Excellent museums, a huge aquarium, world-class diving, two major sporting teams, vibrant nightlife and a stunningly landscaped waterfront esplanade – that’s a pretty impressive list for a capital city, let alone a regional centre. Townsville has a lively student population and some 70% of the Australian Army is based here. And then there’s the climate. With an average of 320 days of sunshine per year, undercover seating at its stadium was considered unnecessary because of the minimal rainfall during the rugby league season.
Not content to stand still, central Townsville is in the final stages of a major refurbishment that showcases its 19th-century buildings.
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Queensland & the Great Barrier Reef - Townsville to Innisfail (Chapter)
This is the Townsville to Innisfail chapter from Lonely Planet’s Queensland & the Great Barrier Reef guidebook. Coverage includes: Townsville & around, Magnetic Island, Ravenswood, Charters Towers, Paluma Range National Park, Ingham & around, Lucinda, Orpheus Island, Cardwell & around, Hinchinbrook Island, Goold & Garden Islands, Tully, Mission Beach & around, Dunk Island, Bedarra Island and Innisfail & around.
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