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Townsville Queenspark - North QLD

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Castle Hill is a heritage-listed isolated pink granite monolith standing in the heart of the north Queensland city of Townsville.
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It rises to a height of some 286 metres (938 ft) above sea level and dominates the city skyline. It is one of the most distinctive natural features on the Queensland coast. There are a number of vantage points from which to view the city below and also across Cleveland Bay to nearby Magnetic Island.
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The bitumen "Castle Hill Road" winds for 2.6 kilometres from the northeast slopes to the summit of the second peak, on which the Hynes Lookout platform has been erected.
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I headed out with flip flops on and ended up on one of the walking tracks to the top, with nearly 2,000 steps!
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I did get some funny looks from all the fitness freaks in their lycra and trainers!
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There are several buildings and installations on the hill. On the southern face was a two-storeyed octagonal building of concrete block work, which formerly housed the Panorama Restaurant, which has now been demolished.
A carpark associated with the former restaurant is located nearby to the north. Other structures on the site include several water reservoirs and three radio communication installations. On the northern-most peak of the summit is a 1942 observation post, a low, square, concrete bunker with observation apertures.
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Although it wasn't the best day for it, it would be a great vantage point to watch the sunset over the hills
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Heading home, I heard some great jazz music, and treated myself to a G&P (gin & pineapple juice) whilst watching the live band perform in an underground bar
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Queenspark
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The next day, I did some of the historical walks through town and came across a 'botanic Heritage Experience'.
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Initiated in 1870 and covering four hectares, Queens Gardens is the oldest and smallest botanic garden in Townville.
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It is a fine example of a tropical colonial garden of that era.
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Originally established as a trial garden for European settlement, plantings included timber and fruit trees and collections of Dracaena, Codiaeum and Cordyline.
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Today the collection is based on desirable and unusual tropical plants along with the most spectacular flowering and foliage specimens.
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Palms, flowering trees and Heliconias are particularly impressive. The cacti garden
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and a great collection of birds, such as Sulphur Crested Cockatoos
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Cockerels
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Long Billed Corellas
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Lorikeets
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Parrots
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Peacocks
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even a Turkey
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Wild Curlews
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who have the most haunting call at night time

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