Townsville Northern Beaches

Townsville northern beaches are great.

They are small beach communities all within 50km from Townsville, and there are some are great free camping and fishing spots.

The southernmost one is Bushland Beach.

bushland beach
Bushland Beach. ©

It is the largest of the communities, the closest one to Townsville, with its own grocery shop and resort accommodation on the beach.
There is a bar and a restaurant, as well as picnic tables and barbeques in the beachfront park.

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Saunders Beach. ©

The second one is Saunders Beach, still close enough that you can see Townsville's Castle Hill in the distance. It is the second largest of the communities. It has a grocery store, and accommodation in the eastern end of the beach. In the western end is a free camping spot, with picnic tables, nice but it does get crowded.

Bluewater Creek. ©

North of Saunders is Bluewater - a small community near the highway. There is free camping near Bluewater Creek - not on the beach. The beach of Bluewater is called Toolakea, with only one street on the beach front, and a small parking bay with picnic facilities. Still close enough to Townsville that you can see Magnetic Island in the distance.

Toolakea Beach. ©

The next one north is Toomulla. This is the smallest of the communities with only a few streets and no shops. There is quite a large free camping spot, though not on the ocean front. There is a creek mouth great for fishing.

Toomulla Beach. ©

North of Toomulla is the turnoff to Balgal Beach - the third largest of the beach  communites, with bars and restaurants, a resort and other accommodation, as well as free camping and picnic facilities. It is one of the nicest of Townsville Northern Beaches.

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Balgal Beach. ©

North of Balgal is Rollingstone, with a pub, general store, free camping and a swimming hole but no beach access. This is the northernmost of the communities, 50km north of Townsville and just south of Paluma Range National Park.

Rollingstone. ©

Here's a map of the area. You can double-click anywhere on the map to zoom it in and see the places closer. Drag the map to move around, and if you want to see the satellite image with Google Earth, click on "Sat" in the top right hand corner.

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Read more about Townsville Beaches on this great website about Townsville and its surroundings.

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