Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Somers & Hervey Located?

Somers & Hervey is nestled in the Upper Ross Region, specifically within the suburb of Rasmussen in Townsville. It enjoys a coveted position just 13 kilometres south-west from the Central Business District (CBD). To access the estate, simply turn onto Treeline Drive from South Beck Drive.

What is planned for Somers & Hervey?

At Somers & Hervey, an 80-hectare contemporary masterpiece is planned to embody an active lifestyle and tranquil community living. Here’s what’s planned:

  • Diverse range of lot sizes available to suit various lifestyles.
  • Each homesite offers a harmonious blend of privacy, refreshing breezes, and breathtaking vistas of the surrounding mountain ranges.
  • Expansive 16-hectares of open space featuring landscaped streets, lush trees, parklands, walking and bike trails, playgrounds, and conservation areas.
  • Proposed central community space providing a hub for residents to gather and connect.
  • Proposed bus stop to enhance transportation options for residents.
  • Convenience of well-established amenities just 6 minutes away, including schools, childcare, local shopping, and entertainment at Willows and Cannon Park precinct.
  • Easy access to Beck Drive, Riverway Drive, and The Ring Road ensures seamless connectivity to Townsville city and beyond.

*Amenity in the masterplan is proposed only and is subject to change without notice.

What public transport is available?

Public transport options in the area include TransLink bus routes 200, 285, 286, 289, 284, 280, 287, and 288. These buses currently operate services from Riverway Drive at Riverway Plaza, Rasmussen.

Specifically, bus route 200 runs through to Willows in Kirwan, Townsville Shopping Centre in Aitkenvale, Townsville Railway Station in the city, and through the city out to Breakwater Terminal. These routes provide convenient access to various destinations within Townsville and surrounding areas.

A proposed bus stop* is planned for future transportation connections, pending alignment of the community population with the criteria required to establish such a stop. We will work with relevant authorities to ensure compliance with established criteria as the community evolves.

*Amenity in the masterplan is proposed only and is subject to change without notice.

Does Somers & Hervey flood?

Somers & Hervey has been designed to current flood immunity standards being a 1 in 100yr event.  The conservation/wetland corridors not only offer a tranquil setting and natural habitats promoting biodiversity, but they also serve as an important stormwater drainage function.

Somers & Hervey also benefits from underground electrical, sewer, water, and telecommunication networks. Additionally, provision has been made to service Somers & Hervey with NBN connection.

Is there gas available?

Reticulated gas is not available to the estate, however individual household services can be established via your builder and preferred gas supplier.

When did construction commence?

Construction of the Dotswood Precinct, began in July 2023. This precinct encompasses the main entry point, located off South Beck Drive, marking the initial stages of development within the estate.

Who maintains the landscaping and parks throughout Somers & Hervey?

Landscaping and parks at Somers & Hervey will be initially maintained by the developer, Urbex. After a duration of two years, responsibility for future maintenance will be passed to Townsville City Council.

What size allotments are made available for sale?

For information regarding the size of allotments available for sale, please visit our land for sale page. Here, you’ll find detailed information on land releases, including downloadable stage plan brochures highlighting lot sizes and configurations.

To stay updated on future land releases, we encourage you to register your interest on this website. Registered members receive priority notifications of updates and upcoming land releases.

For any enquiries regarding current or future land releases, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1800 065 866. Our team is here to assist you with any questions or inquiries you may have.

Can I build a duplex home?

A duplex can be established in conjunction with compliance of the Somers & Hervey Housing Design Guidelines on allocated allotments in conjunction with the Townsville Planning Scheme, The Queensland Code (QDC) and the provisions of the Building Code of Australia.

For initial enquiries you can phone (07) 4750 7077 or email

Do you have building covenants?

Absolutely, the Building Covenant and Housing Design Guidelines are fundamental directives governing all aspects of housing building requirements within our community. These essential documents, along with service plans, are easily accessible via the ‘Building‘ tab on our website for convenient downloading. Additionally, we provide an online housing design assessment portal where residents can conveniently submit their housing submissions for assessment.

Are they any convenience stores or amenity?

