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“Enjoyable” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Strand

The Strand
The Strand | North Ward, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
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Ranked #2 of 24 Attractions in Townsville
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Enjoyable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Great place for everyone, just lying around enjoying the sun or taking a stroll and enjoying the scenery. We sat for a while and watched skydivers landing and planes flying above. Beautiful views of Magnetic Island, and a rock pool at the northern end.

Visited July 2014
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Hervey Bay, Australia
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is a beautiful walk or drive, stunning views. Excellent walkway, toilets and childrens parks all the way-fanatastic!

Visited July 2014
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“Kissing point is a highlight”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The strand is a green reasonably new initiative but at the left hand end (facing the sea) is a real gem; kissing point. I understand that it is reasonably new build and the walk up to the old gun emplacements opens up to great views and some good history about the battle of the coral sea. At the bottom are some of the original barrack huts with craft shops and the new walkway along the cliff is a winner. Defiantly worth a visit. Plenty of coffee shops in the area as well!

Visited July 2014
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Parks, History, Cafes, Bars and Family Fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The main beachside promenade of Townsville is a very pleasing walk of just over 2.5 km in length with quite a few points of interest along the way.

I was quite taken with ANZAC Memorial Park at the southern end of The Strand. It is a lovely park overlooking the Breakwater Marina with a number of impressive mature banyan trees. Originally called Strand Park, it is the site of the Townsville Soldiers Memorial (the Cenotaph) built in 1924 and was re-named ANZAC Memorial Park in 1932. There are plenty of monuments and interesting architecture in this area, including the W.J. Castling Memorial (1908) to commemorate an early Townsville alderman who drowned in 1906. It reminded me a little of the similar, and often overlooked, Fireman Gardner memorial drinking fountain of 1887 in Elder Park, Adelaide. There is a charming bandstand from 1913, the Cenotaph and the ANZAC Way Memorial with an eternal flame in the canopy. The Queensland Centenary Fountain (1959) provides a pleasing a restful aquatic display. Impressive too is the Heroes walk Memorial of 1995 honouring Australian Victoria Cross Winners. There were a few small plinths dotted around the park with pre-recorded information about the history of the area for the Aboriginal people to Australia's military records.

Some plaques in ANZAC Memorial Park record the history of some impressive architecture on the other side of the street. The Queens Hotel (commenced 1902) appears to have played host to many famous Australians. Today it looks sadly quiet and I wondered if it is boarded up! It would be a great accommodation option but I believe it is now used by QLD TV. Similarly the Customs House from 1902 is equally grand but now appears to be used as governement offices. Further down toward the end of The Strand is The Criterion Hotel which looked to have a large beer garden but was oddly closed on these warm, holiday time afternoons. A wasted opportunity?

Further along is the Tobruk Memorial Baths built in 1950 and also replete with history having been used for the training of the 1956 Australian Olympic swim team and there is quite a bit of historical information inside and a monument to Townsville Olympians near the entrance. Dawn Fraser, Lorraine Crapp and Murray Rose trained at the Tobruk pool. This therefore gave me the immense pleasure of being able to trot out the old Barry Humphries line, "I would have loved to have seen Lorraine Crapp in this pool.".

The path now follows the beach with excellent views over Cleveland Bay and toward Magnetic Island. There is street art, fountains, picnic spots, BBQs, playgrounds and a fun little Water Park for the kids with plenty of grassed areas and palm trees. A number of bars, cafes and gelateria are to be found here including Longboard Bar and Grill, C Bar, Juliettes, Watermark to the Fish Inn overlooking the Rock Pool at the northern end of The Strand.

At the northern end of The Strand are plenty of walking trails and historical information at Kissing Point describing the 19th century forts and the Jezzine Barracks, particularly discussing Townsville's role in World War I and II. The Battle of Coral Sea is very well outlined in an interesting footpath installation. There are again more artworks commemorating some brave Australians and their exploits in the war, as well as the significance of the site for Aboriginal peoples down the centuries.

The Strand is a wonderful area to stroll, enjoy the scenery, learn about the history of Townsville, appreciate art and architecture, enjoy a drink and a bite to eat in the bars and cafes or have a family BBQ.

Visited July 2014
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“Relax and smell the sea salt”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

If you visit Townsville, a stroll along the Strand is a must do. Park the car near the Hotel and wander along the beach front. There are great coffee shops along the way and public toilets. For the kids, there is a water park but I think it only operates in Summer and on the weekends but check with Townsville Visitors Information. Its a great place to walk off the stress. Enjoy.

Visited June 2014
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