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A beautiful spot on the beachfront of my city.

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By bernieh

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The shining jewel of my city is what we call The Strand, a two kilometre landscaped boulevard that runs along the oceanfront.

On an average weekend during the school holidays, over 10,000 people visit The Strand. The area has picnic facilities, basketball courts, children’s playgrounds, and a waterpark, and is lined with cafes and restaurants. There’s a rock pool down at one end, and during the summer months, the City Council installs stinger resistant swimming enclosures along the beach.

While my husband and I live about 20 kilometres away from the city in a semi-rural outlying suburb, we often drive in on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon or evening just to enjoy this spot. I thought I would post some photos for you to enjoy (photos are not all taken on the same day).

Let’s start at the rockpool end. This is taken from the headland next to the rockpool area looking down over the rockpool and in the distance you can see the port area at the other end of the Strand:

On the other side of the rockpool:

Walking along the strand walkway:

This photo is taken on the Strand looking towards Magnetic Island which has around 23 beaches itself! (It is only 30 minutes from the heart of the city across Cleveland Bay. When Captain Cook was sailing by the east coast of Australia his compass had a great magnetic pull towards this island. Thus, the name Magnetic Island came into existence).

The jetty:

The jetty from the other side:

One of the stinger nets that allows people to swim safely without being bitten by jellyfish:

The walkway going round one of the beachfront restaurants:

Walking further down towards the other end:

At the waterpark at the other end of the Strand. The first photo was taken in the late afternoon when it was a bit cooler, while the next one was taken around midday. In the second photo you can also see our landmark Castle Hill in the background – a huge pink granite monolith that rises 286 metres above sea level:

Now we’re at the other end of the Strand near the casino (which you can see through the tree) and the port – there’s a great big park at this end:

This is a photo I borrowed from the internet (copyright free/free to share) that gives an aerial view of about half of the Strand. You can see the Palleranda Bay at one end of the photo and then some of the long straight section of beachfront that forms most of the Strand. You will see the rockpool section, then you will see the jetty, then a large green park section and at the bottom end the restaurant section. (This photo does not show all of the Strand):

It’s a beautiful spot and after months of rain the Strand is now once again brimming with activity on these lovely bright blue-sky days.

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Comments

 

What a beautiful place ! I enjoyed all the photos especially the one of that waterfall. Brilliant. Thank you :o)

9 Mar, 2009

 

What a gorgeous place. I can see why you enjoy your walks so much. :0)

9 Mar, 2009

 

Wow! What a great place, a lovely area and somewhere to enjoy the ocean and the beautiful weather! Thanks so much for showing it to us. I understand why it is a fav of yours for a nice stroll!

9 Mar, 2009

 

WOW, A brill place, could'nt stop looking at all the beautiful blue sky aswell, can't wait to get some of that .

9 Mar, 2009

 

Wonderful Place Thanx 4 sharing Bernieh

9 Mar, 2009

 

It's beautiful! You wouldn't beleive from those photos how well used the area is because it's so clean and unspoilt looking! Lovely blog!

9 Mar, 2009

 

This is beautiful..thanks so much for sharing ..

9 Mar, 2009

 

Oh Bernieh....It's lovely....and it looks sooooo warm and inviting.....<sigh> Someday it will be warm here too.

10 Mar, 2009

 

Breathtakingly beautiful....between seeing your and Marguerite's pictures, I'm beginning to think I'm going to have to visit Australia someday!

10 Mar, 2009

 

I have to agree that it is a beautiful spot - it is something our community values highly and therefore it is kept almost pristine. As a matter of fact, it won the 'Tidiest beach in Australia' award just last year - which is no mean feat given the multitude of great beaches over here.

10 Mar, 2009

 

I'm not surprised though, it's spotless!

10 Mar, 2009

 

SIGH............

10 Mar, 2009

 

Grand read and beautiful photo,s Bernieh many thanks for sharing.....

10 Mar, 2009

 

What a lovely blog and such a lovely place you live near. It is all picture perfect and you make a great advertiser for the place. It all looks so lush and inviting. We have an area with water features for kinds to play and people to wade and swim too and you know the funny thing is it is not fenced off, it is open to the public and of course warning signs for mothers to keep an eye on their littlies. Yet when you have a swimming pool in a fenced garden, you still have to fence off your pool as well, as other people's children can drown in it. You are however, not allowed to walk your dogs on what we call the Esplanade and wouldn't mine just love to jump in too! The stinger net shows up well there in the low tide. I've seen them everywhere along the QLD beaches and should be taken away in May again.Your photo's are excellent, so colourful and sharp. Thanks for sharing!

15 Mar, 2009

 

Thank you for showing your photos it looks great

15 Mar, 2009

 

Thanks Donnah and Marguerite - it is a unique spot I think and just such a lovely place to spend time in. I have heard about the Esplanade but have not been up that way to see it - will have to make the trip one of these days.

15 Mar, 2009

 

Your pictures are lovely Berniah..they made me think of my time in Tahiti...of course it was not at all as developed as what you are showing here...I swam in the water where I stayed, must not have the problem with the stingers there..perhaps the barrier reefs around the islands make the difference...

15 Mar, 2009

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