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Townsville

This coastal city has little in the way of sandy beaches or surf, but it does have shady parks, charming colonial buildings, and a boardwalk-flanked waterfront esplanade with a terrific man-made beach and picnic facilities. The historic town center has thrived in the past decade, with an influx of lively eateries and bars. There is also an excellent museum and a world-class aquarium.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (ParksQ) has an office on Magnetic Island, but Tourism Townsville's information kiosk in Flinders Square and the Townsville Bulletin Square Visitor Information Centre near the Museum of Tropical Queensland (MTQ), on the mainland, are the best sources of visitor info about the island.

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