THE ROSS ISLAND HOTEL
Located in the heart of the Townsville city the Ross Island has stood the test of time.
Great atmosphere, friendly staff and that old style bar service the Ross Island Hotel is the place to be when you're throwing back a cold one. The Ross Island Hotel boost a large beer garden, terrfic balconey and inviting bar where there is always a good time to be had. Come to the Ross Island when you're looking for a great time with friends and family or for larger and small events the Ross Island has plenty of space for you. Deb and Pete have been carefully considered the menu to provide every customer with a large home style meal that will leave your tummies satified.
Ross Island is immediately east of the Townsville central business district, the two being separated by Ross Creek. Ross Island's other (eastern) boundary is the Ross River. Much of the so-called Island is low-lying. All were named after William Ross, Townsville's first storekeeper and first publican.
Ross Island's sole building between 1868 and 1875 was Townsville's hospital. It later had a pilot station and an immigration barracks near the Ross Island Hotel (1879) at the corner of Archer and Palmer Streets. Railway and harbour works stimulated settlement on Ross Island, particularly the erection of railway workshops. A causeway over Ross Creek at Queens Road linked Ross Island to central Townsville.
The wharf area had a primary school (1884), St John's Church of England (1884) and several hotels along Palmer Street, including the Crown (1883). Ross Island's estimated population in 1887 was 2500 people, including 200 school children. There were 550 houses and five hotels. Ross Island had been excised from Thuringowa local-government division in 1883 and put with Townsville; the wharf precinct was known as South Townsville, although lying east of central Townsville. The Victoria Bridge, the continuation of Palmer Street, was built in 1889, joining South Townsville to the town centre.
The other (south) part of Ross Island became the suburb of Railway Estate.