Information & Facts
With around 3,000 hours of sunshine a year Townsville
experiences a tropical savannah climate. Its rainfall is not nearly
as high as other tropical regions like Cairns, but with the
majority of the rain falling in the 'wet season', which runs from
November through April, and cool and mild winters that are
moderated by the south easterly trade winds, Townsville still
experiences very mild winters. July is the coldest month with
average daily temperatures reaching 25°C (77°F). The summer months
are warm and December is the hottest month with daytime
temperatures soaring to 31.4°C (88.5°F). Townsville is prone to
tropical cyclones between November and May which form mainly over
the Coral Sea.
Townsville's public transport system incorporates bus services
operated by Sunbus which provides regular and efficient services
between major points throughout the city. Taxis are easily hailed
and operate 24 hours a day throughout the metropolitan area.
Ferries and vehicular barges operate regularly to Magnetic Island
and Palm Island. Car rental agencies can be found in the city and
travellers planning on exploring further afield should opt for a
English is the official language of Australia.
The Australian Dollar (AUD) is divided into 100 cents. Banks and
bureaux de change exchange most foreign currencies. Travellers
cheques are also welcome everywhere, but banks take a small
commission and it is better to take cheques in major currencies
(e.g. US dollars or Euros) to avoid additional charges. Credit
cards are widely accepted and ATMs are freely available throughout
the country. Banking hours are generally 9.30am to 4pm Monday to
Thursday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Friday, but some banks offer
extended hours and some are open on Saturday mornings.