Townsville is Northern Australia's largest city and forms the heart of a fascinating and thriving region that includes coastal sugar plantations, historic goldmining towns, grazing properties, mining industries and Coral Sea islands.  It is the perfect stepping-off point to experience the region – to the west the national parks of the Great Dividing Range and to the north, east and south are some of the most exciting coastal playgrounds in the worlds. Beautiful Magnetic Island is just a 20-minute ferry ride offshore, and a huge drawcard for visitors. Also within reach are Orpheus, Hinchinbrook, Dunk and Bedarra Islands. Inland, the historic goldmining towns of Charters Towers and Ravenswood make a fascinating day trip or overnight stay. 

As the unofficial capital of North Queensland, Townsville combines the lure of the tropics with the attractions of a city. It is a renowned centre for research into marine life and is home to the headquarters for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Townsville also supports a significant defence presence along with the main campus of James Cook University, so visitors are well catered for with a complete range of accommodation, nightlife, cultural and leisure pursuits.

The Strand is the favourite beachfront leisure spot for locals and visitors with four man-made headlands, various eating places, a rockpool for swimming and a play area with waterslides, fountains and a water cannon. The city’s modern buildings have been successfully integrated with 18th century heritage architecture to house the galleries, museums and restaurants that make a visit to Townsville especially memorable.

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Geographic Location

1350km north of Brisbane

Images courtesy of Townsville Enterprise