3.1 out of 10

Townsville City

Ranked 17th best suburb in Northern
-19.2558010437221 146.82101353967
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Internet Access
  • Eating Out
Not great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Parking
  • Safe & Sound
  • Cost of Living
  • Neighbourly Spirit
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists

Reviews

1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Nov 10, 2016

"Please stay away !!!!!!!"

The boom times have gone, they are building lots of houses but they must be investment properties for people who have no idea how bad it is up here!!! It's a Ponzi scheme , I have lost a third of my property's worth and curse the day I was persuaded to buy into this mess

There are two main businesses up here now : the army and Centrelink , both parties who do not pay council rates directly from their wages - both pay a token amount per week to rent property so they don't know or care how bad things are for working people ; it's a psychological thing , if you aren't paying a bill directly or have no responsibility for paying it then you don't care - why should you ? If you are coming to live here and buy be very careful - under no circumstances buy into Townsville , rent only put your money and walk out of the place a rich man when your job becomes precarious.

The council keeps taking further loans and have pushed even properties in the back arse of town into some of the most expensive rateable properties in the country.

Please for your own sake don't be like me and pour your life's fortune into a dying town
Pros
  • Not a major city
  • People who rent
Cons
  • Council shutting access to unique tourist places
  • Highest council rates in Australia and no work
  • Sizeable part of community doesn't care
  • High Cost of Living
  • High unemployment
  • Military City
  • Theft is bad
Recommended for
  • Retirees
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Feb 29, 2016

"Unemployment is high, so is insurance, petrol and everything else."

Have found it unfriendly but a lot has to do with being a military town and the transient population. Born and bred locals are resentful of newcomers and in 3 years we have not been invited to any social event with work colleagues. The military is based throughout the suburbs in rentals and we have witnessed antisocial behaviour with excessive drinking, drug taking and domestic abuse. Cost of living is very high compared to other cities. This is a workers town and most go to Cairns or Airlie Beach for a break from the boredom. Property prices have plummeted so buying a house is reasonable but extremely hard to sell.
Cons
  • High unemployment
  • Military City
  • High Cost of Living
AliG123
AliG123 I stopped eating out in Townsville because of food poisoning , I was wiped out for a week and a half from one place on the strand. The only place I will eat at now is the casino and a few fish and chip places. After falling sick once again from a frozen pizza from a supermarket I called someone I know - he told me that he refuses to buy any perishable good from that supermarket because he was being made sick. Brisbane instituted a safe eating policy to protect residents and tourists alike from food poisoning - not in Townsville
Jul 02, 2016
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3/5 rating details
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
Jan 26, 2016

"Good place to explore"

I was only in Townsville for a short while. I took the train from Mt Isa to Townsville and caught another train there to get to Brisbane. The country West of Townsville is lovely. I wouldn't mind living within a 50 km radius of Townsville City.

Townsville seems to be a thriving marine research centre. The aquarium is amazing! It's one of the few places that keep dugongs in captivity. Their pool has a walkway through it and you can watch these incredible animals swimming around you and being fed. The selection of sharks on display is huge and the fairy penguins try to play with people through the glass.

The bus drivers are madmen though. The bus drivers driving style was like something out of Harry Potter and I kid you not! He was rather unfriendly too. I'm not the only one who had a bad experience with them either. A museum curator I know had her bicycle break down on her and it was raining so she caught the bus. The bus driver charged her extra for taking the bike on the bus.
Pros
  • Aquarium and museum are great
Cons
  • Crazy bus drivers
Recommended for
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
AliG123
AliG123 The longest dam wall in the Southern Hemisphere used to be open to tourists but they have now blocked all but one access and locked away a quarter of its length - Townsville tourism is going nowhere
Jul 02, 2016
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"City problems like any other city"

It has it's nightlife problems in Flinders Street (voted most violent street in Qld)
You will find many people sleeping in the parks , There is plenty of theft going on , On the upside it has nice waterfront areas such as The Strand , Plenty of good eating areas for the rich and the poor , Expensive living on the Strand.
Pros
  • Work available
Cons
  • Theft is bad
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
5/5
2yrs+

"An exciting place in tropical north Queensland."

Townsville is a town that prospers no matter what. Magnetic Island off the coast is a huge tourist attraction for the area. The foreshore has been developed to take the best advantage of views out over the bay to the island. Nestled behind the Great Barrier Reef there are no surf beaches but there is ample opportunity to snorkel, dive and the fishing is great.

Magnetic Island is a popular spot for the locals to pop across and do something different. The island is populated with over 2000 koalas and is home to many unique bird life. It truly is a nature lovers dream to come and visit and enjoy the local surrounds.

This tropical town is a favourite amongst Queenslanders and a popular holiday destination.

An attraction of visiting Townsville is to travel west 135 km to Charters Towers, a city full of history from the gold mining years.

Residents in Townsville have to put up with the hot tropical summer but once that has passed the rest of the year is idyllic.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
liverpoolfan
liverpoolfan great review, any idea on whah the schooling is like as have 2 children and may be moving in the next couple of months. haven't heard much about townsville. would there be much for the children to do and would it be a good place for shopping
2yrs+
lukepm
lukepm Hi Townsville is my home town, although I have been away from many years,I started going back over the last several years, and I have discovered its avery liveable city. There are some very good schools in Townsville, and Charters Towers has three boarding schools.As for shopping the CBD is getting a massive facelift with many major retailers about to step up.Townsville is poised to become an attractive thriving tropical city,as it continues to grow in importance as a port,commercial centre,military base,and administrtion hub for Government and business.It offers a variety of wonderful beaches and get aways within a couple of hours drive.Mission Beach to the north, Magnetic Is just off the coast at Townsville, and The Whitsundays to the south.You should visit I think you will be pleasantly surprised. There is nothing like North Qld.Nick
2yrs+
AliG123
AliG123 Whatever you do , do not buy into this mess , there is no work and things will not be better for a decade. Rent a house and save what you can , when the work dries walk away with money in your bank
Jul 02, 2016
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5/5
2yrs+

"Townsville - Great north city or visit or live"

Townsville is a large city located in Tropical North Queensland. Townsville has all the amenities you would expect from a city of this size, great shopping centers, schools and colleges, many sporting and recreational venues, playing field and entertainment centers. There are beautiful white sandy beaches and crystal clear blue waters, simply relax or partake in the many water sports on offer. Yet there is an amazing rainforest backdrop where you go walking the tracks to bird watch or just enjoy the diverse flora and fauna of the area. For the visitor there is no end to the accommodation options. Home prices are like those of any city varied but with the occasional bargain to be found.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees