Townsville has long been a favorite on the backpacker circuit as it has a plentiful supply of inexpensive accommodation. Many backpackers head to Townsville because of the availability of seasonal employment in one of the many sugar cane or mango farming communities. Although on the coast of Australia, Townsville maintains a warm and welcoming country town hospitality feeling. Relaxing in one of the town's many beer gardens on a lazy Sunday afternoon eating a fresh locally caught fish or prime Australian beef steak is a favorite pastime of many locals and visitors alike.
Great for the backpacker with so much to do both in the main town or exploring the surrounding coastline and hinterland and with a warm balmy tropical climate it is a paradise. To the east there are the amazing waters of the Great Barrier Reef where diving and snorkeling will get a great view of the coral as well as many other marine creatures. There are fantastic views from the beaches here and plenty of water sports to keep you occupied while you work on your tan. There are also a few islands which warrant exploring these include Dunk, Magnetic, Orpheus and Bedarra. Heading to the hinterland there are astounding rainforests teeming with bird life and other animals of the forest. There are also sugar cane plantations and mango farms to tempt you.
There's plenty of Townsville accommodation options from the budget motels, backpackers and caravan and camping parks to luxury resorts with all the trimmings. For the environmentally conscious there are a number of eco lodges scattered around the area as well. Whilst here you can swim, play golf or tennis, go whale watching, see turtles hatching or go koala spotting. There are numerous cruises and guided adventures depending on your tastes and of course a town this size offers some great opportunities for a little retail therapy.
Visit Billabong Sanctuary and see some Australian wildlife up close or take a trip to the Museum of Tropical Queensland where you will learn a lot about the history of the area as well as many of the shipwrecks off the coast. There are many sights to see in and around the city with many restaurants, cafes and bars where you can kick back and relax.