Townsville is a vibrant city that is nestled under the beautiful Castle Hill, being Australia’s largest urban centre north of the Sunshine Coast. The town is a gateway to the Wet Tropics, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Queensland outback. Townsville has a population of 198,826 that is home to one of Australia’s largest army barracks and the country’s 3rd and 11th Brigades. The locals consider the city to be the unofficial capital of North Queensland that provides a substantial amount of Governmental, administrative, and community offices to Tropical North Queensland.
Townsville was named after Robert Towns, founded in 1864. In 1865 Townsville was established as a town that served as a centre for trade with the Pacific Islands, that later became a city in 1903. Major industries in the region include sugar and meat processing, copper refining, health care, and construction. $30M operations to expand the Port of Townsville are also now currently underway since 2020, allowing for larger cargo and passenger ships to utilise the port.
The city experiences more than 300 days of sunshine with endless amounts of attractions. Some of these include ‘The Strand’ which is a long garden strip set on a tropical beach, Riverway being a riverfront parkland on the banks of the Ross River and the scenic Castle Hill, which is a prominent landmark, lookout, and place for exercise. The Billabong Sanctuary and Reef HQ (large tropical aquarium) allow tourists and residents to see up close the local wildlife and sea life in their natural habitat. Townsville is a short ferry ride to the picturesque Magnetic Island, surrounded by national park, beauty, and stunning beaches that is definitely worth a visit.