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Townsville is a city located on the eastern coast of Australia in the state of Queensland. The city is within the federal division of Herbert and within the state district of Townsville. This picturesque city enjoys a great deal of tourist attraction as it is located very near to the Great Barrier Reef, a natural treasure of Australia. Thuringowa is the twin city of Townsville. Woodstock, Alligator Creek and Magnetic Island are the three suburbs of this city. The government of Australia has planned to merge both Townsville and Thuringowa in 2008 to make a big city of Townsville. Townsville was established in the 1865 and in the initial years it was known as town. In 1903 its status was upgraded to a city. During the Second World War this area was highly affected and had also experienced Japanese infiltration.

The Townsville City council is responsible for the administration and governance of this city. The head of the city is the Mayor and there are also ten councilors who are elected at regular intervals. Tony Mooney is the present mayor of Townsville city. The two other sections in the council are the Civic cabinet and the Deputy Mayor.

The city of Townsville experiences a tropical kind of climate but there is less of rainfall in this area than other tropical regions. The average annual rainfall in this city is around 853 millimeter. As the city falls within the cyclone zones there are thunderstorms almost every year during the cyclone season. It is quiet warm all throughout the year and the temperature rarely drops significantly during winter season.

The excellent climatic conditions, modern shopping centers, restaurants and relaxed lifestyle of the people attract numerous tourists to Townsville each year. The major attractions of Townsville are diving in the Great Barrier Reef, visit to the Magnetic Island and the rainforests. To get a glimpse of the rich history of this city museum like RAAF and Military Museum, Townsville Museum and the Maritime Museum can be visited. The Charter Towers and the Ravenswood can also be visited as they depict the gold mining history of the town. To view the extraordinary fauna and flora of the area the Billabong Sanctuary and the Town Common Environmental Park can also be visited. Shopping is one activity in which the visitors can indulge in and enjoy. The colourful markets all around the city and the shopping precinct at the heart of the city offers a wide range of exotic items.

There are a number of hotels in Townsville which provides accommodation to the visitors. Some of them are:
  • Best Western Casino City Motor Inn
  • City Oasis Inn
  • Aquarius On The Beach
  • Seagulls Resort on the Seafront
The city of Townsville in just 1500 km from Brisbane and it takes about one and half hours by flight. The tourists can access flights to any place in the world from the Townsville International Airport.
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