Tropical Coast national parks

Townsville Town Common Conservation Park Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park Halifax Bay Shelly Cove Shelly Cove trail Shelly Beach Cleveland Bay C a p e P a l l a r e n d a R o a d U n d e r t h e R a d a r t r a i l L a g o o n t r a i l Mount Marlow Smedleys trail Shelly Beach trail Freshwater trail 1 2 3 5 4 Freshwater Lagoon Road 2km Scale 0 Photo: © Sue Rutherford Riding Smedley’s trail Brolgas on the wetlands Photo: © Keith Dyson Townsville Town Common and Cape Pallarenda conservation parks Wildlife spotting Spy comb-crested jacanas and plumed whistling ducks in the wetlands and spot double-barred finches and red-backed fairy- wrens in the grasslands. High in the open branches of overhead trees the acrobatic antics of the dollarbirds will entertain you. Watch brahminy kites and white-bellied sea-eagles scan for prey from above. Places to go 1 Forts walk 500m (45min). Grade: moderate Explore the searchlight, gun emplacement and command tower remains of historic WWII Pallarenda Battery. 2 Many Peaks track 5.7km (3hr). Grade: difficult Trek across the range to the summit of Mount Marlow enjoying 360 degree vistas of Townsville, the surrounding mountain ranges and the Coral Sea. Bird hides The Freshwater 3 and Jacana 4 bird hides and Payet’s Tower 5 in Townsville Town Common Conservation Park are easy walks from your car. Safety Under the Radar and Smedley’s are narrow mountain bike trails—walkers and runners may share these trails but must give way to cyclists . Enjoy the secluded beaches framed by rocky headlands, coastal woodlands bordering seasonal wetlands and deep- water lagoons that make these parks special. The Cape Pallarenda Trails, ranging from short easy walks to cross- country mountain bike rides, traverse the parks providing a popular nature escape— and lots of heart-pumping fun—close to the city of Townsville. Things to do Mountain biking Ride 34km of easy and intermediate trails. Rated intermediate, Under the Radar and Smedley’s trails (blue) suit experienced riders only and have black rated B lines. Lagoon, Freshwater and Shelly Beach trails (red) are shared with walkers and rated easy—perfect for beginners! Must dos • Mountain bike the Under the Radar trail for awesome views of Townsville’s northern coastline. • Arm yourself with binoculars and tramp the wetland trails to the bird hides to see intriguing birdlife. Getting there Townsville Town Common is 500m off Cape Pallarenda Road, 2km from Rowes Bay. Cape Pallarenda is at the end of Cape Pallarenda Road, 5.5km from Rowes Bay. Set your adrenaline racing when you grab your bike or hiking boots and hit the stunning nature trails winding through these parks.

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