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Townsville and Magnetic Island

December 20th, 2009

From Airlie Beach we headed north to Townsville, Queenslands second largest settlement. We had a lot of expectations of Townsville but were a little dissapointed when we got there.

Townsville's main street, Flinders St Mall, turned out to be part of a reconstruction project and looked completely trashed. 60% of all the shops in the mall were closed for business, up for rent or completely trashed. We found a few sad looking souvenir shops, a McDonalds and an internet cafe. Luckily for us, all we needed.

Townville beach on an early morning. Townville beach on an early..

Most of the action in Townsville has moved up to the Strand, Townsville's esplanade, and this is where you'll find most of the reataurants and bars. Not a lot of shops, I guess people just drive to the bigger shopping centre's out of town.

The Strand offers a stretch of beach where you should stay out of the water though, because of the stingers. There is also an artificial lagoon and swimming area with lot of activities for the kids.

The next day we took a ferry ride to Magnetic Island. You should book for the ferry, especially if you want to bring your car. By car, the Fantasea ferry will cost you 82 AUD each way.

Magnetic Island is very nice and has some stunning beach with the most tourist part of the island in Horeshoe Bay. Here you can also visit the local zoo where you can hold koala's, lizards, alligators and snakes or get your picture taken with these cute creatures.

There was a turtle on the beach! There was a turtle on the..

Avoid the horse riding in Horseshoe Bay. They will charge you 100 AUD pp and are probably the less professional people in the business. Especially if you have no experience with horse riding the guidance is zero which quickly will turn the ride in a complete nightmare which for us luckily ended without any major incidents but not having fun at all.

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What to do in Townsville: Make sure to book the Fantasea ferry online if you want to visit Magnetic Island

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Travel Pictures of Townsville, Australia

  • Townville beach on an early morning. Townville beach on an early morning.
  • There was a turtle on the beach! There was a turtle on the beach!
  • Townsville beach at The Strand Townsville beach at The Strand
  • Townsville Beach, in North Queensland Townsville Beach, in North Queensland
  • The hotel from the beach The hotel from the beach
  • Picture of view over The Strand Picture of view over The Strand
  • Stingers on Townsville beaches Stingers on Townsville beaches
  • View over The Strand, Townsville View over The Strand, Townsville
  • Ocean view at Townsville beach Ocean view at Townsville beach
  • The Strand in Townsville The Strand in Townsville
  • Townsville accomodation on The Strand Townsville accomodation on The Strand

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Name: Mari
Age: 26-33
Travel type: Couples vacation

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Townsville and Magnetic Island
Continent: Oceania
Country: Australia
City: Townsville
Period: Dec 2009
Lenght of stay: 1 day
Views: 2151

Travel Review

Liked: The Koala holding on Magnetic Island
Disliked: Townsville, Horseshoe Bay Horse riding
Trip Rating: Average

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