Townsville is considered the second largest city in Queensland and has a tropical climate.It is situated on the ocean and at mouth of the Ross River,
The Strand makes the most of this environment, it is 2.5 kilometres of beach-side enjoyment. The walkway strolls past safe, patrolled swimming areas, free BBQ and picnic tables, coffee and ice-cream kiosks, cafes and restaurants and the above delightful water playground that the kids just love. The other side of the walkway is a lush landscape of tropical plants and palms.
Townsville is also an army town with a large military barracks stationed here. At the southern end of the Strand we came across a “Garden of remembrance” it had only been constructed in 2005 and was a lovely shaded area of large trees and a number of walls of aggregate marble. Approximately 25% of these walls had brass plaques commemorating service men and women of the area that had died during the wars back to the first world war. It is a lovely way to acknowledge the bravery and patriotic duty of those that died, but what saddened me was to see the large area still left empty, and one assumes, waiting to be filled by plaques of future service men and women that die during war duty.