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Townsville - A Shopaholic’s and Gastroholic’s Haven


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When it comes to beautiful holiday destinations in Australia, few can match the excitement and beauty of Townsville. The city sits upon the North Queensland coastline, overlooking the Great Barrier Reef. Although the city once relied heavily on tourism, it has grown and developed into an important commercial centre for the northeastern region of Australia.

In saying this, Townsville is still a remarkable tourist destination, boasting plenty of amazing landmarks and attractions from the beach to the stunning Castle Hill. It is a very popular place to go for a beach holiday and is commonly used as a Barrier Reef base from which to explore its islands and coral cays. Cruises can be arranged via the hotels in Townsville. However, there is more to Townsville than just the Great Barrier Reef cruises and beachfront. Shopping and eating are also important features of the town.

The points below highlight some of the most exciting locations around Townsville for shopaholics who just need to shop, and ‘gastroholics’ who just to need to satisfy their gastronomical cravings for a decent establishment.

  • When it comes to department stores and sales, nothing in North Queensland beat Stockland Townsville. Why? Well, it is the only one in the region with a Myer Department Store, making it stand out above the rest. In addition to this, there is also a large number of eateries within the complex, and plenty of retail stores to settle even the most starving shopaholic.
  • Further into the centre of the city…. well…in the centre of the city, lays the popular Flinders Mall. It is quite a spectacular and fun-filled pedestrian mall that is lined with an enormous array of shops. Shopaholics can find stores relating to clothing, accessories, electronics and more, not to mention a huge range of restaurants to choose from. A perfect spot to explore for an afternoon, evening, or entire day, but don’t expect to save much money in the process.
  • Along the waters edge is the most exciting street in the city. It is the promenade which is called The Strand, and is home to a large number of dining establishments. Over the past few years, the area has moved away from the high-end restaurant scene, and begun implementing a trendy café atmosphere instead. However, there are plenty of restaurants in the traditional sense of the word available too.
  • For a memorable night out, the other district that rivals (or some say surpasses) Flinders Mall and The Strand is the area known as Palmer Street. This fabulous strip contains many delectable menus, which come in a large amount of cuisines. Greek is quite popular here, along with Italian restaurants, Thai, Japanese and other Asian businesses. However, there are also several restaurants offering good ol’ Australian cuisine.
  • Although the markets are great for dining purposes, they are spectacular places that will delight all tourists and shopaholics that embrace them. There is a large flea market held in the Townsville Showgrounds each Sunday, and the Flinders Mall market place, commonly known as Cotters Markets, offer a stunning range of interesting items. The Strand contains a night market which is held on the first Friday of the new month, and receives a large customer base each time it opens.
  • However, located around the city of Townsville are many large shopping centres. They are usually not as well-known as the other destinations listed above, but they generally contain a rich diversity of stores and products. Two of the largest shopping centres available in Townsville includes the Castletown Shoppingworld and Centro Deeragun. In addition to shopping stores, there are some nice restaurants found in the complexes.

Lek Boonlert is an editor and content reviewer at DirectRooms and is responsible for all Hotels in Townsville content.


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