Townsville is located in Queensland Australia. Townsville is viewed by many as the unofficial capital of North Queensland. A popular stop-off point for visitors to this area of the state. Its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the numerous attractions that Townsville to offer, has seen its popularity rapidly increase over recent years. Townsville lies in the heart of coastal Queensland, opposite the Great Barrier Reef. It grew from a relatively small settlement in the 1860s to encompass many smaller surrounding areas. The city played an active role in the Second World War, when American and Australian troops were stationed here to cover the effort in the Pacific. Japanese bombs were dropped in the Harbour in 1942 but there was little damage to the city.

Although the region is characterised by hilly terrain, the city itself is flat apart from a hill in the centre.

Townsville Airport serves a number of domestic destinations but no longer handles direct international flights. As with most Australian cities, there are connections to the city centre, as well as scheduled bus services to some of the bigger resorts. You will need to book ahead as they don’t run shuttles to all destinations all the time. The airport is fairly close to the city centre and there are plenty of taxis available.
Bus services are frequent around Townsville, however, if you’re planning on exploring any further afield, it’s probably a good idea to hire your own vehicle. This gives you far more flexibility and freedom.


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Townsville weather is tropical – but the city is located in the dry tropics.

The region has much lower rainfall than other tropical cities of the north and experiences an average of 300 days of sunshine each year. Summer months are usually hot and humid, with thunderstorms and rainfall averages 1143mm per year, with around 90 wet days.

Most of the rain falls in the wet season, between November and April. December is the hottest month with an average daily temperature of 25C and a low of 13C, but Coral Sea seabreezes late morning help to prevent extreme temperatures above 30C. read more about the weather in Townsville.
Townsville attractions are far ranging and include typical beach holiday activities, as well as all the amenities that a large city has to offer. The Townsville Museum offers an insight into the history and development of the city and is a good place to start for a flavour of Townsville.

One of the big draws of the city is its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and it is indeed a good base from which to take a reef cruise. Before you head off, visit The Reef HQ Aquarium.

This is the largest living coral reef aquarium and you can learn more about what you are likely to see on your diving trip. And, if all that wears you out, there are countless beaches to choose from where you can relax and soak up the sun.


Townsville Markets

The Cotters Market

The Cotters Market is renowned for its award winning arts and crafts with beautiful leatherwork, glass, woodwork and jewellery on display, and the market also offers just about everything else you could possibly need. In terms of food, there are fresh fruit and vegetables, cakes and biscuits, hot food takeaway and dine in options, drinks, ice creams, jams and preserves. Pretty much something available for sweet tooths and savoury buffs alike.

Cotters Market