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Townsville & Surrounds


Location

Townsville is located on the coastline approximately 1300 km north of our capital city, Brisbane.

Population

Townsville and the immediate North Queensland Region have a population of approximately 236,000, projected to grow to 346,000 by 2031.  Townsville embraces 87 new residents each week – with an annual population growth of approximately 2.4%.  Townsville was ranked as the seventh fastest and largest growth region in the state between 2010 and 2011.

Lifestyle

Providing a relaxed tropical lifestyle that is complemented by all your metropolitan city comforts, no other Australian city boasts the resilience, diversity, lifestyle and economic potential that Townsville and the surrounding North Queensland Region enjoys.Regarded as the second Capital of Queensland and with a population approaching 200,000, Townsville offers a dynamic lifestyle coupled with strong economic prosperity.  Townsville is a thriving precinct with access to a variety of dining outlets, unique retailing, spectacular events and entertainment, world class education facilities, leading edge health care, affordable housing and a wide range of outdoor recreation options.  With over 300 days of sunshine each year, the Townsville lifestyle is second to none.Underpinned by a diverse economy, Townsville offers employment opportunities across a variety of industries.  The Townsville Region’s main employment providers include retail trade, health care and social assistance public administration and safety, manufacturing, education and training and construction.With a large range if tertiary training and trade training facilities, Townsville offers opportunities for individuals looking to up-skill or change careers.  Parents will also have peace of mind knowing that their children have access to quality childcare and education facilities with options of over 110 childcare facilities, 41 primary schools and 17 secondary schools.

Climate

With over 300 days of sunshine a year, the Townsville North Queensland Region located along Australia’s east coast has an average maximum temperature of 31°C in summer and a comfortable 25°C in the winter months.The average minimum temperatures range between 24°C in summer to 14°C in winter.  Average rainfall each year is 1143mm, which mostly occurs in the summer months from December to March

Sporting/Events/Entertainment

For sporting enthusiasts, Townsville is home to three national sporting teams – the North Queensland Cowboys (NRL), Townsville Crocodiles (NBL) and Townsville Fire (WNBL) plus it’s also Australia’s newest host city for the national V8 Supercar circuit.  Townsville residents enjoy the flurry of activity and sporting spirit that each home game presents.Townsville has an extremely active community due to the year round beautiful weather.  With access to all codes of football (Australian Rules, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Soccer), basketball, baseball, water sports, hockey, netball, golf, volleyball, bowling and more, there is something that will suit everyone’s lifestyle.The local Entertainment and Convention Centre hosts major acts, concerts, conventions, exhibitions and indoor sporting events.  The Townsville Civic Theatre holds many local, national and international performances in dance, music, opera, comedy and drama.Some of the facilities/events available in Townsville; 

  • The museum of Tropical Queensland (MTQ) is free for locals and provides a great opportunity to learn about the cultural and natural heritage of tropical Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Boasting four main dining precincts
  • 3 major shopping centres – Willows, Castletown and Stockland (including the now completed Myer)
  • Markets are held regularly throughout the Region
  • Domain Central offers over 60 of Australia’s best brand name retailers, and 1,800 carparks        
  • Townsville offers 3 cinema complexes and an IMAX Theatre

Transport and Infrastructure

Unlike major capital cities, Townsville offers a road network which is both less congested and easy to navigate.  Quick access to services and recreation facilities offers residents the ultimate work-life balance – with travel no longer impeding on your time.With a large network of bike and walking paths, Townsville offers healthy transportation options.  The city continues to expand access to bike paths, with a strong focus on encouraging a healthy community and maintaining less congestion on the roads.  With Townsville’s fantastic climate, it isn’t surprising that many residents make use of the bike paths for recreation as well as the main transportation route between work and home.The Townsville airport welcomes 1.6 million passengers annually and is host to a number of major airlines including Qantas, Virgin Blue, Rex, Air North, Alliance and Jetstar.  Townsville’s regular flight paths offer linkages with both capital cities and key mining sites.  The recent boom in the mining industry has seen a significant growth in the number of fly-in-fly-out workers in the Townsville Region.

Townsville’s Great Outdoors

Fishing - There are plenty of great spots to cast your line including the Picnic Bay jetty and the Hinchinbrook Channel mangrove system.  Chartered fishing trips are available for those wishing to fish the hot spots and get some good tips and advice from the locals.

Dive and Snorkel - One of Australia’s most remarkable gifts, the Great Barrier Reef, is easily accessible from Townsville and offers amazing snorkeling and diving experiences for both amateurs and professional divers.  North Queensland also offers access to an array of majestic islands including Hinchinbrook, Magnetic, Orpheus, Dunk, Bedarra and Palm.

Sailing and Boating - North Queensland’s tropical weather is the perfect environment for sailing and boating.  With access to numerous boat ramps throughout Townsville and many tropical islands within easy reach you will be spoilt for choice.

