The Townsville Region boasts the largest number of days of sunshine per year of any Australian City. A large regional city with many facilities, the jewel of its tourism crown is undoubtedly Magnetic Island.
Using either Townsville or Magnetic Island as a base, you are also able to visit the Great Barrier Reef by launch, with snorkelling and diving available in beautiful pristine reef areas.
Other useful resources :
Townsville travel guide