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

TSV Airport Overview

townsville airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Townsville Airport.

What to Expect

The small terminal at Townsville Airport (code: TSV) handles domestic flights. Amenities are limited to three eateries, two shops, massage chairs, and free WiFi.

Where to Sleep

This airport closes nightly, after the day’s last flight until 5:00AM, so overnight stays are not possible. For uninterrupted sleep, hotels are nearby. See the Airport Hotels section below for locations or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

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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.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Sleeper Policy

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

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 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!

  • Qantas Club – Location: Airside. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.

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: a gold coin (refunded upon the return of the cart).

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 concessions are available:
» Landside – The Strand Café and Bar
» Airside – Cafe 1939 • The Captains Lounge

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Storage facilities are not available.

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

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 4:30AM – until after the last flight. It is not possible to sleep in the airport overnight.


Townsville airport is served by the following airlines: Air New ZealandAirnorth • Hinterland Aviation • JetstarQantasVirgin Australia.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Airport Shuttle

An airport shuttle is available everyday of the week to pick-up/drop-off passengers to/from hotels or the Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal. Note, the shuttle must be booked in advance. Visit the airport shuttle website for more information.

Car Rentals

These car rental agencies operate onsite in the Arrivals area: Alamo/Enterprise/National • 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 and $15.00 per couple.


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.

Last updated: 2019-11-22

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: update the airport guide or  write a review.