Life in Townsville

Living in Townsville Australia

Living in Townsville Australia

Life in Townsville

Welcome to Townsville.  We know you are going to love living in Townsville and have a great time if you are passing through.

Life in Townsville

Life in Townsville

Is Townsville a good place to live?

Yes, Townsville is a great place to live or visit.  Below our guide to Townsville will give you all the information you need to make moving here easier or make your trip a more informed and enjoyable one.

Visas required to live in Townsville

If you happen to be a citizen from a country other than Australia and are looking to move to Townsville, you are going to need a visa to do so.  Australia has many visas on offer that could allow you to live and work in Townsville.  Due to there being many different visas, each with it’s own rights and obligations, it is best to take our Free Visa Assessment so we can provide accurate advice on the visa options available to you in your specific circumstances.


If you are moving to Townsville and want to find a job in Townsville we have a guide specifically on how to find and apply for jobs in Townsville for new arrivals.  Always make sure you have secured a visa that allows you to work before starting your new job.

Map of Townsville

Weather in Townsville


Townsville is a city on the north-eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. With a population of 180,820 as of June 2018, it is the largest settlement in North Queensland and is unofficially considered its capital. Townsville hosts a significant number of governmental, community and major business administrative offices for the northern half of the state.

Part of the larger local government area of the City of Townsville, it is in the dry tropics region of Queensland, adjacent to the central section of the Great Barrier Reef. The city is also a major industrial centre, home to one of the world’s largest zinc refineries, a nickel refinery and many other similar activities. As of December 2020, $30M operations to expand the Port of Townsville are underway, which involve channel widening and installation of a 70-tonne Liebherr Super Post Panamax Ship-to-Shore crane, to allow much larger cargo and passenger ships to utilise the port. It is an increasingly important port due to its proximity to Asia and major trading partners such as China.

Popular attractions include “The Strand”, a long tropical beach and garden strip; Riverway, a riverfront parkland attraction located on the banks of Ross River; Reef HQ, a large tropical aquarium holding many of the Great Barrier Reef’s native flora and fauna; the Museum of Tropical Queensland, built around a display of relics from the sunken British warship HMS Pandora; Castle Hill or as it was originally known Cootharinga, the most prominent landmark of the area and a popular place for exercise; The Townsville Sports Reserve; and Magnetic Island, a large neighbouring island, the vast majority of which is national park.

Hotels and Accommodation in Townsville

There are all types of accommodation available in Townsville.  The best place to find Hotels, serviced apartments or holiday lets is via Book Direct and Save

This website lists the exact same properties as Airbnb and but does not charge the high commissions so their nightly accommodation rates are cheaper.

Or contact any of these great local hotels, apartments or holiday accommodation businesses.

Yongala Lodge
2 reviews
11 Fryer St, North Ward Queensland 4810, Australia
Mariners North Holiday Apartments
2 reviews
7 Mariners Dr, Townsville Queensland 4810, Australia
Reef Lodge Backpackers
1 review
Hotels, Hostels, Vacation Rentals
4 Wickham St, Townsville City Queensland 4810, Australia
Aquarius on the Beach
2 reviews
75 The Strand, Townsville Queensland 4810, Australia

Townsville is full of great businesses and helpful services. Below are a selection of our best.

Accountants in Townsville


Maclean Partners
1 review
250 Ross River Rd, Level 1, Aitkenvale Queensland 4814, Australia

Banks in Townsville



Cafes in Townsville


Hoi Polloi
1 review
Bars, Cafes
Denham Lane, Townsville City Queensland 4810, Australia
The Beet Bar
2 reviews
Juice Bars & Smoothies, Coffee & Tea, Acai Bowls
358 Flinders St, Townsville City Queensland 4810, Australia
Swagger & Jaxx
1 review
Coffee & Tea, Hair Stylists
1/685 Flinders St, Townsville Australia Capital Territory 4810, Australia
Odyssey on the Strand
1 review
Restaurants, Coffee & Tea
120 The Strand, Level G, Townsville Queensland 4810, Australia
2 reviews
Coffee & Tea, Restaurants
21-22 The Strand, Townsville Queensland 4810, Australia


Carpet Cleaners in Townsville


Dentists in Townsville



Doctors and Medical clinics in Townsville


You can make an appointment at any of these local doctors or clinics.


Contact one of the Townsville Electricians below



Hospitals in Townsville



Mechanics in Townsville


Bob Stewart Upholstery
1 review
Auto Repair
347 Bayswater Rd, Garbutt Queensland 4814, Australia
Arcadia Beach Guest House
2 reviews
Hotels, Auto Repair
27 Marine Pde, Arcadia Queensland 4819, Australia

Newspapers in Townsville




Pest Control in Townsville




Plumbers in Townsville



Real Estate Agents in Townsville 



Restaurants in Townsville


A Touch of Salt
6 reviews
86 Ogden St, Townsville Queensland 4810, Australia
Chico Rio
4 reviews
247 Flinders St, Townsville City Queensland 4810, Australia
Summerie’s Authentic Thai Cuisine
2 reviews
232 Flinders St, Townsville Queensland 4810, Australia
Sakana Sushi Bar and Restaurant
3 reviews
Sushi Bars, Japanese
373 Flinders St, Townsville City Queensland 4810, Australia
Simply Tops Seafood Bar
4 reviews
Bars, Seafood
9 Palmer St,, Shop 2, South Townsville Queensland 4810, Australia

Schools in Townsville



Solicitors in Townsville


Strategic Lawyers
1 review
Divorce & Family Law, Criminal Defense Law, Immigration Law
51 Sturt St, Suite 7, Townsville Queensland 4810, Australia


Supermarkets in Townsville 


Seoul Mart
3 reviews
Shop 1, 14 Plume St, Townsville Queensland 4810, Australia


Vets in Townsville 


Tropical Queensland Cat Clinic
1 review
5 Jones St, Townsville City Queensland 4810, Australia
Aachilpa Veterinary Group
1 review
41 Patrick St, Aitkenvale Queensland 4814, Australia


For all information on living in towns and cities across Australia visit our Living in Australia index page where you will find 160 guides on areas right across the country.


To live and work in Australia you might be eligible for an Australian Work Visa or a Permanent Residency visa as a skilled worker.  Find out more and move to Australia to live and work and start you new life.