7.3 out of 10

Townsville City

Ranked 12th best suburb in Northern
-19.2558010437221 146.82101353967
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Public Transport
  • Eating Out
  • Schools
Not great for
  • Parking
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Cost of Living
  • Pest Free
  • Peace & Quiet
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Jan 14, 2020
Editors Choice

"Refreshing and delightful"

I love the Townsville CBD, from the Cotters Markets to City Lane, the new Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Museum of NQ, Reef HQ, The Courthouse Theatre and more right on your doorstep, the city is easy to navigate by foot or car and it is only a short drive (less then 2mins) over Melton Hill to the stunning Strand and its beaches plus the Breakwater Marina and Ville Resort & Casino. The Strand has a variety of eateries like the CBD. The CBD is home to friendly people who wear their hearts on their sleeves and its quite evident that the CBD (and city as a whole) is booming and will be home to many more residents in the near future.
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alfredc1
alfredc1 "It is quite evident that the CBD (and the city as a whole) is booming" - do you mean booming as being categorically orgasmical in the financial sense or more like the sound an old car engine makes when it explodes into tiny fragments and then catches on fire? Do real estate agents really belong on here?
May 19, 2020
alfredc1
alfredc1 "Refreshing and delightful"......mmmmmm, sounds more like a tasty thirst quenching beverage as opposed to a festering uninhabitable hellhole somewhere on the coast of North Queensland.
May 19, 2020
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5/5 rating details
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
Jun 23, 2019
Editors Choice

"Happy returning visitors to your wonderful city"

June 2019, after four years we have been able to return to Townsville for a relaxing holiday. Our first visit was in 2003 with all our children (4 in total) after that we have been coming for years and always stayed in the Aquarius on the Strand.
Townsville is a wonderful place to visit as a middle aged couple or with children, there is lots to do and plenty of eateries. For the shopaholics there is plenty, we visited this time two of the known shopping centres; Stocklands and Castletown. The latter our favourite, clean, a great variety of shops and very friendly people in general. Eating out for lunch or coffee and cake we highly recommend the Carvery excellent service and fantastic prices.
Staying on the Strand means plenty of walks along the beachfront and although difficult for my wife (wheelchair bound) it is possible to enjoy the scenery to the fullest. All eateries along the Strand are worthwhile a visit; The Watermark - beautiful food, not the cheapest but value for money. Try their pizzas as well you wont be disappointed. Last night 22 June we were spoilt by the fireworks finishing a great day along the beach, filled with BBQ competition, classic car competition.
Last thing, well done Townsville after the devastation of the recent flooding, you as a town/city have shown your resilience that requires respect from out of town visitors - thank you once again for a lovely stay, your hospitality, your endurance and for sharing your beautiful city you call home.
Deborah and Carlo Wisse - Gympie QLD
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1/5
Sep 07, 2020

"Ugh"

Visited relatives here, yeh not impressed and neither are they. They are looking at relocating to Collingwood Park in Brisbane and I think its a great move.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Sep 05, 2020

"Visited in January, Moved here in June"

I visited Townsville in January from my former home in Wallan, Vic, I was very impressed. The humidity and heat was not unbearable, they do make Airconditioning and fans you know? I knew after spending a week here that I would move here within a year and I did, just before the Victorian lockdown. So grateful to be here now and the people here are nothing but supportive and friendly. Sarah - formely of Wallan now of Townsville
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hallym
hallym Hi Sarah, greeting from Wallan, VIC. How is Townsville? How cheap are rent or buy?
Sep 09, 2020
hallym
hallym Like brand new 4 bedrooms for rent or buy? You obviously know how much this is in Wallan.
Sep 09, 2020
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Jun 24, 2020

"Good"

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1/5 rating details
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • 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
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
May 29, 2020

