Sure learning about history is way down the list of things to do for most people visiting tropical North Queensland, but if you're seeking an alternative to a day on the beach there are few better places to visit than the Museum of Tropical Queensland.
Located close to Reef HQ, the Museum of Tropical Queensland is where you'll find an extensive collection of permanent and temporary exhibitions related to the history of Townsville and its surrounds. The perfect excuse to bask in air-conditioning for a few hours, the museum is divided into a multitude of rooms.
The Pandora Exhibition is the museum's main attraction and tells the story of a ship sent by the British Admiralty to capture the Bounty and her mutinous crew. On return the HMS Pandora sunk after striking the Great Barrier Reef and its wreckage was only just discovered almost 200 years later in 1977. Along with an extensive collection of unique artefacts rediscovered from the wreck, there's also a life-size replica of the boat's bow in the Great Gallery.
Upstairs in the museum is where to find the intriguing 'Discover Tropical Queensland' display. To get a better insight into North Queensland's natural and cultural heritage, take in one of the many displays to learn all about the inhabitants of the region. From its coral reefs to its creepy crawlies and the giant reptiles that ruled the land many thousands of years ago, the story is all told with high quality and enthralling information.
In no way your ordinary museum, Museum of Tropical Queensland is also home to a lovely coffee shop overlooking the Ross Creek with a great carpet design of the Pandora. The well-priced gift shop provides plenty of souvenirs to help you to remember your day away from the sun.