Living in North QLD

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The Catholic Diocese of Townsville incorporates 29 schools, extending north to Ingham, south to Proserpine, west to Mount Isa and includes Palm Island.

Our region at a glance

Regional centre populations (Based on 2011 Census figures) 

Town/shire Population                   Town/shire Population
Burdekin Shire (Ayr/Home Hill) 17,780 Mount Isa 22,700
Bowen  10,260 Palm Island 2,250
Charter Towers  8,230 Townsville 171,000
Collinsville  1,500 Whitsundays Shire (Proserpine) 21,500
Ingham  4,760 Winton 1,000
Hughenden  1,150    


  • The region experiences a dry tropical climate with more than 300 days of sunshine each year.
  • Average summer daytime temperature is around 30°C and average winter daytime temperature is around 25°C. (Townsville only)
  • Average annual rainfall for Townsville is 1102mm.

Geographical Location

Townsville is located on the North Queensland coast, surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef, islands, rainforest and outback.


Driving distances from Townsville, to all towns with Catholic schools:

Heading South   Heading West   Heading North
Tonwsville to Ayr 87km Townsville to Charters Towers 135km Townsville to Ingham 111km
Townsville to Home Hill 97km Townsville to Hughenden 381km Townsville to Halifax 128km
Townsville to Bowen 200km Townsville to Winton 597km Townsville to Abergowrie 151km
Townsville to Proserpine 261km Townsville to Cloncurry 782km
Townsville to Collinsville 275km Townsville to Mount Isa 902km

Catholic Education

There are 30 Catholic schools, five Catholic kindergartens and six Catholic early learning centres (child care) in the Diocese, serving more than 13,500 students.

Here's some great links to information about our communities:

Ingham, Halifax and Abergowrie

Townsville North Queensland Destination website

Hinchinbrook Shire Council



Townsville North Queensland Destination website

Townsville City Council


Charters Towers

Charter Towers Regional Council

Townsville North Queensland Destination website


Flinders Discovery Centre website

Flinders Shire Council


Experience Winton website

Winton Shire Council


Outback Queensland website

Cloncurry Shire Council

Mount Isa

Destination Queensland website

Mount Isa City Council

Ayr and Home Hill

Townsville North Queensland Destination website

Burdekin Shire Council

The Whitsundays, Bowen and Collinsville

Tourism Bowen website

Tourism Whitsundays website

Whitsundays Regional Council Website


With a strong vision for the future, diversity and balance underpin the economy of the Townsville North Queensland Region. No single sector contributes more than 12.3% to the Region, ensuring economic stability. Over the last decade, Townsville has more than doubled its Gross Regional Product (GRP) to an estimated $11.426 billion.

Townsville is the Northern centre for:

  • Manufacturing and mining (Sun Metals - Zinc; Xstrata - Copper; QNI - Nickel)
  • Government administration and defence
  • Port of Townsville
  • Marine Science (Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority; Australian Institute of Marine Science; Reef CRC; CSIO; James Cook University)
  • Education
  • Sugar, bananas, cattle, sheep and mining make up the major industries of the greater diocesan area.

Real Estate

  • The property market is very robust with considerable annual growth in the price of houses, units and commercial property.
  • Click here for the local property guide

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