A thriving, harbourside settlement, Townsville has retained a sense of early Australian character in the colonial-style buildings and imposing 18th century architecture that flanks the inner city sidewalks. Hotel accommodation overlooks the ocean provide good views of Magnetic Island.
Vestiges of wartime, scattered throughout, allude to the strong military tradition that shaped much of the city's recent history. In the distinctive stone monuments, heritage buildings and memorial gardens, the shadows of a warring past dance hauntingly in the background.
Magnetic Island is only 20 minutes from the Townsville city centre by regular fast catamarans and offers many different styles of accommodation.
Activities on Magnetic Island include beach horseriding, parasailing, snorkelling, water activities, bushwalking, golf, tennis, reef and fishing trips.