Townsville ThuringowaOne of the most beautiful parts of Queensland is the cities of Townsville and Thuringowa. The coastline shares the waters with the Great Barrier Reef. Because of its proximity to the world’s largest coral reef, it is home to the renowned Australian Institute of Marine Science and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. The population totals over 175,000 with a flourishing fishing industry on the coast and cattle ranches inland. Sugar cane as well as turtle and pearl harvesting are businesses dating back to the 1800s. During World War II, this city had the largest port for troops from both the United States and Australia.

Points of Interest

Tourism plays a major role in the economy. Attractions abound with The Strand, which is a beach area adorned with garden and tropical flora. However, backpacking, camping, hiking, and scuba diving dominate the tourist activities due to the Great Barrier Reef and national park. The Ross River has more amenities lining its banks including Riverway with rides and eateries. Visitors can spend the day at the Museum of Tropical Queensland with the backdrop of the HMS Pandora a British battleship that sank in 1779. Taking a ferry to Magnetic Island opens up the native and indigenous animal and plant species.

Land Based Casinos

Jupiter Casino and Hotel is centrally located in the city. There are over 350 electronic games with Keno, Texas Hold’em, Roulette, and Pontoon. A special section in the 60,000 square foot venue has Tabs game play as well. With its locale on the breakwaters, the exquisite waters of the Pacific Ocean and Coral Sea are seen for miles from the five star hotel windows. These panoramic views include the gorgeous Magnetic Island. More amenities include restaurants, bars, and concerts with the best acts in the entertainment industry. Special events are held regularly at the 2,000 occupancy ballroom.