The Strand & Beaches
Townsville boasts some amazing beaches, including the award-winning Strand, the Northern Beaches and Magnetic Island.
- Vehicles on our beaches factsheet (PDF, 4.9 MB)
NOTE: The Strand Water Park is closed until late 2016 while undergoing a complete renewal. View the project status.
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.
|Beach||Stinger Nets||Current Status||Lifeguard Patrols|
|The Strand||Two locations - Strand Beach and Rockpool||Open||9am - 5pm daily|
9am - 6pm summer school holidays
|Strand Rock Pool||No||Open||9am - 5pm daily|
Strand Rock Pool is closed every Wednesday for cleaning.
|Strand Water Park||n/a||Closed||The Strand Water Park is closed until late 2016 while undergoing renewal.|
|Pallarenda||Yes||Open||9am - 6pm summer school holidays|
9am - 5pm easter school holidays, weekends and public holidays.
|Magnetic Island Alma Bay||No||Open||9am - 4pm daily|
9am - 4.30pm summer school holidays
|Magnetic Island Horseshoe Bay||Yes||Open||9am - 4.30pm daily|
|Magnetic Island Picnic Bay||Yes||Open||9am - 4.30pm summer/easter school holidays only|
|Balgal Beach||Yes||Open||9am - 5pm summer/easter school holidays only|
|Rollingstone||No||Open||No lifeguard on duty|
|Toomulla||No||Open||No lifeguard on duty|
|Toolakea||No||Open||No lifeguard on duty|
|Saunders Beach||No||Open||No lifeguard on duty|
|Bushland Beach||No||Open||No lifeguard on duty|