I travel to Townsville by plane and spend a night at The Mecure Hotel.
Townsville, North Queensland combines sun with sand and city for a unique tropical holiday experience that you won’t forget. The Townsville region encompasses the rugged beauty of the bush, natural awe of the rainforest, and paradisiacal allure of the tropical islands scattered throughout the Great Barrier Reef, with winter days warm enough for you to explore these at anytime of the year.
Magnetic Island is a smooth 20-minute ferry trip from Townsville’s city, with a thoughtful mix of high-end development and raw beauty. Alongside the world-class harbour are impressive resorts, marina and award-winning restaurants for a little taste of luxury. Nearby, sea kayaking, scuba diving, jet skiing and other water adventures await. For nature lovers, adventure hikes and bush trails tour the undeveloped heart of the island, many secluded beaches beckon discovery and local wildlife is there for the meeting. Go to the koala village to pet a cuddly icon, listen to the native anthem of the resident birds and keep your eyes open for a wallaby.