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Townsville is 1300 km north of Brisbane, and 350 km south of Cairns, and is a busy tropical city. With a population of about 160 000 it is the 3rd largest city in Queensland.
Although Capt Cook sailed past Townsville in 1770, the first European settlement did not occur until 1865. However, after the discovery of gold in Charters Towers in 1871, and the connection of the railway in 1880, the town really started to expand. Townsville has always had a diverse income from many industries including sugar, timber, mangoes, and through its location as an industrial port. Minerals from Mount Isa and Charters Towers are transported from here. After a freezing works was established in 1881, Townsville then began to export beef to the United States. During WW11 Townsville became a base for the US Army and the population tripled. Townsville still has the RAAF 5 minutes down the road.
Townsville is a popular destination for holiday makers as it is a stepping stone to both the Great Barrier Reef and the Queensland Outback. In fact tourists have been using Townsville as a base for Magnetic Island since 1899 when the first Magnetic Island Ferry Service was started. There are many activities for holiday makers including snorkelling, scuba diving, all water sports, walking, hiking, galleries, museums, gambling at the casino, and glorious day trips.
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Townsville Agricultural Show is held for 3 days each June in the Townsville Showgrounds. Along with the usual events at country agricultural show Townsville Show also has action packed fearless stunts on display. These include speed cars, Demolition Derby, and motocross riding.
Xstrata Greek Fest is a weekend of free entertainment, dance, music, and great food. This cultural event allows both locals and tourists the opportunity to enjoy both the Australian and Greek cultures. Approximately 35 000 people attend, enjoying events like olive spitting competitions, grape stomping, Greek cooking demonstrations, and rides and entertainment, and face painting for the kiddies. There is also a photographic display documenting a century of those Cyrpriots and Greeks who have lived in North Queensland. The Greek Fest is held in October.
holidays - How to Get There
Flights. Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Blue and Rex all service Townsville Airport on a frequent and daily basis. There are 13 flights daily between Brisbane and Townsville. Sydney, Mt Isa, Rockhampton and Cairns all have at least 1 flight daily. Flights commence at 7am and continue until 9.30 pm.