Staff Tips: Your arrival in Townsville/Cairns


Transport from the Airport

James Cook University provides all new international students with a free arrival service during our arrivals period. You will be met at the airport, bus terminal or train station by a representative of JCU’s arrival service and taken to your pre-arranged accommodation. To use this service complete the booking form at least two weeks prior to your arrival in Australia. If you experience any travel delays it is important to contact the International Student Support team and let us know your new arrival time.
If you are not arriving in Townsville or Cairns during our arrival period please consider the following options:

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Staff Tips: How to Australia Day

Straya or Australia Day is one of the most anticipated days of the year for many Australians. The great thing about the public holiday (apart from a day off) is you can have a great time without having to go anywhere special.

Students and staff gave their key tips to a memorable Australia Day in the Tropics.

Staff answer “What does Australia Day look like for you?”

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Meet the International Student Support Team



The Townsville International Student Support Team (L-R) – Louise, Lee, Tristan, Katherine & Alex

The International Student Support Team is responsible for assisting international students prior to their arrival in Australia, supporting them during their time at JCU and assisting students towards the completion of their studies.

The team organises and delivers the International Student Orientation that takes place before the start of each semester providing crucial information to all the newly arrived international students. They also organise regular events for students in Townsville and in Cairns some of which include Free Lunch Fridays and the weekly Café International (free coffee & live music). Continue reading

Life in the tropics



Townsville is Australia’s largest tropical city with a population of around 185, 000. It’s a thriving coastal city and port, and a stepping-off point for visiting the Great Barrier Reef. The resort regions of the Whitsunday Islands and Mission Beach are within easy reach, as are historic outback towns such as Charters Towers.  Continue reading