Townsville, Queensland

Situated halfway between Cairns and the Whitsunday Islands is Australia's largest tropical city Townsville, which seamlessly combines the lure and easygoing lifestyle of the tropics with the attractions of a major city. This and the fact that the city gets over 300 days of sunshine a year are just some of the reasons why Townsville is such a popular holiday destination for so many people. Townsville is framed by Castle Hill which has great views of the city and is surrounded by tropical rainforests and magnificent waterfalls in the north, sugar cane and mango farming to the south and the North Queensland outback to the west.

Townsville also acts as the gateway to the southern Great Barrier Reef and the magnificent unspoilt wilderness of Magnetic Island, which is just a short ferry ride away from the city centre. Whilst staying in Townsville you really must spend some time at The Strand, which is a redevelopment area along the waterfront that includes activities for young kids like an enclosed Rockpool, toddler playground, basketball court and famous Waterpark, as well as picnic areas, alfresco restaurants, marina and plenty of places to go for a relaxing morning or evening stroll. The health conscious may also want to use The Strand for their daily workout with many people jogging along the foreshore every morning.

Whilst on holidays in Townsville there are many interesting place to visit and exciting activities that you can enjoy. This includes such things as snorkelling, scuba diving at the Yongala shipwreck, big game fishing, cycling, hiking in the nearby national parks, horse back riding, taking a scenic flight over the reef or visiting the Reef HQ Aquarium, Billabong Wildlife Sanctuary and Jupiters Casino. Around the city centre of Townsville visitors will find a number of major shopping centres including the Flinders Mall precinct, cosmopolitan Palmer Street with its many fine dining restaurants, cafes and bars, art galleries, museums and even the local market in Flinders Street every Sunday morning.

How To Get There :      If you don't want to drive the 1400 kilometres up the Bruce Highway from Brisbane then the best way to get to Townsville is to fly in. There are a number of different airlines including Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Rex and Airnorth that operate flights into Townsville from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin, Cairns and other Queensland regional centres. The Townsville airport is conveniently located only 5 kilometres west of the city centre and on arrival you can either catch a local taxi to your holiday accommodation or hire a car from one of the many different companies that have a desk within the airport terminal, including Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty.

Weather :      Townsville in the northern part of Queensland experiences warm to hot temperatures all year round with an average maximum daily temperature ranging from 25°C in June and July through to 31°C in December, January and February. The main difference that can be felt in the Townsville weather is the humidity and the amount of rainfall which really begins to pick up in late November through until the end of March. During this period there is significantly more rainfall with the possibility of extremely heavy falls and even the chance of a cyclone.

Suitable For :      Longer stay holidays for families, retirees or couples looking for fun and sun.

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