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Townsville is a small city in northern Queensland. It is adjacent to the central section of the Great Barrier Reef, making it a popular launching point for divers and those wishing to explore the reef. Magnetic Island, half of which is a National Park, is located just offshore.
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Greyhound buses stop at Townsville on the East Coast route.
The Townsville International Airport has flights from Brisbane, Melbourne, Gold Coast and Canberra as well as some regional centres like Cairns and Mount Isa. It hasn't had any regular international flights since 2002.
Several trains travel to and from Townsville:
|Adventurers Backpackers||79 Palmer St||Hostel||78|
|Civic Guest House Backpackers Hostel||262 Walker St||Hostel||85|
|Globetrotters Townsville||121 Flinders Street East||Hostel||-|
|Jupiters Townsville Hotel And Casino||Sir Leslie Thiess Drive||-|
|Holiday Inn Townsville||334 Flinders Mall||-|
|Ibis Townsville||12 14 Palmer Street||-|
|Mercure Inn Townsville||Woolcock Street||-|
|Seagulls Resort||74 The Esplanade, Belgian Gardens||-|
|Best Western Castle Lodge Motel||Cnr Warburton, McKinley & Rose Streets||-|
|Oaks Gateway on Palmer||2 Dibbs Street||-|
|Grand Mercure Apartments Townsville||10 Palmer Street||-|
|Best Western Cluden Park Motor Inn||147-149 Stuart Drive Wulguru||-|
|Leisure Inn Plaza Hotel||Cnr of Flinders and Stanley Streets||-|
|Summit Motel Townsville||6-8 Victoria Street||-|
|Hotel M||81 Palmer Street||-|
|City Oasis Inn||143 Wills Street||-|
|Q Resorts Central Apartments||502-814 Flinders Street West||-|
|Quest Townsville||30 34 Palmer Street||-|
|Best Western Cascade Motor Inn||Rosslea||-|
|Rydges Southbank||23 Palmer Street||-|
|Robert Towns Comfort Inn||261 Stanley Street||-|
|Dovecote Motel||58 Dovecote Road, Stanley||-|
|Oaks Anchorage||51 Palmer Street, South Townsville||-|
|Aquarius on the Beach||75 The Strand||-|
|Q Resorts Itara Apartments||1-15 Sporting Drive, Thuringowa Central||-|
|Waters Edge The Strand||The Strand||-|
|Foreign Exchange Accommodation - The Avenue||8 The Avenue, Hermit Park Townsville||HOSTEL||86|
|Foreign Exchange Accommodation - Beachside||19 Eyre Street, North Ward||HOSTEL||86|
|Reeflodge||4 Wickham St City||Hostel||-|
|Orchid Guesthouse||34 Hale Street||HOSTEL||-|
Internet cafés are very common in the larger Australian cities and popular tourist destinations. However, once you leave the major population centres, you might have trouble finding somewhere to log on. Free wifi is getting more and more common (either with or without a code) in places like restaurants, some bars and coffee places and hotels. Sometimes a fee is required.
See also: International Telephone Calls
Australia is on a GSM 900/1800 network, so if you have an unlocked phone that works on those frequencies, you will be able to buy a prepaid SIM-card and stick into your phone when you're in Australia. You will receive a new Australian phone number with the SIM-card.
To dial out of Australia use the prefix 0011, followed by the calling code of the country you are trying to reach, followed by the area code of the city/town (without the 0!) and finally the phone number.
Within Australia, it is necessary to add an area code to the phone numbers if you are calling from outside the area. Below are Australia's area codes:
000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.
Australia Post is the government's postal service. Most suburbs will have at least one post office. Opening times are mostly from around 8:00 or 9:00am to 5:00pm though larger ones keep longer hours sometimes. A standard letter or postcard sent within Australia will cost $0.70. Internationally, it costs $1.70 to send postcards anywhere in the world. Letters cost $1.85 to send within the Asia Pacific region and $2.60 to anywhere else in the world.. It is also possible to send things as parcels or by express mail. You can also use use private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL as they are competitive and reliable.
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