Townsville's Top Ten Natural Attractions

 1.    Castle Hill
In the heart of Townsville lies Castle Hill, which the Americans used as a vantage point during the Second World War. With the best views of Magnetic Island, Castle Hill boasts a function centre and public amenities.

 2.    Blencoe Falls
North of Townsville, in Girringun National Park discover Blencoe Falls via Mount Garnet.  Plunging 90 metres to the pool below before cascading 230 metres more, Blencoe Falls is part of Warungu sacred land.

 3.    Wallaman Falls
World Heritage listed Wallaman Falls, in Girringun National Park, 100 kilometres north of Townsville, is Australia’s highest, permanent, single-drop waterfall. Take the 800 metre Banggurru rainforest walk or the 3.2 kilometre Djyinda gorge walk.

Townsville's Top Ten Natural Attractions
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4.    Wet Tropics Great Walk
Located 100 kilometres north of Townsville, in Girrigun National Park, is the Juwun Walk; the Wet Tropics Great Walk, beginning at Wallaman Falls. Trek the settlers trail, forged in the 1860s and for something completely different, opt for the night walk through this spectacular World heritage listed site. So grab some flights to Townsville and get ready to explore.

5.    SS Yongala Dive Site
Just off Cape Bowling Green near Townsville, is the SS Yongala Dive Site, one of the world’s largest and most intact shipwrecks. Undiscovered for more than half a century, the 110 metre long SS Yongala sank in 1911.

6.    Davies Reef Dive Site
Davies Reef, located just off Townsville, boasts several dive sites, including Atlantis, the Sisters and the Coral Gardens. Experience caves, drop-offs and deep gutters cutting through the reef.

7.    Edmund Kennedy National Park
Edmund Kennedy Girramay National Park, just 5 kilometres north of Cardwell, near Townsville along the Great Green Way, boasts mangroves, pandanus, melaleucas and red beech typical of wetlands and low coastal rainforest. Keep an eye out for the endangered southern cassowary and mahogany glider.

8.    Paluma and the Northern Beaches
Townsville’s northern beaches, just 60 kilometres along the Bruce Highway, include Bushland, Saunders, Toolakea, Toomulla and Balga. Check out Paluma Pottery and Forestmist Cottage Arts and Crafts. Take a self-guided tour; follow the Great Tropical Drive to Lake Paluma or Crystal Creek, where you can enjoy a long, leisurely walk or opt for a refreshing swim.

9.     Magnetic Island
World Heritage listed Magnetic Island, located just 8 kilometres from Townsville and easily accessible by ferry, is the perfect hiatus from the hustle and bustle of town. Over two thirds of the island is National Park. Activities include walking, swimming, snorkeling and diving. Hire a scooter and take a leisurely, self-guided tour of the island.

10.  The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef features 3000 individual reefs and coral cays. The best way to see the reef is to book a seat on a glass bottom boat, or go snorkeling or scuba diving. Make time to explore one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world and expect to see a vast array of coral and sea creatures such as crustaceans, echinoderms, turtles, sharks, dugongs and humpback whales.

Author - Xanthe Coward+

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This article is written by Xanthe Coward and posted by Rizwan Ahmad Author and founder of myfoodforu blog He is a blogger from India and he loves to share his thoughts by writing articles on  the different topics related to humanity,

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