The Museum of Tropical Queensland is situated in Flinders Street East, next door to the complex that houses Reef HQ.
The Great Gallery
It seems fitting to me that this museum, which most would associate almost wholly with the HMS Pandora who now lays in a watery grave, is situated right on the banks of the Ross Creek, itself home to many a sailing boat. In fact directly across the creek is the Yacht Club. A lot of people, even Townsvillians (like me) refer to this creek that flows through the CBD and out past the Entertainment Centre and Casino, as the Ross River, but it is in fact the Ross Creek. The Ross River flows out into the ocean just a little further South.
The Great Gallery features a life-size replica of the bow of HMS Pandora – as I walked up the stairs from the entrance and museum shop, the Pandora replica filled my entire line of vision and grabbed my attention.
The huge windows of the Great Gallery have startlingly good views of Ross Creek, while Castle Hill and the City are framed through the doors that access the outside deck. As well as the imposing Pandora replica, the huge space holds a small cafe, and table and chairs.
At 11 am and 2.30 pm you can be part of the Gun Team on HMS Pandora and load and fire a cannon, just the way they did in the 1790s! (But you must be 8 years old and over and be wearing closed in shoes).
- An enchanted forest display around a recreated Quandong tree,
- The Langley Collection of Diving Helmets,
- A Mind Zone with interactive science displays.
I give the Museum a thumbs up for families – the kids will love the interactive displays.
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