Australia / Oceania

The Glorious North Queensland: Showcasing Townsville

If you are looking for a relaxing yet enjoyable weekend, put Townsville as your next weekend getaway. Townsville is a welcoming little city where nothing ever feels too far out of reach. It is a city with long summer days all year-round, where the scorching sun shines bright and golden, and the bright blue-sky glistens above. Townsville might be tiny, but it’s the tropical vibe that makes it so irresistible. Whether you are planning to travel with your family, partner, friends or even solo, Townsville has some of the most stunning sceneries in the country that will give you unforgettable memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Let’s face it, 2020 has been the most gruelling year ever, but Townsville is the happy place you need to take a break and unwind your mind. The Strand is another great attraction located in Townsville, a 2.2km world-class beachfront promenade custom-built for enjoyment. Along this palm tree lined stretch are bike and walkway paths, safe swimming beaches, picturesque picnic spots, playgrounds, exercise stations, a water park, restaurants, and bars with to-die-for water views. If you’re looking for a way to keep the kids occupied, The Strand Waterpark will also provide enjoyment for a period of time.

Townsville holds a place close to my heart, as it is the hometown of most of my family. I have been visiting ever since I was a little girl and have loved it ever since. I usually travel to Townsville with my family and we generally stay for about two weeks. When packing for Townsville, summer clothes, swimmers, a hat, and thongs are necessary. It is always a must to jump on the barge over to Magnetic (Maggie) Island for some relaxation time. Maggie Island is situated just eight kilometres offshore from Townsville and is the perfect day trip getaway, accessible by boat. Maggie Island has secluded beaches, rugged nature, and abundant wildlife. 

Townsville is home to some of the most beautiful and unique landmarks within Australia. Well known for its tropical islands, Great Barrier Reef, Luscious Rainforests, Castle Hill, Reef HQ Aquarium, Billabong Sanctuary and The Strand, the city of Townsville is a tropical paradise for all walks of life, regardless of age group, budget, interests or ability. During my various stays, I had the opportunity to visit many of these places. When holidaying in Townsville my family and I always stay at The Ville. In addition to their great staff and service, The Ville offers you a beautiful view of the serene sea every morning.  

One thing you definitely do not want to miss out on when you visit Townsville is seeing Castle Hill. Castle-Hill is another great landmark within Townsville just metres short of a mountain. It is the giant pink granite monolith that stands proud in the centre of Townsville – a perfect place for visitors to orientate themselves. The hill offers vehicle access as well as several popular walking tracks, which are visited by more than 2,500 locals a day. This is one of my favourite spots to visit in Townsville. The hill has stolen my heart with its beautiful views of the city and the islands gorgeous surroundings.

I love this country for its wildlife. That’s another reason why I find Townsville as the destination that offers everything you need in just one place. During my holiday up north, I went to visit Billabong. It features native animals in natural habitats of eucalypt forest, rainforest and wetlands. It is home to an abundance of wildlife: kangaroos, koalas, echidnas, emus, birds, snakes and crocodiles. I enjoyed visiting Billabong Sanctuary as the staff were friendly, knowledgeable, and the animals are well looked after. 

Aside from the endless amount of attractions located within Townsville, it is also a great sporting town which is home to the North Queensland Cowboys and the Townsville Crocodiles. The Townsville Crocodiles were an Australian professional men’s basketball team based in the North Queensland city of Townsville. The North Queensland Cowboys are an Australian professional rugby league football club based in the North Queensland city of Townsville. The feeling of watching an NRL game is like no other, purely exciting. Also being a sportsperson myself, I wouldn’t be able to forgive myself if I missed the occasion. 

Townsville is the most amazing city, with an endless amount of fascinations throughout. So unique, beautiful and peaceful, but the best part is that it’s in our own backyard. By now I am sure you are convinced that Townsville is undoubtedly one of the best getaways in the country. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and explore the beauty of this wonderful place. Don’t forget to pack some sunscreen! 

Loved reading about the up-north Townsville? This article was submitted by Bronita Dunn, an Eager Wanderer. If you would like to share where you Venture | Explore | Conquer, contact us on submissions@dillydallymag.co
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