Weather Forecast
25.70°C
Current Temperature
26.00km/h
Wind speed
25.76°C
Water Temperature
0.72m
Swell
0.92m
Tide
12/11
UV
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.
Beach Length: 2km
General Hazard Rating: 1/11

Patrolled Beach Flag Patrols

Mon
03 Oct
Tue
04 Oct
Wed
05 Oct
Thu
06 Oct
Fri
07 Oct
Sat
08 Oct
Sun
09 Oct
Townsville Picnic Bay SLSC
10:30 -16:30
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13:00 -17:00
10:30 -16:30
The Strand Net 1 (Lifeguards)
09:00 -17:00
09:00 -17:00
09:00 -17:00
09:00 -17:00
09:00 -17:00
09:00 -17:00
09:00 -17:00
The Strand Net 2 (Lifeguards)
09:00 -17:00
09:00 -17:00
09:00 -17:00
09:00 -17:00
09:00 -17:00
09:00 -13:00
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Information

Formal parking area
Rock pool
Shelters
Mobile Phone Coverage
Kiosk
Playground
Shops
Cafe
Toilets Block M/F
Public phone
Bike path
Toilets Block Disabled
Park
Lookout
Change Rooms
BBQ
Natural shade
Showers
Picnic
Artificial shade
Pool
Shade
Power supply
Bus
Pool
Unspecified

Regulations

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

Hazards

High Tide Range

Weather

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.