Move to Tropical North QLD

By on 04 December 2019

North Queensland is busy…well when it comes to civil infrastructure anyway…not the traffic! Make the leap up north and reap the rewards of a more fulfilling lifestyle and a better work life balance. From Gladstone to Cairns the civil industry is doing well, money is being spent and companies are needing skilled professionals to compliment their teams. More affordable housing…less people…more opportunities…career development…if any of these tick your boxes then a thought into relocating and a sea change should be on your mind.

Both North and Far North Queensland are well provided for primary, secondary and tertiary education. In fact, Townsville and Cairns are both “University Towns”, with campuses of James Cook University (JCU) located in both cities. JCU is now rated in the top five percent of universities in the world! For a little more insight into these areas and what they can offer for you and your family, please see below.

Townsville is the regional centre of North Queensland. Townsville is considered by many to be the “capital of North Queensland”. It is a major commercial centre supporting agriculture, mining, refining, education, defence, distribution, tourism and transport industries. With the idyllic paradise of Magnet Island right at its doorstep, it’s not hard to see why people are attracted to Townsville. With an eclectic mix of rainforest, reef, sandy beaches, outback bush and big city benefits, Townsville has something for everybody. The city is more than a magnetic destination – it’s the very heart of life in the tropics, with the region extending north to captivating Mission Beach, south to the rustic Burdekin and west to historic Charters Towers.

Cairns is the regional centre of Far North Queensland. Cairns is an international tourism icon renowned the world over as the place where the rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef in the Coral Sea. The Cairns region extends from Bloomfield, located within the magnificent World Heritage-Listed Wet Tropics rainforest of the Daintree National Park in the north, to the quaint sugar village of Miriwinni in the south. The eastern boundary is formed by the Coral Sea coastline abutting the World Heritage-Listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. To the west, Cairns is fortunate to have the beautiful and rich Atherton Tablelands. The region includes Queensland’s two highest mountains – Mt Bartle Frere (1622m) and its neighbour, Mt Bellenden Ker (1593m).The Cairns region is one of the fastest growing in Australia, with more than 3 per cent annual growth – well above the State and national average. Cairns has a population in excess of 150,000 but, due to it being an international tourism destination, it has facilities and services normally only found in much larger cities.

Mackay – This beautiful region is famous for its tropical beaches and world famous island destinations, scattered throughout the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The urban centres provide numerous dining options, from casual waterside meals to rainforest retreats, hotels and cafes. There are also golf courses, theatres and entertainment venues offering international and local performances. The Mackay and Whitsunday region has experienced population and economic growth fueled mainly by global demand for sugarcane and resources mined in the western areas. In the Whitsundays, tourism is the largest sector, with an emphasis on lifestyle and high quality food production.

Rockhampton – Central Queensland offers an enviable tropical climate with access to islands, waterways, national parks, and beaches providing all year round boating and recreational activities.Well-known as the “beef capital of the world”, Rockhampton acts as a business gateway for the mining and agricultural industries. Gladstone is a thriving industrial base served by one of Australia’s busiest ports.

Making the move to these regions can be painless and hassle free as many companies offer relocation assistance to those seeking to settle down in these parts. I can assist in introducing professionals to many clients of mine as I help them find the right people, with the right knowledge and experience for them to continue to successfully grow there businesses and to tackle the demand and forever growing work load in these regions.

In short…now is the time to be seriously putting into action those dreams of fishing in your tinnie, weekend camping trips, and the freedom to enjoy all the activities that North QLD has to offer for you and your family.

All the best for 2020 and I am always here to assist with any questions that you may have and to help you on your way to a fresh new start!


Andrew – Recruitment expert for North QLD (self proclaimed)