Buses have been organised to take delegates to the university in the morning and bring them back to Palmer St at the conclusion of each day. As such, consider accommodation near to or on Palmer street, to reduce the need to walk to the bus each morning. Further information about actual collection point will be advised via an email nearer the time of travel.
Civic Guest House (Hostel)
2.0 out of 5.0 stars
Phone: (07) 4771 5381
15 minute walk to Palmer St
Located in the Townsville Central Business District, this hostel is a 10-minute walk from the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, 1.5 km from Reef HQ and 1.3 km from The Strand seaside foreshore.
The no-frills, private rooms and 4-bedded dorms (1 is female-only) have free Wi-Fi and shared bathrooms. Upgraded rooms and dorms have en suite bathrooms and air-conditioning. Some rooms come with minifridges.
Amenities include free shuttle bus service, a DVD library, a BBQ area and guest laundry (fee). There's also a communal kitchen, a TV lounge and a game room with a pool table and air hockey.
Price guide: $57 for 3 nights
Orchid Guest House (Hostel)
2.5 out of 5.0
Phone: 0418 738 867
15 minute walk to Palmer St.
This simple hostel in a palm-fronted villa is a 5-minute walk away from a bus stop, 1.3 km from both the Reef HQ coral-reef aquarium and the Museum of Tropical Queensland.
The basic, private and dorm-style rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and mini fridges. All also provide tea and coffee making facilities. Most have shared bathrooms and some have bunk beds. A bungalow adds a kitchen with an oven, a washing machine, a DVD player and a patio.
Price guide: $95 for 3 nights
Park Regis Anchorage (Hotel)
4.0 out of 5.0
Phone: (07) 4722 6200
This laid-back, palm-fronted hotel sits across the street from Ross Creek, a 15-minute walk from the Reef HQ aquarium and 1.7 km from Breakwater ferry terminal.
The relaxed rooms come with Wi-Fi (fee) and flat-screen TVs, as well as room service, and tea and coffee making facilities. Some have balconies. Apartments add kitchens, washer/dryers and sitting areas. The hotel has 2 outdoor pools and a casual Australian restaurant serving breakfast and dinner. Parking is complimentary.
Paid Wi-Fi, Outdoor pool, Air-conditioned, Laundry service, Room service, Child friendly
Price guide: $321 for 3 nights
Aquarius on the Beach
4.0 out of 5.0
Phone: (07) 4772 4255
30 minute walk to Palmer St
Across the street from The Strand Beach, this relaxed hotel lies 2.4 km from Townsville Entertainment Centre and 4.6 km from Townsville Airport.
Featuring private balconies, the laid-back rooms and suites also have kitchenettes, flat-screen TVs and sitting areas. Upgraded accommodations add free Wi-Fi and ocean views.
Amenities include an outdoor pool with sun loungers and beach views, and a wooden sun deck with picnic table seating. Parking is complimentary.
Price guide: $347 for 3 nights
Grand Hotel Townsville
4.0 out of 5.0
Phone: (07) 4753 2800
Set near Ross Creek, this stylish hotel is a 10-minute walk from Museum of Tropical Queensland and 1.3 km from The Strand waterfront promenade.
The sophisticated rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars and private balconies. The 1- and 2-bedroom apartments add kitchens with dining areas, and living rooms with sofabeds. They also come with washer/dryers. Room service is available 24/7.
The hotel has an outdoor pool, a hot tub and a fitness room. Other amenities include a business centre, meeting and event facilities, and underground parking (fee).
Free Wi-Fi, Parking, Outdoor pool, Air-conditioned, Laundry service, Room service
Price guide: $537 for 3 nights
Quest Apartments Townsville
4.0 out of 5.0
Phone: (07) 4726 4444
Overlooking the Townsville Yacht Club Marina, these modern apartments are a 13-minute walk from the Reef HQ Aquarium and 1.5 km from The Strand beach.
Relaxed studio and 1- to 2-bedroom apartments offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as desks, living areas and private balconies with marina views. Studios have kitchenettes; 1- and 2-bedroom apartments add full kitchens.
In addition to complimentary parking, amenities include an outdoor pool, a hot tub and a BBQ area. There's also a guest laundry and a grocery shopping service, and breakfast is available for a fee.
Price guide: $528 for 3 nights