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Townsville is situated on the North Queensland coast of Australia and is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea. It is also just a short boat ride away from Magnetic Island, one of the most popular Islands on the Great Barrier Reef.

Townsville might not be as busy, or the tourist centre that Cairns (400km north) or Airlie Beach (400km south), but is very popular with tourists looking for a true Australian town. What you will find here, is an Island with fantastic beaches, good diving on the reef and the best wreck dive around, the Yongala, one of the best dive sites in the world . With a drier climate than the people up north experience, Townsville is a thriving commercial city with many mining companies based here. The road from the coast to Ayers Rock starts here.

The Townsville Strand foreshore development officially opened in October 1999, redefining Townsville's appeal as a tropical resort city.
The opening weekend attracted over 80,000 residents and visitors to the city to view the results of the multi million dollar development which is the largest beach and headland creation project of its kind ever developed in Australia.

The development evolved due to destructive monsoonal storms in 1997 and 1998. These storms caused significant damage and compromised the integrity of the rock wall. The Townsville City Council decided to redevelop "The Strand" by developing the beaches as a means of foreshore protection.
The project involved the construction of three headlands, which feature recreational facilities, restaurants and headquarters for lifesavers. The headlands were devised for a dual role. Apart from their public amenities facility, the headlands protect the new seawall and beach. They are in areas that have been most vulnerable to cyclone damage.

Townsvill also has a large Military presence. There is an Army Base in this city, and you often see large helicopters, and fighter jets flying over the city. There is also a Military Museum, at the far end of the Strand, but I didn't visit.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lovely weather, beaches and people.
  • In a nutshell:I was impressed with this city. Got lots going for it.
  • Last visit to Townsville: Dec 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2006 at 9:20 AM

    Magnetic Island and the beach look greatl A very good info in intro :-)

  • tini58de's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2005 at 3:08 AM

    Townsville, Magnet Island, stinger warnings - this all brings back wonderful memories! Nice little page - thanks a lot!

  • Myndo's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2005 at 6:58 AM

    I remember from that town especially the viewpoint on the hill ...

  • freya_heaven's Profile Photo
    Jul 15, 2004 at 2:52 AM

    This looks such a beautiful area, great photos. Another name I recognise from my friends emails. Well Done (~_~)

  • rwlittle's Profile Photo
    May 9, 2004 at 1:18 PM

    Thanks for a view on a place I barely remember myself...we left just before I turned 8. :)

  • Kate-Me's Profile Photo
    Mar 19, 2004 at 8:50 PM

    Thanks for the info about the foreshore development. Very interesting. I wasn't in Townsville long enough to explore that part much, unfortunately. Great pages! Greetings from sunny Ballarat.

  • Goner's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2004 at 9:51 PM

    Great tips especially about the vinegar for stings, works for bees and mosquitoes too. Hope to visit here in November.

  • australia2's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2003 at 5:43 AM

    Well done. Your Pics are super. Lots of memories. I was there for three RAAF years in the fifties. Two of my children were born at the Townsville General. We had a cheap flat atop Melton Hill. Back recently and It's 'way upmarket. Again, well done.

  • dr.firas's Profile Photo
    May 14, 2003 at 1:24 AM

    Really wonderful views as you said!

  • MURRA's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2003 at 6:03 AM

    good coastal town ,thanks


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