Not much to say about townsville aside from the fact that it is a beautiful city on the beach. We stayed in a quiet bed and breakfast just outside of downtown and for the first time since Sydney we had our own television. Usually this would not have been a big deal but with the recent sunami in Samoa and the two big earthquakes in Sumatra we we happy to have access to the news.
For those of you who are curious, none of those events has effected us at all. The only thing that surprised us was that there was no sunami warning for mainland Australia.
We spent a lot of our time in Townsville shopping and walking around. There is no beach sqimming because of the marine stingers and on the beach there are vinegar aid stations every hundred meters. David and I found a store called barkins and we were immediatlu sucked in. The prices were very reasonable and the clothes were really nice and I think we came away with half the store.
We also went to the museum of tropical Queensland while we were in Townsville. They have featured exhibits on the Australian railway and the pandora shipwreck as well as natural creatures of Australia.
We really enjoyed our time but now we are off the magnetic island! The island is only eight kilometers off shore and is supposed to be one of the most incredible places in Australia.