"think what you need to think"

townsville has recovered to some extent.
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
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  • Retirees
gailh6
gailh6 What a troll, I love it here. You sound like a serial whinger, all those things you listed could be attributed to any city in the world so im sorry just grow up!
Jan 14, 2020
AliG123
AliG123 Maybe I should warn more people in a more determined way not to buy here. I think you've motivated me.
Jan 14, 2020
alfredc1
alfredc1 AliG123 Please refrain from advising against a real estate purchase in Townsville. We bought here 3 years ago and are beyond ecstatic that in that time our house value has dropped faster than a fat kid dive-bombing on a bucket full of Mars Bars
May 18, 2020
gailh6
gailh6 Well mine has risen so hopefully yours will soon too, but some of us plan to stay here for life hence why property value means little.
May 18, 2020
AliG123
AliG123 That's a bald faced lie. The real estate agents need to try and do something positive in Townsville rather than try and feast on the dry bones at the moment
May 18, 2020
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
May 18, 2020

"Moved here 2018"

Happy with the unit I bought, neighbours are sociable and I can't see me moving again, when you have found something good keep it that way
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
May 18, 2020

"Pretty good"

Moved here from Coomera, I like it here. Been here 5 years now.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Jan 14, 2020

"Really nice"

The city is located close to the coast which makes for great picture perfect postcard shots for Instagram, people are lovely and there are many trendy cafés to visit and things to see and do.
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2/5
Nov 16, 2019

"Boring but cheap"

My husband and I moved from Sydney to Townsville after he was offered a job at the university. We are both highly educated, but I am struggling to find a job. In addition, I never had to drive in Sydney as I could take a bus anywhere. That is not case here, we only have one car and I don’t really drive. I find that locals seem friendly, but it was easier to meet people in Sydney ( and that is saying a lot). I am finding that our lifestyle has suffered greatly since moving here as there were a lot more parks, gardens , places to go with my daughter. Most playgrounds were covered and close by. I could always hop on a bus and go to the botanical gardens or get a coffee and walk around manly beach.The heat and bus system in Townsville prevents this. We stay indoors all weekend with air-con. Sydney housing was much more expensive and cramped, but we were not usually spending our days cooped up. I thought that moving to a larger suburban house would be better for our family, but I was very wrong. Not recommended for people who are used to good public transport and plenty of interesting places to go. Not just the beach.
megs8
megs8 Hi Raven123
We lived in Townsville for nearly 10 years and never really got used to the heat. I do suggest that you pack your bags as soon as you are able to and leave. Don't settle in there and definitely dont buy property as there is no growth.
Nov 07, 2019
sarahl15
sarahl15 Absolute garbage. If you can't find a job you obviously aren't looking hard enough, there is an extensive bus service in Townsville that takes you all over the city. There are heaps of parks and gardens, I really can't even believe this review to be real seems like a total fake out by someone from another town that wants to sabotage Townsville.

