Reef Lodge Backpackers Townsville

Friday 27 February 2015

Happy 30th Birthday Billabong Sanctuary from Reef lodge Backpackers Townsville.

Townsvilles Only Native Australian 

Wild life Zoo.

Get up close with with your favourite Australian animals:

Koalas – Crocodiles – Wombats – Dingoes – Kangaroos – Pythons – Cassowaries

Australia has many weird and wonderful native fauna!   Meet them here, in semi-tropical bushland setting only 20 minutes south of Townsville, where you can guarantee a wonderful and rewarding experience.

 As part of  their 30 Years birthday celebrations, Rangers are presenting Free presentations;

30 Years WILD!

It’s our 30th Birthday, and we’ll be going WILD with celebrations during the whole month of March, offering a swag of special events, prizes and competitions!

FREE talks on Saturday and Sunday in March.

 FREE behind the scenes tour every single day during March!

For more information go to:

Billabong Sanctuary
(07) 4778 8344
Bruce Highway, Nome,
Townsville, Australia, 
QLD 4816

Thursday 26 February 2015

Rock Wallaby's are so cute!. When you stay at the Reef Lodge Backpackers in Townsville ask us where you can see them.

Allied Rock-wallaby's are widespread in the north-eastern parts of Queensland and and they are also found on Palm and Magnetic Islands.

While staying at the Reef Lodge Backpackers go and see Wallaby's at Ross river dam. Townsville
What you lookin AT!
This little guy was one of probably 50 in the rocks of the Ross river dam in Townsville. You can see these little guys hoping around at dusk as they get ready to have some dinner as there is a plentiful supply of grass around the area.

While staying at the Reef Lodge Backpackers go and see Wallaby's at Ross river dam. Townsville
Don't mess with me!
Although not tame you can get within 5 to 10 meters of these little guys. As well get some really nice pictures.  For more information of these Wallaby's got to the link below. There cousins can also be seen on Magnetic Island, if you are unable to go to the Ross River.

Thursday 19 February 2015

Wi-Fi and Bread Crumbs. Backpackers and pidgeons.

So what do Backpackers and pidgeons have in common.

Well their ability to congregate to find what means most to their lives. In the evolution of the human race it is interesting to see what is important to us as an individual. Frankly I could care less about Wi-Fi or my mobile phone. (With the odd exception. running late for an appointment or breaking down in my car) I was walking down to the markets last Sunday past a flock of pidgeons, eating bread crumbs someone had thrown to them as more and more arrived. As I walk on further I noticed the Free Wi-Fi sign and a group of young people 16 to 25 years old all sitting or standing around, mobile in hand not speaking just reading and texting. I stood there for about 5 minutes just watching and nothing was said. Just eyes glued to screens.

Suddenly I I started to think are these young people loosing there social skills of communications, as nothing around them seem to matter.

30+ Pidgeons and bread crumbs!

15+ backpackers and Wi-Fi hot spot!

Sunday 15 February 2015

Great freezing Monkey Balls and only 10 to 15 minute walk from the Reef Lodge backpackers in Townsville to find out.

Welcome to the Maritime Museum 

in Townsville

In 2001, the Maritime museum open to the public after a year of extensive refurbishment. With assistance from Commonwealth Centenary of Federation funding. The resulting complex attracted great community support. It is located on the south bank of Ross Creek, with the boardwalk overlooking the The Ross creek motor Boat and Yacht clubs, on Palmer Street.

Some of the subjects covered at the museum include:

 Bay Rock light house was situated on a small outcrop of granite off West Point on Magnetic Island. This lighthouse was one of the first to be built in Queensland during 1886. The light hose was moved to the museum and officially opened September 2003

SS Yongala disappeared in 1911 during a cyclone south of Townsville. One hundred and twenty two people had been on board luxury passenger vessel, with none of the passengers surviving. It was not rediscovered until 1958 when divers discovered the wreck.

The patrol boat Townsville was gifted to the museum by the Commonwealth Department of Defence in May 2007. It was largly featured in the Australian TV series "Patrol Boat" Also known to the serving crew as  'The Black Knight Mustang 205'

Other displays include Knots and Hitches and how they were used. a library, Model Boat gallery and the story of how cold it has to be to freeze a Monkeys balls off.

For more information go to:

Address: 42-68 Palmer Street, South Townsville QLD 4810