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Townsville is Australia's largest urban centre north of the Sunshine Coast, with an estimated population of 181,700 and was declared a municipality in February 1866.

In World War II, American and Australian troops were stationed here to cover the effort in the Pacific. Japanese bombs were dropped in the Harbour in 1942 but there was little damage to the city. Today, Townsville is home to the Lavarack Barracks, a major Australian Army Base.

Townsville's 2.5km foreshore is called The Strand, the beachfront area is lined with shops, cafes, restaurants, pools, picnic areas and more.

Popular activities include the freshwater swimming holes, picnic areas, bushwalking in Mount Spec National Park, lookouts, wildlife and heritage sites. Magnetic Island is only a 20 minute ferry ride from Townsville and boasts beaches, resorts and a National Park.

Studying in Townsville provides outstanding education facilities, a safe and friendly environment and real value in terms of living and education costs.



  • Major port for exports such as wool, meat, copper, and sugar.
  • 1,300 kilometres north of Brisbane
  • 350 kilometres south of Cairns

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