When most people think of Townsville, the first thing that springs up to their minds are the Great Barrier Reef, mining and a perfect weather. However, there is so much more this place has to offer that many people, even the Aussie public don’t know that gives the city its own character. Well, this city deserves to be known, to be recognized and be put among the list of the best places here on Earth. Let us see why.
The second largest city in Queensland, Townsville claims to be the “Capital of North Queensland” with a population approaching 200,000. Townsville City was established in 1863 by English explorer Robert Towns to build a new port for Australia. Since then Townsville grew into a liveable city as people began moving to up to the city.
Townsville holds a Guinness World Record – for the ‘Longest Horns in the World’. The region’s world famous Texas Longhorn steer, named JR, was certified by the Guinness World Records in 2011 to have the longest horns measured tip to tip, of all the cattle in the world. JR was born and raised in Leahton Park and his horns are now believed to exceed 2.82 metres.
If you are seeking an active adventure jump on board a diving trip to the Great Barrier Reef. It is the world’s largest coral reefs and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on earth visible from space.
Townsville is also home to the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium – Reef HQ. A great way to ‘experience the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet,’ Reef HQ is also the main headquarters for the National Reef Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. The Reef HQ Aquarium is a beautiful miniature version of the Great Barrier Reef with its many species of coral reef animals. For those seeking the serenity of a tropical island, enjoy the 20 minute ferry ride from Townsville city to beautiful Magnetic Island. Relax on one of the 23 beaches and bays while watching koalas in the wild.
Townsville has an average of 300 sunny days a year since it is situated in the dry tropics region of Queensland. This also means perfect-beach weather all throughout the year and enjoying city’s wonderful The Strand district. Speaking of ‘The Strand’, it is a lively beach esplanade and a perfect place to unwind. It stretches 2.5 km and offers breath-taking view of the surrounding islands. It is a favorite hangout for walkers, joggers, swimmers and roller skaters. The Strand is a favourite with locals and visitors, offering wide boulevard style walkways, swimming enclosures, freshwater showers, playgrounds, waterfront dining and BBQ facilities.
It is also nice to have a stroll in Townsville’s many parks. Townsville has over 300 parks and open spaces, providing a range of recreational activities for locals. Not far from The Strand are Queens Gardens with the town’s original Botanic Gardens from 1878. Also, the Palmetum near the James Cook University, which has a lot of native palm trees.
Townsville also offer a diverse range of dining and culinary precincts, there is something to suit everyone’s taste buds. Many of the local restaurants and cafes feature fresh produce grown and sourced directly from the region. You can also explore Townville’s range of specialty and boutique shopping precincts within the City Centre or head to one of the major shopping precincts to discover local produce and the latest fashions.
Are you curious enough to discover? Get a taste for yourself of stunning Townsville North Queensland!