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Located on the north-eastern coast of Queensland, Townsville is Australia's largest tropical city  and is in one of the fastest growing regions in Australia. Situated on Ross Creek and overlooked by the 290m-high Castle Hill, Townsville is a thriving city.

Townsville has many attractions including  Reef HQ with a living coral reef aquarium,  Billabong Sanctuary, the  Museum of Tropical Queensland,  The Cultural CentreArt galleries, theatres and restaurants.  All are easily accessable within the city CBD.

Just 20 mins away by ferry,  is Magnetic Island, which has excellent swimming  beaches, bush walks and views. The historic gold rush mining towns of Charters Towers and Ravenswood are to the west and have retained many of their historical buildings. Within a short drive  of Townsville are National Parks boasting rainforests, waterfalls and spectacular beaches. Fishing is a major pastime of the region and fishing charters are available to the Great Barrier Reef from Townsville. 

City map pdf

Townsville Street map

Regional map


Townsville has a tropical climate but due to its geographical location rainfall is not as high as elsewhere in the tropics. The winter months are dominated by blue skies, warm days and cool nights. The average daytime  temperature for August is 26o   falling to a mild 14o    at night.

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Pre & Post Touring

North Queensland is one of the world's greatest playgrounds with so much to see, do and experience.  The urge to arrive early or stay on after your event will no doubt prove irresistible. Whether it's a reef, rainforest, island or outback adventure, or even a combination of some or all, North Queensland has it all!

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Please contact Escape Travel for all travel enquiries to and from Townsville, North Queensland.Escape travel  The Giudes Group - Escape Travel can offer tailor made corporate and leisure travel options to suit your budget and needs.  The group includes four stores in Townsville, with additional agencies in Cairns, Mackay and Rockhampton.Our award winning Townsville Business store hosts dedicated corporate consultants that can handle all travel associated with the SGA Conference.

Your dedicated consultant will be Mary Ryan, Escape Travel Townsville Business, 336 Flinders Mall, Townsville Qld 4810  Ph. 07 4772 3423  Email:

Passports & Visas

A valid passport and visa are required for entry into Australia. Information on how to obtain a visa is at

Information on how to obtain an Electonic Travel Authority (ETA) is at

Getting Around Townsville

Transport to and from Townsville Airport will be responsibility of the delegate.  Taxis are available just outside the terminal area and a hotel shuttle service operates from near the baggage claim area.  Due to the close proximity of Townsville‚Äôs business, residential and tourist areas, taxi fares from the airport are minimal.

You may wish to have access to your own transport in Townsville.  Car rental companies have offices located in the arrival terminal at Townsville Airport.

  • Avis Rent A Car   07 4721 2688
  • Budget Car Rental   1300 362 848
  • Hertz Car Hire Townsville   07 4775 5675
  • Thrifty   07 4725 4600

Townsville has a public bus system operated by Sunbus.

Townsville Taxis 131008

Useful Information


Australian Dollar


  • coins $2,$1,50c,20c,10c,5c
  • notes $100,$50,$20,$10,$5               

Credit Cards

All credit cards area accepted in Australia

Business Hours

As a general rule business hours are between 9.00am & 5.30pm


Opening hours 9.30am to 4pm Monday to Thursday, and 9.30am to 5pm Friday.

ATMs are located at all banks, shopping precincts and in many Hotels.


The standard electrical current is 240 volts. Plugs are 3 pronged


This is an optional expense in Australia and  is usually given as an acknowledgment of good service.


Smoking is prohibited within all enclosed public spaces including all  licenced premises. Most hotels will have a designated smoking area.


The City Centre offers shopping Monday to Sunday and at the time of the Conference will be going through a major refurbishment.

Two supermarkets are within the city precinct.

There are also 3 major regional Shopping Centres

  • Stockland - Ross River Rd Aitkenvale
  • Willows - Ross River Rd Kirwan
  • Castletown - Woolcock St Hyde Park 

All these centres are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm (Late night trade is till 9pm Thursdays), 9am to 4pm Saturday and 11am to 4pm Sunday. 

All are easily accessed by car or public transport.

Cotters Market in  Flinders St Mall in the CBD operates every Sunday .


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