Queensland Country Bank Stadium is the home ground for the Cowboys.

Townsville Climate graph // Weather by Month. Wind: 9 mph. The 1300SMILES stadium was an official venue the 2003 Rugby Union World Cup, with three matches played in Townsville. Elliot Springs, a satellite city to the south of Townsville developed by national developer Lendlease Group, is expected to be home to 26,000 people by 2057.

Construction of railways in the area of Townsville started as early as 1879, and the first railway line was inaugurated in 1880.

On average, the driest year in ten can expect only half the mean rainfall, compared to around 64 percent in Brisbane, 68 percent in Sydney, and 72 percent in Darwin. Approximately 3300 homes were damaged by floodwaters, and about 1500 homes rendered uninhabitable. [41] Medium term expansion of the city will be focused on two major urban developments that have started in 2017/18. Wongaling Beach [105] The 3rd Brigade is a light infantry brigade. Originally they were a part of a botanical garden of 100 acres (40 ha) dedicated to the experimentation and propagation of tropical plants like breadfruit, mahogany, coffee and mangoes. [12] Regional pastoral and sugar industries also expanded and flourished. Notable cyclones to affect the Townsville Region have been: Cyclone Yasi (2011), Cyclone Tessi (2000), Cyclone Sid (1998, in particular damaging The Strand and causing major flooding), Cyclone Joy (1990), Cyclone Althea (1971), Cyclone Leonta (1903), and Cyclone Sigma (1896). In addition there are two private hospitals in Townsville, the Mater Hospital and the Mater Women's and Children's Hospital. [12] With Brisbane, in 1902 Townsville was proclaimed a City under the Local Authorities Act. Some Townsville suburbs, particularly Rosslea, Hermit Park, and Idalia, experienced major inundation, with pockets of intense rainfall causing dangerous flash flooding in the northern suburb of Bluewater. Another sightworthy building is the Australian Joint Stock Bank which was built 1887–88. In addition to damaged infrastructure such as train lines, as many as 500,000 cattle were estimated to have perished in the ensuing floodwaters.[7]. Thirty kilometres (19 mi) from the mouth (at the junction of Five Head Creek) is the Ross River Dam, the major water storage for the urban areas. [76] St. James' Anglican Cathedral was built in two stages 1887–1892 and 1959–1960.

The city was also affected by the 2019 Townsville flood, the convergence of a monsoon and a slow-moving tropical low. Visibility: 10 mi.

The Townsville Entertainment Centre, seating more than 5,000 people, is host to many national and international music shows, as well as sporting and trade shows. Both clubs cater to competitive masters, social, learn to row and school-based rowing programs. [26] On 25 July 1942 two Japanese Kawanishi Flying Boats dropped 15 bombs which landed near the mouth of the Ross River, only 370 metres (400 yd) east of oil tanks in the harbour. [49] When local government elections were held in March 2016, Jenny Hill was re-elected as Mayor of Townsville[51] while all ten of her Team Jenny Hill candidates (which included two sitting councillors) won in their respective divisions. Some Townsville suburbs, particularly Rosslea, Hermit Park, and Idalia, experienced major inundation, with pockets of intense rainfall causing dangerous flash flooding in the northern suburb of Bluewater. [60] JCU was the second university in Queensland and the first in North Queensland.

[30] Eddie Mabo worked as a gardener at James Cook University in the 1970s and 1980s. The present train station of Townsville was opened in 2003. They usually occur between December and April, forming mainly out in the Coral Sea, and usually tracking west to the coast. The wettest 24 hours on record was 11 January 1998, with 548.8 millimetres (21.61 in) falling mostly in a 12-hour period after dark, which has since been dubbed the "Night of Noah" by Townsville residents.

[23] The first bombing raid on Rabaul, in Papua New Guinea, on 23 February 1942 was carried out by six B-17s based near Townsville. [111], This article is about the metropolitan area of Townsville. Record spillway heights at Aplins Weir caused damage to a pedestrian bridge. It is an increasingly important port due to its proximity to Asia and major trading partners such as China. Two fatalities were reported after bodies were found in floodwaters [4] and a third person reported missing was never found. Townsville is also the staging point for the movement of personnel and materials to the remote parts of Northern Australia and many overseas locations. Inner city high-density development has also created population growth and gentrification of the central business district (CBD). A bandstand was built in the middle of the park in 1913.[82]. In 1866 Robert Towns visited for three days, his first and only visit.