Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Townsville 2nd visit

The view over Townsville and short walks around the top of Castle Hill were spectacular but windy. We enjoyed a 1.5 hour bike along the bike path along the Ross River, just behind where we stayed. We saw lots of turtles, fish & colourful Rainbow birds ( bee-eaters). We then had coffee at the Tearooms and walked through the shady rainforest gardens / Palmetum. We also visited Queens Gardens, close to The Strand and beach - these were smaller but had lots of birds, including kookaburras. We loved swimming at the free infinity pools, which had lovely river views, and few swimmers at this time of year. We enjoyed lunch at Longboard restaurant on the Strand with great views out to Magnetic island and the Coral Sea. we had our best ever pizza (a herbivore pizza). watched lots of colourful kite board riders and yachts in the bay. Need to be careful as the sun burns after 6 mins here. The average Temperature was 28 degrees in August, so good for swimming. Townsville has an annual sculpture display along the beach. We found lots to see and do in and around Townsville and would like to visit again.

View of Townsville & Magnetic Island from Castle Hill

View of Townsville & Magnetic Island from Castle Hill

Townville Harbour, marina & Ross River

Bike ride along Ross River was very pleasant

Palmetum (Palm gardens) were cool & tearooms had good coffee

Whale sculpture, made of thongs  on  The Strand

Castle Hill from Queens Gardens

Kookaburra in Queens Gardens had some blue on his wings

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