Take with flights to Townsville
The laidback Queenslander attitude is contagious in Townsville, where time ticks by slower than usual and every day is another chance to soak in the sunshine. Check out Flight Centre's great deals on flights to Townsville with Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar and visit this big country town on the edge of the Coral Sea.
Take a tour of Townsville
Branch out on your trip to Townsville with a tour. If you have a day to spare, jump on a ferry to Magnetic Island where you can hire a Moke or scooter and visit the many bays at your leisure, or join a diving trip out to the reef. You could also kayak down the Ross River, stroll The Strand, or take in the panoramas from Castle Hill or Mount Stuart.
Hire a car and see North Queensland
Sitting comfortably between Cairns and Mackay, about four and a half hours each way, Townsville is a great base for exploring Tropical North or Central Queensland. Hire a car and head inland for an Outback journey through to Mount Isa, travel south to party central Airlie Beach, or keep things local and check out the beaches dotted along the coast.