Backpacker Jobs Townsville


Retail Event Assistant

TPF SPORTS Townsville

Published: 29th June 2022

Hi Everyone,My name is Marc and I am on the hunt for some Retail staff to help out at the Townsville Supercars... Read more

Aupair In Tropical Paradise

Kerans Horseshoe Bay, Townsville

Published: 10th June 2022

AU PAIR - MAGNETIC ISLANDHi Au Pairs!We are an experienced host family (having had 15 Au Pairs/ Nannies over... Read more

Container Unloaders

Achieve Group Australia Bohle, Townsville

Published: 18th May 2022

Are you looking for some casual work? We have a couple roles that really only require the you to have reliable... Read more

Boatswain Assistants Cmm Painting

Cairns Maritime Museum Inc Nelly Bay, Townsville

Published: 9th May 2022

HB is a wooden boatWhose timbers need protectionfrom the elements of weather and time.Wear and tear in use is... Read more

Room Attendant

Peppers Blue on Blue Nelly Bay, Townsville

Published: 6th May 2022

Do you have a keen eye for detail? Join our dedicated housekeeping team as a Room Attendant to create a memorable... Read more


Steamatic Nth Queensland Garbutt, Townsville

Published: 30th April 2022

Fit, energetic people needed to help with cleaning [large commercial property fire restoration project]. Wiping and... Read more

Beauty Therapist

wax it Aitkenvale, Townsville

Published: 12th April 2022

Qualified Beauticians for Wellness & Rejuvenation ClinicIf your love your craft and looking after your clients skin... Read more

Casual Housekeeper

City Oasis Inn Townsville CBD, Townsville

Published: 11th April 2022

Our busy inner city hotel is hiring!!We have positions available in housekeepingJob applicants need to be... Read more

Sous Chef

Mercure Townsvile Currajong, Townsville

Published: 1st April 2022

The Mercure Townsville has a fantastic role for an aspiring Sous Chef to develop their career with an International... Read more

Hotel Reception

Mercure Townsvile Currajong, Townsville

Published: 1st April 2022

Join Australia's largest hotel operator - First impressions are everything and here at the Mercure Townsville we are... Read more

Restaurant Staff

Mercure Townsvile Currajong, Townsville

Published: 1st April 2022

Australia's largest hotel operator is hiring!Looking for a career in hospitality? Or maybe looking for a position... Read more


Tourism Adventure Group Magnetic Island, Townsville

Published: 31st March 2022

Chef/Cook wanted for Restaurant on Magnetic Island.Starting ASAP40 hours per weekWork eligible to sign... Read more

2nd Year


P.j.b Enterprises/contract plasterers Townsville

Published: 16th March 2022

Need an experienced setter who can complete work alone ,with transport ongoing work for a good setter ,call 0457 353 600 Read more

Harvest 22 - Farm Work In Ayr

Q.I.T.E Harvest Trail Services Ayr, Townsville

Published: 7th March 2022

PLANTING March and April 20-30 hoursPICK / PACK May, June, July, August, September, October 40-60 hoursTRACTOR/... Read more

Kitchen Hands Wanted

Job Hunter Australia Townsville

Published: 23rd February 2022

ob DescriptionWe have multiple kitchen hand positions available in Tieri, Blackwater, Glenden, Middlemount and... Read more

2nd Year

Kitchen Hand/front Of House

Moondarra Accommodation Village LANSKEY, Townsville

Published: 28th December 2021

A unique couple required to experience the outback working at a workers camp/caravan park. Kitchen Hand duties and... Read more

Cook/chef Wanted

Tourism Adventure Group Nelly Bay, Townsville

Published: 3rd December 2021

Chef/Cook wanted for Burger Restaurant on Magnetic Island.Starting Jan30 hours per weekWork eligible to... Read more

2nd Year

Hostel Manager

Civic Guest House Backpackers Townsville City, Townsville

Published: 18th November 2021

The Civic Guest House is seeking interest in a Full Time Manager. The Hostel caters to International tourists and... Read more

2nd Year


Post office brewing Townsville

Published: 6th November 2021

Looking for a cook/chef to join our team at the Townsville Brewery Read more

2nd Year

Duty Bar Manager

Base Backpackers Magnetic Island Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island, Townsville

Published: 5th November 2021

Looking to escape the city? A slice of paradise is hiring!!!Up here in Tropical North Queensland on a little... Read more

2nd Year

Production Operator

Humes townsville Townville, Townsville

Published: 30th September 2021

Heavy manufacturing concrete products.Immediate start$27.21ph plus penalties also counts as regional work... Read more

2nd Year

Fruit Pickers

Mountainview Fresh Ayr, Townsville

Published: 28th August 2021

Picking and packing butternut pumpkins and watermelon. $25.40/hPicking will last until the end of December Read more

