Museum of Tropical Queensland, Townsville

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See one of the world’s most extensive and significant collections of coral at Museum of Tropical Queensland. This museum of natural history and archaeology also keeps artifacts recovered from the wreck of HMS Pandora, which sank off the coast of north Queensland in 1791 after capturing some of the participants in the infamous mutiny on the Bounty. Other notable exhibits include animatronic versions of the world's most famous dinosaurs, such as Tyrannosaurus rex and Queensland’s own Muttaburrasaurus, as well as a typical north Queensland rain forest environment. Bring the whole family to the interactive exhibition of a Great Barrier Reef shipwreck, which is custom-built for families with small children. Make Museum of Tropical Queensland a centerpiece of your Townsville vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Townsville itinerary planner.
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  • As a Nth Queensland resident, I found the Rainforest flora/ fauna display's excellent and very informative, learnt a couple of things about my own backyard literally. The Pandora exhibition and Dinosa...  more »
  • A cool retreat from the heat and full of fascinating exhibits: dinosaur displays are extensive, rainforest and reef ecosystems fascinating. There is a section dedicated to the ship that left from Town...  more »
  • The Pandora exhibit was being dismantled, but still plenty to see and experience. Rainforest exhibit was great, would be very engaging for kids. "Underwater" travel was another interesting exhibit.  more »
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  • Excellent place to visit, there are some fantastic exhibits to see. Have just visited the Dinosaur exhibition which is awesome, the Pandora shipwreck and the Coming to Australia exhibits. There are also some great interactive and educational activities for kids to do. There is a good Cafe with an outdoor area with views overlooking a marina.
  • Perhaps it was because I am not overly excitable about dinosaurs but my husband and I found this museum to be quite lacking for the entry fee. If it was free, I may have enjoyed it more but felt I didn't get my moneys worth.
  • Current exhibition Dinosaur Discovery is very enterteining and amusing, for kids and adults alike. Parts about Pandora ship and Enchanted Rainforest are pretty out-of-date and definitely need some updating. All in all not really breathtaking experience but worth paying AUD15 for about 2 hour's tour.
  • They have really good exhibits for kids and adults. Great place to go to get out of the heat while keeping the little ones entertained.
  • Amazing place. Heaps of differnt things to see

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The largest city of North Queensland, Townsville boasts a large selection of accommodations for all tastes and budgets. Those who prefer to stay close to the coast can choose among a variety of boutique hotels and rental apartments along the Strand. The city center has a number of larger hotels (both international chains and independently owned), as well as several hostels known for their laid-back atmosphere. Campsites close to the city are not too numerous, so if you're looking for a prime location to spend your holiday close to nature, try to book in advance.
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