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The Great Outdoors
Townsville’s abundance of sun filled days, kid-friendly outdoor spaces, affordable health and childcare options, accessibility and safe neighbourhoods make this coastal city one of the best places in the world to raise a family.
Townsville kids, more often than not, learn to fish, snorkel and ride a bike pretty much as soon as they can walk, not only setting them up for an active lifestyle but also providing families with healthy ways in which to bond and take advantage of their unique surrounds. Children who grow up with easy access to sports, the outdoors and clean green spaces, are more likely to become happy, active adults with a healthy outlook and life-balance.
Home to one of the world’s most biodiverse habitats to call their backyard, Townsville kids not only regularly play in our natural beauty but are also taught how to protect and preserve it. Local schools emphasise our community’s responsibility as patrons of the Great Barrier Reef, leveraging the local presence and work of esteemed institutions including the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), The CSIRO and James Cook University’s world-renowned marine science faculty to help define the fragility and importance of this incredible natural asset.
So much to do
Thanks to a multitude of free and cheap outdoor activities on offer across our city, it’s easy to entertain the whole family in Townsville without breaking the bank. Why not take the kids snorkelling at one of our many pristine beaches or bays, get the blood pumping with a brisk hike on Mount Louisa, cheer on the NRL North Queensland Cowboys at their state-of-the-art home, Queensland Country Bank Stadium, or perhaps something little less intense, like a leisurely bike ride along ‘The Strand’ followed by a well-earned ice cream. You’re in paradise, make the most of it!
There are a wide range of housing options in Townsville, in terms of style, quality and price depending on location. It’s easy to find a secure spot that suits your family, with quick access to schools, shopping centres, free or affordable healthcare and all the conveniences of modern city living.
Many of our neighbourhoods contain community hubs; great places to partake in a range of activities while also getting to know your neighbours and spend quality time. In addition, the convenience of work, school and home never being more than a fifteen-minute drive away means you can maximise that precious family time. What would you do with an extra three hours a day?
Townsville’s diverse educational offerings are truly impressive, with quality early childcare, primary and secondary school options available through the public, private and CathEd environments. The city also hosts a range of tertiary options to choose from, including the No.#1 ranked university in the world to study marine science, James Cook University (JCU) and the nation’s largest regional tertiary institution, CQUniversity.
Townsville’s small town feel and welcoming culture translates to its education environment, providing local children with a supportive and nurturing ecosystem that celebrates diversity and inclusiveness. The region’s educators have a strong connection and commitment to community, delivering curriculum that embraces a strong STEAM and future skilling agenda that will be critical for the jobs of tomorrow. The city is well served by its strong tertiary education, TAFE and technical college presence. This reflects North Queensland’s growing demand for a technically advanced and formally trained work force, with Townsville playing a critical role in developing the skills required to drive the region’s diverse and burgeoning economy.
Feels like home
Townsville provides its residents with a balanced lifestyle and family friendly environment like no other. All the advantages of a big city, but with a small-town feel. Talk to the locals and you will hear countless stories of children who have headed south to study or seek employment only to return home to Townsville to raise their own families. There’s no place quite like Townsville.
A major motivation for individuals when contemplating a change of employment is to improve their circumstances and quality of life. In many instances these significant life decisions directly impact others, most importantly family members. When considering Townsville as the location to commence the next chapter of your career, you can be confident your decision will benefit your family and enrich their lives. Townsville is more than a community, it’s home.