Townsville : Day One, The Strand

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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.

“Garden of remembrance”

 

This is only a small part of the number of walls, I think approx 16 walls.

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Townsville : Day One, The Strand

  1. I’ve been to Cairns but that’s as far as I’ve got in Queensland – would love to see more of the state.

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  2. We´ve travelled all up the east coast of Australia as far as the Whitsunday Islands, but have never made it up to Townsville. Would you say it´s a better time of year to visit during the autumn/winter months?

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  3. Hope all goes well with M’s operation, and you are able to enjoy and relax in this paradise.

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  4. Wow. Those empty plaques are powerful. I hope they stay empty. Thank you for sharing.

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