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Retire? To Townsville Life In The Tropics

Townsville Life In The Tropics

Thinking of moving to the Townsville region of Australia? Why not contact the City of Townsville and ask for a New Resident’s Kit?

Obtaining a New Resident’s Kit is a good way of find out what is happening. You can visit the City of Townsville website to access information or you can request the information to be sent to you in the mail.

The City of Townsville: ‘is the largest city in North Queensland and is one of the fastest growing cities with a population exceeding 170,000. Located about halfway between the tip of Cape York and Brisbane, Townsville stretches across 3,736 square klms and is nestled on the shores of Cleveland Bay. Traditional owners, the Bindal and Wulgurukaba peoples, are the first known people to have lived in the Townsville region. Townsville was founded in 1864 and declared a city in 1903.

Business and Industry:
Even from its earliest days, Townsville has been the commercial, industrial and administrative hub of North Queensland. The city’s strategic location, with rail and road links to the north, south and west allows the sea port to manage shipments of minerals, livestock, sugar and other cargo. Australian Defence Force families are an integral part of the local community, with thousands calling of ADF members, defence civilians and ADF cadets calling Townsville home’.

The information that is sent includes:

Townsville City Council’s ‘Guide For New Residents’ booklet:
Important Telephone Number, Enjoying Your City, Connecting To Your Services, Introducing Townsville, Getting Around, Council Services, Community Care, Sport, Arts and Recreation, Getting Educated and Employed, Living in NQ….Important Facts.
*(Also mentions contacting the Council for information on Cyclone Information).

Experience Townsville Life In The Tropics ( large fold – out map with: Street Map, Regional Map, City Precincts, Heritage And History, Character And Climate, Magnetic Island, Northern Beaches, Paluma Region, Sporting Precincts, Bird Watching.

City Libraries Pamphlet (with a calendar of events, details of visiting speakers, learning opportunities (eg: Ancestry Online, Microfilm Resources, Historical Society, Queensland Writer’s event,
Discover and Learn!
Activities for Pre-Schoolers, Children, Young Adults,
Heritage Walks,
New Book updates,
Activities at Townsville Civic Centre, Pinnacles Gallery, Volunteering North Queensland

Castle Hill Walking Tracks Map (this is the Hill that is a landmark in the region). ‘To the indigenous people of the area it was known as ‘Cudtheringa’ or the ‘place where the possum is’. During World War Two, Castle Hill, played a significant defence role.
Six walking tracks are mentioned in the pamphlet.

Your Dengue Defence Plan ‘Dangerous Bites Ahead’
‘Prevention is your best defence’ The brochure is produced because ‘ Researchers are working hard to find a vaccine for dengue fever. But in the meantime you really need to build your defence against the dengue mosquito. Use this brochure to check around your home not just at the start of summer, but right through the wet season. Constant vigilance by every member of the community is vital.’

A ‘Strand Navigator’ (this is a great place to walk along the water, and there were lots of people exercising from 5am). It is a 2.2 kilometre stretch that the Council says is ‘one of the best inner city beachfronts anywhere in Australia.’ It has over 16,000 trees and shrubs, as well as art (we love the rotating fish sculpture), swimming, water sports, children’s playgrounds, recreation facilities……and you are able to see Magnetic Island.

Bikeways 49 suburbs/areas on 16 maps

Living With The Wet Season
The Mayor says: ‘With the average wet season producing more than a metre of rain, it’s the responsibility of all of us to be well prepared……During intense rain, Townsville City Council receives many enquiries, ranging from questions about water on roads, to how to obtain sandbags’

The pamphlet mentions: Do I Live In a Flood Prone Area?, How Can I Prepare My Home, What Should I Look Out For When Buying Or Renovating Property?, Be Flood Safe, How Do I Prepare for King Tides?, What Is The Role Of Ross River Dam?, What Flood Work Does Council Carry Out During The Wet Season?, How Will Council Reduce Flooding?

‘Townsville and Magnetic Island’: A tourism brochure.

Community Information Centre: Flyer ‘Half The Problem Is Knowing Where To Find The Answer’.

Regional Maps:
Northern Beaches (Bushland Beach, Saunders Beach, Toomulla, Toolakea and Bluewater, Balgal Beach and the Rollingstone Beach, Fishing, 10 Things To do, History, Suggested Trip Itinerary

The Paluma Region: located about 70klm north of Townsville, ‘nestled in the Paluma Range National Park at the southernmost end of the Wet Topics World Heritage area. Also includes information on the wildlife on the area… Eg: Australian Brush Turkey, Honeyeater, Chowchilla and Mountain Thorn Bird. ‘The elusive and endangered Cassowary is known to call this area home.’ The Eastern Water Dragon, Lace Monitors, Green Ringtail Possums, Sugar Gliders and Platypus (only one of two monotremes in existence).

Stingers ‘The season for marine stingers is from November to May. During this time of the year, you should only swim in stinger enclosures and wear a full length stinger suit. Estuarine crocodiles can also be seen in tidal rivers along the beach. Make sure you obey warning signs at all times and note that crocodiles may be present in creeks without signage. Finally, remember to always wear SPF30+ sunscreen and protective clothing. It is a good idea to use insect repellent to avoid mosquito bites.’

Bird Watching In The Tropics
Locations Map and Threatened, Endangered and Vulnerable Birds, Bird Watching Locations and Bird Sighting Checklist and What To Bring.

Contact: City of Townsville:

Community Information Centre Townsville Inc.
Email: cic@townsville.qld.gov.au Telephone: 4771 4230