Friday, 17 March 2017

Along the Strand, Townsville



From Lucinda we travelled to Townsville, Queensland and decided to stay for 7 nights in the caravan park we stayed in on the way to Cairns on our holiday in 2016 in the winter.

We liked Townsville however it's rather spread out, there might be one shop you wish to look at but it's about 20km one way, and another about 20km in the opposite direction.  The streets are not necessarily set in squares either.

Census night was whilst we were in Townsville, the caravan park owners had the forms which we filled in and returned the next day - no trouble for us.

The Strand is really a lovely place to walk along and see by the sea.  One can swim at a couple of beaches that are patrolled by life savers even in winter.  There are 'nets' to help keep out the unwanted sea creatures.

A view of Magnetic Island from The Strand, the island is 8 klm offshore from the city of Townsville and has just over 2,000 permanent residents.
The name came about because of the apparent ''magnetic' effect it had on the ship's compass of Captain Cook as he passed the island when sailing up the east coast of Australia in 1770.
All has been investigated since, nothing was found to cause this magnetic effect.









A good hill with a view on top - photos in a future post.




41 comments:

  1. It looks like paradise!
    And the magnetic effect is fascinating.

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    1. I bet it is nice on there, there were boat trips to the island.

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  2. It's never been a place that interested me but it looks nice enough. The sculptures are good. That there seemed to be magnetic influence near the island is less interesting than the fact while none could be found, the island was still named Magnetic Island.

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  3. Each place you post is prettier than the last and all of them make me want to be there. The sculptures are so life like :)

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    1. We do have some pretty places in Australia River, and it's hard to visit every single one of them.

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  4. Es un precioso lugar,En donde ha capturado buenas imágenes.

    Besos

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  5. Love those sculptures. One of my friends lived on Magnetic Island for years. We have lost touch - I wonder if she is still there...

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    1. What I imagine would be a rather lovely place to live - phone book to see it she is still there.

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    2. Electoral Rolls if she isn't in the phone book.

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  6. The magnetic effect might have been temporary. UFO! Only kidding.

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  7. You're bringing back many memories for me. I lived and worked in Townsville in the mind-90s for a while. I lived in West End, in a street that came to a dead-end at the base of Castle Hill. I can't remember the name of the street, off hand.

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    1. Oh, as long as they are good memories, sometimes takes photos to do that.
      Went up Castle Hill, rather a good view from up there.

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  8. Jeez... I thought that was a real turtle when I first looked. I wondered who tossed him! Then reality kicked in. Looks like a wonderful place to visit.

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    1. :) The replica is not that perfect - but then at a glance :)

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  9. These are all such lovely photographs, the light in them is so wonderful, and the scenes are great ...

    All the best Jan

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  10. And a Happy Paddy's day to you from rainy and not glorious (my
    patience has snapped) Terrigal.

    Dugongs are not even attractive as sculptures. Poor things.
    Cheers between quacks
    Colin

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    1. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you too - weather should take up soon up your way, surly!

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  11. Thank you for letting us tag along. I'm sure these photos, lovely as they are, do not do justice.

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    1. Always much nicer in person as the camera doesn't see as we do.

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  12. Beautiful scenery and colours. It is a lovely walk along the strand.

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    1. It sure is Diane, we did a bit of walk, got into the car to drive up The Strand a bit further, parked and walked more.

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  13. It is really a beautiful part of Queensland. Lovely photos.

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  14. What a pristine and beautiful place. Interesting about the magnetic effect. Happy St. Patrick's Day.
    Have a lovely weekend.

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  15. Bom dia, belas fotos relativas ao seu passeio, o local é atraente para se visitado.
    AG

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  16. A clear blue sky and sunshine looks good to me about now.
    A long walk over the water is alway pleasant.
    Those sculptures are vey good.
    Merle.................

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    1. Heard there is a lot of rain up your way - don't float away.

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  17. Beautiful strand, so sunny. And the sculptures are lovely.

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