Sprawled around an isthmus between Castle Hill and the Ross River, the regional city of Townsville has a sleepy tropical ambience, but there is actually lots to do. Stroll along The Strand, Townsville’s spruced-up, park-lined waterfront; or climb to the top of Castle Hill for an overview of the hinterland and Magnetic Island, located offshore.
See the world’s largest re-creation of a coral reef at Reef HQ Aquarium on Flinders Street. The aquarium offers an excellent introduction to the region’s marine life, including colourful tropical fish, turtles and sea snakes.
Located in the same complex as the aquarium, The Cultural Centre displays Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island art and artefacts. Its shop sells original indigenous paintings, carved toy animals and quality textiles.
Next door is the Museum of Tropical North Queensland, boasting a significant collection of maritime archaeology and exhibits on coral ecology and fossil discoveries in Queensland’s outback.
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