The Strand & Beaches

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.

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.

Stinger nets will be removed from The Strand, Pallarenda, Balgal Beach and Magnetic Island week commencing Monday 1 June.

LocationNo. of Lifeguards Stinger Nets Lifeguard Patrols
The Strand 1 & The Roving Lifeguard Two locations - The Strand Net 1 & Net 2Net 1 & 2
9am – 5pm standard hours.
9am – 6pm during Christmas school holidays.
(Winter months not manned – beacon on site.)

Roving Lifeguard commences at 8:30am and ends when Waterpark closes on weekends, hublic polidays, and Queensland holidays. All other days conclude at 5pm.
Strand Rockpool 1-2 Yes 9am – 5pm during September and Easter school holidays.
9am – 6pm during Christmas holidays.
Strand Water Park 1 N/A 9am – 8pm from 1 December to 31 March.
9am – 6pm from 1 April to 30 November.

Lifeguards present 6 days a week, closed Tuesday for maintenance, excluding Queensland State School holidays and public holidays.
Pallarenda Beach 1 Yes 9am – 6pm during Christmas school holidays.
9am – 5pm during Queensland and public holidays.
Alma Bay, Magnetic Island 1 No 7:45am – 4:30pm standard hours including public and school holidays.
8:45am – 5:10pm on weekends.
7:45am – 5:10pm on Monday to Friday during Christmas school holidays, and 8:45am - 6:40pm on weekends.

(Start time may vary due to lifeguards conducting stinger drags and net checks at other beaches during stinger season 1 November - 31 May.)
Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island 1 Yes 7:45am – 4:25pm standard hours including public and school holidays.
8:45am – 5:10pm on weekends.
7:45am – 5:10pm on Monday to Friday during Christmas school holidays, and 8:45am – 6:40pm on weekends..

(Start time may vary due to lifeguards conducting stinger drags and net checks at other beaches during stinger season 1 November - 31 May.)
Picnic Bay, Magnetic Island 1 Yes No Lifeguard Service. Site is covered by the emergency call beacon deployed by Magnetic Island Rove during all Queensland school holidays.

7 days per week during school holidays.
Magnetic Island Roving Lifeguard (Systematic patrols by roving lifeguard of all Magnetic Island beaches by vehicle and jet ski.)1 N/A 7:45am – 4:30pm during public/school holidays.
7:45am – 5:15pm during Christmas school holidays.

Lifeguards present 7 days per week during school holidays.        
Balgal Beach 1 Yes 9am – 5pm during Summer/Easter school holidays.

Lifeguards present 7 days per week during school holidays. 
Rollingstone BeachN/A No No lifeguard on duty.
Toomulla BeachN/A No No lifeguard on duty.
Toolakea BeachN/A No No lifeguard on duty.
Saunders Beach N/A No  No lifeguard on duty.
Bushland Beach N/A No  No lifeguard on duty.
Riverway Lagoons 2-4 N/A Hours will vary due to seasonal requirements. See Riverway Lagoons webpage