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The Townsville region is blessed with a diverse natural environment, boasting over 300 days of sunshine each year. Alongside the vast Great Barrier Reef, the city is in close proximity to tropical islands, rainforests and the outback. Picturesque Magnetic Island lies just 8 km from the Townsville centre.

The population for Townsville/Thuringowa is approximately 140,000 residents who are younger than the Queensland average i.e. 35% within the 15 - 34 year age bracket.



The Townsville region is the second largest regional economy in the state of Queeensland and North Queensland is recognized as one of the most dynamic areas in Australia. It has an economic growth rate of 5.7% which is approximately double the nationl average.

Townsville has a diverse economic base with no single dominating sector, ensuring the economy is stable and resilient to market fluctuations. While the majority of the workforce has office/professional jobs, the region has one of the largest pools of tradespersons and plant operators/drivers outside the Brisbane region.


As well as many government agencies, Townsville is a major centre for research and technology organizations which include Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the Australian Institute of Marine Science, CSIRO, James Cook University of NQ and the Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE.

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