Australia's diverse and contrasting geographic and cultural beauty, ranging from the tropical region of Queensland which harbors the Great barrier reef and starkly beautiful rainforests, the arid vast lands of the outback, charming modern cities in South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria such as Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne, its teeming and thriving wildlife, breath taking scenery, and its fascinating aboriginal culture, make it one of the most thought-out destinations in the world.
Townsville is located in Queensland, north east of Australia between Cairns and Mackay right at the doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef, the outback, and magnificent rain forests. Townsville is home to James Cook University, and the Australian Institute of Marine Science. Magnetic Island, only 10 minutes by ferry from Townsville, boasts of excellent beaches, and snorkeling. It is a sanctuary to the largest colony of koalas in the wild, and is also home to wallabies and other exotic wildlife.