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What to see in Townsville

Townsville Attractions

Townsville is one of Queensland's best loved holiday destinations and boasts numerous attractions and activities for tourists.

Those interested in the WWII history of the city, and all things military, should visit the Army Museum of North Queensland. Animal lovers shouldn't miss a visit to the Billabong Sanctuary to meet some of the unique Australian wildlife. The Museum of Tropical Queensland, which is interactive and state-of-the-art, tells the tale of the maritime history of the region, as well as detailing the natural and human history of tropical Queensland. The whole family will enjoy Reef HQ, a huge aquarium, and the neighbouring Cultural Centre, which documents the history and culture of the Aboriginal peoples of the region.

Those who seek out heights will enjoy a hike up the magnificent Castle Hill, which looms above Townsville and provides spectacular views. Magnetic Island can clearly be seen from the granite outcrop, situated nearly five miles (8km) away, and the island is a very popular excursion from the city. Half of the island is covered by the National Park of the same name, a haven for nature lovers.

Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island was named by Captain James Cook in 1770, when he believed that the landmass of the island affected the magnetic compass on his ship, 'Endeavour'. More than half of the island, which…

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Reef HQ Aquarium

One of the largest living coral reef aquarium in the world, the Reef HQ Aquarium was built as part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Featuring 130 species of coral, 120 species of fish…

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This beautiful riverfront parkland stretches along nearly seven miles (11km) of the Ross River, with nodes at Pioneer Park, Loam Island, Apex Park and the Ross River Dam. The Riverway has fast become…

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The Strand

This 1.3-mile (2.2km) long tropical beach and palm tree-dotted promenade is one of Townsville's most popular attractions. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll, enjoy the scenery from their bicycles,…

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