Considered the unofficial capital of Northern Queensland, Townsville lies approximately 1300 km’s from Brisbane. The region takes in the Hinchinbrook area, west to Charters Towers and encompasses the Palm Islands including idyllic Magnetic Island, the vast majority of which is National Park. Townsville is also the gateway to the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef.
The city is the main centre for government administration outside Brisbane. There is a large Australian defence force community in the town due to the Army and Air Force bases which influence the local economy.
Boasting 300 days of sunshine a year, it’s not hard to understand why Townsville is also a popular holiday destination for families and travellers with more than 700 dining outlets, boutique retail outlets and a growing reputation as a centre for fashion, local markets, events and Jupiters Casino.
Popular attractions include “The Strand” a long tropical beach and garden strip, “Riverway”, a riverfront parkland attraction located on the banks of the Ross River that flows through the centre of Townsville and Reef HQ, a large tropical aquarium holding many of the Great Barrier Reefs native flora and fauna.
The Museum of Tropical Queensland, built around a display of relics from the sunken British warship HMS Pandora, showcases a number of exhibits and is fabulous for children.
Townsville is a sporty town and is home to the popular Mens and Womens National Basketball League and 1300SMILES is the home ground to the North Queensland Cowboys team from the National Rugby League.
The largest Festival in Townsville held annually and delighting audiences for the past 24 years is the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, enticing musicians and artists worldwide for 10 spectacular days presenting quality performances held in the tropical warmth of the outdoors.
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