Weekend and day trip getaways - Boasting natural world wonders such as the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics, make the most of your weekend and visit these attractions in your backyard.  Cruise to Magnetic Island, camp in the great outdoors or explore some of the world’s most renowned natural wonders.

The Strand - The popular Townsville foreshore offers residents and visitors alike spectacular views across Cleveland Bay to Magnetic Island.  The Strand is a favorite for locals with many choosing to use the swimming enclosures, playgrounds, BBQ facilities and shaded parklands for weekend outings.  The state-of-the-art Rock Pool and Strand Water Park are great for families and even better on the back pocket given they are free to use. Add to this the walking paths and choice of restaurants and cafes along the strand, provides the relaxing atmosphere for all.  

Magnetic Island - Located within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park just 8 kms from Townsville’s Strand, Magnetic Island offers residents the perfect escape.  With 23 beaches and bays, Magnetic Island has the natural beauty and serenity of an untouched paradise, with all the luxuries of today’s modern cities.

Riverway - Positioned alongside the bank of the Ross River, the Riverway precinct provides residents with access to modern public swimming facilities to complement Townsville’s great outdoor lifestyle.  The Riverway precinct offers two large swimming lagoons, playgrounds, parklands and BBQ facilities for family occasions.  Regular performances are held at the Riverway Arts Centre, while significant sporting events take place in the precinct stadium.  

Castle Hill - Located in the centre of Townsville’s CBD, the mountainous backdrop of Castle Hill is as iconic to the city as The Strand.  The giant red rock stands at 286m – just short of being officially labeled as a mountain – and is easily accessible by sealed road to its summit.  Castle Hill has a myriad of walking tracks and is a challenge for early morning and late afternoon exercisers; their efforts being rewarded by the stunning views and gentle breezes experienced once at the summit.

Parks and Gardens - Townsville has over 300 parks and open spaces, providing a range of recreational activities for locals.  Superb botanic gardens and parklands abound the city and include the world class Palmetum, the historic Queens Gardens, Anderson Gardens, Dan Gleeson Gardens and the Townsville Environmental Park.  There are a number of easy to reach national parks within close proximity to the city centre, offering a wide range of water sports and bushwalking.

Paluma - For a pleasant change of climate and scenery, travel north along the Bruce Highway and turn left to Paluma.  Little Crystal Creek and Big Crystal Creek are two popular swimming holes which offer the perfect place to cool off on a warm day. Big Crystal Creek at the base of the Paluma Range features a large swimming hole and picnic area, perfect for families and larger groups.Little Crystal Creek, located 11 kms up the winding road to Paluma Village, is well known for its historic stone arch bridge built in the 1930’s.  Cascading waterfalls feed into one of the best freshwater swimming holes in the north.

Northern Beaches - Townsville’s Northern Beaches offer residents the ideal opportunity for a relaxing day out of a long secluded walk.  Townsville’s five northern beaches, 60 kms north of the city combine the rugged bush with necessary amenities and beachside getaways.  Bushland, Saunders, Toolakea, Toomulla and Balgal Beaches offer fishing, swimming, picnicing and bird watching, combined with spectacular beach fronts.

Education/Training/Trades

James Cook University (JCU) is Australia’s leading tropical research university and Queensland’s second oldest university.  Offering excellence in teaching and research, JCU’s main campus is based in Townsville with additional campuses in Cairns, Brisbane and Singapore.

 Over 19,000 students including 5,600 internationals of more than 100 nationalities currently study at JCU.  The University was established to conduct teaching and research on areas of importance to North Queensland and the Tropics.  Its Graduates have the expertise and intellectual curiosity to make a difference in their profession and their communities and conduct the research needed to meet the challenges facing the tropical world.

JCU’s activities have a strong focus on regional Queensland but its impact and reach are international, as recognised in the respected 2010 Shanghai Jiao Ton World University ranking system which has placed JCU in the top 400 universities in the world.  It is one of the only two Queensland universities to achieve this ranking.

The Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE provides vocational education and training to more than 14,700 local, interstate and international students annually.  Students are enrolled in over 200 training programs ranging from Certificate through to Advance Diploma level.  The Institute also delivers training in traditional trade areas to more than 2,000 apprentices and trainees annually.

The Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE currently works closely with business and organisations of all sizes across  North Queensland to provide customised training options.  Training in this mode can be delivered as accredited (nationally recognised) or non-accredited with most of this delivery occurring in the workplace.

Tec-NQ is a leading educational and training organisation providing innovative and flexible solutions in North Queensland.  As an independent school, a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and a Group Training Organisation (GTO) Tec-NQ delivers a holistic approach to trace training.

Tec-NQ’s flagship school-based program has helped hundreds of young people get their start in trade-based careers by delivering a contextualised Year 11 and 12 curriculum and developing the employability skills necessary to transition students from school to work.

State-of-the-art training facilities and workshops allow trainers to provide a simulated work environment and branches throughout remote North Queensland allow Tec-NQ to bring training to regional centres.

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