In Townsville we discovered a tropical regional city with street art and great dog walks. We had a couple of good lunches at dog friendly cafes and found a van park we’ll probably use again next time. We didn’t go to Magnetic Island on this occasion: there are restrictions on dogs on the ferry and motorhomes aren’t very welcome.
We started by walking along the Strand. In recent years this has become a landscaped park strip beside the beach, with outdoor art, dog bowls on the water fountains and is generally a great ‘dog on lead’ walk. This was interrupted by a healthy lunch for the folks at Raw Energy. After lunch we walked the other way past the Marina and the Magnetic Island Ferry terminal.
We stayed at Secura Lifestyle, The Lakes, this is the nearest dog friendly caravan park to the CBD, all sites have ensuite bathroom facilities. It’s a very convenient spot to park up for visiting Townsville. Some of the sites are on the lakeside, albeit separated by a wire fence. The lake can be accessed via a path. The park also does van storage for people wanting to go over to Magnetic Island for a few days.
If you do want to take your dog to Magnetic on the SeaLink ferry, they must be muzzled or in a pet carrier. Once on the island dogs are allowed off leash on most beaches below the high-water mark; so, it’s not impossible to take your fur baby. To be honest, we just lost interest after hearing about the muzzles!
On the second day we walked up Castle Hill. This is a giant pink granite monolith in the middle of town. You can drive to the top to take in the panoramic views or walk via a choice of paths. The folks chose the Goat Track. To be clear, we didn’t see any goats but, if goats wanted to go up the hill, this would be their preferred route. The walk was only about 1.5km but was mainly steps and near vertical in places. I had to pull the Silverback up the last hundred metres or so! It was much easier on the way down. At the top of the hill there are great view of Magnetic Island and whole of Townsville. There was also, an excellent kiosk [the Feelgood Foodie Food Truck] serving strong coffee and gluten free brownies.
Back at sea level. There’s a very good City Street Art Walk. The folks picked up a map from the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery (but you can download one here) and off we went. The great thing about street art is that it’s dog friendly! I really like art but only rarely get invited into galleries.
We’d already clocked up 10,000 steps on the Sparrow’s clever watch when we stopped for lunch at the Taphouse in City Lane. I really enjoyed the tub of water the waitress brought over [without being asked I might add – nice one]. The folks had tapas and beer, an ideal lunch after a big walk. I got a bit of teriyaki beef and a couple of kumara wedges; even nicer!
After lunch I guarded the van, while the folks went to see an art exhibition at the Regional Gallery (The Percivals). It turns out that a part of it was pet portraits, I would have loved that! Never mind, the Silverback showed me the photos. There were no security issues, so I took a nap.
Back to the park; dinner and an early night after all the walking, Townsville has been a nice city with good dog walking opportunities. I wonder what tomorrow will bring.