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!
On Australia's tropical northeast coast
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef in the world, measuring 2011 km in length and 72 km across at its widest point.
Snorkeling or diving on the Great Barrier Reef - of course!
Enjoying the local beaches and swimming in the warm tropical ocean
Meandering through the markets on weekends and devouring locally grown fresh tropical fruits and vegetables
Cheering on the Northern Queensland Cowboys Rugby League team at a local game in Townsville
Spending a weekend on Magnetic Island, just off the coast of Townsville
Getting invited home for a "barbie" by a local student
Enjoying world-class sailing through the Whitsunday Islands, along with the whitest sand beach you have ever seen at Whitehaven Beach
Visiting deserted beaches where the rainforest literally meets the sea at Cape Tribulation
From the Blog
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.
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Not far out of Sydney is a truly wild place. There are massive waterfalls, rainforest, cliffs, and plenty of wildlife to look at.
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