The turtle glides effortless through the water, its giant body graceful and serene as it makes its way overhead. You crane your neck to see it disappear behind a massive outcrop of coral, the colourful branches interlaced in a delicate pattern that provides the perfect hiding spot for the hundreds of tropical fish in the enclosure.
You are walking underneath 2.5 million litres of water at Reef HQ—the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium and an important research and marine conservation centre. It is just one of the natural encounters you can experience in the Townsville region.
Go scuba diving at the wreck of the S.S. Yongala, recognised as one of the top wreck dives in the world. Or, if you prefer to stay on dry land, lace up your hiking boots and head to the surrounding islands including the World Heritage listed Magnetic Island.
For a real outback experience visit the old gold rush town of Charters Towers for billy tea and country music. Then when the sun sets, enjoy the community vibe at one of the many festivals and events held throughout the year in Townsville.