The Townsville geographic area of the North Queensland region is made up of Townsville, Charters Towers, the Burdekin and Whitsundays. We’ve compiled some information below to help you decide where you might like to teach in the region.
Townsville is a major regional city which provides all the modern conveniences of a big city without the commute time.
Known as the second capital of Queensland, Townsville offers a laid-back tropical lifestyle where you’ll have access to boutique shopping, spectacular events and entertainment, urban street art and a wide-range of dining precincts – from alfresco dining, to coffee on The Strand, to a thriving night life in the many laneway bars and eateries.
Nature lovers will be at home in Townsville, which has an average of 300 days of sunshine each year to explore the many local natural wonders with their family, partner and friends. In your downtime, you’ll be able to explore the tropical islands, wetlands, the
Great Barrier Reef, wet tropics rainforests and beachfronts, all at your doorstep. Townsville is just a short ferry ride from the picturesque
Magnetic Island and it’s many beaches and
forts walk through the national park.
You can also spend your weekends front row at a Cowboys home game or be trackside at the Townsville 400 V8 Supercar event.
No matter what your ideal lifestyle looks like, Townsville offers a diverse range of historical, military, outback, island, active and tranquil experiences to suit anyone.
For more information about what it’s like to live in Townsville, watch this
Townsville City Council video.
Townsville fun fact
Townsville is Australia's largest garrison city. It hosts the largest Army Base in Australia as well as an RAAF Base, Townsville Field Training Area and Port of Townsville's Berth 10 designed for the Royal Australian Navy.
Located just an hour and a half west of Townsville, the outback town of Charters Towers will captivate history lovers.
Charters Towers quickly grew to become the second largest town in Queensland after a chance discovery of gold in 1871. Prospectors rushed to the town and discovered over 200 tonnes of gold over the next 36 years. You won’t find hordes of prospectors looking to find their fortune in the gold fields today, so the pace is much more relaxing. The magnificent heritage buildings remain in the heart of the town and are a standing reminder of its memorable Australian gold-mining history and heritage.
In your downtime, explore the
Overlander's Way which runs through the town, take in the views from
Towers Hill Lookout, visit the iconic drive-in cinema, pan for gold or do a tour to meet some Texas Longhorn cattle.
The town is a living tribute to the history of western Queensland and a fantastic place for teachers to start or progress their career.
Learn more about Charters Towers and surrounding areas from
Charters Towers Regional Council.
Charters Towers fun fact
You won’t find a Hollywood sign in Charters but you will find The World. In the late 1800s, the town had a population of approximately 25,000, which was significant at a time when the total population of Australia was only about 3 million. The locals referred to it as 'The World' because it had everything you could possibly need... there was no reason to travel anywhere else!
Famous for being the sugar capital of Australia, the Burdekin district is located about a 1 hour drive south of Townsville. Nestled in the delta of the Burdekin River, its 2 popular townships, Ayr and Home Hill, are linked by the iconic Burdekin Bridge. The region produces the biggest sugar cane crops in the country, together with a diverse selection of vegetables and tropical fruits.
Along the coast, you’ll find Alva Beach, a popular launching spot for dive boats heading out to explore the
S.S Yongala shipwreck. This shipwreck has been ranked as one of the top 10 wreck dives in the world because of its abundant mega-marine life and corals. The Burdekin region is also a popular spot for fishing, well-known for its barramundi, mud crabs, other estuary species and off-coast reef fishing.
Burdekin fun fact
The twin townships of Ayr and Home Hill are just 12km apart, linked by the landmark Burdekin Bridge. Also known as the Silver Link, the 1,103 metre bridge is the longest of its type in Australia. Construction was completed in 1957 and although it took hundreds of men 10 years to build, not a single life was lost in the construction.