Townsville sits on the edge of dry tropics region and is beautiful getaway for Great Barrier Reef. Before going in for your great adventure in Great Barrier Reef do take time to visit underappreciated quaint city located right in the middle with beautiful hill on one side and glittering diamonds like blue sea on the other. With population basically comprising of young crowd, the city is sorted with dynamic nightlife, excellent sightseeing options, wonderful delicacies and relaxing atmosphere with ever friendly local crowd. Considering its nearness to Great Barrier Reef, the city gets influx of tourists on its airport that caters for landing and taking off both International and Domestic airlines. Domestic connectivity with other Australian cities is also quite smooth.
Townsville population is little on younger side of Generation X than that of Australia and Queensland on whole. The main influx of people came due to settlement of army base and starting of Government services and jobs which brought in people to Townsville either for long term period or short term. Another job opportunity came in form of Mine working on the basis of contractual work. As per the statistic data in the year 2005-06 this district of Australia was on fifth number as the fastest growing district of Australia with 3% record of growth in population. Information that came out in the survey done was in that very period of 2005-06 the increase in population growth of Townsville was around 2.5% which is much more than that of Queensland’s 2.2%. Although this population growth over the years has simmered down to 1% while the state’s overall growth is more at 1.2%.
More than 300 days of Sunshine and pleasant climate is the best way to describe the weather of Townsville. Summer as well winter season days are quite warm and perfect for many sporty and water adventures. Townsville is hottest from October to April so it is recommended to lather lots of sunscreen to avoid sunburn and carry lots of liquid along. The peak time to visit is from May to September wherein the nights are cool for relaxing walks and days are warm enough to delve into cool water sports. August brings in festive season of Townsville with sailing competition being most revered in the Race week on Magnetic Island. New Years’ celebrations are perfect for full family with fireworks, yummy food and all the other works.
Townsville Airport is considered to be the main regional airport in its surrounding that serves the beautifully young city of Townsville. The airport is called Townsville International Airport or Garbutt Airport named after the area Garbutt in which it is constructed. It caters for almost all the regional and domestic flight of Australia and as per the survey done in 2011- 12 it served more than 1.5 million passengers from all round the world which in turn makes it 11th busiest airport of Australia. The facilities available in the airport are:
Passengers either departing or arriving in the city can take out cash from the account of almost any banks through the ATMs located in two areas in the terminal. The locations of the ATMs are as follows:
Facilities like restrooms are provided throughout the terminal building. Specific locations for the same are:
For those who require special assistance, restrooms for them can be located in:
Passengers can access Wi-Fi for free from the airport throughout the terminal. Stay in touch with your loved ones before boarding the flight and after getting off. Inform your social circle about your future adventures by checking on Facebook and other social networking sites.
Townsville airport caters for landing and taking off of both International and Domestic Airlines. To bring in many tourists from round the world for Great Barrier Reef and other city adventures many airlines touchdown in the airport of which some are:
Australia is known for food apart from its impeccable attractions and sightseeing. Townsville is no different in this department as it does offer some mouthwatering dining options in form of respected and award winning restaurants voted by the locals and tourists alike. Some of these must visit restaurants are:
Reliable while being delicious, Cbar cafe has a reputation of according the customers with best and tastiest food at affordable range. Its menu offers dishes for both vegetarians 0- with best dish being Antipasto of $18 and for non vegetarians the dish to must have is huge battered fish burgers of $17.
Music – Check
Vibrant Crowd – Check
Yummy Food – Double check
This is the opinion of the locals when Longboard Bar & Grill is mentioned. This restaurant is located on the waterfront and offers mesmerizing view as you sway your body with thumping music while feasting on barbecue pork ribs, buffalo wings and steaks.
If you are looking for some original Thai delicacies then your search ends with just one name – Summerie’s Thai Cuisine. This restro has garnered double thumbs up from the locals as well as tourists. Its most famous dish by the name of Heaven on Earth is aptly named so as this slow cooked coconut prawns with its yummy crunch side dish of greens is absolutely mouthwatering.
Experience the calmness of Townsville young crowd with perfect combination of thumping and adrenalin full water and sports adventures. Townsville has kept many secretive adventures stored up for you but only if you are willing to look them up. Apart from being near the Great Barrier Reef, Townsville also has some activities organized that will surely make your Australia trip quite memorable. Some of these activities are:
Wallaman Falls: This fall of Townsville is the tallest one in Australia standing at 268 meters. It is a part of Wet Tropics Great Walk, which is mesmeric in its own right with views worth every single penny spent, and lies in Girringun National Park. The must try and locate things while visiting this fall platypus (that tends to remain elusive), musky-rat Kangaroo and of course on the verge of extinction – southern cassowary. The best way and also the must try to reach the fall is through Djyinda Walk which offers scenes right out of dreams. You can book your tour of the fall with ever reliable companies, namely –
Ferry Ride to Magnetic Island: The ferry ride to magnetic Island located in Great Barrier Reef’s marine park is just over 20 minutes but is a ride of lifetime as go over the sparkling blue waters. Enjoy and relax on any of the 23 beaches and plunge into crystal clear waters to cool off. In this place tourists can do numerous activities ranging from reef based adventures to walking along the tracks of 25 km long to take in the beauty offered by Magnetic Island. The most favored part by many tourists is koala bears in the wilderness of this Island.
Wildlife like Never before: Go south of Townsville for about 17 km in the direction of Bruce Highway and you will land yourself in Billabong Sanctuary which is one of Australia most thrilling wildlife experience you will ever get. Here you will get in touch with many of the exotic wild animals residing comfortably in their own favored habitat. You can get your children to view all sorts of species ranging from dingoes, koalas to kangaroos and cassowaries. They are quite friendly and can be mingled with any age of tourist without causing any harm as they talk and feed these furry residents of the Sanctuary
|Wheel Chair Availability||Yes|
|Prepaid Booth (TAXI)||Yes|
|Terminal Interchanging Facility||No|
|Domestic Flights Connectivity||Yes|
|One Day Shelter||No|
|Taxi Cost||$2.25 / km (AUD)|
|Apartments Rent||Starting from $190 / week|
|Beer||$4.60/ 0.5l (AUD)|
|Mineral Water||$ 2.83 / 1.5l (AUD)|