2000 visitors dock for a day in Townsville
CLOSE to 2000 tourists from across the globe docked in Townsville during a whirlwind taste of the tropics yesterday.
Dianyue Wu and wife Huiping were eager to experience what North Queensland had to offer while holidaying from their home in Shangh a i , C h i n a . T h e c o u p l e touched down in the city yesterday on their first trip down under during a statewide tour aboard one of P& O Cruises’ floating resorts, the Pacific Sun.
About eight shuttle buses were on hand to ship the travellers into the city heart to visit local landmarks such as Reef HQ, the Museum of Tropical Queensland, Castle Hill and The Strand.
Mr Wu said the North was high on his list of places to see. ‘‘ We were initially attracted by the opportunity to see Great Barrier Reef and all that North Queensland has to offer,’’ he said.
‘ ‘ T h e p e o p l e a r e v e r y friendly and the sites have been wonderful to see so we are really enjoying our vacation.’’
About 1900 passengers are in the midst of a 10-night tropical dream cruise taking in areas such as Townsville, Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays. Mr Wu said he could get used to life in the t ropics. ‘ ‘ The population here is a lot different to what we are used to in China, so it’s nice to experience something a little bit different,’’ he said. ‘‘ We are just looking at taking as many pictures as we can for now, but we would love to be able to come back again.’’
The influx of tourists was a welcome change for the city, following a disastrous start to this year’s wet season, including consecutive natural disasters.