The Strand & Beaches


Townsville boasts some amazing beaches, including the award-winning Strand, the Northern Beaches and Magnetic Island.

NOTE: The Strand Water Park is closed until late 2016 while undergoing a complete renewal. View the project status.

The Strand

The Strand is a 2.2km world-class beachfront promenade custom-built for enjoyment. Along this palm tree studded stretch are bike and walkway paths, safe swimming beaches, picturesque picnic spots, a water park and chic restaurants and bars with to-die-for water views.

You can enjoy the free family fun of the water park, fish off the pier, choose to get active with a jog, or simply laze on Australia's Cleanest Beach and enjoy the million dollar views to Magnetic Island. The Strand offers the best of all worlds.

Lifeguard hours and status

Information has been provided courtesy of Surf Life Saving Queensland.

BeachStinger NetsCurrent StatusLifeguard Patrols
The StrandTwo locations - Strand Beach and RockpoolOpen9am - 5pm daily
9am - 6pm summer school holidays
Strand Rock PoolNoOpen9am - 5pm daily
Strand Rock Pool is closed every Wednesday for cleaning.
Strand Water Parkn/aClosedThe Strand Water Park is closed until late 2016 while undergoing renewal.
PallarendaYesOpen9am - 6pm summer school holidays
9am - 5pm easter school holidays, weekends and public holidays.
Magnetic Island Alma BayNoOpen9am - 4pm daily
9am - 4.30pm summer school holidays
Magnetic Island Horseshoe BayYesOpen9am - 4.30pm daily
Magnetic Island Picnic BayYesOpen9am - 4.30pm summer/easter school holidays only
Balgal BeachYesOpen9am - 5pm summer/easter school holidays only
RollingstoneNoOpenNo lifeguard on duty
ToomullaNoOpenNo lifeguard on duty
ToolakeaNoOpenNo lifeguard on duty
Saunders BeachNo OpenNo lifeguard on duty
Bushland BeachNo OpenNo lifeguard on duty