TICK OFF HIGH­LIGHTS

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From sun­rise to sun­set, this pink gran­ite peak of­fers more panorama for your post. Scale Cas­tle Hill for a cityscape that spreads out like a pic­nic blan­ket at your feet, with Mag­netic Is­land on the hori­zon. More than 2500 lo­cals use this walk­ing track each day, but if you’re not up for the sweaty slog, you can drive all the way to the top … just try not to look too smug in those snaps. A World War II ob­ser­va­tion bunker is a re­minder of the re­gion’s his­tory — the van­tage point was used by vis­it­ing Amer­i­can sol­diers. this wa­ter­fall, but you won’t re­gret the 2.5 hour drive north­west from Townsville.

The thun­der­ous Wal­la­man Falls is Aus­tralia’s high­est per­ma­nent sin­gle drop wa­ter­fall at 268 me­tres.

Sur­rounded by World Her­itage rain­for­est, you can view the misty, rain­bow-filled plunge from the main look­out, be­fore sur­vey­ing the gorge and Her­bert River Val­ley from a sec­ond scenic stop.

Horse­shoe Bay Ranch runs beach and bush rides with the chance to take your steed swim­ming bare­back in the ocean.

The team of plucky quar­ter horses and sure-footed Cly­des­dale crosses are the ul­ti­mate tour guides and they’ll take you for a trot through na­tive bush­land, cross­ing creeks on the way to the bay.

Then it’s sad­dles off and biki­nis on for the mane event.

1. TAKE IT TO THE TOP AT CAS­TLE HILL 2. FALL FOR WAL­LA­MANYou may need to devote a full day to chas­ing

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