From Lucinda we travelled to Townsville, Queensland and decided to stay for 7 nights in the caravan park we stayed in on the way to Cairns on our holiday in 2016 in the winter.
We liked Townsville however it's rather spread out, there might be one shop you wish to look at but it's about 20km one way, and another about 20km in the opposite direction. The streets are not necessarily set in squares either.
Census night was whilst we were in Townsville, the caravan park owners had the forms which we filled in and returned the next day - no trouble for us.
The Strand is really a lovely place to walk along and see by the sea. One can swim at a couple of beaches that are patrolled by life savers even in winter. There are 'nets' to help keep out the unwanted sea creatures.
A view of Magnetic Island from The Strand, the island is 8 klm offshore from the city of Townsville and has just over 2,000 permanent residents.
The name came about because of the apparent ''magnetic' effect it had on the ship's compass of Captain Cook as he passed the island when sailing up the east coast of Australia in 1770.
All has been investigated since, nothing was found to cause this magnetic effect.
A good hill with a view on top - photos in a future post.