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Castle Hill Townsville. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland

Townsville is a vibrant city – the largest in northern Australia, and combines a bustling community, relaxed North Queensland lifestyle, rich military history, and stunning natural wonders.

The quickest access point to the central section of the Great Barrier Reef – Townsville is home to Australia’s first underwater museum – the Museum of Underwater Art, and family friendly attractions including the Museum of Tropical Queensland and Billabong Sanctuary.

Explore the city centre with award-winning dining options, accommodation for all styles and shopping and street art experiences like no other city in regional Australia.

Conquer the pink granite monolith of Castle Hill and soak up the sun along Townsville’s picturesque beachfront promenade, The Strand.  Venture further with a short drive north to Paluma and chase waterfalls in the rainforests of the Paluma Range National Park. Magnetic Island. Photo: Sean ScottMagnetic Island. Photo; Sean ScottMagnetic Island. Photo: Sean ScottMagnetic Island. Photo by Sean Scott

Just a short ferry ride from Townsville, Magnetic Island is a tropical paradise surrounded by 23 golden beaches and bays. This island gem truly is nature’s playground.  Home to northern Australia’s largest colony of wild koalas, fringed with coral reefs ready for snorkelling, and views that will take your breath away – this slice of National Park paradise is a must-do when visiting Townsville.