Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park Townsville

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Visiting Cape Pallarenda safely

    Cycle around the headland to the beginning of Under the Radar trail.

    Photo credit: Fiona O'Grady, Queensland Government

    Shelly Cove searchlight station.

    Photo credit: Fiona O'Grady, Queensland Government

    View to Castle Hill.

    Photo credit: Fiona O'Grady, Queensland Government

    Getting there and getting around

    Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park is at the end of Cape Pallarenda Road, 10km north of the Townsville city centre. The park is accessible by conventional vehicle. The gates are open from 6.30am to 6.30pm daily.

    Wheelchair accessibility

    The toilets and historic display are wheelchair-accessible.

    Staying safe

    • Historic fortifications are scattered throughout the park; they may be unstable. Do not climb on these structures.
    • Be alert for mountain bike riders approaching from either direction and show care and consideration for other trail users.
    • If riding, alert other trail users when approaching and slow down or stop to allow them to pass safely.
    • Avoid riding in large groups—keep groups to fewer than 12.
    • Avoid skidding and sliding around turns—this may result in collision with other trail users and damage to the trail surface.
    • Take adequate water, wear sturdy footwear and protect yourself from the sun.
    • Wear protective clothing and insect repellent for protection against stings, scratches and bites. If riding, wear appropriate safety gear.
    • Take care on loose and uneven surfaces, as trail conditions are subject to change. Washouts may occur after heavy rain and trails may be covered by long grass.
    • Be alert for snakes. Detour around them.
    • Dangerous stinging jellyfish (‘stingers’) may be present in the coastal waters at any time, but occur more frequently in the warmer months. A full-body lycra suit, or equivalent, may provide a good measure of protection against stinging jellyfish and sunburn. Visit marine stingers for the latest safety and first aid information.
    • Mobile phone coverage may not be reliable.
    • Do not enter the RAAF Radar Station that shares a boundary with the park.
    • Estuarine crocodiles live in the waterways of Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park and in surrounding coastal waters. Crocodiles are potentially dangerous. You are responsible for your own safety, so be crocwise in croc country.

    For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

    Before you visit

    Essentials to bring

    Preparation is the key to a safe and enjoyable visit. Remember to bring:

    • enough drinking water for your visit
    • rubbish bags, as there are no bins
    • appropriate clothing, sunscreen, hat and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun
    • insect repellent to repel mosquitoes and sandflies.

    Opening hours

    Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park gates are open 6.30am to 6.30pm daily.

    The historic quarantine display is open 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday.

    Permits and fees

    Permits are required for commercial or organised activities. Contact us for further information.


    Domestic animals are not permitted in the conservation park.

    Climate and weather

    The Townsville region has a dry tropical climate, with distinct wet and dry seasons. During the wetter months, from December to April, there is significant rainfall and the average daily temperature range is 24 to 32°C, with high humidity. The cooler, drier months of May to September are the best time to visit. The weather is pleasantly warm during this time, with reduced humidity and an average daily temperature range of 13 to 25°C.

    Fuel and supplies

    Fuel and supplies are available in Townsville.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.