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Townsville

Townsville is the largest regional centre in North Queensland and is in fact considered the Capitol of North Queensland (even though the North is not a state in it’s own right). With a population of about 200,000 people Townsville is a bright and vibrant destination that visitors will certainly enjoy.

Considered the Dry tropics, Townsville does not get as much rain during the wet season as many other areas in the North of Queensland, although it does still flood in low lying areas most years. With Magnetic Island just offshore, ferries run all day every day and just to the north of the city is the Paluma Range with magnificent waterfalls and swimming holes.

The people of Townsville are keen anglers and boaties and very friendly so getting local advice for these activities couldn’t be easier, there are also some great scuba diving spots in the local area such as the SS Yongala and dive shops make regular trips when the weather permits. There are plans to build cruise ship terminal alongside the areas where the Casino sits and might also have a residential or additional marina attached.

The Cruise ship terminal has been planned for many years and is expected to be another boon for the city, as tourism plays a large part in the local economy. Castle Hill sits at the edge of the city proper and is a popular spot for taking great photos of the entire area, the night time lights of the city are particularly beautiful.

If you are looking for an even wider view of the Townsville area then Mount Stuart is a little further out but much higher and affords even more panoramic views. Townsville is also known as a Garrison City because of the large Defence Force Presence. The city has a proud military history which can be discovered at the museum, with many of it’s sons and daughters having served Australia proudly in many conflicts over the years.

Townsville has a proud aboriginal and Islander history with the local indigenous people performing traditional dances and ceremonies regularly at the Cultural Museum. Occupying part of the Reef Wonderland complex in the city centre, both the Cultural Centre and Reef wonderland are well worth a visit to soak up the North Queensland spirit and culture.

Townsville also has a number of sporting teams that perform well in their respective national competitions and this region is regularly said to “Punch above it’s weight” in this regard.
The North Queensland Cowboys (Rugby League) are the most successful of these teams having been to the Grand Final of the National Rugby League (NRL) in 2005, sadly being beaten on the day.

Another team that has proven very successful over many years has been the Townsville Crocodiles (basketball). The new kids on the block so to speak are the North Queensland Fury FC (Football) with 2009 being their inaugural year in the Hyundai A-League.
The people of Townsville are passionate about sports and all games are well attended, if you get the chance to go to a game it is great fun to watch and see the crowd get involved.

There are many other fantastic things to see and do in Townsville such as the Townsville 400 (V8 Supercars) event having been held for the first time in 2009, crowd figures were the best in the history of V8 Supercars in an inaugural event, and even bigger crowds are expected in 2010. So if your planning to visit Townsville, there will be no shortage of things to see and do while your there.

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See also

Paronella Park
Paronella Park
Paronella Park is nothing if not unique, Built by José Paronella and his wife Margarita between 1929 and 1935, they had a dream to create Pleasure Gardens that the whole community could enjoy.
thestrand
The Strand
The Strand is Townsville’s Main beach strip and is loved by locals and visitors alike. At one end of the beach is the Rock Pool, an enclosed swimming area with trees and grassed areas to relax.
Yongala
For all the Scuba Divers out there, the SS Yongala rates as one of the best wreck dives Queensland has to offer. Below is a short version of the story of the Yongala as well as some notes about diving the wreck.

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