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City Of Great Barrier Reef

  • General Information

    Other Name: -, , State: Queensland, AUSTRALIA
    Area: 140.2 kmĀ²
    Languages Spoken: Officially English
    Long Distance Code: +61
    Importance: -
    Best Time to Visit: - to - and during famous events held every year.
    International Access: -
  • Description

    Townsville is a city on the north-eastern coast of Australia, in the state of Queensland. Adjacent to the central section of the Great Barrier Reef it is in the dry tropics region of Queensland. Townsville is Australia's largest urban centre north of the Sunshine Coast with the 2006 census recording the Townsville Statistical District (the urban centre) population to be 143,328 people.Popular attractions include 'The Strand', a long tropical beach and garden strip; Riverway, a riverfront parkland attraction located on the banks of Ross River; 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.
  • Location

    1300 km (808 mi) from Brisbane.
  • Climate

    Tropical Climate
Anderson Park is a 20 hectare arboretum in the suburb of Pimlico in Townsville, Queensland.[1] It is open seven days a week, all year, sunrise to sunset.

It is a beautiful quiet gardens with free access for the public. It contains many fine examples of tropical northern Queensland trees, ferns, palms and one of the world's largest pandanus collection.

Balgal Beach features an excellent boat ramp with easy access to the Palm Island Group.

Balgal is a superb sand beach with a wide creek mouth and is a renowned beach and river fishing location.

The Billabong Sanctuary is an Australian wildlife sanctuary situated in Nome, 17 km south of Townsville, North Queensland. It has been rated as Australia's best interactive wildlife sanctuary by Totaltravel.comBeing one of the top wildlife sanctuaries in Australia, the Billabong Sanctuary has won several awards, including the North Queensland Tourism Awards for Eco Tourism (2002 & 2006) and the Townsville City Council Evironmental Excellence Award (1999).
Castle Hill is a huge pink granite monolith standing in the heart of the north Queensland city of Townsville. It rises to a height of some 286 metres above sea level and dominates the skyline of this relatively low level city which is built on the coastal plain between the Great Dividing Range and the sea. Castle Hill has formerly also been known locally as Mount Cootharinga - a name of aboriginal origin.
Charters Towers and Pioneer Cemeteries, located inland from Townsville, lies an interesting piece of local history. This cemetery is a newer cemetery - established in 1895. The Pioneer Cemetery contains graves of those buried from 1872 - 1895 and gives insight into the hardships their pioneers faced during the goldfield days.

Horseshoe Bay is the largest bay on Magnetic Island. Ideal for watersports, almost every watercraft imaginable is available for hire as well as being a departure point for sailing, cruising, fishing and kayak trips. Here too, you can experience swimming on horseback. There is also a new safe swimming enclosure.

Normally several fishing boats can be seen anchored at the eastern end of the bay making ready for their trip out to the Great Barrier Reef.

Jourama Falls are found near the Bruce Highway, between Ingham and Townsville, in Queensland, Australia. Protected within the northern section of the park.
Here at the Maritime Museum of Townsville, youre guarenteed an closer look into the naval and maritime history of Townsville. The Museum is best known for its display about the doomed ship SS Yongala, which sunk south of Townsville in 1911 with the loss of all 122 passengers it had on board.

Reef HQ (typeset as ReefHQ) is the largest living coral reef aquarium.[1] It is located in Townsville, Queensland, Australia. The aquarium was built as a Bicentennial Commemorative project and is a part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA). The Coral Reef Exhibit has 130 coral species and 120 fish species along with hundreds of species of sea stars, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, brittle stars, feather stars, snails, worms and sponges.

This fabulous stretch along Townsville's beachfront promenade lies The Strand. It incorporates a jetty, recreational park, restaurants, cafes, a series of headlands, a free water park, picnic areas and swimming pools and enclosures.

Head down here for a relaxing day out with the family or even for an early morning run or walk.