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The Top Things To Do In Townsville – A Destination Off The Beaten Path

Townsville is an underrated location that is excellent for those looking for a quieter, less tourist filled outing. With plenty of offerings, it can sometimes be difficult to decide what to do.


Town Common Conservation Park

If you are looking to get real close to a plethora of wild animal species in a wild surrounding that does not contain any trace of humans, the Town Common Conservation Park is guaranteed to satisfy your cravings. The diverse species of bird found in the park is the main highlight. You can find over two hundred and eighty species of birds while the specially built tower makes spotting them much easier. Free to visit, wallabies can be seen at the Town Common Conservation Park too. The Rolling Meadows, and the lagoons hidden deep in the midst of the lush forest, hide even more rare animals and bird species, making them essential experiences. Photographers will have the time of their lives here as some of the points give panoramic views of the ocean and the coastline.


Townsville Military History Tours

The city has played a major part in the country's history and houses the biggest barracks in Australia too. To gain a better look at the turbulent times of the past and the war equipment used by the army, visit the Townsville Military History Museum. The establishment perfectly blends together the rich Australian history and heritage and sceneries into a captivating tour. You can find many defence places, memorials and other war time artifacts. The tours are guided by former serviceman Toby Dean who has a deep knowledge of the city and its history and you can easily procure one just a hop away from most Townsville holiday apartments and hotels such as Oaks Gateway on Palmer.


Visit the Museum of Tropical QLD

This little gem is definitely the most unorthodox museum you will ever walk into. It does display the usual ancient artifacts but with a special focus on tropical items. The history museum's main focus is on the animals that live or lived in areas like a rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Furthermore, some of the displays are about underwater explorations. Quite informative, The Museum of Tropical QLD is ideal for kids as it is interactive. There is even a life sized replica of the sunken HMS Pandora. The exhibition details how its defence mechanisms worked and how life was for a seaman aboard the doomed vessel.


Reef HQ Aquarium

Little known to both locals and tourists, the Reef HQ Aquarium is massive and is the best way to view the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef without actually diving into the Reef. The highlight of this aquarium is the two and a half million litre coral reef exhibition that displays the day to day life at the Great Barrier Reef. You can see hammerhead sharks, stingrays and even manta rays which all add to a very natural experience. There is an area called the Discovery Lagoon which allows kids to get hands-on with many marine species while the turtle hospital allows you to interact with these majestic creatures.

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