It’s pretty hard to be unhappy when the sun is shining. And with an average of 320 days of sunshine per year, Townsville North Queensland has cause to celebrate.
You don’t have to like football, fast cars, diving or sailing in this town, but if you do, you’ll be in your own personal nirvana with a line-up of events usually only seen in bustling capital cities.
From Magnetic Island with its 23 bays and beaches, to the beautifully wild Hinchinbrook Island (home of the Thorsborne Trail) and epic Wallaman Falls, you can’t help but succumb to the allure of this region – sitting pretty between the reef, rainforest and outback.
Townsville’s CBD has undergone a transformation in recent years and is gaining a reputation for its shopping, food and entertainment precincts. Enjoy boutique shopping on Flinders Street, Palmer Street and Gregory Street as well as the regular local markets. Take yourself on a self-guided street art tour around the inner city streets, or check out the top-notch restaurants, bars and cafes on Palmer Street, the new City Lane and other favourite hangouts.
Home to the who’s who of reef research, turtle rehabilitation and marine education in Australia, Townsville is THE place to greet the reef.
Travel really is the best education. Get the kids heads out of the books and into the great outdoors for a PhD in life.
Once you’ve conquered Castle Hill and dived the Great Barrier Reef until you can’t flipper anymore...