Townsville, North Queensland

Ocean Siren

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  • 146.8108° E
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The inaugural sculpture in the Southern Hemisphere’s first Museum of Underwater Art, the 'Ocean Siren' is installed alongside North Queensland’s iconic Strand Jetty in Townsville.

'Ocean Siren' is modelled on local Wulgurukaba Traditional Owner Takoda Johnson, with a vision to inspire reef and ocean conservation action and achieve positive environmental outcomes.

The ‘Ocean Siren’ reacts to live water temperature data from the Davies Reef weather station on the Great Barrier Reef and changes colour in response to live variations in water temperature. It was installed in December 2019, made possible through a $2 million Queensland Government grant.

The sculpture is free to view and open 24/7!

Location of Ocean Siren on The Strand, Townsville.



The sign showing what each colour represents on 'The Ocean Siren'.

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The 'Ocean Siren' sculpture is installed 30 metres from the shoreline above the water, adjacent to Strand Pier. Click Here To See Jason DeCaires Taylor's Description Of The 'Ocean Siren'.

The Sculpture is free to view 24/7 and can be seen facing the reef to act as 'a reef guardian'.

About The Strand

Immerse yourself in the Townsville way of life and discover The Strand, Townsville's thriving beach foreshore! With a relaxed, yet energetic vibe, The Strand is bursting with activities to excite the whole family. The two and a half kilometre walkway offers spectacular views across to Magnetic Island and is popular for runners, walkers and kids with bikes and scooters. Enjoy the ocean breezes with a meal at one of the restaurants or cafes there. Alternatively treat the whole family to a barbecue or beach picnic.


Townsville Sign
Ocean Siren 1 Ocean Siren Yellow
Ocean Siren Red Ocean Siren Blue

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