Maritime Museum of Townsville


One for the boat buffs, with a gallery dedicated to the wreck of the SS Yongala and exhibits on north Queensland’s naval industries. Tours of decommissioned patrol boat HMAS Townsville are available.

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1. Cultural Centre

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2. Reef HQ Aquarium

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3. Museum of Tropical Queensland

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5. Queens Gardens

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6. Castle Hill

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7. Picnic Bay

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8. Nelly Bay

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