Saunders Beach is located approximately 30 km North of Townsville, 90 km South of Ingham or 328 km South East of Cairns. Follow the signs for Saunders Beach and the Wulgurukaba Plant Trail; turning East off the Bruce Highway onto Saunders Beach Road at GPS: 19 12 40 S. 146 35 35 E and drive for about 7km. At Saunders Beach look for the Wulgurukaba Plant Trail sign; turning left into Reef Street. The Wulgurukaba Plant Trail is located in Saunders Park at the end of Reef Street. GPS: 19 09 16 S 146 36 15 E.

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Our Community

Saunders Beach is a small community with approximately 200 dwellings. Facilities include a free 24 hour camping area (no tents permitted), toilets, children’s playgrounds, barbecue areas and a boat ramp. At the Saunders Beach Community Centre there are a number of activities held throughout the week including: indoor bowls; playgroup; exercise classes; art group and Friday night meals/bar. Members of the public are welcome at the centre. For further information about what is happening at Saunders Beach Community Centre contact michellemurphy1@optusnet.com.au or log on to the Saunders Beach Facebook page.

The Saunders Beach outrigger paddling group go out on the water every Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning. The group is non-competitive and all experience levels are catered for. Members of the public are welcome to come along and have a try. A small fee applies. For more details contact michellemurphy1@optusnet.com.au


There is approximately six kilometres of quiet sandy beach to enjoy with views of Townsville, Castle Hill and numerous islands including Magnetic, Palm, Herald and Rattlesnake. At low tide it is possible to walk along the beach as far as Black River.


Plenty of wildlife can be seen in the area including birds such as brolgas, jabirus, egrets, pelicans, frigate birds and white-bellied sea eagles. Turtles, manta rays and dugongs are sometimes seen in the ocean with dolphins being a common sight for locals.

Unfortunately, much rubbish is left at the beach which can harm local wildlife. Please help to keep Saunders Beach beautiful by using the bins provided or taking rubbish home for disposal.




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