The Strand Esplanade, Townsville QLD

at The Strand, Townsville, 4810 Australia


The Strand Esplanade, Townsville QLD
The Strand
Townsville , QLD 4810
Australia
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Strand Park, Looking south to the Strand The Strand has been a part of Townsville's history since the city was founded in the mid-19th century.
The current foreshore was opened in 1999 after the old foreshore was severely damaged and eroded after heavy rainfall and wind from Tropical Cyclone Sid in January 1998 and other monsoonal storms between 1997 and 1998.
It was moderately damaged by Cyclone Tessi in April 2000.
The Townsville City Council and Queensland State provided an initial joint funding of around A$35 million for the development of the current foreshore.
[2] An estimated 80,000 people turned out on the opening weekend, which included numerous events including a pyrotechnics and fireworks display, and a skyshow.
The Strand was recently named Australia's cleanest Beach in 2008.
[3] This was the second time the award was given to the beach in five years.
An Anzac Day march in 2009 attracted 20,000 people to The Strand.
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Since the opening of the Strand, the foreshore has been used for many annual or monthly events.
The fourth Friday of each month sees Strand Park used for Nightmarkets, which is a popular festivity among the local residents.
Other events include the annual Townsville City Council Run Christmas events, Carols by Candlelight and Stable on the Strand , as well as a fireworks display and gathering on New Year's Eve.
One example of a bi-annual event is the Strand Ephemera, wherein local and regional artists display their works along the foreshore.
Some works from this event have become permanent on the foreshore, including the Silver Coconuts near the Rock Pool.
The Rockpool is a salt water lagoon at the Strand Oceanway pavement Rockpool Barbecue areas Surf Lifesaving Club Strand Park Waterpark Tobruk Memorial Baths
The Townsville City Council has recently introduced a program aimed at highlighting the many recreational aspects of the Strand, as well as complimenting the many fitness facilities that are in use along The Strand.