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With a vibrant, laidback atmosphere and 300 days of sunshine a year, it is no wonder Townsville is a popular place to holiday. Renowned for its events, the city is home to major festivals, sporting competitions and concerts.

A visit to Townsville would not be complete without going to Reef HQ—the largest living reef aquarium in the world and located on Flinders Street East. Here you can learn about important research and preservation projects to help protect the Great Barrier Reef.

There is also a turtle hospital at the aquarium where sick or injured marine turtles are cared for and rehabilitated. Afterwards, join the locals for a leisurely walk down Townville’s waterfront promenade—The Strand—and enjoy some food from one of the many cafes and restaurants.

Townsville is the perfect base to explore the region—whichever way you turn there is something to see or do. You could head to the sandy beaches of Magnetic or Orpheus Island for a wide variety of natural encounters. Or, experience the country charm of the outback with its historic gold fields and towns.

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