Townsville is Australia's largest tropical
city within one of the country's most diverse
regions. Fertile farmlands of Bowen to the
south, tropical hinterland stretching to
the north and outback ranges to the west
means it offers a host of unique holiday
options. The area even gets 300 days sunshine
a year! Perfect!
to the Reef
Regarded as the greatest natural playground
on earth, the Great Barrier Reef lies just
off the coast of Townsville. Dive or snorkel
amid the rich clusters of coral, swim in
the warm shallows of the ocean or search
for seasonal fishing haunts. Visit the world'sbest
living reef experience, Reef HQ and discover
the beauty of the eighth natural wonder
of the world without getting your feet wet.
Charters Towers,south west of Townsville,
was once the second largest city in Queensland.
Built on gold over a century ago, what was
then one of the richest regions in the country
is today a living museum of grand hotels,
banks and heritage buildings.
Billabong Sanctuary is North Queensland's
most spectacular wildlife sanctuary in which
native animals roam freely in their natural
habitats. Located just south of Townsville,Billabong
is situated in ten hectares of native eucalypt,
lush rainforest and tropical wetlands. Further
inland, the great volcanic lava tubes of
Undara spread across the rugged countryside.
Over 190,000 years old, the volcanic eruptioin
carved the landscape into masses of long,
dark hollow tubes. Some 60 known caves and
arches extend to form Austraila's largest
and longest lava tube system.
Just a few miles from Townsville city centre,
Magnetic Island lies in the calm waters
of Cleveland Bay. The seaside suburb of
Townsville, a 20 minute ferry ride from
the mainland, is the only island on the
north coast combining a national park with
a permanent residency of 2000. There are
23 bays and beaches that frame the island,
each with its own unique charm and character
offering a diversity of water sports and