Saturday, July 14, 2007

Pallarenda

Townsville isn't famous for it's beaches. The Great Barrier Reef blocks most wave action, and Magnetic Island finishes the job. Plus, the city and its beaches are in between two different capes that stick out and block much water movement. The result is silty, low energy beaches. City council has tried to remedy that by building up 'The Strand', which is the main city beach. There is a foot path, a rockpool, a few kiddie water parks and playgrounds, and some fountains and stuff like that. And they truck in sand every now and then, to make it nice for people to lay on. I hate the Strand. It's so phony, and feels too commercial. My favourite beach is definitely Pallarenda.

Just a bit further along from the Strand, Pallarenda is naturally sandy (Though it's still mucky past the low-tide point). Dunes separate the beach from the street. A doggie friendly, off-leash area where people can come play with their pups. Look to the right, and you see Townsville city surrounding Castle Hill...

And a bit further along is Cape Cleveland.
To the left, Cape Pallarenda and the tip of Magnetic Island.Straight out, Maggie is green and inviting.
The perfect place to spend an afternoon reading social movement theory, even if the water was too cold to jump in!

4 comments:

KleoPatra said...

Love this post! The beach is gorgeous and the toes at the end so cute. i want to visit!!! Thanks for the nice photo story, Theresa! Love that it's dog-friendly. That's the name of the game. i hate phony, commercial beaches too. And believe me, we've got 'em in large number in Southern California!

And thanks again for your nice words about my little deaf buddy Mattie - i am so lucky i found her!

Have a "beachin' " weekend!

bazu said...

Gorgeous photos! I hope to see the great barrier reef someday...

Veganista said...

Hi Theresa! This beach looks pretty good to someone who's in a tragically land-locked city...what a great place to do academic reading stuff. :)

And re the soy delicious ice cream--it's only recently that I've seen it in shops here. Guess that could be because I wasn't looking for it before, but perhaps it's relatively new to Oz-land and will be showing up in your town too! (Too bad it needs the freezer, or I'd post some to you.) Appreciated the so good tip too.

Monika K said...

I'm clicking my heels, wishing I was there, but so far nothing's happened...oh well, enjoy it for all of us land-locked folk. (-: