Townsville (Australia) Reviews
Description:City: Townsville / Country: Australia / World Region: Australasia / Pacific / "Townsville city and major port, eastern ... more
Townsville (Australia) ... Queensland, Australia, at the mouth of Ross Creek on Cleveland Bay of the Coral Sea. It is adjacent to the central section of the Great Barrier Reef in the dry tropics. The city enjoys over 300 days of sunshine each year, which lends itself to tourism activities all year round and an abundance of outdoor activities. Popular attractions include 'The Strand', a long tropical beach and garden strip; Reef HQ, a large tropical aquarium holding many of the Great Barrier Reef's native flora and fauna; the Museum of Tropical Queensland, built around a display of relics from the sunken British warship HMS Pandora; and Magnetic Island, a large neighbouring island, the vast majority of which is national park. Lying close to Flinders Passage through the Great Barrier Reef offshore, it has one of Queensland's finest artificial harbours. A tourist base for the Great Barrier Reef and the Atherton Plateau, the city is dominated by the 938-ft (286-m) Castle Hill, which overlooks Magnetic Island."
Newest Review: ... nearby mineral mines. I took the walk up the hill to see the views and to be fair I have to say it was very beautiful up there, lots of interesting wildlife to explore, and evade, with equal measure on the way up. It was the first time I was ever chased by a wild pig! The more pleasurable and family friendly seafront is a nice escape from that concrete boringness of the city and offers ... more
Customer Townsville (Australia) Reviews (3)
by - written on 22/11/12, updated on 30/11/12 (Very useful, 52 readings)
Townsville is a curio. For a tropical city by the beach it doest really utilize that all around sporting outdoor Aussie appeal. It has some small sandy beaches and a deep water port for commercial shipping and leisure boating, access to the Great Barrier Reef its main selling point, but still feels like Northampton by the sea, not the most romantic image to conjure up in Australia! The fact the alarmingly pasty Julian Assange of wikileaks notoriety was born here is all you need know about the blandness of the place. Greg Norman and wayward cricketer Mitchell Johnson are also Townsville boys. It just lacks something Australia has buckets of, almost a prototype Aussie city Read the complete review
by - written on 19/06/10 (Very useful, 52 readings)
Townsville is the largest tropical city in Northern Queensland. I thought this would mean more culture, things to do, places to go out. However I was sorely disappointed with this city. There are some amazing beaches which stretch along the front of the city, some have protective stinger nets in the stinger months but they have been taken out now, so take care when swimming as the water is still quite warm here. The actual town itself is quite depressed, the whole shopping street is being dug up, and most of the shops have closed. The only place to really have a good time shopping is the stocklands mall which is a bus ride away. I ... Read the complete review
by - written on 25/11/00, updated on 22/05/02
I have to admit I kinda stumbled into Townsville with five dollars in the pocket after my final fruit pick in the outback at what quickly became the end of my chaotic”year out” Down under. Cant say that there's not a lot to do here if you have already done the reef in Cairns. I suppose it could be best described as a Floridian town where you have a lot of old shriveled prune faced couples wandering around mingling with the tourists being dispatched to The Whitsunday resorts and cruises or the delightful Magnetic Island with its distinctive Mediterranean look and feel. As the last major conurbation in Queensland before the rain forest kicks in up north ... Read the complete review
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