Townsville aquaculture development area

Read the Townsville aquaculture development area (ADA) overview. This location is suitable for Queensland northern fish species and prawns.

Location snapshot


  • Sleeper Log/Leichhardt Creek

Local government

  • Townsville

ADA size

  • 319ha on 2 (main) land parcels

Water access

  • Potential creek access (Leichhardt, Sleeper Log, Two Mile Creeks), or beach access for intake/discharge, or combination

Examples of potential aquaculture species

  • Marine prawns (black tiger and banana prawns)
  • Barramundi
  • Marine finfish (e.g. tropical groper and cod, cobia, threadfin, snapper, mullet species)

Further information

  • Approximately 35km north of Townsville CBD (30km north of Townsville airport).
  • Next to Bruce Highway (major highway) and North Coast railway line.
  • Site includes abandoned prawn farm which requires maintenance to make it fit for purpose.
  • Surrounding regulated vegetation (category B—remnant vegetation and small sections of regulated vegetation; category R—reef-regrowth watercourse vegetation).
  • South section of southern site includes regulated vegetation (category C—high value regrowth vegetation) and should be avoided.
  • High ecological value waters located north of site.
  • Potential management regarding silting of creek mouths to ensure intake of water.
  • Water quality/quantity to supply farm from surrounding creeks requires assessment.
  • Site located within coastal management district—any coastal hazard risks may need to be mitigated.
  • Site located near existing orchid farm.

View a map of the Townsville ADA.