringa Track and the Goat Track back down
Great views lots of steps
3.29km
1hr 34 min
Did all the viewing tracks up the top

Kmxfitness on 30 Aug, 2019

I walked up the Goat Track which was a lung busting climb up many stairs. Took me about 25 mins from Stanley Street and the views from the top were outstanding. Great exercise and well worth the effort.

Bobbe on 2 May, 2019

Thurston's training ground!

I took advantage of a drive up and back, followed by a hike up Cudtheringa Track and the Goat Track back down. The views from the top are incredible and spent as much time enjoying them as I did getting there.

F.A.B. on 5 Sep, 2016

Great way to see Townsville.

Mick+Caity on Sep, 2016

Heaps of different tracks to cater to all fitness levels. You can take the road, or try the more intensive Cutheringa or Goat tracks. Lovely views of the city from the top- a lot of romantics seem to gather up there of an evening (although they do drive up).

complikate on 22 Jul, 2015

Good walk up with great views from the top.
Expect allot of company as it seems half the city does this everyday.

NerdTrails on 15 Sep, 2014

Unreal!!
I walked the Goat Track and it was sensational...

Christian on 23 May, 2014

What a great walk. Ran from Jupiters and then walked up the stairs to the top. The last 100 or so stairs are a killer on the legs. Came down via the goat track. Looks like there are a few tracks around the mountain.

Phill Driver on 14 Sep, 2012

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