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Published May 30th 2021
Iconic Landmark in Townsville
Castle Hill is a pink granite heritage-listed monolith located in the centre of Townsville. The iconic hill is about 286 metres high above sea level and it certainly dominates the views of the city. The indigenous name is Cootharinga, sometimes written as Cooderinga.
Views of Magnetic Island from the top of Castle Hill. Photo by Author.
On top of Castle Hill, there is a carpark where you can park your car. On top, there are also a few water reservoirs and three radio communication installations. There is also Robert Towns monument, benches and facilities. Once there was Panorama Restaurant but it's demolished. The carpark associated with the restaurant is still in place.
Castle Hill is very popular with locals for regular exercise. There are many trails going to the summit and they are very busy with people. There is a trail called Goat Track Summit Trail. It is a 2.9 km return, very busy with walkers, runners and tourists. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
The Goat track is classified hard as it is very steep and has lots of uneven steps to reach the carpark, about 700 steps.
Map of the Goat Track, starting at Hillside Crescent. There are many other trails on Castle Hill. Photo from Google Maps.
Castle Hill was a strategic place for communication and observation in WWII. Infantry and fields regiment of the 5th Australian Division and American soldiers were deployed on Castle Hill. A bunker is still visible as a reminder of Castle Hill's military history.
Castle Hill is visible from the coast and from many points around Townsville. It certainly defines the sense of identity of the city. Photo by Author.