About Townsville

Townsville (population 190,000) is known as the ‘Capital of the North’ and offers a dynamic and cosmopolitan lifestyle.

A thriving coastal port city, Townsville is the largest city in northern Australia and one of Australia’s fastest-growing regional centres. The region has a strong and diverse economic base including mining, mineral processing, agriculture, manufacturing, tourism and healthcare, government and defence.

Townsville Vacation Travel Guide

Leading hub for marine research

Townsville is renowned for marine research and is home of the headquarters of major marine research and management authorities including The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, The Australian Institute of Marine Science, and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

The town is home to the world's largest living coral reef aquarium at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium - which boasts a 2.5 million litre exhibition, and a rehabilitation centre for sea turtles.

Take advantage of JCU’s research sites on Orpheus Island and the Daintree Rainforest as part of your studies, and visit amazing beaches and breathtaking rainforests which are full of native wildlife.

Image: Coral spawning 2019 Mandatory photo credit Tourism and Events Qld

indigenous dancer.
Culturally rich

Immerse yourself in Australian arts, dance, music, food and culture by visiting the Museum of Tropical Queensland or attending the Townsville Cultural Festival.

Join the passionate local supporters of the North Queensland Cowboys Rugby League team, and take in a game at Townsville's newest 25,000 seat multi-purpose stadium. Learn more

Image: Dancer Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival Mandatory photo credit Cathy Finch

Townsville Strand.
Vibrant lifestyle

Visit ‘The Strand’, a 2.2km beachfront promenade in the heart of Townsville. Along this palm tree lined stretch are bike and walkway paths, safe swimming beaches, picturesque picnic spots, playgrounds, exercise stations, a water park and restaurants and bars with water views. Townsville offers an eclectic mix of cafes, restaurants, boutiques and bars, as well as fresh food markets.

Image: Townsville waterfront Mandatory photo credit Tourism and Events Qld

Outdoor adventures

There are many stunning beaches within a short journey from the Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus, Douglas. Grab a snorkel and explore the kaleidoscopic colours of the Great Barrier Reef or jump on a ferry and visit nearby Magnetic Island.

Castle Hill - a giant pink granite monolith - stands proud in the centre of Townsville and offers walking tracks which are frequented by more than 2,500 locals a day! The 360-degree views of Townsville at the top are well worth the journey.

Image: Townsville Castle Hill Photo credit Tourism and Events Qld

People playing basketball.
Getting around

The JCU campus is a 20-minute drive or bus trip from Townsville city. Buses frequently run to and from the campus. You can even buy a second-hand bike, available from the JCU bicycle store.

Learn more about Public transport information

Townsville sign.

Townsville has a dry tropical climate that is dominated by two distinct seasons. The wet season (November to April) and the dry season (May to October). The wet season brings hot and humid weather with day temperatures averaging 29°C to 31°C. The dry season is warm to mild with day temperatures averaging 25°C to 29°C. The average annual rainfall is 1143 mm which occurs mostly during the wet season. Learn more

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