I visited Townsville with my friends during our trip to Australia. It the second largest city in Queensland and also has the largest army base in the country. It has a beautiful heritage feel.
Places to visit
I went to The Strand which is 2.2 km long playground on the beach for kids and water parks, walking paths, BBQ’s, cafes, restaurants called The Rock Pool. We went to Longboard’s; a must visit the bar for views, beef, mojitos and excellent finger food.
From there, we went to Reef HQ, which is the biggest aquarium for coral reef which is living. One can even consider scuba diving or snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef to witness the fantastic and colorful coral and sea life from extremely close distances. We went to Castle Hill, the monolith made of Pink Granite. It is a high rock and is one of the most famous walking paths of the city.
I loved my time with the Townsville Military Tours that offered valuable information into Australian history from the War II Boer to the current operations in the country of Afghanistan. We stopped at Tumbetin Tea Rooms in Palmetum Gardens for coffee and cakes. It military tour costs around $88 for adults and $44 for children of 8 to 15 years. We visited the Palmetum Gardens, briefly during our military trip, which is a 17-hectare garden. I loved the ambiance, the wilderness of the place and the memorials to the people killed in the Black Hawk Tragedy.
We even went to the Wildlife Sanctuary of Billabong which is 20 minutes outside the city. It gives a fantastic wildlife experience with a tropical atmosphere nearby. A local insisted us to go to Juliette’s, an institution for gelato and coffee.