Megs, go away TROLL.
Nov 16, 2019
AliG123
AliG123 you find the real estate agents get very angry when they read these reviews.
Nov 16, 2019
raven1234
raven1234 I have to say that I differ in my opinion of living here sarahl15. For me, it's mostly about the summer heat and the fact that you cannot really be outside during the daytime to enjoy the outdoors with my kid. I disagree with the sort of transportation network that you describe. From your comment, I get the impression that you must drive everywhere and have not actually had to wait for a bus in the heat. This is a big contrast for me compared to living in a large city like Sydney, where there is actually an extensive, tram, rail, and bus network. Since Townsville is small it probably doesn't want to invest in a better transport system, as most people are not stuck in traffic. However, if you don't drive it is very tough. In terms of jobs, I have an advanced academic degree, but the uni does not have the money or resources to hire at the moment. Perhaps that will change in the future. Because the city is small there are just less opportunities for people who have a specialised degree. It is probably better for people in allied health, the services industry, or military? I am just trying to paint my impression of living here and we all differ in our perceptions. There is no right or wrong, but I do think people with similar circumstances should be informed before making an important decision.
Nov 16, 2019
AliG123
AliG123 Most people drive in townsville, the uni bus service is problematic, you can wait for hours for the bus to turn up. The only silver lining is UBER is now in town so you can ditch the buses if you wanted. There's always some mad talk of "light rail" but of course there's not the numbers to support it, no one wants to walk their bags back to the house for a kilometer in ferocious sun or hammering rain. the real estate agents have become furious since discovering this page by the looks of it.
Nov 16, 2019
an1
an1 What did you expect, youre living in NQ? Of course its going to be hot in Summer. Its more spaced out than Sydney, so like most regional cities it is more common to drive. By the sounds of it you belong in Sydney
Nov 23, 2019
larryg3
larryg3 Wow Ali, I can't believe you think everyone on here is an agent, some of us are locals who love Townsville and are sick of the few who are so agro against it, if you have nothing nice to say then shut up.
Jan 14, 2020
AliG123
AliG123 Maybe I should warn more people in a more determined way not to wreck their finances and foolishly buy into Townsville. I think you have motivated me.
Jan 14, 2020
AliG123
AliG123 Raven1234 you'll need to get a car, Townsville becomes too hot and inconvenient without one. Stage your day , go down to the beach early. Winter is generally very pleasant in Townsville. As i said get a car it's the only way in most places
Jan 14, 2020
gailh6
gailh6 I moved to the city last year and have found it to be great, my house value has gone up too... AliG you sound like you need some help, are you ok? If you need some help don't be afraid to reach out <3
May 07, 2020
alfredc1
alfredc1 Ask about this brown smudge on the map of any rusted-on local bogan who was born here and considers Bali to be the exotic holiday destination to end all exotic holiday destinations, and they'll violently defend Crimesville by pointing out its 3 biggest virtues...the Strand, the Strand, and the Strand. Spend 20 minutes down there (because you can't swim in the water), and you've pretty much seen the pinnacle of Townsville's offerings. ps spend more than 3 football seasons here and it becomes obligatory to get a Cowboys tattoo.
May 18, 2020
Travo97
Travo97 You mean like how people in Sydney 'violently' defend the city by pointing out the harbour, the bridge, the opera house and you have pretty much seen the pinnacle of Sydney's offerings? find something better to do on a Monday.
May 18, 2020
AliG123
AliG123 You see this is what happens when real estate agents just continue provoking people into making more comments. Let's just have an honest conversation, crime needs to be controlled and we needs jobs here.
May 18, 2020
alfredc1
alfredc1 AliG123, you are very astute - the defensive replies and fake reviews by the agents on here are pitiful, as are the put downs when someone like raven1234 posts up a perfectly honest and reasonable explanation of their experience here. Normally Im not such a smart alec but some of these sycophants are so quick to expose themselves its just too funny...
May 18, 2020
AliG123
AliG123 What's the point of luring more victims on to the rocks ? Buying a house in Townsville nearly destroyed me.
May 18, 2020
AliG123
AliG123 I'd bet there are plenty of people that bought into Townsville that are furious about how things have worked out here.
May 18, 2020
alfredc1
alfredc1 What raven1234 seems to be describing in her original post is a feeling of isolation, partly due to Townsville not having the level of amenity, built form and services of a major city (which is understandable given the difference in population). It is inherently easier to feel more connected with a bigger city. I know this thread is getting old but being told that her opinions are garbage and that she belongs back in Sydney is not what I would consider helpful.
May 18, 2020
gailh6
gailh6 As you said, getting old, painfully old. I doubt the person who made that comment on November 23rd last year is still around to see these comments. So really trolling these reviews is not what I would consider helpful. I am sorry you had a bad experience here but like the rest of the people in the world when you have a bad experience learn to move on. Don't keep hanging on, no amount of bad comments is going to turn people against the city. It has its problems like any city and continually bashing it achieves nothing. Over the years prior to the mining downturn Townsville was one of the countries fastest growing regional cities so like me those people must have seen the good in the city and unlike a place like Mackay the population has not gone backwards, people are still moving here but there preference is for new house and land packages hence why prices in established properties have fallen. They are still selling though. Its silly to think prices would keep going up like those artificially inflated capital city prices, even Brisbane prices are anaemic as they didn't have as many investors from China and elsewhere buying empty apartments and houses.
May 18, 2020
AliG123
AliG123 If only all the detractors just died and you could present a happy story , eh ?
May 18, 2020
AliG123
AliG123 Crime is out of control in Townsville, get the car thieves in prison and maybe things will stabilise.
May 19, 2020
fiona-newf
fiona-newf So helpful! People are used to different lifestyles and paces and moving means changing lifestyle. Not a bad thing at all, just different. As a current Sydney-ian looking at Townsville it's great to get all perspectives to make an informed decision. Still love the idea of moving here, it looks and sounds like a beautiful place. Thank you for your honest perspective.
May 28, 2020
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Nov 16, 2019

