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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 27, 2014
Okay to swim or not  (1 Answer)

Hi Can you actually swim in the ocean up and down the coast off Townsville in Summer time or are there stingers?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 22, 2013
luggage locker hire  (1 Answer)

Is there anywhere in Townsville where you can hire a secure locker for up to a day? I don't want to be carrying my suitcase around for 8 hours before we head to the airport for departure.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 31, 2011
Migrating to Townsville  (2 Answers)

I am from Zimbabwe and am considering to study for my masters program at James Cook University Townsville. I would like to know about the cost of living, job prospects and entertainment in Townsvilles. We are a family of 4.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 16, 2010
Transportation needed  (5 Answers)

My husband and I are using the cheap flight passes with Virgin Blue airlines...must make three trips. So we can get to Townsville but really want to be in hamilton Beach/ whitsunday area. does anyone know how to do that without renting a car?
Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 22, 2009
wanted Accommodation in Townsville  (6 Answers)

Hello Everyone,
I am from India and i will be in Townsville(Australia) for some official purpose but since i've never gone Australia before this, I dont have any idea about from where to get accommodation and how, Actually i got a website which claims to provide Accomodation in Townsville the url of which is

Can anybody let me know the fairness of getting accommodation through the website provider or is there any other source from where i can get accommodation. I want to get it done before coming to Townsville.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 04, 2008
Adventurers Resort Townsville

Hi,I am driving to Townsville(my hometown)in late October and was thinking of staying @ The Adventurers Resort.Has anybody stayed there and would they recommend it as a cheap place to stay..??...Mangoes everyday...!!...Thankyou in advance...!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 03, 2008
Where have all the theatres gone..??

Hello,Does anybody remember..??...The Roxy,Wintergarden,Olympia,Astor,Sun,just to name a few theaters of a bygone era...Their was a theater in North Ward,one @ Railway Estate,Aitkenvale..??...Not to forget the Norline drive-in...
Do these buildings still exist..??..Buildings which housed Sadler's Sound Lounge,Y.C.W Hop in Mundingburra,The Shack up Denham Street..??...
I will return....!!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 06, 2008
general costs of living in Townsville  (3 Answers)

By the end of the year I plan to have enough money to go travelling in Australia. I plan on staying in Townsville for about a month; as i will be doing volunteer work i have accomodation already sorted. However I want to get a rough idea of how much daily costs and activities would be.Such as alcoholic drinks in bars,food, how much to tip at restaurants etc etc.

As it is will be my first time travelling, any advise will be helpful. Also any activities which you would recommend will be useful.



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 02, 2007
Moving to Townsville  (3 Answers)

I'm a 25 college grad from the US planning on moving to Townsville, AU in July of 07. I have done alot of research, but I have never been to Townsville. Can anyone give some info on what area to live in, job market possibilities, pros and cons to living in Townsville?????? Is Townsville a good place to migrate to? or should I plan on moving somewhere else? I have an environmental background and are interested in any area near the Great Barrier Reef, where do I need to be?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 08, 2007
Snorkelling off Townsville

Hi everyone,

My girlfriend and I are looking for a nice relaxing getaway and can get really cheap flights to Townsville. We would really like to do some quality snorkelling and was wondering if anyone has any opinions on the snorkelling available off Townsville or magnetic island. How is it compared to other areas in the great barrier reef? Is it worth seeing?

Any thoughts? your advice would be greatly appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 28, 2006
Moving To Townsville from SA  (4 Answers)

Im thinking of moving to Townsville from Adelaide, but have not yet been there.... would like some first hand advice from the locals on what kind of place it is, what sorts of shops there are and other facilities.. I have a 2 year old son and I am a single mum, aged 22. Would like a fresh start and get to know some new people and raise my son in a good environment...what are the 'better' suburbs to live in and what is the employment like up there? i would love to gain employment in art/photography... thanks guys. Cheers! xx

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 31, 2006
Townsville nightlife???  (1 Answer)

