Townsville is the largest city in North Queensland and is one of the fastest growing cities in the state, with a population exceeding 170,000. Located roughly halfway between Brisbane and the tip of Cape York, Townsville is nestled on the shores of Cleveland Bay, alongside the Great Barrier Reef.

Suburbs of Townsville

The majority of suburbs in Townsville are an ideal location to live, from the family suburbs of Kirwan and Annandale to apartment style living in the cosmopolitan city centre. The housing styles range from traditional Queenslanders to contemporary rendered low-set homes.

Real estate websites for Townsville


Townsville has both public and private schools for all levels. In Queensland, children under six years of age attend preschool, children from six years onwards attend primary school (years 1-7) and children 12 years and over attend high school (years 8 - 12).

Townsville has 18 high schools and 41 primary schools and offers tertiary education options through the Barrier Reef Institutes of TAFE and James Cook University.

Townsville is also home to the Australian Technical College North Queensland which provides academic courses, business studies and trade training.

For further information visit the Queensland Department of Education.

Child care

There are a number of child care facilities in Townsville. The resources below may help you locate the right childcare service for your family.

Bases nearby

  • City centre to Lavarack Barracks - 9.5km
  • City centre to RAAF Base - 5km

Public transport

  • Townsville has two bus companies, Sunbus and Hermit Park Bus Service.
  • There is one taxi service, Townsville Taxis.
  • Queensland Rail operates a rail service from Townsville to Cairns in the north and to Brisbane in the south.
  • Sealink operates the passenger ferry to Magnetic Island, while Fantasea Cruising Magnetic operates a passenger and vehicle ferry to Magnetic Island.

Visit the Townsville City Council website for more information on public transport.


Townsville has excellent facilities for almost every sport, and boasts three national sporting teams.

  • The Townsville Crocodiles (mens basketball)
  • The Fire (womens basketball) and
  • The North Queensland Cowboys (rugby league) 

The latest sporting addition is the V8 Supercars, held over an action-packed weekend in July. The Castle Hill 'goat track' is a favourite of the local fitness nuts; on a daily basis you will see locals conquering the challenge of ‘the hill’. Cluden Race Course is home to the famous Townsville Cup, Ladies Day and the Amateurs Cup. Touch football, beach volleyball and indoor sports are also readily available.


There are two major hospitals in the Townsville area.

  • Townsville General Hospital (public)
  • The Mater Hospital (private)