Many travellers to these parts know Townsville as a nice alternative to Cairns to access the Great Barrier Reef. We at Skiddoo agree - you can even access the reef without getting wet through Reef HQ Aquarium (also known as the Great Barrier Reef Aquarium) which is also well worth a visit.
But if you're wanting a bit of an adrenalin rush, we' recommend white water rafting on the Tully river. It's fast, it's wet and it's wild; and for a great day out away from the heat, it's just what the doctor ordered.
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