Published: August 4th 2012August 3rd 2012
The 50 kms into Townsville was a breeze. There was no intention on staying more than a few hours but within minutes of taking a walk through the CBD the misconceptions we had about the place were expelled.Townsville is edgy and alternative and on first appearances looks like a place you would love to visit for a week or work for an extended period.
The city is fresh in appearance and the buildings from yesteryear have been spectacularly restored. The marina is within walking distance from the CBD and The Strand is a thriving urban foreshore area. We had coffee at The Sweatshop which is a hip place to relax and has some fantastic modern artwork on display.
Being a Friday finding accommodation in the CBD during peak season proved to be impossible; however, we did land ourselves a spot at the peaceful Rowes Bay Caravan Park. The facilities are tip top and the Park is only a 10 minute drive from the heart of Townsville.
Later in the afternoon we hopped on a bus back into the city and took a look at some funky shops. A friend suggested we visit The Brewery and that is where we stayed for the remainder of the day J. This venue is a microbrewery at heart but the upmarket surroundings make it the place to be especially for Friday afternoon knock off drinks.
Rachel and I sampled a taster paddle of the brews that were on offer and we gave the majority of them the two thumbs up. I was particularly impressed with their stouts and red ales. We decided to stay for dinner and the lamb shank I had was up there with the best.