Townsville

Townsville

Visiting Liz & Joel

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The Strand

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Bathers swim inside giant jellyfish-proof nets, or wear "stinger suits". Note the warning signs, and bottle of vinegar provided to alleviate potential stings — died blue to discourage its use as a condiment. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth -19.2458, 146.8118 

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Town Common beach See in Google Maps See in Google Earth -19.1987, 146.7747 

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Cooking up some "snags" & veggies on the free public gas barbeques on the Strand. Lyra had fun studying the ants, geckos, and other little Australian critters.

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Castle Hill looks over Townsville. We checked out the panoramic view, with Magnetic Island is visible in the distance — and cooled ourselves with the solar-powered water mister in hilltop the parking lot. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth -19.2582, 146.8043 

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Meat Pies — very popular.

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We tried as many new fruits as possible at the Townsville Market. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth -19.2597, 146.8172 

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Drive-through liquor stores are popular here.

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These brave kookaburras flew right up onto Liz & Joel's balcony.

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Pioneer Park

We went for a swim at Pioneer Park's fabulous swimming pool. Pools are nice because they don't have crocodiles or dangerous jellyfish. Skin cancer with sun exposure is also a big pool. Sunscreen is provided, and part of the pool was shaded. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth -19.3197, 146.7313 

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Billabong Sanctuary

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Kangaroo Feeding

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Rainbow Lorikeet

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Cassowary — It loves grapes.

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Wombat — a giant docile teddy bear.

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Dingos — wild dogs.

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Crocodiles

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Many more animals — Koala, Miniature Wallaby, Emu, Magpie Goose, Turtles, Bush Turkey, Black Cockatoo, Plumed Whistling Duck

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