When you're visiting a city for the first time, there's nothing better than getting tips from a local on where to eat, where to shop, and for unique suggestions beyond the usual guide book inklings!
We caught up with Miss North Queensland 2013 INBA champ Belinda Black for her insider scoop on Townsville.
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.
Heritage Bar, Townsville – Heritage Bar (above) is a trendy nightspot with groovy tunes and a hip crowd. Its restaurant-quality food is delicious, too.
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.
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.
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.