Guide to living in Townsville

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Australia's largest tropical beachside city, Townsville presents outstanding educational facilities and business opportunities.  It is a warm, friendly and vibrant city.

This quick reference guide provides practical advice for you whilst you research your move to North Queensland. It contains information on: visa requirements; career opportunities; real estate; education; child care; map of the region; banking and local attractions.

Visa Requirements

CBC Staff Selection will only be able to assist you if you are in possession of a valid working visa or work permit.

For more information on eligibility for an Australian visa please visit:

Townsville Career Opportunities

It is important to be aware of your job prospects in Townsville prior to departure. The industry sectors in which CBC Staff Selection specialise in is:

  • Executive & General Management
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Information Technology
  • Legal
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Human Resources 
  • Engineering & Technical
  • Secretarial
  • Office Administration
  • Government
  • Community Services 

Renting a Property

The best way to find accommodation is to visit or Due to the strong demand for properties in North Queensland, the market moves quickly, so be prepared with a deposit and references.

To enter a lease, most real estate agents require reference letters from your employer, bank and, if available, a previous landlord/lady. The team at CBC Staff Selection can supply an employment reference for you, should you need one before you start working in Townsville. Most real estate agencies will require a down payment of at least one month's rent, which will be kept as a bond and is refundable when you move out.


Child Care

There is a wide variety of childcare facilities available in Townsville. There are many child care centres as well as family day care. Many schools offer before and after school care.

For more information please select a link below:

Maps of the Region

Trying to find your way to or around Townsville? Select a link below for a range of Townsville maps:

Setting up a Bank Account

Bank accounts are relatively easy to open in Australia. You will require proof of identification such as a passport or driving licence, proof of an address in Australia and, as a precaution, a reference from your bank in your home country, if relevant.

Most banks and ATMs (cash machines) will allow you to withdraw from international bank accounts, provided your bankcard has an international symbol on it, such as Cirrus. Once you have your Australian Tax File Number it is important to provide this to your bank so that any interest paid to you is not taxed before you receive it.

Townsville is home to many leading financial institutions including: ANZ, Commonwealth Bank, St George, Bendigo Bank, Westpac and Bank of Queensland.

Attractions in Townsville

Townsville is a beautiful tropical destination hosting an eclectic mix of rainforests, coral reefs, sandy beaches and outback bush lands.

The city is situated in close proximity to many idyllic getaways, including the picturesque Magnetic Island, Mount Spec National Park and the world famous Great Barrier Reef.

Adventure opportunities include:

  • scuba diving and snorkelling
  • fishing
  • sailing
  • kayaking
  • hiking trails
  • skydiving
  • scenic flights

Dining and nightlife

Try the many culinary options, nightclubs, bars and hotels on offer when visiting Townsville. The place to go at night, the Marina hosts various restaurants, a casino, and Entertainment Centre where local and international musicians and actors perform.

Getting around

Townsville offers an excellent transport network. This includes the Townsville Domestic Airport, regular bus services, two ferry services and a train station connecting Townsville with other major cities in Queensland.

Still have Questions?

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