Sleeping in Airports

Townsville Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Townsville Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

Very slim food options, all the chairs looks dirty and at least 50 years old. – a guest traveller

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Townsville Airport.

What to Expect

  • This is a smaller airport with a single terminal.
  • One reviewer warned of difficult security lines at this airport.
  • This airport is closed after the last flight until 5:00 AM, so sleeping here is not an option.
  • Economy class passengers can find comfort in a lounge that are accessible with a Qantas membership. See Airport Lounges below for locations and rates.
  • WiFi is available. See WiFi information in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • Since this airport is closed at night, sleeping here is not permitted.
  • There are nearby hotels. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Sleeper Policy

The airport states on their web site: “For security reasons the Terminal is “locked down” between 11:00PM and 4:30 am and therefore passengers, and other persons, are not permitted to enter the Terminal during this time, nor sleep in the Terminal overnight. “

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter through a lounge membership program (ie. Qantas Club). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Airport Hotels

Sleeping overnight inside the terminal is not possible. There are hotels near Townsville airport:

  • Mercure Townsville – (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Seagulls Resort – (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Townsville Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Townsville Airport.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside and Airside.

Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available. Rate: unknown.

Currency Exchange – Not available.

Duty Free & Shopping – Aelia offers Duty Free shopping at the airport. A Relay convenience store is the only other option.

Family Services – Baby care facilities are located near the check in counters, baggage claim and the ground floor arrivals/departures area in the terminal building. Feeding cubicles with change facilities are provided as well as toilet facilities, nappy disposal unit and a wash basin. There is a baby bottle warmer in the parent rooms.

Food & Drinks -There are no 24-hour food concessions at this airport. The following cocncessions are available:
» Landside – The Strand Café and Bar
» Airside – Newslink Café and Bar • The Captains Lounge • Cafe 1939

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Storage facilities are not available.

Mobile Charging – There is a charging bench available Airside near the Qantas Club Lounge.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 5:00AM – until after the last flight. It is not possible to sleep in the airport overnight.

Airlines

As of March 2018, Townsville airport is served by the following airlines: Virgin Australia • Tigerair • Jetstar • Qantas • Air North • Alliance Airlines • Regional Express • Air Niugini • JetGo Australia • Hinterland Aviation.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

These car rental agencies operate onsite in the Arrivals area: Avis • Budget • Europcar • Hertz • Redspot • Thrifty.

Hotel Shuttles

Townsville City Shuttle offers weekday service between the airport and Townsville hotels. Prices start at $10.00 per adult. For more information, visit the Townsville City Shuttle website.

Taxis

Metered taxis are readily available for hire at a taxi rank in the Arrivals area of the airport. Each trip to and from the airport is subject to a $3.00 fee on top of the regular fare.

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.