Is Townsville Safe? Crime Rates & Safety Report

Updated On November 7, 2023
Townsville, Australia
Safety Index:
* Based on Research & Crime Data
User Sentiment:
* Rated 73 / 100 based on 6 user reviews.

Townsville is on the coast and has a lot of sunshine days in a year.

It is an appealing place for tourists and a high start point to get to Magnetic Island, which is only 25-45 minutes by passenger or car ferry.

It offers a quiet cosmopolitan feel with its right choice of restaurants & bars but also has a relaxing siesta style during the hottest parts of the day in high summer.

Townsville takes great pride in being the unofficial capital of North Queensland.

Travelers enjoy visiting here 1300Smiles Stadium, Castle Hill, Reef HQ Aquarium, Museum of Tropical Queensland, Village Boulevard, and many beautiful beaches. Here also many good points for scuba and adrenalin diving.

Warnings & Dangers in Townsville

Overall Risk


Townsville is a reasonably safe city if you are vigilant. Keeping an eye on your belongings and carefully closing your car and housing are a must in this city. Choose a taxi if you return to the hotel late at night. You should also beware of the fauna of the region, especially the poisonous jellyfish and crocodiles.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Taxis and public transportation are convenient and safe. You can make sure that the buses go on a crucible and it’s convenient to travel around the city. However, do not forget to keep track of your belongings, especially in crowded vehicles. Call an only licensed taxi.

Pickpockets Risk


We can say that there are not so many pickpocketers in Townsville. However, cases of minor thefts especially at train stations, major markets, and transport do occur. Watch your things and don't carry a lot of cash with you.

Natural Disasters Risk


Cyclones, earthquakes, fires, and floods occur here quite often. Before traveling to Townsville, you should carefully study the weather conditions and avoid visiting the city during dangerous times.

Mugging Risk


Armed robberies, especially related to drugs, are not uncommon in the city. Tourists are usually not the target of criminals, but you can quickly get into this situation. If you were attacked - give the criminals everything they require to save your own life. Then contact the nearest police station.

Terrorism Risk


Australia did not have significant terrorist attacks, but the country has developed protection measures if any happen. The risk of terrorism in Townsville exists but is not shared. Travelers should be very cautious and avoid demonstrations and protest actions.

Scams Risk


In Townsville, card scams, electronic fraud, and tourist fraud are common. Make sure you buy tours and entrance fees for entertainment in trusted and licensed locations. Avoid street barkers - sometimes they can distract you, and empty your pockets.

Women Travelers Risk


Women are free to travel to Townsville alone. The only thing worth taking care of is your safety and not being in bars late at night, not walking at night in poorly lit streets. It is also better to take a taxi at night to avoid robberies or attacks on the streets.

So... How Safe Is Townsville Really?

Despite all the beauty and attractiveness for tourists, Townsville has a reputation as not the safest city in Australia.

The crime index here is quite high. And the main problems are related to drug trafficking and use and armed robberies and vandalism.

Walking around the city at night is considered unsafe.

Try not to appear on poorly informed streets, and use a taxi to get around at night.

If you are traveling in your own or rented car, be sure to leave it at well-guarded parking lots and securely close it.

Leaving things in the car is strictly not recommended.

Avoid any contact with drug dealers, illegal drugs in Australia and their use can cost you substantial penalties.

Be vigilant in bars as there have been cases when tourists poured drugs into a glass to drink them and rob them.

Choose a closed bottle instead.

In addition to the criminal danger in Townsville, you should beware of wildlife.

For example, Box jellyfish are particularly dangerous in certain months of the year.

Be sure to pay attention to the warning signs and do not enter the water where the habitat of these jellyfish is marked.

Also, always be careful near any body of water – crocodiles in Townsville are almost everywhere.

How Does Townsville Compare?

CitySafety Index
Gold Coast69
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)43
Sofia (Bulgaria)73
Siem Reap (Cambodia)63
Phnom Penh (Cambodia)61
Niagara Falls (Canada)87
Calgary (Canada)82

Useful Information



Australia has maintained a universal visa regime, meaning that every non-citizen in Australia must have a visa. Australia does not issue visas on arrival. Most visas any traveler can get electronically.



The Australian dollar is the currency of Australia. It is signed $ and code AUD. Almost always, it abbreviated with the dollar sign ($), with A$ or AU$ sometimes used to distinguish it from other dollar-denominated currencies. It is subdivided into 100 cents.



The best times to visit Townsville for ideal weather are from May to October. The average temperatures in Townsville vary somewhat. With humidity temperatures feel hot for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a low chance of precipitation most of the year.



Townsville Airport is a major Australian regional airport that services the city of Townsville, Queensland. The airport is also known as Townsville International Airport, and Garbutt Airport, a reference to its location in the Townsville suburb of Garbutt. Townsville Airport is serviced by major Australian domestic and regional airlines.

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Townsville Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 28° C
Feb 27° C
Mar 27° C
Apr 25° C
May 22° C
Jun 20° C
Jul 19° C
Aug 21° C
Sep 22° C
Oct 25° C
Nov 27° C
Dec 28° C
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6 Reviews on Townsville

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    Nafeez Kizar says:

    I loved my time in Townsville, I am moving there soon!

    I loved this city so much I have recently bought property here and plan to stay for life. It is very vibrant and has a great oceanfront, I have never had any problem with crime or safety, I am very aware and coming from a city of millions the crime here is mediocre. I find the vast majority of the people welcoming and friendly, the climate is tropical in summer and in winter reminds me a lot of California, endless blue skies and cool nights so you get the best of both worlds.

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    Sally Morton says:

    I moved here in early 2021. I am very happy with my decision and the city has been a blessing, Covid safe and lovely.

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    Reece J. Watson says:

    Experience Of Townsville

    The last time I went to Townsville, I had a blast! Townsville is a small town with not much people. The only problems are crime and harsh temp. But that doesn’t take away the opportunity to meet new friends and spend time with family. I’m coming to Townsville at the end of the year (2021) to find a better school and spend time with my aging grandparents. I personally think that Townville is the best place to have a holiday, or a home.

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    rippie tredd says:

    When you look at it wherever you go in this world there is a crime – I’m moving to Australia from New Zealand “very soon” and Townsville is high on my list.

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    Zahira Rose says:

    There are much better places to live

    I lived here for 21 years and was relieved to leave behind the car jackings, break and enters, bag snatching, muggings etc. I do not miss the no go zones of Stockland, Maccas Stockland and especially the Mall and having to key lock my security screen doors at all times.

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    Sideshow Bob says:

    Most of New Zealand is Worse

    moved over to Townsville from Wellington New Zealand in February 2023 and haven’t had any real issues. Feral youths hang around Stockland at night but aint as aggressive or “staunching” as the feral youth back in New Zealand. Overall ive felt safer in Townsville at night than I have back in Wellington New Zealand at night

Townsville Rated 3.67 / 5 based on 6 user reviews.

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