Townsville is an event city for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. It will host the Basketball preliminaries event. The Townsville North Queensland region is home to myriad of experiences for visitors, from the Great Barrier Reef, tropical islands, World Heritage listed Wet Tropics, Australian Outback and indigenous experiences available all within an hour and a half drive of its urban centre. Magnetic Island is a 20-minute ferry ride from Townsville and is home to 23 stunning beaches and bays, 25km of walking trails, Northern Australia’s largest population of koalas and a large range of accommodation options.

The region stretches from the Great Barrier Reef Islands of Hinchinbrook, Orpheus, Palm and Magnetic, and is bordered by Charters Towers in the west, Hinchinbrook to the north, Burdekin to the south and Paluma National Park in the north-west.

Walking around Townsville it’s easy to see why this vibrant city is a must-see destination in North Queensland. A positive energy flows through the streets–from the colourful stalls at the local markets to the buzzing grandstands of the stadium.

Friendly faces nod a hello along The Strand as you choose a waterfront restaurant to have dinner, indulging in some of the fresh produce of the area. Take the opportunity to learn more about the conservation and research programs helping to preserve the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef at Reef HQ–one of the reasons why it is the world’s best managed and presented reef environment.

The Townsville region is a welcoming mix of rainforests, reefs, sandy beaches, outback towns, and islands packed with interesting flora and fauna.