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About Townsville

The Townsville region is a unique mix of rainforests, reefs, sandy beaches, outback towns and islands.

Population: 189 000
Founded: 1865
Weather: Summer months reach 32°C, winter has temperatures of around 25°C

To explore more about what Townsville has to offer visit Townsville Holiday.

Community services

The Townsville City Council website has information about facilities, events and recreation and a community and events page with a variety of services.

Some services include:


There is an extensive range of restaurants and caf├ęs in Townsville. Cultural cuisine, typically Aussie meals and fine dining can be found on Flinders or Palmer Streets in the city or at Cannon Park, 10 minutes from JCU campus. Ask other students for their recommendations.


Shopping centres and supermarkets

Shopping centres conveniently located near JCU campus are Stockland Shopping Centre and Willows Shopping Centre - it takes about 10-15 minutes to reach either centre from campus and are accessible via public transport. For more options, there are other Shopping Centres available in Townsville.


Markets in Townsville are held regularly throughout the week and have a range of entertainment, food, fashion, arts, crafts and fresh produce.

Second-hand shops

There are a variety of Second Hand Shops in Townsville that may be useful for buying goods such as furniture, clothes, kitchen utensils and books.

Postal service

An Australia Post Office (open weekdays 9:00am – 5:00pm) is located on campus within the Student Bookshop. Locations and Hours on the Australia Post website will direct you to the location of other post offices.


Townsville is diverse in its entertainment and events. The tropical weather allows for many outdoor activities to be enjoyed for much of the year.

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Proof of age

In Australia you must be over the age of 18 to enter venues that sell alcohol. When entering a bar or nightclub Queensland State Law requires venues to sight identification for age verification before allowing you on the premises. Your JCU student card or International Student Card (ISIC Card) are not acceptable as proof of age.

If you have a driver’s licence that has your photograph, date of birth and is in English you can use this as proof of age. By carrying your passport as your only form of identification you can risk it being stolen or lost. To prevent this apply for an Adult Proof of Age Card (18+ Card) through the Queensland Government.