Townsville Campus

Turn right at the roundabout onto Angus Smith Drive and then onto James Cook Drive. Visiting from Mackay, head north on the A1 Bruce Highway, take the turnoff to Discovery Drive then right onto James Cook Drive.

You can reach the Townsville campus directly from the city by buses 201, 202 and 208. Visit Translink to plan your trip to James Cook University (JCU).

A convenient and comfortable way to travel, the Spirit of Queensland and The Inlander both offer rail travel services to Townsville regularly. Check out the Queensland Rail Travel website for timetables and fares.

Cycling is a great way to get to the University. It reduces related greenhouse gas emissions, is great exercise, reduces transport costs, and reduces traffic congestion. JCU has bicycle parking facilities across both campuses.


Free parking will be available in the designated parking lot located on the corner of James Cook Drive and Buchan Road. Follow the directions of traffic control personnel on the day.

Visit our interactive map of the Townsville Campus.

Stay and Play

There are a range of accommodation options available in Townsville with the choice of staying in the city or close to campus. Register now to be the first to know about when deals become available to JCU guests.

Visit our region

Townsville is the gateway to the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, wet tropics rainforest, tropical islands, wetlands, national parks and historical, military and outback experiences.  Be sure to check out some of the great highlights and all things to do and visit that the region has to offer with our exclusive Open Day activity deals. Register now to be the first to know about when deals become available to JCU guests.

Location & Contact

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  • 1 James Cook Drive, Douglas

  • The Townsville campus is located on James Cook Drive, Douglas.  From the city, the campus is a 20 minute drive south-west, head along Saunders Street and turn right onto Boundary Street which turns into Woolcock Street, turn onto Darlymple Road then left onto the Bruce Highway.