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Townsville is a large regional city on the north-eastern coast of Queensland. Townsville is adjacent to the largest section of the Great Barrier Reef. Townsville is Australia's largest urban centre north of the Sunshine Coast.

Townsville lies approximately 1,300 km north of Brisbane and 350 km south of Cairns. Magnetic Island lies 8 km offshore, to the north of Townsville. The Ross River flows through Townsville.

Townsville is often called the unofficial capital of North Queensland. Townsville enjoys over 300 days of sunshine each year so there are numerous tourism activities all year round and an abundance of outdoor activities and water activities.

In 1896, Japan established its first Australian consulate in Townsville, the embassy closed in 1908. During World War II, Townsville played host to over 50,000 American and Australian troops. General Douglas Macarthur made Townsville his base for sometime. Townsville is the Northern Queensland administrative centre for many State and Federal Government agencies including Centrelink and the Australian Taxation Office.

Townsville is connection point of two major National Highway routes. The A1 (Bruce Highway) connects Townsville to Cairns in the north, and Mackay, Rockhampton, and Brisbane in the south. The A6 (Flinders Highway) connects Townsville to Charters Towers and Mount Isa in the west. Train and rail services from Brisbane pass through Townsville and continue through to Cairns, including the regular Tilt Train service between Brisbane and Cairns. Townsville International Airport handles daily flights to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

The Townsville Region is characterised by its "dry" tropical climate. Townsville has an average daily temperature between 19.7 to 28.8 degrees C. 

Townsville is popular with tourists and are particularly drawn to Magnetic Island and the Great Barrier Reef.

Townsvilles sporting teams include: North Queensland Cowboys (NRL), Townsville Crocodiles (Basketball), Townsville Fire (Womens Basketball), and a proposed Northern Thunder FC (A-League), Townsville / CastleHill Touch Association (Touch Football).

Sites of interest in the Townsville region include: Charters Towers, Ingham, Ayr, 'The Strand', Riverway, Ross River, the Great Barrier Reef, Museum of Tropical Queensland, Magnetic Island, James Cook University, CSIRO Davies Laboratory, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Lavarack Army Barracks, RAAF Base Townsville, Townsville Entertainment Centre, Townsville Civic Theatre, Dairy Farmers Stadium, Mt Stuart.


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