Townsville is known locally as "The Second Capital of Queensland" (Brisbane is the actual capital). Like Brisbane, it is a sprawling coastal city, with a busy city center and popular attractions such as the Strand, a seaside foreshore, and Riverway, a riverfront parkland attraction. But Townsville has something that Brisbane cannot match: access to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the undisputed wonders of the world. If you are afraid to join the sharks, rays and eels in the open sea, visit the city’s Reef HQ to get the underwater experience in the comfort of an aquarium. Each year hordes of tourists from around the world visit Townsville to snorkel, dive, sail through or fly over the Great Barrier Reef, and many just can’t bear to leave. As a result, there is a diverse and young population of expats living in Townsville, and new expatriates in Townsville will quickly assimilate into the city’s laid back lifestyle.
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Townsville is situated in the north of Queensland, around 200 miles south of Cairns, and 840 miles north of Brisbane. Townsville Airport is just outside the city and runs daily flights to Brisbane, and connections with other nearby cities. There are international airports in Brisbane, Cairns and Darwin (in the north), that expatriates moving to Townsville from further afield will typically pass through. Australia is a vast country, and Townsville itself covers a large area so any expatriate moving to Townsville will probably need a car to get around. Make sure your driving license is valid in Australia, and research the national road rules before you start to drive. Don’t forget – Australians drive on the left hand side of the road! If you have any questions or concerns about life in Townsville or Australia in general, just check in with our global expat community on the InterNations platform.
Australia is one of the most popular countries in the world for expats seeking a new life and career abroad. Many young people from the UK and Ireland arrive in Australia to make the most of the two year working visa, and quite a few end up staying on and applying for permanent residency. Make sure you have the right to work in Australia, and keep an eye on your visa and work permits to make sure they are still valid. There are many expats working in Townsville and all across Queensland and the community is friendly and supportive. However, if you need any additional advice or simply want to socialize and network, why don’t you use InterNations to get in touch with fellow expatriates living in Townsville, Australia, or across the globe.