Domestic/cleaner - Cattle Station Nw Qld

Alcoyne Grazing Co JULIA CREEK, Townsville

Published: 23rd July 2021

Domestic/cleaner position available on our family run cattle station in North West QLD to help with general... Read more

2nd Year

Gardner/stationhand - Cattle Station Nw Qld

Alcoyne Grazing Co JULIA CREEK, Townsville

Published: 16th July 2021

Gardner/groundskeeper position available on our family run cattle station in North West QLD to help with general... Read more

2nd Year


Fruit Pickers

Mountainview Fresh Ayr, Townsville

Published: 13th July 2021

Pickers required for an immediate start to pick butternut pumpkins. $25.41/h with work available until the end of the... Read more

2nd Year

Retail Staff Required For Supercars Event In Townsville

TPF Sports Townsville

Published: 23rd June 2021

We're looking for casual staff to work in retail team merchandise stores (Red Bull, Monster, Shell V-Power racing... Read more

Bar Attendant

Hughenden Hotels Hughenden, Townsville

Published: 7th May 2021

JOB OPPORTUNITY2 Pubs in Hughenden North West Qld are seeking all-rounders to join our team.ACCOMADTION, WIFI... Read more

2nd Year


Bowen: Line Workers, Machine Operators, Team Leaders And Quality Controllers

Mulgowie Farming Company Bowen, Townsville

Published: 9th April 2021

Mulgowie Farming Company currently have opportunities available at our Bowen packhouses, for• Line Workers•... Read more

Chefs Needed For Mining In Qld And Wa

Atlas People & Atlas Chefs Townsville

Published: 24th March 2021

Our client is located in northern Queensland. A trip to Magnetic Island, a guided snorkel dive through wrecks, a... Read more

Cook And Cleaner/cook (2 Positions)

Townsville Catholic Education Office Paluma, Townsville

Published: 25th January 2021

Position: CookSalary Range: $51,894 - $53,809 pending experienceClassification: Full Time, PermanentCommencing:... Read more

Work For Accommodation On Beautiful Magnetic Island

Arcadia Beach Guest House Magnetic Island, QLD, Townsville

Published: 7th January 2021

Have you ever wondered what it is like to live on a beautiful island? Now’s your chance!We urgently require... Read more


Station Cook

Triploe C Beef Pentland, Townsville

Published: 6th January 2021

Triple C Beef is a family run operation with properties throughout North QLD.We are currently seeking a cook for... Read more

2nd Year

Home Help/ Farm Hand

BST Pty Ltd Charters Towers, Townsville

Published: 21st December 2020

All rounder required for North Queensland Cattle Station.Position includes a variety of roles - ranging from... Read more

2nd Year

Farm Work/caretaking

McMillan Pastoral Company Cloncurry, Townsville

Published: 27th November 2020

Looking for an energetic and organised couple. The position is available from Mid December to Mid Feb with the option... Read more

Labour , Loader/unloader

Zulno Townville, Townsville

Published: 23rd November 2020

Loading /unloading furniture Read more

Van Transport Townsville To Nsw/vic Border

Pallay Townsville

Published: 7th November 2020

Hello - we are looking to get our van from Townsville to Melbourne. However, because of COVID, we know that it may... Read more

Wait Staff

ThaiAgain Nelly Bay, Townsville

Published: 1st November 2020

ThaiAgain is the only Thai restaurant on Beautiful Magnetic Island , we are seeking experienced staff to join us .... Read more

2nd Year

Qualified Hairdressers/barbers Townsville

Kazza's Barber Shop Townsville

Published: 21st October 2020

Kazza's Barber Shops are seeking QUALIFIED barbers/hairdressers to join our team in TOWNSVILLE.We offer:--... Read more

2nd Year


Northern Rural Services Townsville

Published: 3rd October 2020

Looking for a hard working backpacker to assist in the construction of water tanks. Read more

Home Help/gardener

BST Pty Ltd Charters Towers, Townsville

Published: 25th September 2020

Active person required for 4.5 hours a day to help around the house and gardening on family cattle station.Role... Read more

Food Production Operators

Bestlan Group of Companies Bohle, Townsville

Published: 16th September 2020

Job DescriptionAn opportunity to be apart of a company whose core expertise in fruit and fruit technology has... Read more

Teacher/home Help For Cattle Station

BST Pty Ltd Charters Towers, Townsville

Published: 12th September 2020

Qualified primary school teacher required for 8 weeks work teaching an 8 year boy, Grade 2 curriculum.Some home... Read more

2nd Year

Shop Assistants

Community Enterprise Queensland Palm Island, Townsville

Published: 7th September 2020

We are seeking backpackers for a 3 month contract on Palm Island to work in our supermarket. Read more

