James Cook University, Townsville, Australia

Mail Address: Comparative Genomics Centre,
Molecular Sciences Bldg 21, James Cook University,
Townsville, 4811, Queensland, Australia
Telephone: 61-7-47816265 Fax:  61-2-95656103

Nowhere else in the world will you find the fascinating diversity of North Queensland. In just hours you can move from lush rainforest to the Great Barrier Reef, or from a luxurious resort on a tropical island to a cattle ranch in the golden Outback.

Townsville, Australia's largest tropical city (population approx 150,000), is the focal point to this region which is bounded by Mission Beach to the north, Charters Towers to the west, and Bowen in the south. The five resort islands - Dunk, Magnetic, Orpheus, Hinchinbrook and Bedarra - are all different in character and all offer a unique experience.

Townsville's many attractions include the world's largest living coral reef aquarium, a wildlife sanctuary, casino, beaches, museums, theatres, galleries and restaurants.

Beautiful Magnetic Island is just 20 minutes from the city centre by Fast cat ferry. Day cruises and diving expeditions to the Great Barrier Reef, and white water rafting excursions also depart regularly from the city.

Heading west the rugged outback unfolds with the historic gold rush mining towns of Charters Towers and Ravenswood - time capsules of turn-of-the-century architecture. National Parks and World Heritage listed areas lie to the north of Townsville, with the seaside towns of Ingham, Cardwell and Mission Beach boasting rainforests, waterfalls, spectacular beaches and the sheltered waterways of the Hinchinbrook Channel.

Travelling south through the agricultural basin are the twin towns of Ayr and Home Hill. Bowen completes the southern boundary of this region which also features superb reefs, beaches and excellent fishing spots.

Townsville's water front, The Strand.

Townsville usually has a beautiful climate, being in a tropical region and a rain shadow, it has about 300 rain free days per year. Where most places have 4 seasons, the North Queensland area has 2: A wet season (summer), and a dry season (winter).



Wallaby in a Townsville suburban garden.


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