Subject: Townsville, Queensland
Mr Moxon, perhaps a letter in your name should be substituted -- what a pathetic, incredibly narrow view written re Townsville (back in 1997) - which I have just stumbled upon! Sorry to say it is also so typically what I would expect from a British traveler, come writer???
I'm sorry that you didn't like my piece on Townsville, but you're right, I'm not exactly complimentary about it. It is, though, an honest appraisal: I genuinely didn't think much of the place, and that put me off wanting to explore any further. My decision to leave wasn't premature, but it was swift: I didn't like Townsville, and whether you disagree with my opinion or not, it's still my opinion.
I did visit quite a few places that you mention, including the Strand and Castle Hill (you're right, the view is good). I also visited the most impressive ones on your list, but they were on Magnetic Island, not in Townsville: 'did you take the ferry to Magnetic Island and be greeted by the wild wallabies...did you see the native koalas in the forests there...did you swim in the clear pristine waters of Florence and Radical Bay...' - yes, I did! See my piece on Magnetic Island for the details, where I'm terribly nice about the place. But Magnetic Island is most definitely not Townsville, which is why I've got two very different pieces on the two places.
I should point out, though, that if you're trying to persuade me that Townsville is in fact a great place, then posting a message that's rude ('perhaps a letter in your name should be substituted'😉, xenophobic ('so typically what I would expect from a British traveler'😉, patronising ('if any of these were your experiences and you can still feel justified to write such crap, I can only pity you'😉 and plain bizarre ('Wallow in your British homeland and call yourself a traveler'😉, is perhaps the wrong way to go about it. I don't mind debating the issue, but could you make it less aggressive? Many thanks.