Townsville Region


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Townsville is regarded as the capital of northern Queensland and is positioned on the east coast within Australia’s tropical region. However, due its location, it experiences less rain than its tropical neighbours.

Townsville has a population of 193,000(ABS: estimated at June 2015), which is growing due to the diverse mix of industries in the city.

Townsville is fast becoming a destination for international students who are participating in the Stay and Study programs being offered by schools and tertiary institutions.

Students visiting Townsville will be able to enjoy a range of activities, including some they may have never experienced before.

Some suggested Townsville activities

Magnetic Island

Just 20 minutes away via ferry, students can enjoy the island’s historic bush walks, water sports, snorkelling and diving. It also offers a good opportunity to see native wildlife up close: Magnetic Island is the most northerly point in Australia to have large free ranging colonies of koalas, but if visitors don’t have any luck spotting them in the wild, they can get up-close with the marsupial at the Koala Wildlife Park. See

Billabong Sanctuary

17km south of Townsville, the Billabong Sanctuary offers the typical Aussie wildlife experience, allowing visitors to see – and sometimes touch - crocodiles, kangaroos, snakes, wombats and native birds in a safe and engaging environment. See


Townsville has some great swimming locations that offer safe alternatives to swimming on the beaches, which can have marine stingers in the summer months. The lagoon at Riverway and the Rockpool at The Strand are scenic, clean and overall enjoyable swimming facilities - and they are free. See 





Reef HQ

Visitors can experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef at the world's largest living coral reef aquarium without getting wet. See

Museum of Tropical Queensland

This world-class facility showcases the history and heritage of the North Queensland region. See

National Parks

There are a series of interesting walking trails, swimming holes and sometimes waterfalls at the National Parks on the outskirts of Townsville. Some of these include Bowling Green National Park, Paluma Range National Park and Lumholtz National Park.


There are many golf courses tailored to different levels in Townsville and surrounding areas.


Townsville has a variety of markets that are available, the Rotary Markets at Willows Shopping Centre 7.00am - 11am Sundays, Cotters Markets Flinders Street City 8.00am - 1pm Sundays. Friday night Riverway Markets 5pm - 9pm during the Dry Season.


As well as offering boutique-style shopping in town, Townsville also has three large shopping centres with the latest brands and trends: Castletown (Woolcock Street), Stockland (Ross River Road)which has a Myers store, and The Willows (Thuringowa Drive).

Townsville is recognised as a "Safe Community" by the World Health Organisation - this means the town offers a safe community for its residents and visitors to enjoy.

Townsville fast facts:

  • The average temperature in September, October and November is 17C– 30C (64-86 F); in December, January and February (the wet season) the average is 20C– 31C (68 – 88F), but very humid; in March, April and May the average temperature is 20C– 28C (68 –83 F), and in June, July and August average temperatures are 13C– 25C (55 – 77F).
  • Townsville has an average of 320 days of sunshine per year.
  • It is situated in the “dry tropics”, but still experiences heavy rainfall in January, February and March.

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