Backpacking Townsville

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    SPEND SOME TIME AT THE POPULAR RECREATION AREA - THE STRAND: Photo courtesy of Tourism Queensland
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    VISIT THE WORLD'S LARGEST LIVING CORAL REEF AQUARIUM: Photo courtesy of Tourism Queensland
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    HEAD OUT TO THE GREAT BARRIER REEF FOR SOME AWESOME DIVING AND SNORKELLING: Photo courtesy of Tourism Queensland
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    THE RELAXED AND LAIDBACK, WORLD HERITAGE LISTED, MAGNETIC ISLAND IS JUST 8KM OFFSHORE: Photo courtesy of Tourism Queensland
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Townsville Highlights

  • The relaxed and laidback World Heritage Listed Magnetic Island is just 8 kilometres offshore.

  • Take a boat tour to go diving in the magnificent Great Barrier Reef.

  • Spend some time at the Strand, which incorporates a jetty, recreational park, restaurants, cafes, a series of headlands, a free water park, picnic areas and swimming beaches with stinger enclosures.

  • Experience the wonders of The Great Barrier Reef at the world's largest living coral reef aquarium.

  • Visit the Royal Australian Airforce Museum, which provides an insight into the North Queensland Aviation history from World War II to the present day.

  • Get up close to many of Australia's favourite native animals at the Billabong Sanctuary.

About Townsville

Population 150,000

This is Queensland's fourth largest city and is the main commercial centre of the region.

The city hosts a large student population and has one of the largest military bases in the country.

The relaxed and laidback World Heritage Listed Magnetic Island is just 8 kilometres offshore and The Great Barrier Reef is easily accessible by boat cruise.

The city itself has some good attractions, such as the world's largest living coral reef aquarium, an Australian native wildlife sanctuary, art galleries, museums and the very popular Strand Beachfront Promenade.

Townsville also has a good nightlife, which mainly occurs around Flinders Street East, where there are a variety of fun nightclubs, bars and cafes.

Being a large city you will also find plenty of places to shop, eat and all the relevant services.

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Townsville Visitor Information Centre

Flinders Mall
Townsville, Queensland
Phone 1800 801 902
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