Question:

What are the towns of Queensland?

Mackay

Mackay POPULATION: 70,000 approximately GENERAL INFORMATION: Mackay is set on the Queensland Coast halfway between Brisbane and Cairns. With a high amount of natural beauty, Mackay has plenty to offer locals and visitors alike. From the Great Barrier Reef in the east to Eungella National Park - an Aboriginal word for land of the fallen clouds - in the west, there is plenty to do and see in this wonderful region. DISTANCE FROM BRISBANE (State Capital): 992 kilometres

Maroochy

Maroochy

Right in the heart of the Sunshine Coast is Maroochy Shire, with its hinterland and mountain ranges offering sweeping views of beautiful white sandy beaches and a blue green sea.
From a coastal seafood lunch of prawns, bugs, or fresh fish to mountain-top devonshire teas, and ploughman's lunches, you have the choice of top dining at restaurants with beach, river or rural settings.

Cooktown

Cooktown POPULATION: 1 500 approx. GENERAL INFORMATION: Cooktown - the gateway to the wilderness - was founded in 1873 as the port for the Palmer River Goldfields. This was more than a century after Captain James Cook spent 48 days in 1770 on the banks of the Endeavour River repairing his ship. Every June the town celebrates Cooktown's status as Australia's first, if brief, European settlement at a Discovery Festival which includes a colourful re-enactment of Cook's landing. A highlight of a visit to Cooktown is an extended tour of the James Cook Museum - built in 1888 as a convent school run by Irish nuns. The Museum documents Cook's voyages, Aboriginal and natural history, the gold rush days and their Chinese legacy. Walking tracks in the area allow for visitors to explore areas of beach, bush and mountains. Closer to town is Grassy Hill where one can share the same view as Captain Cook. DISTANCE FROM BRISBANE (State Capital): 2,047km on North Coastal Road/2,137km via Peninsula Road

Glasshouse Mountains

Glasshouse Mountains
POPULATION: 715 approximately
GENERAL INFORMATION:
Glass House is located on the Glass House Mountains with access via the Bruce Highway. Industry includes pineapple, citrus and tropical fruit plantations, agricultural equipment, tobacco, macadamia nuts and tourism.
DISTANCE FROM BRISBANE (State Capital): 31 km

Maroochydore: About

Maroochydore
Bordering on the Maroochy River, Maroochydore has shopping complexes, magnificent beaches and waterside accommodation, and is recognised as the Business Centre of the Sunshine Coast. With sea and river fishing, beach activities, parks along the river and beaches, it satisfies every experience desired.
Alexandra Headland is a renowned surfing beach, and from the headland one has sweeping views of awesome Mount Coolum, Mudiimba Island and Point Cartwright.
Buderim, with its quiet village charm boasts some delightful gardens displaying an array of native plants and annuals. Buderim Forest Park and Foote Sanctuary offer walking trails through rambling rainforests.

Gold Coast

Gold Coast, city (1991 pop. 256,275), Queensland, E Australia, on the Pacific Ocean. The city, a major resort, stretches for many miles along the coast and extends into New South Wales. In 1994 Queensland decided to amalgamate the city with Albert Shire to create one of three new “super cities.” The amalgamation made Gold Coast the second largest municipality in Australia after Brisbane. Its new boundaries extend south to Coolangatta on the border with New South Wales, west to Mt. Tamborine in the remote interior, and north to Beenleigh on the edge of Brisbane.

Bowen

Located halfway between Mackay and Townsville, Bowen is very much a beach town. Tucked away a few kilometres east of the highway are eight golden palm-fringed beaches and parks studded with mango trees. Bowen was the first town established in Australia's north. The town's documented history dates to 1770 when Captain Cook named the area of Cape Gloucester and described Edgecumbe Bay in his diary. There are full-scale resorts, motels and caravan parks. Bowen has licensed clubs and old colonial pubs with colourful histories. There is a twin cinema complex which includes a heritage cinema, and a number of restaurants that cook the wonderful local seafood. DISTANCE FROM BRISBANE (State Capital): 1,182 kilometres

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