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    The Strand

    by lou31 Written Nov 28, 2005

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    Townsville is built by the sea and the Strand is an esplanade which runs along the shoreline. It has had major developments done in the last 5 years and really is a beautiful area. Long walkways, parks, swimming enclosures, barbeque facilities, restaurants and a terrific water park playgrond for the kiddies.

    The water park is a hive of activity. It is a large pool area and it's main feature is a huge bucket that sits atop a large climbing frame. The bucket fills with water and when full it tips over and pours gallons of water down over the kiddies....they love it!

    It runs for 1.5 kilometres and is hugely popular. There is so much to do and see and is a great way to cool off on a hot day. Just stay out of the sun...there are lots of trees and shade sails to relax under.

    Splish splash!!...the kids love it Part of the Strand...lots of trees Swimming enclosure along the Strand Walkways and shady trees Picnicers by the waterpark.
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    go for a swim at Alligator Creek

    by mikalaurila Written Apr 11, 2005

    For something free and really relaxing...travel south of Townsville maybe half an hour to Alligator Creek. There are many great creeks around Townsville that are amongst spectacular Australian bush...this is a popular one. Do check with locals that there has been enough rain otherwise there will be no water or it will not be fresh. It is a great day out if you like picnics, swimming and just hanging out. You should even see some local animals in the park/camping area. They've become tame due to the influx of visitors.

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    Billabong Sanctuary

    by stevezero Written Mar 1, 2005

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    Billabong Sanctuary is one of the best in Australia and is situated 17kms from Townsville. If you don't have your own car, then a bus can pick you up and take you there.

    The Sanctuary has 3 habitats of rainforest, eucalypt forest and wetlands all in the one easy location, which can be experienced in either a half day or a full day visit. The native animals are displayed in their own environments in natural surroundings, the experience is like that of walking through the Australian bush.

    Combined ticket, inc. transfer from hotel, entry A$34.00

    Koala, Billabong Sanctuary
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    Great Barrier Reef Aquarium

    by stevezero Written Mar 1, 2005

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    Townsville is now one of the ( if not the leading centre) for research into The Great Barrier Reef and the award winning Great Barrier Reef Aquarium will give you a taste of the reef without setting foot offshore
    The aquarium contains one of the largest living coral reefs in the world.

    Great Barrier Reef Aquarium is open from 9.30am to 5pm, 7 days a week, every day of the year except Christmas Day.

    Fish feeding, Great Barrier Reef Aquarium
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    Magnetic Island

    by stevezero Updated Mar 1, 2005

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    Magnetic Island is a small tropical island just off Townsville. It is readily accesable via a 20 minute ferry trip from town. There is either a passenger only ferry, or one which takes cars as well.
    The island is predominantly covered in National Park (Pine, Eucalypt and rainforest trees) but it does have several tourist resorts, shops, cafes, restaurants etc and offers a wide range of activities including relaxing on some wonderful beaches. fishing is also available.
    We were lucky enough to see koalas in the wild, and some lovely rock wallabies.

    Magnetic Island, Queensland
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    Castle Rock

    by stevezero Written Mar 1, 2005

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    Townsville is dominated by the massive structure of castle Rock. It is a major landmark if you approach the town from the air.
    It is possible to drive to the top, from where there is a lookout to get magnificent views over the town, Magnetic Island, and of the sea.
    You can also walk to the top along a winding road (uphill of course) and the trek up is also popular with joggers in the evening.

    Castle Rock
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    The Strand

    by stevezero Updated Mar 1, 2005

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    The Strand is a 2km long development along the main beach at Townsville.
    It was constructed in 1999, following several years of heavy monsoon rain which caused damage to the seawall.
    Ther is now a lovely promenade walk, as well as restaurants, cafes and shops.

    The Strand, Townsville
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    Billabong Reserve

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 8, 2005

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    Nestled in the hills of the Mutatunga Range and set among rainforest, wetlands and Eucalyptus trees, the Billabong Sanctuary
    provides an ideal environment for wildlife. Strolling along the pathways, you may see kookaburras, dingos, Australian black swans, cassowary, snakes, cockatoos, birds of prey and other native animals.
    Take the opportunity to hand feed the free roaming kangaroos and see Australia’s menacing crocodiles being fed.
    A close up encounter with the cuddly koalas and unusual wombats will make for great souvenir photos.

    Hugging a Koala
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    Palmetum

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 8, 2005

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    Boasting a variety of over 300 palms, the Palmetum is a well known local attraction that also includes part of a rainforest. The park was opened in 1988 and offers a number of pathways in its 17 hectars of land.

    The Palmetum - Townsville
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    Aquarium

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 7, 2005

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    Built out into the harbour, the aquarium contains the largest living coral reef in the world. At two stories high with giant panoramic windows, the aquarium features a glass tunnel that allows for walking below the ocean amongst colourful tropical fish. You will come face to face with the wonders of the Great Barrier Reed as you discover an underwater world of brilliant coral, home to thousands of incredible reef creatures. A wave machine, simulating ebb and flow of the ocean, maintains natural marine living conditions, and algae are used in the purification system.

    The Great Barrier Reef behind glass The Great Barrier Reef behind glass The Great Barrier Reef behind glass The Great Barrier Reef behind glass The Great Barrier Reef behind glass
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    Billabong Sanctuary

    by gabyne Written Nov 6, 2004

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    Just a short drive from Townsville is Billabong Sanctuary, a nature park where you can watch all the Australian wildlife... You can hold a koala or a wombat as well as boas, small crocodiles or parrots or feed kangaroos.

    Furthermore they have all sorts of possums, the most poisonous snakes in the world, saltwater crocodiles, lizards, dingos...

    Cuddling a koala
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    Crazy birds

    by halans Written May 30, 2004

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    At around 6-6:30 in the evening head down to the main shopping street. There you'll be overwhelmed by a deafening noise of hundreds or thousands of rainbow lorikeets (small parrots) shreeking about, flying around to find a sleeping spot (think Hitchcock's 'The Birds'). Interesting.

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    Reef HQ

    by halans Updated May 30, 2004

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    Reef HQ, the office of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. It has a living reef on display so you can get close to the reef fish without getting wet. At 4:15 they feed the sharkes. Although it was two days ago that they had eaten, they were only mildly interested in their frozen food. The display gives you a nice overview of all things 'reef'. The aquarium itself wasn't too impressive, maybe we expected things to be bigger. Still worth your visit if you're in Townsville.

    The aquarium really is bigger than on this picture
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    Billabong Sanctuary

    by halans Written May 30, 2004

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    17 km from Townsville centre, you'll find Billabong Sanctuary, an Australian wildlife park, with crocs, koalas, emus, kangaroos, pythons, dingos,... certainly worth your visit. Watch the crazy croc man fool around with large crocs (at 12:15 they get fed). Have a closer look at some pademelons with joey's in their pouches, and free ranging kangaroos and annoying emu. Get up close with a colourful prehistoric looking rainforest cassowary. At 1:45 it's photo opp time holding a koala. Check out their website for an overview of the times of animal feeding and wildlife talks.

    Koala photo opp...

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    Up Castle Hill

    by halans Written May 30, 2004

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    Go up Castle Hill for a 360 view over Townsville and the hinterland. But in the evening, on your way up, watch out for all these raving mad joggers, cyclists, people walking their dog, ... and mothers with prams, going up (and down) the big hill. Not one or two, but masses of them. Crazy.
    Still the view is worth it.

    Townsville and Magnetic Island from top of Castle

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