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About Townsville

Offering over 300 days of sunshine a year, Townsville is the capital of tropical North Queensland. 

The city is surrounded by beautiful nature, including the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics,  the Australian Outback and tropical islands. 

Two divers swimming past and looking at brightly coloured coral reef.

Adrenalin Snorkle and Dive, Townsville. Image courtesy of Tourism Australia. 

A snapshot of Townsville

Education providers

James Cook University, CQ University Australia and TAFE Queensland. 


Over 196,000 

Marine life

Home to the world's largest living coral reef aquarium – Reef HQ 

James Cook University Ocean Research

James Cook University Ocean Research.

Townsville is home to world-class education facilities, leading edge health care, affordable accommodation and many dining and entertainment options.

There are a variety of job opportunities, particularly in industries such as healthcare, education, and mining.   

Townsville gardens with Marina in view at sunset.

Townsville Gardens by the marina. Image courtesy of Tourism Australia.

Townsville offers a range of entertainment and events including Supercar racing, the Magnetic Island Jazz Festival, Townsville Cultural Festival and Northern Australia Festival of Arts.

Living in Townsville you can enjoy an active, outdoor lifestyle with many natural attractions to explore.  From tropical rainforests to pristine beaches, you can experience them all year round in the warm weather. 

Visit the Study Queensland website to find out more about living and studying in Townsville.

Queensland information and support

1800QSTUDY is Queensland’s international student hotline providing phone support and information related to studying in Queensland. The hotline is available 24/7 and free when you call from an Australian landline or mobile provider so you will always have access to support when you are studying in Queensland.

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