With a population approaching 200,000 people, Townsville is well and truly the largest city in North Queensland. It is a popular laid back holiday spot for both domestic and international visitors.
As well as providing the port link between regional North Queensland’s mining and agricultural industries and the rest of the world, Townsville is also home to one of Australia’s largest military bases.
…Townsville is located approximately halfway between the tip of Cape York and Brisbane in Queensland’s south-east and is a popular stopping point for both domestic and international travellers between the two.
The mountains of the Hervey Ranges and Mt. Stuart create its western boundaries from where the Ross River (eventually also the smaller Ross Creek) flows to its mouth in Cleveland Bay. The city centre is characterised by the distinctive Castle Hill overlooking the bay and Magnetic Island which lies just 8km from the coast.
Townsville cityscape is a mix of modern architecture and restored heritage buildings housing cafes, restaurants, boutiques and quirky art galleries.
Townsville is also perfectly positioned for those who enjoy the outdoor lifestyle. The Townsville Strand is a 2.2km-long waterfront parkway whose features include a jetty, restaurants, cafes and pools and a free water adventure playground for the kids.
It is a popular spot for runners, walkers and kids with bikes and scooters. You can also swim in the ocean or the rock pool.
Castle Hill and its walking/hiking tracks are popular for walkers of any fitness level with popular tracks including the circular road (3.3km one way) to the more intensive Cudtheringa or Goat Track. The bonus of making it all the way to the top are the 360-degree views of Townsville!