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Natural Encounters

You hear the waterfall before you can see it. The roar from the great wall of water thunders down the sheer cliff face, mist rising from the pool below. Venturing further along the walking trail you reach the base of the falls and look up. The spray from the water rewards you with a rainbow, a great end to a day of bushwalking.

Wallaman Falls is Australia’s tallest sheer drop waterfall and one of the highlights of Girringun National Park. The park’s rainforests are some of the oldest on earth and are home to a wide variety of rare and endangered species together with abundant birdlife.

But the Townsville region’s natural beauty is not reserved to the mainland. You can head to Magnetic Island to see the largest koala colony in northern Australia or visit Hinchinbrook Island to trek the world-famous Thorsborne Trail.

If you are more interested in what is under the water, then the corals and fish of the Great Barrier Reef are at your fingertips. Try the snorkelling trails at Magnetic Island or dive the world-famous S.S. Yongala shipwreck off the coast of Ayr — a wreck known for its rich marine life.

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