There’s a vibrant nightlife in Townsville, and it’s no wonder, there’s lots to celebrate in this smart Coral Sea-meets-outback-meets-rainforest city. Public swimming pools and grassy, tree-lined parks dot the water’s edge and, perhaps surprisingly, you can expect gourmet treats, Zen-inspired waterfront dining and local breweries, frequented by a youthful population that’s a mix of students, defence force personnel (the Australian Defence Force has a large base here) and sophisticated locals. The Yongala shipwreck is located just 90km from Townsville, and local dive operations lead regular diving expeditions out to this internationally regarded site.
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Plant yourself at this groovy, always chatty café and tuck into guilty pleasures and good coffee
This outstanding living coral reef aquarium showcases many of the creatures and corals that inhabit the Great Barrier Reef
Bank Lounge Bar:
This slinky club, housed inside a superbly restored old bank building, is Townsville's hottest nightspot
Take a diving trip to the Great Barrier Reef and the stunning, spooky Yongala shipwreck
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For a quintessential country experience, go horseback on a cattle muster
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