As Australia’s largest urban centre north of the Sunshine Coast, with a population of 196,219 and growing, it is easy to see why Townsville is often referred to as the unofficial capital of North Queensland. Not only does it host a number of governmental, community and major business administrative offices for the northern half of Queensland, but (according to Lonely Planet) is home to approximately 70% of the Australian Army.
For the visitor, Townsville offers a multitude of experiences and activities. From the Great Barrier Reef and the many tropical islands that surround it, to lush rainforests, waterfalls, national parks, and the iconic Australian outback. What more could you want from a vibrant town?
With excellent museums, the world’s largest coral reef aquarium, the Billabong Sanctuary, Brolga Dreaming Aboriginal Centre, world-class diving, and a vibrant nightlife – Townsville has a little bit of everything to offer. So, whether you enjoy relaxing on the beach sipping cocktails, hiking through lush vegetation observing natural wildlife, or diving amongst coral, Townsville is the perfect holiday destination!