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Townsville, 2nd Floor,

A$439 / pp / month

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About Townsville

A coastal city in northeastern Queensland of Australia, Townsville sits in the dry tropics adjacent to the central section of the Great Barrier Reef. It's the largest urban sprawl north of the Sunshine Coast region and has a population of about 173,815 people meandering its streets and beaches. The city has a number of government offices and is a major business hub for the northern half of the state. A bit of a tourist magnet, Townsville has a stunning seafront esplanade to meander along, an aquarium showcasing marine life and coral from the reef, plus a sea turtle hospital that you can poke your nose into. Magnetic Island sits just off its shoreline and there is a wildlife sanctuary where you can have a chat to a koala, a wombat or even a crocodile if you are in the mood. Coworking venues have opened up in Townsville to cater to the locals who have no wish to leave their own home-turf to head to the big smoke of Sydney or Melbourne.

Townsville is home to thousands of military personnel, as it's a defense hub being home to a large Army base at Lavarack Barracks and the RAAF Base Townsville. It is also a major manufacturing and processing center and the only global city to refine 3 different base metals (think zinc, copper and nickel). Townsville is home to numerous education institutions including the largest campus of the oldest university in northern Queensland, the James Cook University.

It is no tech hub per se, but it does have its intrepid and creative souls meandering around or snorkeling its shoreline. The Australian government has unveiled a new trial visa scheme aimed at fixing Australia's tech talent shortage, which is being hailed as a game changer for the local fast-growing startups. This new "Global Talent Scheme" visa for one year replaces the short-term working visa. It will allow companies who operate in STEM-related fields to hire up to 5 people per year on this visa with applicants being eligible for permanent residency after 3 years. Startups in Australia are celebrating this new support.

Townsville may very well become a hot spot for those individuals on the startup road who have a hankering to be beside the seaside. The bonus is the fact that when your brain is about to implode from too much work you can jump in the ocean and peek at the coral reef.