The Strand & Beaches

Closure Notice

Following the Australian Government’s new social distancing restrictions, Council has made the decision to close the following facilities to public in order to help slow the spread of coronavirus effective from 6pm, Wednesday 25 March 2020:

From 5pm, Friday 3 April the Loam Island Boat Ramp will be closed and motorised boats on Ross River (including Black Weir) are banned. Ross River will still be open to people who wish to kayak or paddle.

From 5pm, Monday 6 April all Castle Hill walking tracks will be closed. Castle Hill Road remains open for walkers and runners, however is closed to traffic and bikes.

Discover The Strand

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

You can enjoy the free family fun of The Strand Water Park, fish off the pier, choose to get active with a jog, or simply laze on the beach and enjoy the million-dollar views of Magnetic Island. The Strand offers the best of all worlds.

Beach Access Mats

Wheelchairs, prams and strollers can access Townsville’s beaches on mats in the following locations:

Beach Mat Availability
The Strand Every Friday 10:30am to Saturday 3pm and special events on the Strand Beach (in front of Strand Park).
Pallarenda TBA

For more information on Beach Accessibility Mats visit our disabilities webpage.

Please be advised that the Pallarenda Stinger enclosure is currently closed for maintenance until Tuesday, 24 March.

Lifeguard hours and status

Information has been provided courtesy of Surf Life Saving Queensland.

Stinger nets are installed at many of Townsville’s beaches over the stinger season, which runs from November to May. Nets are only removed after the stinger season ends and once no stingers are caught in daily net drags for 14 days.

BeachStinger NetsCurrent StatusLifeguard Patrols
The StrandTwo locations - Strand Beach and RockpoolOpen9am - 5pm daily
9am - 6pm summer school holidays (Rockpool only)
Strand RockpoolNoOpen9am - 6pm summer school holidays
Strand Rockpool is closed every Wednesday for cleaning except during public holidays.
Strand Water Parkn/aOpen9am - 8pm, December - 6 May
9am - 6pm, 7 May - November
Strand Water Park is closed every Tuesday for maintenance except during public school holidays.
PallarendaYesCLOSEDClosed due to maintenance until Tuesday, 24 March, 2020.
Serviced by lifeguards when stinger enclosure deployed (1 November - mid May)
9am - 6pm summer school holidays
9am - 5pm Easter school holidays, weekends and public holidays.
Magnetic Island Alma BayNoOpen9.30am - 4.00pm daily (Start time may vary due to lifeguards conducting stinger drags and net checks at other beaches during stinger season 1 Nov - 31 May)
8.45am - 4.45pm summer school holidays
Magnetic Island Horseshoe BayYesOpen9.30am - 4.00pm daily (Start time may vary due to lifeguards conducting stinger drags and net checks at other beaches during stinger season 1 Nov - 31 May)
8.30am - 4.45pm summer school holidays
Magnetic Island Roving Lifeguard (Systematic patrols by roving lifeguard of all Magnetic Island beaches by vehicle and jetski)         N/A 8.30am - 4.00pm Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3 school holidays 
8.30am - 4.45pm summer school holidays 
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