JCU's main sites are located in tropical northern Queensland, a remarkable region where over a million visitors come each year to experience.
Tropical northern Queensland is uniquely different to the rest of Australia, and possibly the world. The UN’s World Heritage Convention agrees. Both the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforests are included on the World Heritage List for their natural values. Nowhere else in the world do two World Heritage regions exist side by side.
But there is far more to tropical northern Queensland than these two precious regions. The coastal cities of Cairns and Townsville provide locals and visitors with modern sporting, cultural, entertainment and shopping facilities combined with a relaxed, laid-back lifestyle.
Just west of Cairns lies the agriculturally rich Atherton Tableland and to the northwest the Gulf Savannah region with its fringing mountain ranges and wide open spaces. Cape York Peninsula occupies Queensland’s most northern corner and has enormous environmental diversity that is of great interest to scientists and visitors alike. Further north are the beautiful Torres Strait Islands, which have a unique history and fascinating Indigenous culture.
More and more students from other parts of Australia and abroad are discovering the advantages of tropical northern Queensland as a study location.