Townsville is located near the Great Barrier Reef and has 90,000 inhabitants. The city offers many activities for visitors. In winter it is warm and dry and in summer it can be very humid due to the rainfall.
When in Townsville, a must is a visit to the Aquarium and Terrarium „Great Barrier Reef Wonderland“. Visitors go through a tunnel made of Plexiglas while sharks and rays swim over and above. A diving experience where you don’t have to get wet! Reptiles and invertebrates in their natural environment watch their onlookers, snakes lie under warm lamps, shed their skin and dart their tongues in and out. The Great Barrier Reef Wonderland doesn’t just offer something for the eyes but something for the sense of touch. In the shallow petting pool you can carefully touch the starfish and shellfish. When starfish loose a leg, they just grow another one! Creatures have developed unbelievable mechanisms and it’s interesting to learn about nature and about these creature’s differences. They also show changing nature films in the Great Barrier Reef Wonderland. In this building visitor’s will also find the Museum of Tropical Queensland that informs you about natural science, history and technology- all of which can be easily reached in your car hire.
It is also recommendable to go for a walk along the promenade. “The Strand”- along here you will find houses built in Victorian style. It is also an idea to go on a trip to Castle Hill- the 285 metres high mountain in Townsville. You can drive up the mountain in your cheap car hire or you can climb up the steep path. The effort is well worth it as at the top you will be rewarded with a breath-taking view of the harbour and the island “Magnetic Island”. A walk along Flinders Street East is enjoyable with its picturesque houses from the colonial times and its rows of pubs.
Those of you that want to experience more of the Australian wildlife you should head along the Highway to the Billabong Sanctuary. Typical Australian animals include koalas, kangaroos and crocodiles which can all be seen here. You can also book diving trips 60km (37 miles) off the coast of the Great Barrier Reef. No-one believes it until they have actually tried it. When diving off the Great Barrier Reef, it is just as if you have jumped into an aquarium. A colourful mass of fish, star fish and other sea inhabitants swim by. The world under water is so colourful that it almost seems unreal.
A sailing trip to Magnetic Island should definitely not be missed out on. The Magnetic Island takes its name from the discoverer James Cook. In 1770, as Cook sailed by the island he thought that his compass changed due to the gravitational pull of the island and so the island became know as Magnetic Island. Who knows- maybe Cook was impressed by the beauty of the island and had forgotten the finer details. The island offers visitors the chance for walks to Mount Cook- wonderful sandy beaches and bays. In the Koala Wildlife Park, in Horseshoe Bay these cute animals can be watched.
After a trip to Townsville, in your hired car travel along the coast to new pastures- Australia’s east coast has so much more to offer!