City Guide


JCU’s main campus is in Townsville, which is a thriving coastal city and port, and a stepping-off point for visiting the Great Barrier Reef. The resort regions of the Whitsunday Islands and Mission Beach are within easy reach.

Townsville is a smaller city with a population of about 180,000. Amid the Wet Tropics, many national parks, and native wildlife to explore, Townsville is an international student’s dream location.

With its exotic tropical climate, Townsville offers both the busyness of the city and the tranquility of the tropics!

Fast Facts

  • Home to the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium—Reef HQ
  • Famous for “The Strand,” a long tropical beach and garden strip
  • More than 320 days of sunshine
  • Close to the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics
  • Captain Cook noted his compass “would not travis well” near what became known as Magnetic Island, 8 km off the coast of Townsville



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