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!
- 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
Townsville has a tropical climate with hot and humid summers and very mild winters (you will not need to pack your winter parka!).
Spring (September – November) 21°C to 28°C
Summer (December – February) 25°C to 31°C (muggy)
Fall (March – May) 21°C to 30°C
Winter (June– August) 14°C to 24°C
Getting Around Townsville
Transportation in Townsville is delivered primarily by Sunbus (same as Cairns). Their website will also fill you in on any ferry trips you may wish to take. It is also possible to take the train (Queensland Railway) if you are travelling outside of the city; see more on Townsville’s government webpage.
What to see and do in Adelaide?
So what do OzTREKK students say?
Magnetic Island is the coolest spot in the Townsville region!
Explore restaurants in the CBD.
So far, go scuba dive and hike.
Magnetic Island, Crystal Creek.
Crystal Creek and Alligator Creek and of course The Strand. Would be nice to go up to Cairns.
Follow our Student Ambassador, Alex Maznic, currently studying medicine at JCU.
If you’re like us, you might enjoy those gorgeous travel blogs, interesting podcasts, and social media influencers who test things out to let you know if they’re worth the money.
Here are a few people to follow:
- Befriend some koalas at Billabong Sanctuary
- Dive under in the “Land Down Under” at the famous Great Barrier Reef
- Visit the Reef HQ
- Be your own king/queen of Castle Hill
- Catch some live music at City Lane
- Learn a few things at the award-winning Museum of Tropical Queensland
- Take a day trip to Magnetic Island
- Take a walk on the wild side in the Paluma Rainforest
- Hit up an art exhibition followed by a swim at Riverway Arts Centre
- Grab a coffee and stroll through Strand Park