InTownsville and Magnetic Island Guide September 2019 to February 2020


A free guide to the area of Townsville, Magnetic Island and surrounding areas in Tropical North Queensland, Australia



Strand Jetty

The Rock Pool

Strand Water Park

Photos Tourism and Events Queensland

One of the man-made wonders in Townsville is The

Strand on the beachfront. Being close to the centre

of town The Strand offers a variety of activities for

all ages.

There are four rock headlands that you can enjoy,

with fishing, parks, childrens playgrounds, scenic

walks, kiosk, restaurants, coffee shops and an

awesome view worth capturing on film from Kissing

Point. The Picnic Bay Surf Lifesaving Club has toilet

facilities located on the Burke Street headland. An

icecream shop is situated on the Landsborough St

Headland. You will find a restaurant and coffee

shop on the Gregory Street headland. With a bar

and restaurant located at the Rock Pool.

The Strand has stunning views across to Magnetic

Island from the promenade, with rollerblading,

jogging and biking very popular activities along the

pathways. Note that courtesy rules apply on the

pathway. Three swimming areas obviously feature,

being the Rock Pool at one end of The Strand, and

the Tobruk Pool at the other, and there’s plenty

of beach in between. In the summer months the

beach has two purpose built stinger proof nets

out (November - May is the official stinger season)

providing two safe swimming areas in the sea.

Weddings are popular on The Strand and in other

Townsville parklands, with the most popular months

being March to October. A hire fee applies to

parkland weddings and bookings must be made at

least six weeks prior to the wedding date. Contact

the Strand Office for bookings on 4727 9000.


The most popular saltwater swimming destination

is the Kissing Point Rock Pool at the extreme

northern end of The Strand in North Ward. Offering

a sheltered environment, the rock pool is a marvel

of natural engineering. Sea water is constantly

pumped into the pool, after being strained from

marine life and stingers into a natural beach


A special pumping system was imported from

Sweden for the rockpool and it pumps water in the

pool 24 hours a day. The pool, which is about 10

times the size of an Olympic pool, has the entire

water volume replaced every three hours.

The Rock pool is a great spot to get wet and

cool down from the summer heat. The Rock Pool

is closed on Wednesdays for maintenance. Toilet

and shower facilities are available and the lawns

surrounding the pool provide a great place for

a picnic or barbecue and a buzz on the flying

fox. Lights in the pool are turned on every night

for those wanting a moonlit dip. Offering copious

seating areas and parkland, with free electric

barbeques, this is the perfect location to have a

safe swim and a picnic during your stay.

There is a second beach swimming enclosure half

way along The Strand, and the Strand Water Park

is a favourite family outing.

34 | Sept 2019 - Feb 2020

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