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As the largest municipality in northern Australia, the Queensland city of Townsville treads a fine line between tourist destination and economic hub. Find a bench with a sea view and you’ll see equal numbers of freight ships hauling the area’s mineral resources, and crowded cruise ships gazing at its more aesthetically pleasing natural resources, namely the Great Barrier Reef. Walk The Strand and you’ll see a wealth of holidaymakers, but a similar smattering of locals, who number no less than 200,000.
So what does a visitor need to know about this city of two very different hats? And how do you go about getting an equally local and touristy experience?
Let’s take a look.
Townsville is located in Far North Queensland, situated no less than 1300km from the state capital of Brisbane. It finds itself in the centre of the Great Barrier Reef, which runs the length of Queensland’s coast.
For those working their way up or down the east coast of Australia, Townsville is a common stop between Cairns and Airlie Beach/Whitsundays. The city is a (relatively) short 350km/4.5 hour drive south of Cairns and a 275km/3.5 hour drive from Airlie Beach. Shuttles and buses take slightly longer to make the trip.
Getting there from a major capital is a bit more of an undertaking. If you choose to take a car from Brisbane you’ll be looking at 15 hours of non-stop driving. Taking a coach, while reducing your workload, will take 24 hours. The most common means of transport is (understandably) plane, with most flights leaving from or connecting through Brisbane.
Townsville is perhaps most famous for its industry, being home to some of the world’s largest refineries and a big ocean port, which, with the Asian (and particularly Chinese) demand for resources becoming ever greater, has seen a huge increase in traffic in recent years.
But this port also greets a wealth of tourist ships, with a constant flow of visitors arriving to check out the natural beauty of the city and surrounds.
If you’re a 417 or 462 visa holder looking for a job - be it to refill your savings account or to gain a second year visa - Townsville is a fantastic option. The tourist trade ensures that there are always plenty of short-term jobs on offer, and the area’s strong mining industry offers travellers the specified work they need to gain a visa extension (there are opportunities in fishing, farming and construction too!) On top of that, you’ll be able to enjoy all the perks of living in a beautiful, tropical location!
So – is Townsville touristy or industrial? A port city or a reef city? An economic hub or an environmental haven? Or somehow all of the above?
As far as we can tell, there’s only one way to find out. It’s time to pack those bags.