Nowhere else in the world will you find the fascinating diversity of nature as in North Queensland. In just hours you can move from lush rainforest to the Great Barrier Reef and on to the Outback.
Townsville, Australia's largest tropical city, is the focal point to this region which is bounded by Mission Beach to the north, Charters Towers to the west, and Bowen in the south. The three resort islands nearby - Magnetic, Orpheus and Hinchinbrook- are all different in character and each offer a unique experience for the holidaymaker.
Townsville's many attractions include the world's largest living coral reef aquarium, a wildlife sanctuary, casino, beaches, museums, theatres, galleries and restaurants.
Beautiful Magnetic Island is just 20 minutes from the city centre by fast cat ferry. Day cruises and diving expeditions to the Great Barrier Reef, and white water rafting excursions also depart regularly from the city.
A wonderful stretch of sand and inviting tropical water are just across the road. The strand stretches over about 3 km. The area boasts parks, grassland, shops and restaurants.
There are a number of features for the children, parks, basketball court, playgrounds and a mini waterpark. Opposite the Shore Drive Motel there is a marine stinger enclosure and a patrolled beach, providing a very safe swimming area for your family.
The Rock Pool
The rock pool is also directly opposite the Shore Drive Motel. The sheltered environment is an engineering marvel. Sea water is constantly pumped into the pool, after being strained from marine life and stingers into a natural beach setting. Offering copious seating areas and parkland, with free electric barbeques, this is the perfect location to have a safe swim and a picnic during your stay.
The retired Jezzines Military Barracks is under redevelopment and is due for comletion in Dec2013. The new park dvelopment will include family park and picnic/BBQ areas, an outdoor stage and walking tracks. The military musem and WW2 gun emplacements have been retained.