2nd Year

Restaurant Supervisor

Sandi's on Magnetic Island Magnetic Island, Townsville

Published: 3rd September 2020

We are currently looking for an experienced Restaurant Supervisor to help our Manager run the day to day operations... Read more

2nd Year

Cook And Bar Attendent

Saunders Beach Bistro and Pizzeria Saunders Beach, Townsville

Published: 12th August 2020

We are looking for two people: at least one must have extensive cooking experience; a qualified chef or cook would be... Read more


Rat Engineering Hughenden Qld, Townsville

Published: 20th July 2020

Looking for someone who is honest, reliable, neat, particular for small workshop 400km west of Townsville.... Read more

Temporary Cleaner

Ardent Cleaning Services Bushland Beach, Townsville

Published: 7th July 2020

Looking for a temporary cleaner who lives in Proserpine or Airlie Beach$25/per hour- must have white card-... Read more

Want To Live In Beautiful Townsville? Live In Aupair Postion Available

Gladstone Mount Louisa, Townsville

Published: 31st January 2020

Hi!We are looking for our next wonderful, fun lovingAupair to join us in Townsville.Due to work... Read more

Au Pair Required Asap - Short Or Long Term Considered

Gladstone Mount Louisa, Townsville

Published: 29th January 2020

*****Au pair / Big sister needed*****We are looking for our next Au pair to join us in beautiful Townsville.... Read more

Loving, Fun Au Pair Required Asap

Gladstone townsville, Townsville

Published: 23rd January 2020

*****Au pair / Big sister needed*****We are looking for our next Au pair to join us in beautiful Townsville.... Read more

Au Pair / Big Sister Needed

Gladstone Townsville

Published: 28th December 2019

We are looking for our next big sister / Au pair to join our family on our new adventures.We have a 6 year old... Read more

Removals Offsider

GNQ Removals & Transport Hyde Park, Townsville

Published: 11th December 2019

We are looking for a labourer in Hyde Park, Townsville this Sunday on 15th December.Furniture Unloading Job.... Read more

Work For Accommodation On Beautiful Magnetic Island!

Arcadia Beach Guest House Magnetic Island, QLD, Townsville

Published: 5th December 2019

Have you ever wondered what it is like to live on a beautiful island? Now’s your chance!We urgently require... Read more

Native Plant Nursery Volunteers

Conservation Volunteers Australia Townsville

Published: 25th November 2019

Overlooking beautiful Rowes Bay and Magnetic Island, the Ocean View nursery concentrates on producing local... Read more

Creekwatch Field Volunteer

Conservation Volunteers Australia Townsville

Published: 25th November 2019

We monitor water quality across a number of local creeks using comprehensive assessment techniques that include the... Read more

Experienced Painter

True Colours Professional Painting Townsville

Published: 4th July 2019

Looking for Skilled and experienced Painters only.The job is in Townsville which is classed as regional and will go... Read more

Head Chef

Thetaphouse Townsville

Published: 16th June 2019

We are seeking a creative Head Chef to join our team! Details below:Head Chef... Read more

Temporary Au Pair

van Santen Townsville

Published: 3rd May 2019

Looking for a temporary (16-29 May) au pair to help with our 4 school aged children.You will need to help with... Read more

Au Pair

Ingram fishing Townsville

Published: 23rd April 2019

We are looking for a live in au pair.(NO COUPLES )I have twin girls who are now 16 months old. They are pretty... Read more

Temporary Worker


Published: 22nd February 2019

Looking for a temporary worker for completing my building project in Townsville.Please send your information for my... Read more

Cook / Chef

Saunders Beach Bistro and Pizzeria Saunders Beach, Townsville, Townsville

Published: 14th February 2019

Small bistro and pizzeria, situated close to a beach, has a vacancy for an experienced cook or chef. No split shifts,... Read more

Beach Scrub Conservation Field Volunteer

Conservation Volunteers Australia Townsville

Published: 28th January 2019

We have volunteers opportunities for our Beach Scrub Project, which aims to protect and restore beach scrub... Read more

Au Pair

Ingram fishing Townsville

Published: 23rd January 2019

We are looking for a live in au pair.My partner and I live in a rural area located in the Far North West of... Read more

Live In Demi-pair For Sunny Townsville

The Allen Family Townsville

Published: 12th July 2018

Demi-pair position - Everything included, no pocket money.We are looking for someone to live-in. I don't need you... Read more

Au Pair

Vagulans Townsville

Published: 12th February 2018

Looking for an Au Pair to start as soon as possible and to be available for 3-9months. We offer a Weekly income,... Read more

Horse/child Help

 townsville, Townsville

Published: 3rd January 2018

Help with horses and kids in exchange for bed, food and a new aussie family!horse exp preffered, happy family with... Read more

Carpenter/experienced Labourer

Vixa Pty Ltd Townsville , Townsville

Published: 19th November 2017

Carpenter or experienced construction labourer wanted for ongoing work. Based in Townsville, Queensland with work... Read more

2nd Year

Au Pair/nanny Needed

Webb  Townsville

Published: 29th August 2017

Au Pair/Nanny required urgently –Experienced au pair/nanny required in Townsville to assist caring for our two... Read more

2nd Year

Au Pair - Townsville

Tiny Tot Nannies Townsville

Published: 24th July 2017

**START IN MT ISA AND MOVE TO TOWNSVILLE**AU PAIR NEEDED ASAPWant to experience the real Australia and all it... Read more

Live-in Au Pair - May/june 2017 Start

Olsen Burdell, Townsville, Townsville

Published: 22nd February 2017

*** AU PAIR WANTED * JUNE 2O17 ***** Accommodation ** Meals ** Car ** Pocket Money ** Wi-Fi **I am... Read more

Mystery Shopping

Informed Sources Australia Townsville

Published: 20th October 2016

Informed Sources (Market research company) is looking for a person in the Hermit Park area for 1-2 hours work.... Read more

Event Staff

Sandy's ice cream  Townsville , Townsville

Published: 28th June 2016

We have a position for a female staff member to join our team. Starting this Friday Saturday Sunday and Monday. The... Read more

Are You Mary Poppins?

NQTS South Townsville, Townsville

Published: 28th August 2015

A busy family with 4 children is seeking a live in nanny to help with their house hold and children.There are 3... Read more

Live In Nanny/au Pair

Outback Drilling & Blasting Townsville

Published: 29th July 2015

Live-in Nanny/ Au Pair Position – Townsville – Immediate StartSingle Dad who works Fifo is looking for a... Read more

Enrolled Nurses

Townsville Private Clinic Townsville

Published: 30th June 2015

Earn money while you holidayExciting nursing opportunities exist at Townsville’s first private inpatient mental... Read more

Marble Quarry Worker

nq marble pty ltd Townsville and WA, Townsville

Published: 24th January 2015

Expressions of interest for experienced marble quarry workers required for the coming season (April to Dec)... Read more

Looking for Backpacker Jobs in Townsville?

Jobs in Townsville
Find jobs in Townsville, QLD

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.

Where is Townsville, and how do I get there?

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.

What is Townsville famous for?

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.

Watch: Discover Townsville

What are Townsville's must see attractions?

  1. The Strand: Perhaps Townsville’s most famous attraction, The Strand is a park and promenade stretching along the city’s shorefront. Here you’ll find bike paths, cafés, restaurants, pools and a recreational park that are all free to enjoy.
  2. Museum of Tropical Queensland: Interactive, intriguing and insightful, the Australian tropics are explored in depth at the Museum of Tropical Queensland, which is forever a favourite with the younger crowd.
  3. The Palmetum: That most tropical of tropical plants gets its deserved moment in the sun at the Palmetum, which displays and describes an incredible array of palm trees, each more fascinating than the last.
  4. Billabong Sanctuary: If you’re looking for an up close and personal experience with Australia’s unique and wonderful wildlife, this 11 hectare sanctuary is ideal. Meet and greet kangaroos, koalas, tropical birds and even crocodiles.

What should I see in the Townsville area?

  1. Great Barrier Reef: The world’s largest living structure needs no introduction. Townsville is the perfect spot from which to launch a reef adventure, with a huge array of tour options. Our advice: choose the most environmentally friendly possible!
  2. Magnetic Island National Park: Dense, green, mountainous rainforests collapse into beaches of crisp white sand on Magnetic Island, which sits adjacent to Townsville just off the mainland.
  3. Paluma Range National Park: Brimming with waterfalls, rock pools and wildlife, you may need more than a day to explore the inland wonders of Paluma.
  4. The Palm Islands: Far less crowded and touristy than the Whitsundays to the south, you can experience island life the way it was meant to be on the Palm Islands, found a short cruise north of Townsville.

Where should I stay in Townsville?

  1. For a discount dorm bed: As the most established name in Townsville backpacking, Civic Guest House Backpackers Hostel continues to serve up quality shared accommodation at the ideal price.
  2. For fancier shared accommodation: A tropical slice of home is on offer at Orchid Guest House, a boutique hostel created by people who obviously understand the need for comfort on the road.
  3. To treat yourself (at a sensible rate): A slightly more upscale experience – but one without the ludicrous price tag – is available at Rambutan Resort, a glorious piece of 4-star perfection located in the heart of the city.

Is there work for backpackers in Townsville?

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.