Morning Run to the Top of Castle Hill in Townsville, Australia
Morning Run to the Top of Castle Hill in Townsville, Australia Reviews
Jun 24, 2005
While travelling to Townsville, Australia on military business, I organized a morning run for 6 people to the top of Castle Hill (a.k.a. Castle Rock) which can be seen from the airport. The 2.8 KM road is a steady, rolling incline to almost 1,000 feet in elevation and not that difficult, even for beginners. The other alternate paths along the way and be very dusty or slick depending on the mostly desert scrub conditions. The view from the top is tremendous, with views of the harbor and downtown Townsville. The view of Magnetic Island is also spectacular from the WWII era lookout/observation concrete bunkers at the top. We took an alternate path along the steep cliffside "goat track" (with stairs in some places due to erosion) which cut down the return time but was a bit more difficult.
Castle Hill is a huge pink granite monolith standing in the middle of Townsville. It rises to a height of 286 meters (938 feet) above sea level and dominates the skyline of this relatively low level city. Many people walk up Castle Hill for regular exercise using one of the many routes to the top, by road or by goat track. A large white stick figure with a halo nicknamed "The Saint" by locals as a Townsville icon can be seen painted on the east side of the hill.
A bit of trivia: Townsville, Australia was actually scheduled to be invaded by the Japanese during World War II and some recon forces had actually landed near Townsville until the Aussies were reinforced by the Americans. The bunkers at the top of Castle Hill were built to watch for a Japanese invasion force.
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