Swim in crystal clear water with the vibrant colors of the Great Barrier Reef below, relax on a sparkling beach fringed by palm trees and fly through the rainforest canopy in a thrilling bungee jump, all while studying in the Northern Queensland’s Townsville, home to a thriving student population. This region is famous for its rainforest, reef and remote outback landscapes, along with a rich history and Aboriginal heritage. While this pedestrian-friendly city is certainly an ideal location for students interested in studying biology and environmental sciences – James Cook University is ranked in the top 50 schools in the world for environmental science and top 100 for earth and marine sciences – anyone can appreciate the pristine beauty of this region!

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On Australia's tropical northeast coast



Australia Population

24 million

Fun Fact

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef in the world, measuring 2011 km in length and 72 km across at its widest point.

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Looking Back: A Reflection on a Great Semester

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Jul 08

Top 7 Reasons to Study in Townsville, Australia

If you don’t like being cold, this is the place to be. The weather is beautiful, especially during the dry season, with low humidity, and gorgeous sunny days almost every day.

Jun 30

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Jun 10

A Dream Come True: Diving on the Great Barrier Reef

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May 09

Natural Beauty: 5 Must-See Australian Destinations

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Apr 20

A Magnetic Experience: SCUBA certification on beautiful Magnetic Island

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