Meet Townsville's Creatives

Our back story


Townsville is an emergent city of north Queensland, Australia, with a strong creative community. We are adjacent to the central section of the Great Barrier Reef and consider ourselves to be the unofficial capital of north Queensland. We are blessed with an incredible landscape and urban lifestyle. In 2013-14 James Cook University began to document the depth of its creative folk across the spectrum of the creative industries. In this study, it was determined that over 300 people were engaged in creative activity for income generation. That has since grown. 2015 saw the next major stage of data gathering to map Townsville’s commercial creative class. Documenting what we anecdotally knew, Townsville’s creative community is highly skilled and professional. It is untapped to a wider market and all opportunities are open to us.

Our unique environment

Townsville is located in what is known as the Dry Tropics. We are warm all year round with limited rainfall over the summer. Expansive natural environments are a constant inspiration for us, alongside a business economy mainly fuelled by mining, Defence and government administration. Pallarenda beach, The Strand and The Ross River are the most sought after public spaces for creative reflection and development. You can regularly see us walking, cycling, working or simply gathering in these beautiful spaces.

Our city

Bars, restaurants, food, art and sport festivals, and performances, are plentiful for a city this size. Our residents, and those from across the country and the world, visit to experience these exciting events under the fabulous sun. A population of not yet 200,000 and an easy, flat landscape with little traffic, Townsville folk are able to relax and enjoy creative business, the environment and leisure time. Only a one hour flight from the nearest capital city, Brisbane, and two hours away from Sydney, we are constantly engaged with others in metropolitan areas.We really get the best of both worlds – small city living, the natural Australian environment and all the riches from both.

Our difference

For this reason, Townsville creative types live differently. We therefore think differently, and ultimately we create differently. Collaborate with us to experience fresh creative perspective from highly skilled and passionate people.

About Us

Townsville Creative Industries is an industry group established to link the various creative industries and encourage collaboration and resource and opportunity sharing.

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