Residents of Somers & Hervey enjoy unparalleled convenience, with Riverway Plaza just a quick 3-minute drive away. This bustling hub provides a one-stop destination for daily needs, essential services, plus access to the picturesque parklands along the Ross River, including its recreational hub and Loam Island. From childcare facilities to primary and high schools, as well the university, nearby educational institutions such as Good Shepherd Catholic School and Rasmussen State School are within a short stroll of the estate, ensuring accessibility for families. Additionally, major shopping, recreational, and entertainment facilities are easily accessible within a swift 6-minute drive, further enhancing the vibrant lifestyle offered by Somers & Hervey.

What nearby education facilities, including primary and secondary schools, as well as universities, are within close proximity to Somers & Hervey estate?

Nearby education facilities near Somers & Hervey estate include Good Shepherd Catholic School and Rasmussen State School, both just a 3-minute drive away. Additionally, there are up to 9 childcare centres and kindergartens within a 5-minute drive. There are also public and private secondary schools within a 5-minute drive, along with James Cook University and Central Queensland University campuses located approximately 8.5 kilometres away.

What medical services are nearby?

Within a 3-minute radius of Somers & Hervey Estate, you can find Upper Ross Medical Centre, Pinnacle Medical Centre, and Carlyle Medical Centre. Additionally, within a 10-minute drive, you’ll find Kirwan GP Clinic, Olive Medical Centre, HealthLink Family Medical Centre, and the Townsville Hospital located further up the road.

How far away is the Australian Army base of Lavarack Barracks from the estate?

Situated just 10 minutes down the road in Murray, the permanent presence of the barracks has played a significant role in influencing the growth and development of Townsville.

What recreational facilities are nearby?

Nearby recreational facilities perfectly complement the lifestyle offered at Somers & Hervey estate, spanning 80 hectares and designed to embody an active lifestyle. Bike trails and paths wind through wetlands and parks, amidst tree-lined streets, playgrounds, and inviting picnic spots, creating a backdrop for easy daily living, where kids play freely, and neighbours naturally evolve into friends. Whether enjoying the serene natural beauty or engaging in exciting recreational activities, residents of Somers & Hervey have access to a wealth of amenities to enhance their quality of life.

Nearby recreational facilities offer a diverse range of activities to suit all ages and interests, including:

  • Sporting fields providing opportunities for various sports
  • Jet skiing, kayaking and fishing along the Ross River, accessible via the Loam Island boat ramp
  • Endless adventures at Birdwing Park, Townsville’s go-to playground for families with young children
  • Refreshing swimming spots and play-friendly shallow waters at the Riverway Lagoons, just a short trip away
  • Launching your boat or jet ski from Loam Island Boat ramp to access the top weir of the freshwater section of Ross River, with abundant parking, shaded green spaces, and shelters for relaxing days
  • Canoeing at your own pace by joining the Riverway Rowing Club
  • Cycling, walking, or running the scenic Booroona Trail, offering beautiful mountain views
  • Exploring the splendour of Ross River Dam, just an 8-minute drive away
  • Discovering The Lookout from Lake Ross, for breathtaking vistas

These recreational opportunities provide residents with ample ways to stay active and enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding area.

Are they any walking trails?

Booroona Trail:

The Booroona Trail provides a serene environment with attractive boardwalks, peaceful seating areas, and a harmonious integration with the surrounding ecosystem.

It has significantly enhanced the local river area and fostered a sense of community along the Ross River.

Blending man-made elements into the wetlands environment, the trail offers a safe place to experience a unique ecosystem, with boardwalks, bridges, seating, and beautification of the area.

Residents and visitors can access the trail from Upper Ross River Road at Apex Park or Loam Island.

Riverwalk, Ross River Parkway:

The Riverwalk offers stunning views of the Ross River and abundant birdlife in the area.

A 3-metre wide pathway along the river provides numerous opportunities to enjoy its natural beauty.

After a leisurely stroll, families can utilise nearby barbecue facilities or enjoy recreational activities in the landscaped open space.

These walking trails provide excellent opportunities for outdoor recreation and appreciation of the natural environment for residents and visitors alike.

Mount Louisa Walking Track:

Located in the heart of Mount Louisa off Bayswater Road, near Weston Street, this track offers panoramic views of the city.

The loop is over 3.5km long and features more than 1,700 steps, offering a challenging yet rewarding hike.

Interpretive signage along the track provides insights into the area’s natural features.

Remember to bring a water bottle, as there is no water available at the summit.

Log onto Walking & Cycling Trails – Townsville City Council to discover the great trails around Townsville for getting active outdoors.

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