ABSOLUTELY AUSTRALIA TRAVEL GUIDE & DIRECTORY

The Northern region is a coastal region centered around the city of Townsville. The Townsville region is a welcoming mix of rainforests, reefs, sandy beaches, outback towns, and islands packed with interesting flora and fauna. The region extends from the bustling city of Townsville, north to the Hinchinbrook area, south to Burdekin, west to historic Charters Towers, and encompasses the Palm Islands and Magnetic Island.It also contains the inland city of Charters Towers and the coastal towns of Ayr, Home Hill and Ingham.

Wild, unspoilt, and adventurous by nature, Tropical North Queensland is home to two World Heritage-listed natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef & the Daintree Rainforest. World Heritage listing is the highest order of conservation that a nation-state can bestow on its natural and/or cultural treasures.

Experience the ultimate in luxury sailing and snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef. Beautiful tropical islands and sandy beaches mean plenty of swimming, snorkelling, fishing and sun bathing options are available. Be dazzled by giant trees, exotic birdlife and spectacular views from the lookout points.

Townsville is the location of a major seaport handling exports from mines in Mount Isa and cattle exports from coastal and inland areas. The region also contains a bulk sugar exporting terminal at Lucinda in the region's north.