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.
Learn about the history of our traditional landowners.
Townsville 1770 - 1900
Read a brief history of Townsville from 1770 to 1900.
Townsville 1901 - 2003
Read a brief history of Townsville from 1900-2003.
Townsville 2004 - present
Read a brief history of Townsville from 2004 to present.
Visit What’s On Townsville
What's On Townsville is the North's Ultimate Event Guide! Browse performing and visual arts, festivals, film, markets, music and more.
Youth Pride Walk & Picnic
Let’s make The Strand a sea of colour to celebrate pride! Be outrageous. Wear your brightest. 2 July 2023
Council is offering households a 50% rebate (up to a maximum of $100) for purchases of reusable nappies, incontinence and sanitary products to encourage sustainable choices and support our community in reducing waste.
All cat, kitten, dog and puppy adoptions are half-price until 30 June 2023. Come and visit the Animal Care and Adoption Centre and see if you can find your new best friend!