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Townsville - Life in the Tropics

Have you ever wanted to visit a place where the weather is perfect all year round? What about a place that offers white sandy beaches, tropical islands, rainforests and the outback all in one location? If you haven't been to North Queensland lately, then it's time you paid a visit.

Townsville, the capital of North Queensland, is a vibrant city that offers everything you need while still retaining the relaxed laid-back Queensland lifestyle feeling. Whether you want to kick back and enjoy all the coastal city has to offer or head off and explore, Townsville is the perfect base to discover the magnificent wonders of the tropics.

North Queensland has never offered so many exciting things to see and do. Townsville has become a thriving hub of activity, while managing to avoid the city hustle and bustle, and yet still providing plenty of places where you can get away and find a secluded beach, picnic spot or walking trail.

Townsville is the perfect destination for everyone. The city offers a range of museums, boutique shops, attractions, adventure and relaxation activities as well as a wide selection of fine dining and casual eateries.

As the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Townsville is the perfect stepping off point to some of North Queensland's most spectacular tropical islands.

The beautiful world-heritage listed Magnetic Island is only 8km from Townsville and is home to the largest colony of koalas living in their natural habitat. The island is a bushwalker's paradise with walking tracks across the island and more than 23 beaches and bays waiting to be discovered.

For the more adventurous, Magnetic Island offers plenty of water action, from snorkelling to scuba diving, sea kayaking, jetskiing and sailing adventures.

If education, history, heritage and culture is what you are looking for then Townsville has some excellent museums to choose from. Walk through the underwater tunnel and experience the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet at Reef HQ the world's largest living reef aquarium, visit the fascinating Museum of Tropical Queensland and learn about the mysterious tale of the sunken Pandora.

A trip to Townsville would not be complete without taking in the 360 degree view from the top of Castle Hill, situated in the heart of the city. The adventurous can walk up the 2.9km road or tackle one of the many walking tracks.

The scenic area along the Great Green Way - the coastal stretch from Townsville to Cairns - is filled with diverse natural environments including beaches, rainforests, islands, waterfalls and farming land.

The Paluma Range National Park is the southern gateway to the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and offers fantastic tropical rainforest and some great walking tracks.
North Queensland activities are guaranteed to keep your heart pumping - if that's what you are looking for! Whatever your activity of choice you will find it here. From white water rafting in Tully, bushwalking on Hinchinbrook Island, snorkelling, scuba diving, jet skiing or sailing around Magnetic Island, fishing, skydiving, abseiling, skysailing and parasailing - we've got it all here waiting.

Come and discover what makes North Queensland so special and you will leave determined to return again!

For more information on North Queensland visit the Townsville Enterprise website


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