"Glad I did!"

I am loving my new lifestyle in Townsville, there is so many events on like Townsville Eats, PBR, Greek Festival, North Queensland Fringe Festival and there is an abundance of restaurants and cafes to visit, you can't do it all in one day. The people are so friendly and made me feel welcome, its an easy walk around or if you wish to catch a taxi or uber or bus they are there too. I won't be returning to Melbourne, I have found what I want in Townsville.
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AliG123
AliG123 There are problems, crime is peaking , stolen cars etc. Rent don't buy. If you are in in a government job you'll be fine - the ups and downs of the economy won't affect you much.
Jan 14, 2020
Travo97
Travo97 I bought here Penny, glad I did :)
May 18, 2020
alfredc1
alfredc1 Me too, the best thing about buying in Townsville is how quiet the weekends are, as 95 percent of the locals load up their Toyota Hiluxes every Friday with weapons and Bundy so they can go out and kill things...
May 18, 2020
kyliet19
kyliet19 AliG123. Be thankful you could afford to buy I would love to buy a house in Townsville
Sep 04, 2020
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Jul 29, 2019

"City and sea views"

I love Townsville City, it is so close to the beautiful Strand and has plenty of cafes and restaurants. The people are friendly and the lifestyle great. What more could you ask for?
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Jun 10, 2019

"I was pleasantly surprised"

I was so surprised at how beautiful the CBD and the city as a whole is, yes it can be dry sometimes but you know it is the dry tropics so be realistic. Some years are wet, some are dry.. as in most other places. The views to Magnetic Island are postcard perfect, the local residents are very friendly and will gladly answer any questions you have or help with directions if need be. I am moving here later in 2019 and I am very keen. I have recently secured full time work and I am looking forward to my new start in Townsville.
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melodyg
melodyg Hi Kelly, have you moved yet? My husband and I just made the decision to move and are extremely excited. However we need to land jobs first. I hope we do sooner rather than later :D Please let us know how you went with finding accommodation, getting to work, and meeting people :)
Nov 14, 2019
pennyc6
pennyc6 Hey Melody, I can't speak for Kelly but I had no trouble finding a rental property in the city, North Ward, Castle Hill and Belgian Gardens are also nice areas to look into! getting to work for me is easy as Townsville traffic is generally pretty good going and I have met plenty of people with shared interests, the key is to look into clubs and Townsville isn't short of them e.g. there is art, sport, theatre, comedy to name a few. I hope you find work soon, there are plenty of jobs on offer try all the job sites and ring the recruitment companies. Plenty of projects are getting off the ground in 2020 with the opening of the NQ Stadium, the commencement of a new Lithium Ion battery facility, a US based company is planning a quartz/graphene plant at the Port as well. It really depends on what you are looking for and what your skills are. There is also some retail jobs coming up with Skechers opening stores at Castletown Shoppingworld and Stocklands Aitkenvale in December, Grandma's Cafe and restaurant opening at North Ward shopping village and it is hoped Aldi will be coming in 2020 too. I hope the move goes well :)
Nov 16, 2019
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Jun 10, 2019

"Fast growing business and lifestyle hub"

Townsville CBD is a fast growing dynamic business hub with a vibrant nightlife and growing restaurant scene, it is a hive of construction with major investments by the Queensland Government, University providers and major national and international companies. I love the easy walks to places like the Strand and the magnificent views you get from many aspects. I love living here.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"Great place to live and play."

