Townsville, in North Queensland is Australia's largest tropical city. It has an urban population of 130,000 and is renowned for its magnificent climate, consistantly recording more than 300 dry sunny days each year. The city is a charming blend of old and new, with a rich history and surprising cultural depth. It has many well preserved civic commercial and domestic buidings dating back to the region's European settlement in the late 19th century. Townsville offers easy access to many attractions, to the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage rainforests, together with islands that range from the uninhabited to those with world class resorts. The wonderfully authentic goldfish city of Charters Towers is just 90 minutes easy drive from Townsville and is a virtual ''time capsule''of Victorian, Edwardian and Australian colonial architecture. It also marks the start of the Aussie Outback, with it's unique native animals and herds of free ranging cattle. Townsville is the ''real'' Australia - with a relaxed, friendly lifestyle that offers a warm greeting to visitors. It also offers a diversity of experience that range from the excitement of the Breakwater Casino and the worlds largest living reef aquarium, through to the natural beauty of Magnetic Island and some of the worlds best marlin fishing and scuba diving.