Parking Zones & Charges

A $2.29 million support package has been created to assist the community and local businesses to provide relief from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Part of this support package is:

Free CBD Parking extended!

FREE parking in the CBD has been extended!

All Council-controlled (including on-street) parking will remain free in the CBD until 18 July 2020.

Free parking is a great way to bring visitors into the CBD and encourage them to shop local.

Applicable to all Council pay and display areas, however time restrictions still apply and will be enforced.

CBD Parking

With more than 700 free car parking spaces available, CBD parking has never been easier for that trip to the city! Townsville city centre parking includes a range of parking facilities from 5 minute free parking to 8 hour paid parking for all day parking in the CBD. Regulated parking in the CBD is Monday - Friday from 9am - 5pm, unless signed otherwise.

Tow Away Zone

Flinders Street between Denham and Stanley Streets is closed 3am to 3pm every Sunday for the Cotters Markets. This area is a tow-away zone from 3am on Sunday mornings. Parking restrictions are clearly marked and car recovery is at owner's expense. To recover a towed car please contact: ABC Towing - (07) 4775 5561.

15 minutes Free Car Parking

From 1 August 2018 Council is offering free 15 minute parking in the CBD, in all two hour parking spots. Residents will be asked to provide a ticket for the 15 minutes they stay. The free parking is a great opportunity for residents to come and make a quick stop in the city to grab a coffee or pick up an item. Residents will have two options:

Option 1) Parking for 15 Mins or less? Press the yellow button to print and display your ticket for your free 15 mins
Option 2) Parking for more than 15 Mins? Pay and display as usual! You will have an extra 15 mins past the expiry time on your ticket. Extra 15 mins is not displayed on your ticket.

You won’t be able to miss it!

Each ticket machine in the 2H parking area will have:

  1. Triangle corflute on the ‘Pay Here’ pole
  2. Instructions on the side of the ticket machine
  3. Sticker on the top of the ticket machine

Download the CBD parking map to find our 2H parks.

The new stadium is bringing great economic benefits to our city centre and local businesses. While this means that some traffic and parking restrictions have been introduced, Council wishes to alleviate issues and still make the CBD easily accessible to the people who work there.

Parking is free from 2pm in the CBD on stadium event days. You will not need to display a ticket on your vehicle.

CBD Free Car Parking

Free all day off-street car parks can be found at the corner of Leichhardt Street and Eyre Street, at Dean Street, at Flinders Street between Queensland Rail and the new Central development and at the rock cutting in Sturt Street. A City Shuttle bus service is also available in the CBD, providing stress-free transport around the area for only $2 per ride. No concessions apply to this fare. Operated by Sunbus, the shuttle travels in a clockwise direction from the free Dean Street car park taking in Stanley, Walker, Sturt and Denham Street.

Changes to Eyre St, Flinders St (between Fletcher St and Jones St) as well as the Jones St car parking will occur in January 2017. These car parks will move to 8 hour paid car parking.

Download the free parking map and bus route.

CBD Paid ParkingMap of paid parking in CBD

Council operates a number of off-street car parks in the CBD offering all day paid parking. Parking meter charges are $1 per hour up to the maximum displayed permitted time or $6 for a full day. Meters with a time limit (2, 4, 6 or 8 hours) will only give you the amount of time designated for that area, indicated on the regulatory parking signs, regardless of how much is paid. Payment can only be made via coin or credit card (PayPass). Eftpos payment is not available.

Download the CBD paid parking map.

When parking a vehicle between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays) in an area marked by “PAY AND DISPLAY” or “TICKET” signage the following must occur:

1. Immediately purchase a paid parking ticket with a value sufficient to cover the entire period of Parking required.

2. Immediately display that ticket on the vehicles dashboard closest to the kerb ensuring a person outside the vehicle can clearly read all of the information printed on the ticket.

3. Remove the vehicle from the length of road before the expiry time shown on the ticket.

Between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday a vehicle must not be continuously parked in a “PAY AND DISPLAY” or “TICKET” area for longer than the time limit on the parking signage (i.e. 2P or 4P). If a vehicle remains parked for longer than the time limit signed, an offence is being committed even if another parking ticket is purchased and displayed.

Loading Zones

A driver must not stop in a loading zone if signage applicable to the zone indicates it is for Commercial Vehicles Only, unless the driver is driving:
(a) A bus that is dropping off, or picking up passengers; or
(b) A truck that is dropping off, or picking up, passengers or goods; or
(c) A motor vehicle displaying a commercial vehicle identification label issued by the local government.

Under the Transport Operations Road Use Management Act, commercial vehicles are determined by body type - namely utilities, vans or small trucks - not passenger vehicles or registration type through Queensland Transport. If signage applicable to the zone only states 'loading zone' you may stop there if you are driving a motor vehicle that is dropping off, or picking up, goods; or dropping off, or picking up, passengers.

A driver who is permitted to stop in a loading zone under section (1) (a), (b) or (c) must not stay continuously in the zone for longer than:

(a) 30 minutes, or
(b) if information on or with the loading zone signs applying to the loading zone indicates another time - the indicated time.

A driver who is permitted to stop in a loading zone must not stay continuously in the zone for more than 20 minutes.

A driver who is permitted to stop in a loading zone section must not stay continuously in the zone for longer than two minutes.

School Zones

Standard school zone hours across the city are between the hours of 8am - 9am and 2.30pm - 3.30pm with the exception of the below .

8am – 4pm 40 kilometre per hour speed limit signs for the following school locations:

  • Burke Street, North Ward near Townsville Grammar School
  • Morindo Drive, Kirwan near Ryan Catholic College

The following schools have varied school hour zones:

  • Bohlevale State School - Bohlevale School Rd, Bohlevale: 7.30am - 9am and 2pm - 3.30pm
  • Northern Beaches High School, Merati St, Deeragun: 2.30pm - 4pm
  • The Cathedral School, Thompson St, Mundingburra: 8am - 9am and 2.30pm - 4pm
  • Townsville Grammar Senior School, Paxton St, North Ward: 2.30pm - 4pm

Disability Parking

Council recognises the use of Disability Parking Permits issued by any state or national authority. Your permit entitles free unlimited parking in any disabled parking bay or zone and in any timed parking area where the time permitted is half an hour or greater. You may not park in any loading zones, no stopping zones, bus zones or any 5 or 15 minute parking areas for longer than the times specified on the traffic signage applicable to the parking space.

Parking Infringements

You can pay your parking infringement in person at our Customer Service Centres or online.

Request to waive a parking infringement

Applicants may also submit written correspondence via email or post. Applicants must detail the vehicle's registration & penalty infringement notice/offence number. Audit requirements indicate that when submitting written correspondence for parking fines that the original penalty infringement notice and original ticket/s purchased from Council parking machines must be supplied. Photocopied documents are not sufficient for consideration of waiver.

Download the Request to Waive Parking Infringement application.