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    Great Barrier Reef Aquarium

    by stevezero Written Mar 1, 2005

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    Fish feeding, Great Barrier Reef Aquarium

    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.

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    Magnetic Island

    by stevezero Updated Mar 1, 2005

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    Magnetic Island, Queensland

    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.

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    The Strand

    by stevezero Updated Mar 1, 2005

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    The Strand, Townsville

    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.

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    Billabong Sanctuary

    by stevezero Written Mar 1, 2005

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    Koala, Billabong Sanctuary

    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

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    Castle Rock

    by stevezero Written Mar 1, 2005

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    Castle Rock

    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.

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    Magnetic Island

    by amandajayne81 Written Jul 4, 2008

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    The Island from the Strand on the Mainland

    Just off the Coast of Townsville - and I mean just I would say you could swim over if you were really keen and didn't mind stingers, is Magnetic Island. I didn't get over but my friends I was staying with had taken the ferry over and spent a great day relaxing on the beaches and having a look around.

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    Castle Hill Lookout

    by amandajayne81 Updated Jul 4, 2008

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    View of Castle Hill from the pier off the Strand

    Unfortunately I ran out of time to see the top of Castle Hill and the fabulous view it offered which was a shame as I love lookouts over towns and especially when you have the ocean in sight as well. Definitely will be doing that next time and it is right in the middle of town so very easy to get to. I love all these free things to do!

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    Trip to Magnetic Island.

    by Sweetberry1 Updated Jun 30, 2003

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    Magnetic Island, just a 20-minute trip from Townsville, is a beautiful tropical island with 22 bays and spectacular fringing reefs.
    Much of the island is national parkland, so you can explore the lush gullies, granite hills, rainforests and beach to your heart's content.

    Do some koala spotting, moke it around the island when you don't feel like walking, and dine at the superb restaurants.

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    The Strand - A relaxing walk

    by amandajayne81 Written Jul 4, 2008

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    We enjoyed our walk from one end to the other of the Strand. It is a few kilometres I would guess and was very relaxing and we passed people of all ages and types doing the same. Would be lovely in the morning, daytime and at night. Lots to see and do. Possible could be warm in Summer. Hard to believe things like this can be free! Some great pubs and other eats and drinks along the way.

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    The Strand

    by lou31 Written Nov 28, 2005

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    Splish splash!!...the kids love it
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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.

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    Magnetic Island

    by lou31 Written Nov 28, 2005

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    Looking over to Magnetic from the Strand
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    Just out from Townsville is lovely Magnetic Island. It is very popular and easy to get to. There are boats that go back and forth and if you like you can take your car over on the barge.
    There a half a dozen beaches on the island. Lots of accomodation, restaurants and activities.
    Nice for a day trip or a longer stay.

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    Jujpiters Casino

    by lou31 Written Nov 28, 2005

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    Jupiters Casino.

    If you are one of those high rollers or even a low roller you will enjoy the Casino.
    Everyone goes there.

    As casinos go it is...well a casino. Lots of pokies and gambling machines and of course good restaurants and accomodation.

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    Billabong Sanctuary

    by gabyne Written Nov 6, 2004

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    Cuddling a koala

    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...

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  • Billabong Nature Sanctuary

    by evenovak Written Aug 4, 2008

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    It's fun, just like everyone says.
    You walk around, gaze admiringly at nature, pet a koala, eat an expensive snack (by U.S. standards) and go home with fond memories.
    By the way, Australian "scones" are soft, small, sweet rolls. The price here is similar to elsewhere in Townsville: $7AUD for 2rolls, jelly, cream and tea.
    If you arrange the trip through the travel agent in the middle of Flinders Mall (highly recommended and helpful, by the way), you can arrange a shuttle for about $19AUD per person.

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    Billabong Sanctuary

    by derats Written Jun 3, 2003

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    Possum

    Billabong Sanctuary is Australia's best interactive wildlife experience.

    Nowhere else in Australia will you have the opportunity to interact with so many of Australia's native animals.

    Your experience will be enhanced by the Sanctuary's friendly staff of rangers from whom you will gain a tremendous knowledge of Australian animals and where to find these animals in the wild.

    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.

    The Sanctuary has accreditation with the Australian Ecotourism Association, so you will be guaranteed of a high standard of Eco-tourism Experience.

    Get in touch with your wild side with a hands-on experience at Billabong Sanctuary. The sanctuary is the only accredited eco-tourism operator in the region and has a policy not to acquire animals from the wild. You will learn all about the native animals of North Queensland with the wildlife talks and feeding shows given by Billabong's qualified rangers. Watch giant crocodiles being fed, check out the new home of the wedgetail eagles and see some of Australia's major habitats recreated.

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