The Vision

About Discovery Rise

Welcome to Discovery Rise - a new residential, knowledge community being developed alongside James Cook University's Townsville campus.

The Vision for Discovery Rise is to:

Create a university town with distinctively Australian tropical ambience which will incorporate energetic academic, social, artistic and commerical environments. It will be an integrated community of living and learning that will set a new benchmark in sustainability, and will enhance JCU as a leading tropical university.

In 2004, when the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Corporate and Commercial submitted a report entitled “University Villages” to the Strategy Committee, it was envisioned ‘to foster a development of a university community around and within the Douglas Campus with a functional and vibrant academic, social and commercial life such that JCU Douglas becomes a mini university town. 

Discovery Rise has been designed in harmony with it’s environment. Retaining mature trees, enhancing natural waterways and creating habitat for native wildlife. Tropical design of environmental values which have inspired colours and materials of the landscape, urban design and architecture, and homes have been designed for sustainability.

Discovery Rise comprises of 5 Precincts including:

Discovery Central:  Providing apartment living in the heart of a creative university town; an energetic place with social, commercial and educational facilities set around a new public square, “The Ideas Market”.

Discovery Rise Village: A medium density child friendly community with a diversity of homes suitable for all ages. A place that is authentic, informed and original, the Village is completely separate to the University but well connected through walkable green corridors and bikeways.

Discovery Community Precinct: An active and healthy community with a University high school, gym, pool and diversity of homes.

University Central: University oriented services including new student and staff housing, conference and event facilties,library and a new school of education and humanities.

DR Enterprise Park: A commercial precinct for industries servicing the education, health and defence sectors to ideally locate.

When fully developed Discovery Rise will turn into a university town that includes:

  • Distinctive tropical housing
  • A walkable neighbourhood
  • Access to the University, Hospital and a range of community facilities
  • Neighbourhood shops and services including fresh food store, childcare centre and a new university school.