A Great Place to View Townsville
Just short of qualifying as a mountain*, Castle Hill is a gigantic, pink granite monolith that rises from the plain where the city of Townsville was established back in 1865. But more about Townsville later. Today is all about Castle Hill. It is in fact the cities iconic centre piece and holds many, many, happy memories of the years I spent living in Townsville.
It rises to a height of some 286 metres (938 feet) above sea level and can be seen from almost every suburb as it dominates the city skyline. It is one of the most distinctive natural features on the Queensland coast and was added to Queensland’s Heritage Register back in 1993.
The Aboriginal name for Castle Hill is Cutheringa however, the Aboriginal history and mythology associated with Cutheringa have not been recorded. This name survives as one of only two known indigenous place names in the Townsville region, the other being Pallarenda.
The provision of a road to the summit facilitated the use of Castle Hill as a communications and observation post during World War II. Infantry and field regiments were deployed on the hill, and the observation post they constructed still remains. At the summit you will also find the memorial stone from the Sydney grave of Robert Towns, for whom the city is named.
There are three peaks to the summit of Castle Hill, each with lookouts that provide 360° views of the city. I recall many visits to the summit with my parents, and later, as a parent myself, taking our girls up there to stand and gaze out across our home town, pointing out where our house stood amid the cluster of constructions below.
Here’s a few photos I took yesterday.
We’ll be heading back up to take some evening shots before we leave – perhaps happy snaps of a lovely sunset, or simply the city dressed in lights.
* When Does a Hill become a Mountain – Unlike with many other landforms, there is no universally accepted definition of a mountain. Many geographers state that a mountain is greater than 300 metres (1,000 feet) above sea level.