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Do & See
There is plenty to do and see in and around Townsville. The tropical climate allows for lots of water-based activities, such as the free water park, swimming pools and Reef HQ Aquarium. The wreck of the SS Yongala just off the North Queensland coast, measuring more than 100 metres, has been labelled one of the world’s top 10 diving sites. Also, just 135 km to the southwest is Charters Towers, a living history site, which was established during the gold trade in the late 1800s. Today it contains a number of superb historic buildings. For families and nature lovers, there is Billabong Sanctuary with its wombats and koalas, as well as the Reef HQ on Flinders Street. Culture is catered to at the Aboriginal Centre and at the National Heritage Complex in the West End.
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The Strand

The Strand

Townsville’s beachfront promenade is a 2.5 km stretch of parkland dotted with barbecue and picnic areas, exercise facilities and restaurants — offering fun for the whole family. The free water park delights adults and children alike. With its beautiful views the spot is also a great choice for a romantic stroll. At the northern end of The Strand sits The Rockpool. It’s a stinger-free ocean-water pool where you can swim for free. The pool is wheelchair accessible and a good splash area for the young ones.
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Museum of Tropical Queensland

Museum of Tropical Queensland

Museum of Tropical Queensland is located in the same complex as the Reef HQ Aquarium and holds information about natural history, archaeology and history. At this museum, local history is put in global context with world-class artefacts and replicas. Learn about the "Mutiny on the Bounty", the story of the Pandora, the efforts of the Royal Navy to recover the “pirated” ship and bring the mutineers to justice. One of our most popular areas for kids is the Enchanted Rainforest, which focuses on one of North Queensland’s most iconic ecosystems. Children can learn about rainforest plants and animals in a safe and fun environment.
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Cape Pallarenda

Cape Pallarenda

The Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park is a 44-hectare protected conservation park 10 km north-east of Townsville. The park offers 15 walking and mountain biking trails of varying lengths and difficulty, fishing and boating, bird watching and shell collecting. Cape Pallarenda was a strategic defence location in World War II and structured from that era can be spotted along the walking trails. The former Cape Pallarenda Quarantine Station is now heritage-listed. It was built in 1915–1916 using the materials brought over from the original quarantine station on Magnetic Island.
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Mission Beach

Mission Beach

Mission Beach is a small coastal town about 240 km north of Townsville. For visiting beach lovers, it offers a beautiful stretch of sand for all sorts of activities. Besides the obvious sun bathing you can go skydiving or kayaking. Paddle from South Mission Beach along the coast, passing golden sandy beaches and rocky headlands. As you cruise along, there will be plenty of opportunities to see turtles and many sea birds that frolic along this scenic coastline. Coral Sea Kayaking:
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