The Strand - Beach in North Ward Townsville QLD - SLS Beachsafe

The Strand

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The Strand is Townsville’s main beach. A wide road of the same name parallels the back of the beach, with residential and tourist development occupying the entire length of the western side of the road. The beach is 2.7 km long and faces north-east toward Magnetic Island. It runs from... Read more

The Strand is Townsville’s main beach. A wide road of the same name parallels the back of the beach, with residential and tourist development occupying the entire length of the western side of the road. The beach is 2.7 km long and faces north-east toward Magnetic Island. It runs from northern Kissing Point south to the 1.5 km long western breakwater of Townsville harbour. Between the road and the beach is a raised seawall, to protect the city from tropical cyclone storm surges, and a foreshore reserve including a tree-lined walkway. The entire reserve and beachfront underwent a major redevelopment in the late 1990’s, which substantially improved beach access, parking and facilities, including the development of five protruding nodes containing a range of recreational facilities. These nodes also divide the once continuous beach into six beach compartments between 200 m and 400 m in length. A new jetty extends seaward of the largest central node. The beach is protected by both the breakwater and offshore islands, including Magnetic Island. Waves are usually less than 0.5 m and at high tide surge against the narrow beach, while at low tide there is a 50 m wide bar attached to the beach.

Swimming

The best swimming is at Kissing Point, either in the circular rock pool constructed at the point, with its own little beach, or immediately south of the pool, where there is a stinger net and lifeguard on duty.

Surfing

There are usually no rideable waves. Very strong south-easterlies or a cyclone are required to have a surf at The Strand.

Fishing

Most fishers head for the Kissing Point rock pool, where they can fish off the walkway that runs around the pool. The beach is best at mid to high tide.

General

A well-developed beach backed by the city of Townsville. Waves are usually low to non-existent and swimming is relatively safe in the pool or stinger enclosure.

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Beach Patrols Change Day

Townsville Picnic Bay SLSC

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TODAY'S UPDATE

Weather
23°C
Water
25°C
UV Rating
12 / 11

Hazards

Hazards

Irukandji
Irukandji
Bluebottles
Bluebottles
Chironex
Chironex
Crocodiles
Crocodiles
High Tide Range
High Tide Range

Information Symbols

Formal parking area
Toilets
Disabled Toilets
Dressing shed
Showers
Pool
Rock pool
Kiosk
Shops
Public phone
Park
BBQ
Picnic
Shade
Shelters
Playground
Cafe
Bike path
Lookout
Natural shade
Artificial shade
Power supply
Mobile Phone Coverage
Bus
Pool
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Regulation Symbols

Bicycles Allowed
No Littering
No Vehicles
No Cats or Dogs
Picking Plants Prohibited
No Diving
No Naked Flames
Camping Prohibited
PWC's Prohibited
Do Not Drink the Water
Dog Litter Must be Picked Up
No Firearms
Shared Footway
Fires Prohibited
Vessels Prohibited
No Alcohol
No Horses
Water Skiing Prohibited
Sunday, 18 Oct 9:34

SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.


North Ward, QLD 4810
Length: 2km
General Hazard Rating: 1/10 (Least hazardous)
Beach Key: qld0862