Here is a view of Townsville as we came into the harbour on our return trip from Magnetic Island.
It looks a bit rocky and barren (just the mountain behind) but once you're in the city, it's much nicer and the surroundings too.
I particularly enjoyed the Townsville Mall - it's quite long and cobblestoned, with some attractive little garden and tropical areas.
In the middle, there is a large stage area with shade sails over the top (so many things, playgrounds, pools, even car parks in Queensland have shade sails over the top to try and shelter them from the heat)
which is an entertainment stage.
When we were there, a group of 10 - 12 year old dancers/singers from a local drama or calisthenics college were putting on a show for
visitors and tourists alike, and they were really good and well worth watching.
I couldn't believe the confidence of some of the 11 year olds, and the fact that at such a young age, they could also sing so well! Amazing.
There are plenty of shops and some arcades to browse in in the Mall too.
Here is another brightly painted stone building which I particularly liked in Townsville.
I should point out that most buildings aren't much more than 100 years old and so late 1880's buldings are quite rare - which is why I photographed them.
Overall, the town has more of a modern and tropical look, and along both sides of the river (rather close to the mall), massive building works of what look like luxury apartments are taking place. The river doesn't look too attractive to start with, so hopefully these buildings might even enhance that a little, if painted nicely.
A leisurely walk along The Strand in Townsville, is a wonderful way to see a good part of the foreshore. There are many cafe's, bistros, resturants, bars and hotels along the way.
There are also parks, playgrounds for children, and a wonderful bike track, for those who like to ride. And if you are into keeping fit, they have 'sit ups' benches all along the foreshore.