The city of Townsville, not to be confused with the one in the ancient cartoon 'Powerpuff Girls', finds itself nestled on the north-east coast of Queensland. The area is most popular for diving, an active nightlife, a massive aquarium, and intensely dry weather. Its slightly medieval-looking architecture grant it a unique sense of maturity and an atmosphere of fantasy. However, don't be fooled by these aged buildings, because Townsville has plenty of fun and action to offer.
Despite its location being on the edge of Australia, your venture to Townsville will prove to be far more convenient than you anticipated. The fact that it has its own airport opens up your commuting options. Douglas Coaches is one of the bus services that will take you to Townsville straight from Charters Towers, departing at 4pm from Monday to Friday. Alternatively, you can choose to take a train from one of the following stations: Brisbane, Rockhampton and Cairns. Depending on where you take the train from, the journey could take between 7.5 hours to 24 hours.
If you're looking to take a pleasant stroll, The Strand is definitely the place to be. The view available encompasses the ocean and Magnetic Island, intensifying the sheer beauty of sunsets and sunrises. The versatility of the park allows it to be the perfect spot for families, friends, and even a romantic hideout for couples. You could even dunk yourself in its artificially-made rock swimming pool or take your kids to the water park; either way you're bound to have a great time.
Castle Hill is one of the places that you certainly must visit during your stay at Townsville. Whether you choose to hike your way up or cheat your way by driving, the view will be equally phenomenal. Also, if you're able to muster up the courage, you can explores the ruins as well.
The Reef HQ boasts itself to be the world's largest reef aquarium. It's a great place to bring your children and educate them about marine life. The exhibits available are both interesting and informative. The cafe available at the vicinity is also of substantial quality. So if you get drained out from handling your hectic children all day, don't hesitate to drop by for a coffee break.
Townsville may appear to be pretty laidback. But when the sun goes down, that's when the music scene really comes alive.
The Bank is a popular night club that features several skilled local DJ's to spin your way into its vibrant crowd. The unique decor of barred windows and Corinthian style columns makes you feel like you're in an actual bank, making your night a very unique experience.
Apart form the Bank, Townsville has a long line of bars for you to choose from, each featuring their own style and setting to enhance the memories that you'll take away with you.