Lavarack Barracks

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Lavarack Barracks (HLS)
Airport type Military
Operator Australian Army
Location Townsville, Queensland
Elevation AMSL 31 ft / 10 m
Coordinates 19°19′18″S 146°48′06″E / 19.32167°S 146.80167°E / -19.32167; 146.80167Coordinates: 19°19′18″S 146°48′06″E / 19.32167°S 146.80167°E / -19.32167; 146.80167
Built: 1965/66

Lavarack Barracks (ICAO: YLVK) is a major Australian Army base located in Townsville, Queensland. Lavarack Barracks is currently home to the Army's 3rd Brigade and 11th Brigade. Elements of the 3rd Brigade based at the Barracks include the Combat Signals Regiment, 3rd Combat Services Support Battalion and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Battalions of the Royal Australian Regiment. The barracks are named after Lieutenant General Sir John Lavarack, an Australian Army officer during both World Wars and Governor of Queensland from 1946 to 1957.[1]

Part of Lavarack Barracks in the foreground, viewed from Mount Stuart, with Townsville CBD, Castle Hill and Magnetic Island in the distance


  1. ^ Jobson 2009, p. 104.


  • Jobson, Christopher (2009). Looking Forward, Looking Back: Customs and Traditions of the Australian Army. Wavell Heights, Queensland: Big Sky Publishing. ISBN 9780980325164.