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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