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Townsville’s Industry Sectors

Townsville is renowned for its expertise in tropical health and medicine, defence, sustainable industries, agriculture and marine science.


Townsville is the fourth most sustainable city in Australia, boasting expertise in transport, biodiversity, health, and best-practice tropical construction and design. 

It is also one of Australia’s largest military cities; more than 7,000 residents work in the industry. Recognised as a hub for the northern Australian resources regions, Townsville has a number of mining, construction and infrastructure projects underway.

Townsville is also Australia’s largest sugarcane-producing region, and is recognised for its quality beef and tropical horticulture industries.

With the Great Barrier Reef on its doorstep, Townsville is home to the Australian Institute of Marine Science and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority