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Townsville is located on the northeast coast in the state of Queensland. It is Australia’s largest tropical city.
Surrounded by tropical rainforests and the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Townsville is a cosmopolitan city in the dry tropics. It has a population of 170,000.
Castle Hill is a huge pink granite monolith standing in the heart of the city.
Magnetic Island is just 20 minutes from the city centre by fast catamaran ferry, or 40 minutes by car ferry if you wish to take your own vehicle. Here, more than 2,000 koalas roam free in an idyllic tropical setting offering superb views, palm-fringed beaches, a wide variety of accommodation and plenty to see and do, including bush walks to inspect World War II fortifications.
Magnetic Island (Wulguru: Yunbenun) is an island 8 kilometres (5 mi) offshore from the city. This mountainous island in Cleveland Bay has effectively become a suburb of Townsville, with 2,335 permanent residents. The island is accessible from Townsville Breakwater to Nelly Bay Harbour by ferry.
Transportation — Townsville International Airport handles domestic flights.