I love Townsville City, it is close to everything and is the business hub of the city. So many places to explore and will be very close to the new North Queensland Stadium when completed in 2020, new projects are in the pipeline and underway so there is no shortage of jobs and the beautiful strand is located a short walking distance away. Yes there are some closed shops in the CBD but most CBD's in Australia have the same but I can happily report the tide has turned and they are starting to be rented out again and the CBD is more bustling everyday.
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3/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
2yrs+

"Too many restrictions and regulations"

Townsville is a lovely small city with all the facilties and services of any big city without the hustle and bustle.
You can get almost anything you need in Townsville.
One drawback if you travel though, is the necessity of flying down to Brisbane to access most international flights.
The swimming areas provided by council are absolutely wonderful.
The major fault I have discovered for a boatie is the excessive regulations in the area.
The entire beach along the Strand is off limits to boating...one cannot bring a boat into shore or even into shallow water for swimming for fear of fines. It is reasonable to expect boaties to stay clear of flagged swimming zones, but to declare the whole beach off limits is council regulation gone mad. The beach without any boating activity just looks deserted, sterile and forlorn.
The same goes for Magnetic Island...the profusion of Dept of Marine and Fisheries exclusion buoys prohibits landing on most of the island's beaches. The only beach that has any "laid back holiday feel" about it is Horseshoe Bay, and the reason for that is because it is filled with boats and yachts, and all the related activity that goes along with that.
Why do these councils think that prohibiting human activity is the way to proceed? There will always be those who act irresponsibly...(the current youth crime problem is evidence of that) but the great majority of citizens (and boat owners) are responsible people and respectful of others, and restricting access to these beautiful places is only going to keep them away in droves.
I recently towed my boat all the way from Adelaide to Townsville, and spent several months there in Townsville, but I was so disgusted by all the rules and regulations, that I doubt if I will ever do it again.
I should also add that the exhorbitantly high cost of council rates is preventing me from ever buying a property in Townsville.
Pros
  • beautiful beaches
  • lovely swimming pools provided by the council
Cons
  • too many boating regulations
  • distinct lack of places for self contained motorhomes...not RV friendly
  • youth crime has reached epidemic levels
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
2yrs+

"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
2yrs+
malc1
malc1 Completely agree with everything you said. It took us 2 years to sell our house at Alligator Creek and the A hole who bought it offered 70,000 below what it cost us to buy the land and build. It was the only offer we ever got and he knew he had a choice of literally hundreds of properties. It was take it or leave it, no bargaining. Meat from Woolworths was often rotten and had to be taken back for a refund. Asked them why that kept happening and got the dont care attitude. Couldnt get out of that hole of a place quick enough. The best experience I ever had in Townsville was looking at in the rear vision mirror when heading south permanently.
2yrs+
TerryS1
TerryS1 What a bunch of absolute cowards.
2yrs+
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3/5 rating details
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
2yrs+

"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
2yrs+
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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johnh50
johnh50 I must agree with AliG123. Been here for three years, and not far from escaping this place of paradox.
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Jill Smart
Jill Smart What a load of crap AliG and John. There is plenty of work and new projects are coming online. Some people are never happy wherever they may be!
Jun 10, 2019
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"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.
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johnh50
johnh50 What crystal clear blue water? you have to travel quite a few kilometres offshore to get away from the murky brown green water off Townsville, north and south. Yes the beaches are nice, but you can't swim here...
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TerryS1
TerryS1 Looks pretty blue today! and you can't swim most places in Northern Australia thats why we have the Waterpark, Rockpool, Riverway and in coming years the new Strand Lagoon! :)
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Jill Smart
Jill Smart It looked amazing today as always, the views were spectacular.
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