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Introducing Townsville

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.