Boasting more than 10,000 beaches of varying landscapes and sizes all around the island of Australia, it’s no wonder this country is famous worldwide for its stunning beaches. And as a result, Aussies are also famous for their laidback, relaxed lifestyle by the ocean, and can often be found outdoors enjoying all the beach has to offer. This includes gentle strolls, swimming, body boarding, surfing, snorkelling, building sandcastles, picnics, beach cricket, volleyball… Whatever takes your fancy, really!
It is rather astonishing just how much variation there is amongst Australia’s beautiful beaches. From incredible golden surf beaches on the Gold Coast, to the pristine, rustic beaches found on the coast of Tasmania; from Melbourne’s gentle bay beaches, to Tropical Far North Queensland’s coconut palm-lined, aqua ocean beaches, there are loads of exquisite beaches along Australia’s enormous coastline begging to be explored.
In this blog post, we’d like to share with you four of the most amazing beaches located in Queensland, the most northern state on Australia’s east coast.
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Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast
Burleigh Heads is a much-loved surf beach located on the Gold Coast in southern Queensland and is frequented by many locals and visitors alike. Not only is Burleigh Heads beach itself amazing, thanks to its stunning surf, boulders and mammoth fringing pines, it is also connected to the beautiful National Park, with spectacular views of the ocean and surrounds.
Burleigh Heads is brimming with fantastic dining options, with something to suit all tastes and budgets, and is also a great place for a picnic, thanks to its grassland area at the southern end of the beach.
Nudey Beach, Fitzroy Island
Nudey Beach is one of Australia’s most breathtaking beaches and is located just 45 minutes from Cairns on beautiful Fitzroy Island (in Tropical Far North Queensland). Nudey Beach is truly spectacular- think gorgeous aqua ocean, white coral sand, giant granite boulders and contrasting tropical vegetation. Not only is Nudey Beach itself a sight to behold, the infamous Great Barrier Reef can be found just metres from the shore, meaning you can snorkel straight from the water’s edge out onto the magnificent reef.
Nudey Beach is a must-see Queensland beach and with the option to visit Fitzroy Island for just the day, or stay at the island’s very own resort, you can soak up everything else this tropical island has to offer, including gorgeous walking trails, the resort pool, delicious dining… the list goes on!
Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands
Whitehaven Beach is one of the most photographed and widely recognised beaches not only in Australia, but all over the globe. Famous for its pure, white quartz sand and crystal clear aqua water, Whitehaven Beach is truly breathtaking and a must-visit location during a trip to the Whitsundays region in Queensland.
There is no accommodation available at Whitehaven Beach itself, however, there is a wide array of transport options available for access to this beautiful location. Choose to board a gorgeous yacht or sailboat, a ferry or even a seaplane or helicopter, for an experience like no other! And for truly magical views you shall never forget, hike to Tongue Point Lookout, for jaw-dropping views of Hill Inlet and its contrasting sand and aqua ocean swirls.
Noosa Main Beach, Noosa Heads, Sunshine Coast
Noosa Main Beach is one of Australia’s most visited beaches by international and domestic tourists alike, and is famous for swimming, surfing, stand up paddle boarding and more. Noosa Main Beach is also unique in that it is patrolled by professional lifeguards 365 days a year and is north-facing, which often means fantastic surfing conditions and also makes for a great surf beach to visit with young kids.
When you’re done splashing in the surf for the day, choose to explore the neighbouring, spectacular Noosa National Park (look up for resident koalas!) and finish off with a delicious meal and ice-cream on beautiful Hastings Street, located directly behind the beach.
So there you have it. Be sure to check out these four incredible Queensland beaches on your next visit to the sunshine state- you won’t be disappointed!