I have read all the posts on all the awesome stuff to do like dive the reef, Castle rock, Magnetic Island, the aquarium, etc, etc, etc. What's there to do when the sun goes down, there has to be some good bars/pubs or clubs. I'm looking for a younger crowd, I'm 25. Let me know, I'll be visiting at the end of August/early September for about 3- 4 days.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 31, 2005
Cheaper diving, Cairns to Whitsundays

Hi there I'm going to fly into Cairns in late September and fly out of Proserpine (near Airlie beach) mid october. I'm a certified diver and I'd dearly love to do some diving on this trip but haven't got much money to splash. I already looked into volunteering on a dive boat with no success so I'm wondering if anyone has any other suggestions, in particular if they have seen good standby rates available? I'd love to get to Yongala, thats my dream for this trip but I think the daytrips aren't great value as I need to be taken with a guide (less than 15 dives). If I could do my advanced while I was there, even better!
Any suggestions?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 14, 2005
relocating for study  (3 Answers)

Hey all,

From melbourne here, needing a complete climate change so i've opted for Townsville to spend the next few years studying law at JCU. Just curious as what the town is like in terms of climate, beaches and nightlife for young people. Oh, any tips on JCU would be helpful too...



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 27, 2005
Townsville/Magnetic Island or further south?  (14 Answers)

Flying up from Sydney on Nov 18/19............... just wondered if Townsville/Magnetic Island is the best destination?

I could arrange flights up to Coffs Harbour, Rockhampton etc. etc.

All we want is a nice 5 day break in the sunshine and to really chill out, after a hectic couple of weeks in Sydney, Melbourne and Alice!

Thanks for past replies too! Will look forward to Annes findings on trips to the reef.

Any web site ideas? Prefer an apartment, (4 of us travelling, all adults).

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 17, 2005
Townsville Hotels/Motels

Hi everyone:
My 2006 OZ vacatation is fast approaching, I am looking to see if anyone knows of good reasonable priced Hotel/Motel, accomadation in Townsville, Queensland, around early February 2006. This is my first visit to OZ, myself and my friend, touring up from Sydney to Cairns?

Thanks John Mac
United Kingdom
17 April 2006
18:06hrs GMT.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 06, 2004
Nude Beaches  (3 Answers)

I'm heading up North this September/ October on a holiday. I am a naturist and was wondering if you know of any nude beaches in the Townsville area? I heard there might be one on Magnetic Island.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 04, 2004
Is there still such a place  (1 Answer)

Here is an odd little question. Many years ago I ate and drank at a place in Townsville called the Speakeasy Hotel. I was build a tip about the place but I think that it is either gone or has changed its name to the Seaview Hotel which is also located in the same area on the Strand. Anybody know of these places? Hopefully some local will be able to help.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 12, 2004
Anybody in Townsville on Jan. 27th?  (1 Answer)

Hi there, I will arrive in Townsville on Jan. 27th in the morning and have the whole day to spend before I leave in the evening for a diving cruise to Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. I would love to go to the Billabong Sanctuary during the day - anybody else there to join up? Does anybody know how to get there - by public bus etc. - or is it better to do an "organised" tour? Thanks a lot, Gaby

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 16, 2003
where's a tropical rain forrest?  (13 Answers)

I live in brisbane, we have some sub-tropical rain forrests that i just love walking through, i have heard there are tropical rain forrests in north queensland, and i would like to go to one to see the difference between sub tropical and tropical,. hope that made sense.... if you know of any close to townsville, could you let me know please :) :) thanks heaps.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 16, 2003
what can i do???  (1 Answer)

i have just come back to brisbane from a week in townsville, i am going back for another week this tuesday.... it was quite windy last week there. do you think it will be windy next week too? i have been to reef HQ, i plan to go back, i thought it was better than underwaterworld on the sunny coast... i went to maggie island, but i want to go snorkling if its not windy... what other stuff could i do during the week there???

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 04, 2003
Great stuff to see near Townsville?  (6 Answers)

Hi. Wondering if somebody could give me an idea of the very best things you've found to see in the Townsville area, as I'm heading up that way in late September. thanks in advance! Kate

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