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The Strand
Travel Guide

The Strand which includes hiking or walking, a sunset and general coastal views

Go for a swim, enjoy a meal with a view, take a Jet Ski tour or just stroll beneath the palm trees on Townsville’s scenic waterfront.

The Strand, situated in the center of Townsville, stretches about 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) along the coast. With commanding views of Magnetic Island, parklands, water activities and many dining options, it is popular with tourists and locals alike.

Head to Breakwater Marina at the southeastern end of The Strand. Get your heart pumping with a Jet Ski tour or gaze calmly at the yachts bobbing in the marina. From there, slowly make your way up along the long sandy stretch of The Strand with its waving palm trees.

Pay the small entry fee to do laps in the open-air swimming pools of the Tobruk Memorial Baths or keep the kids happy with a free visit to The Strand Waterpark for a splash and a slide.

Whether you walk or cycle, stop for a picnic in the parklands or pop into a café for a treat. Throw a line in at the Strand Pier if you brought a rod with you.

Enjoy the view across the ocean to Magnetic Island and cool off with a dip in the inviting waters. Swimming from these beaches is generally safe and pleasant year-round. Lifeguards are on hand. Stay within the netted areas to avoid the jellyfish in summer. If you’d rather swim in an even more protected setting, try the Rock Pool, a man-made swimming lagoon with salt water.

At the northwestern end of The Strand find the Jezzine Barracks, a redeveloped military area with open parkland. The restored Kissing Point Fort now commemorates Aboriginal and military heritage. Wander among the dozens of specially commissioned artworks and stroll along the coastal boardwalks.

The Strand is the ideal location for markets and festivals. The monthly night markets are popular and the annual Strand Ephemera Sculpture Festival gets bigger and better every year.

Return to The Strand after sunset to enjoy the balmy tropical evenings. Choose from one of the many cafés and restaurants and watch as the moonlight dances across the ocean through the gently swaying palm trees.

The Strand is an easy walk from Townsville’s downtown. Parking along the waterfront is free for up to 3 hours.

Where to stay in The Strand

Aquarius on the Beach
Aquarius on the Beach
4 out of 5
75 The Strand, North Ward, QLD
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With direct access to the beach, this North Ward hotel is on the boardwalk and within 1 mi (2 km) of Strand Park, Castle Hill, and Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (977 reviews)

"Location was great Good service Would love to come back again"…"

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2021

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Waters Edge The Strand
Waters Edge The Strand
4 out of 5
63 64 The Strand, North Ward, QLD
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The price is $101 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20

Offering direct access to the beach, this North Ward hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Strand Waterpark and Castle Hill. Museum of Tropical Queensland and ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (598 reviews)

"Location on the Strand is great, Staff are friendly and helpful."…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2021

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Madison Ocean Breeze
Madison Ocean Breeze
3.5 out of 5
81 Mitchell Street, North Ward, QLD
The price is $75 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26

Offering direct access to the beach, this North Ward aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Strand Beach and Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal. Strand Park and ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (256 reviews)

"Great location one block from strand Well maintained and equipped rooms Nice pool"…"

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2021

Madison Ocean Breeze
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Madison Ocean Breeze
Madison Ocean Breeze
3.5 out of 5
81 Mitchell Street, North Ward, QLD
The price is $75 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26

Offering direct access to the beach, this North Ward aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Strand Beach and Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal. Strand Park and ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (256 reviews)

"Great location one block from strand Well maintained and equipped rooms Nice pool"…"

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2021

Madison Ocean Breeze
Townsville Seaside Apartments
Townsville Seaside Apartments
3.5 out of 5
105 The Strand, North Ward, QLD

Located in North Ward, this beachfront apartment building is in the city center, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from The Strand Beach, and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Magnetic Island ...

3.7/5Good! (42 reviews)
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"Great stay"…"

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2020

Townsville Seaside Apartments
All Inclusive Rental: Tidy Renovated Studio Apartment on The Strand
All Inclusive Rental: Tidy Renovated Studio Apartment on The Strand
Townsville, QLD

Located in North Ward, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Strand Beach and Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal. Strand Park and Strand Waterpark are also ...

All Inclusive Rental: Tidy Renovated Studio Apartment on The Strand
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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