Townsville was founded in 1864 as a port for the fledgling pastoral industry in North Queensland. Following the discovery of gold in the immediate hinterland at Ravenswood and then Charters Towers, the town developed into the principal centre and de facto capital of North Queensland.
The following pages provide just a brief look into the timeline of our history from 1770 through to 2003.
T150 Walking Tour - Townsville`s History
Would you like a guided hour's stroll through central Townsville hearing about the city's history and seeing the traces left in the modern street-scape?
The Community Information Centre is conducting free walking tours on Wednesday's and Fridays from April to August on request. Tours are free but bookings are essential.
For more information contact the Community Information Centre on 4771 4230 or visit them at Level 1 Northtown, 280 Flinders Street, Townsville CBD.