Townsville is a coastal city in north-eastern Queensland, Australia. The Strand esplanade, with its pier and water park, is popular. The Reef HQ Aquarium has marine life and coral from the Great Barrier Reef, plus a sea turtle hospital. Southeast of the city, the Billabong Sanctuary wildlife park is home to koalas, wombats and crocodiles. Offshore, Magnetic Island has coral reefs and a national park full of wildlife.
In the town centre, the Museum of Tropical Queensland has natural history exhibits and relics from the British warship HMS Pandora. Also, in town is Castle Hill, a giant pink-granite landmass with trails and lookout points across the water. To the southwest, the Palmetum botanical garden has hundreds of varieties of palm trees and water features attracting birds. Northwest of Townsville is Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park, with its abundant wildlife, disused quarantine station and Shelly Beach. In the southwest, the Riverway parkland has artificial lagoons for swimming and an arts centre.
Kick Back on The Strand - No visit to Townsville is complete without a stroll on The Strand, a 2.2km-long cafe-lined waterfront parkway with a free water adventure playground for the kids.
See the Largest Reef in Captivity - Explore the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet at Reef HQ, the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium.
Hang Out in the City - Browse the shops and local markets, eat and drink you way along the buzzy restaurant strips on Palmerand Flinders streets, and soak in the water views from a cafe on The Strand.
Hike Castle Hill - For a sunset you’ll never forget, hike up to the top of Castle Hill and marvel at the 360-degree views.
• Reef Headquarters Aquarium
• The Strand, Townsville
• Billabong Sanctuary
• Museum of Tropical Queensland
• Riverway Arts Centre
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