Townsville is a beautifully city right on the coast with about 100,000 inhabitants and the famous James Cook University. It has a two-kilometer long promenade with playgrounds and swimming pools. Townsville is 1100 km north of Brisbane and 300 km south of Cairns.
Upstream are islands and the Great Barrier Reef. Further inland the Great Dividing Range extends. Around Townsville sugar cane, bananas and tropical fruits are grown. In the hinterland of Townsville gold fields were discovered in the 18th century close to the small town of Chartes Towers .
Townsville has a large harbor from where boats leave for the islands. Magnetic Island with pretty snorkelling bays is definitely worth a visit, as well as Hinchinbrook Island.