City Scoop: Townsville

20 May 2015

Get the need-to-know info if you're visiting Townsville, with these insider tips from bodybuilding champ Belinda Black. From its Italian food to groovy tunes and water views (not to mention the beaches and island getaways), don’t miss out on the hidden gems of this sunny North Queensland city.

Food

Frank’s Pizza Napoli, Mysterton – I was blessed to grow up around Italians and experience authentic Italian cuisine, so when I choose to wine and dine, this place is always my first option.

After Dark

Heritage Bar, Townsville – Heritage Bar is a trendy nightspot with groovy tunes and a hip crowd. Its restaurant-quality food is delicious, too.

 The trendy Heritage Bar in Townsville.

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The Strand, Townsville – Along this palm tree-studded stretch you’ll find restaurants and bars with amazing water views as well as free family fun.

Day Trip

Magnetic Island – Magnetic Island on the North Queensland coast is almost 70 per cent untouched national park. This paradise is located just 20 minutes from Townsville.

 Magnetic Island makes for a getaway in paradise. Picture: Getty Images

Secret Tip

Insider info – The wide and sandy Pallarenda Beach makes for great kite-surfing conditions. Need a hand? IntheLoop is a local company that offers lessons and gear for kite surfing, standup paddleboarding, wakeboarding and many other activities.

Why I Love Townsville

“Townsville boasts sunshine and is the gateway to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics rainforest as well as tropical islands, national parks and historical, military and Outback experiences. I am very blessed to live in a city where most people would love to holiday.” Belinda Black, Miss North Queensland 2013 INBA Champion

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