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Visiting Townsville Town Common safely
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park is 6 km north of the Townsville city centre. Vehicle access to the park is via the main entrance on the turn-off from Cape Pallarenda Road, near the Rowes Bay Golf Club. The gate at this entrance is open from 6.30 am to 6.30 pm daily.
Vehicles must remain on Freshwater Lagoon road (see map). Driving is not allowed in all other areas.
Walkers and mountain bike riders can also enter the park from the eastern end of the Lagoon trail, off Cape Pallarenda Road, and from the Shelly Cove trail in Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park.
The Freshwater bird hide and its access track from Freshwater car park are wheelchair accessible.
- Be alert for management vehicles approaching from either direction on the Lagoon, Shelly Beach and Freshwater trails— these trails are also used by rangers to look after the park.
- 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.
- Do not enter the Royal Australian Air Force Radar Station.
- Estuarine crocodiles live in the waterways of Townsville Town Common Conservation Park. 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.
Essentials to bring
Preparation is the key to a safe and enjoyable visit. Make sure you bring:
- enough drinking water for your visit
- appropriate clothing, sunscreen, hat and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun
- insect repellent to avoid mosquitoes and sandflies
- rubbish bags, as there are no bins.
Townsville Town Common Conservation Park gates are open 6.30am to 6.30pm daily.
Permits and fees
Permits are required for commercial or organised group activities. Contact us for further information.
Domestic animals are not permitted in the conservation park.
Climate and weather
The Townsville region has a tropical climate. During the wetter months from December to April there is significant rainfall and the average daily temperature range is 24–32 °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 13–25 °C.
Fuel and supplies
Fuel and supplies are available in Townsville.
- Townsville Town Common Conservation Park planned burn 26 October to 20 November 2020