My Townsville: Brent Tate

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With the in­tro­duc­tion of Air Ni­ug­ini flights into Townsville, Pa­pua New Guinea’s avid rugby league fans can eas­ily go to North Queens­land Cow­boys games.

One of the NRL team’s great­est play­ers – Brent Tate – who started his amaz­ing ca­reer with the Bris­bane Bron­cos, has re­tired from the game and cho­sen to stay in Townsville with his young fam­ily.

He’s very ap­pre­cia­tive of his fol­low­ing in PNG dur­ing his 229-game NRL ca­reer, com­ple­mented by 26 Tests for Aus­tralia and 23 state-of-ori­gin matches.

“I get blown away how recog­nis­able you are up there in Pa­pua New Guinea,” Tate says. “We all know how they love their footy and how pas­sion­ate they are about it.”

Tate now works on the cor­po­rate side of foot­ball with the Cow­boys, and along with mo­ti­va­tional speak­ing, po­si­tions on sev­eral foot­ball-re­lated boards, vis­it­ing schools and char­ity events, he sounds busier than ever.

Tate is also a great spruiker for his adopted city of Townsville.

“The easy liv­ing and laid-back style ap­pealed to us,” he says. “It’s a great place to bring up kids.”

For first-time vis­i­tors to Townsville, he rec­om­mends a hike up Cas­tle Hill fol­lowed by lunch and qual­ity cof­fee in The Strand.

“The view from Cas­tle Hill is well worth the ex­er­cise and go­ing down The Strand – they are two of the most iconic things in Townsville.”

Two of his favourite hang­outs are Michels and JAM Cor­ner for good cof­fee and great food.

“In fact, any­where along Palmer Street is pretty good, with some great restau­rants that punch well above their weight.”

The cli­mate is another fac­tor for staying in Townsville. “Win­ter for us is thongs, board­ies and sin­glets,” Tate says.

“And, if you’re pack­ing for a hol­i­day here, don’t for­get sun­screen and a hat.” ■

— JEFF TURN­BULL Air Ni­ug­ini flies from Port Moresby to Townsville twice a week. See airni­ug­ini.com.pg.

Brent Tate … rec­om­mends a hike up Cas­tle Hill and lunch along The Strand.

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