Jezzine Barracks

Townville Chiropractor recommends Jezzine BarracksJezzine Barracks Townsville

Jezzine Barracks is a 15-hectare heritage precinct located in a beautiful seafront setting at Kissing Point headland, at the northern end of the Strand. It commemorates the military and Aboriginal heritage of the Kissing Point headland in Townsville. There are 32 specially commissioned public artworks, extensive interpretive signage along with the restoration of significant elements of the Kissing Point Fort complex. In 2007 a community trust was established to keep this land in public hands.

Jezzine Barracks Development

The Jezzine Barracks / Kissing Point / Garabarra redevelopment was a $40 million partnership. It was made between the Townsville City Council, the Queensland and the Australian Governments. Beautiful views over The Strand, the city, the sea and Magnetic Island from the observation decks are all available to the public.

All along the coastal boardwalks are art installations and interpretative signs where you can learn about the Aboriginal culture. Uncover stories of Townsville’s settlement and discover the regions significant and fascinating military and indigenous Aboriginal history as you go.

The centrepiece of this precinct is the restored Kissing Point Fort, established in 1870 after the British withdrew from the colonies. It was in continuous use from 1885 through 2006 and played a significant role in Australia’s defense during this time. It was also part of the American Army base during World War 2.

Jezzine Barracks Walkway

A coastal walkway connecting Rowes Bay and The Strand, observation decks at Kissing Point Fort, traditional Aboriginal plantings along the ethnobotanical walk, the Crossed Boomerang Amphitheatre, Norman and Brigadier North parklands and the Kennedy Regiment Plaza all make Jezzine Barracks a spectacular experience.

The Wulgurukaba and the Bindal people are the traditional owners of the land. The land is called Garabarra and the First Nations people retain an enduring ‘connection to country’ despite the impact of non-Aboriginal settlement in the area. For thousands of years Garabarra was the centre of a common food foraging area for local Aboriginal people. This area has immeasurable cultural and spiritual value.

This is a beautiful spot to stroll in the sunshine and soak up some of the stories that helped shape this town. Your kids will have a great time in the playground there. It is dog friendly as well so make sure you take you canine companion along. The walking trail can be quite hot in the middle of the day though. The best to time for your visit is earlier in the morning or in the late afternoon. .

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