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A Guide to Townsville
Townsville is a tropical city in Queensland, North east Australia. Although in the dry tropics, this is definitely a 'wet' city. It occupies an enviable position adjacent to the central part of the Great Barrier Reef, sits on the Ross River, and the Ross Creek is in the centre of the city. Townsville is the largest urban centre on the so very aptly named Sunshine Coast and is a major destination for beach lovers, divers, and wildlife enthusiasts. Unofficially the capital of North Queensland, Townsville is a pretty, cosmopolitan city with a relaxed atmosphere.
There is a regional airport at Townsville serviced by flights to and from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Cairns. Townsville played a significant role in WWII, being the base for more than 50,000 Australian and American troops but its visitors today are in search of sun, sea and fun. This is one area of the Australian coast where surf isn't a major feature of beach activity due to the lack of surf rollers. The waters are warm and perfect for swimming, diving and snorkelling.
Do note however, this is crocodile country and saltwater crocodiles live in the waters in Townsville and on the beaches. During the summer, the ocean is home to box jellyfish, but the beach safe areas are well signposted.
The Attractions of Townsville
Undoubtedly, it is the natural attractions that draw visitors to Townsville.
The Strand - A gorgeous stretch of beach occupying prime position in Townsville. Ideal for sun bathing, gentle water sports (no surf here) and there's a man-made lagoon, the Rockpool, at one end. There's a terrific water playground for the kids too.
Other Beaches - There's a whole string of beaches, many of which are so big you can find your own isolated spot. Among them are Saunders (has a boat ramp), Toolakea (popular with bird watchers and fishermen), and Bushland (has its own sunken wreck accessible at low tide).
Riverway - 7 miles of parkland stretching along the Ross River. The main attractions include swimming lagoons, a cultural centre and an art gallery. Ross Park at Ross River Dam is a major development where visitors can swim, play sport, shop and dine.
Castle Hill - enjoy a pleasant walk to the top to enjoy the best views of Townsville.
Reef HG Aquarium - a showcase of the amazing marine life of the Great Barrier Reef made accessible to visitors who cannot dive.
Lake Paluma - Significant for its wildlife population that includes platypus, peregrine falcons and eastern water dragons, Paluma is a man-made lake in the heart of the World Heritage Rainforest. A popular site for camping and swimming.
Museum of Tropical Queensland - Interesting exhibits centred on a collection of artefacts from HMS Pandora, one of the ships sent in pursuit of HMS Bounty.
Shopping - As well as plenty of shopping centres, Townsville has great markets. Particular tourist favourites are the night markets on The Strand, on the first Friday of each month, and the Sunday flea market at the Townsville showgrounds.
Magnetic Island - Stunning island 25 minutes across the sea from Townsville, and one of the most popular trips for visitors who can walk the National Park or just enjoy more stunning beaches and little bays.