Strand walking trail offers insight into city's past

Date published: 11 July 2017

Townsville City Council is building on its existing app, Townsville Tours and Trails, with the launch of A Stroll Along The Strand.

From our first settlers to the present day community, The Strand has been central in the experiences of the people of Townsville and this history is now discoverable through a selection of stories and photographs in this self-guided walking tour.

Deputy Mayor Les Walker said many residents had fond memories of the Strand and had seen it transformed over the decades.

“The new trail is full of interesting historical information about our beloved foreshore,” Cr Walker said.

“Historian Katie Pittock has researched and written a script that will take people down memory lane and give visitors to Townsville a snapshot of our very interesting past.

“The app is an opportunity for residents and visitors to explore the city from their phone and be entertained with a variety of stories about the Strand.”

With 19 stops on the trail, participants will discover the existence of secret tunnels, the Queens Hotel, the progressive architectural theory behind the CWA beach huts, the precarious past of the resident Black Cockatoos, the elusive snubfin dolphin and flat back turtles that are indigenous to Cleveland Bay.

This is the fifth trail on the Townsville Tours and Trails app.

The tour will be launched at 9am on Thursday, July 13 at the Anzac Park bandstand, and the public is invited to attend.

Bookings can be made through the What’s On section of the Townsville City Council webpage or by phoning CityLibraries 4727 9666.

Download the App Townsville Tours and Trails free from App store or Google Play.