With a choice of over 10,000 beaches to visit and an incredible 25,000km+ of beautiful, versatile coastline to explore, it is no wonder Australia is famous all over the world for its outstanding beaches. Did you know that approximately 85% of people who live in Australia live within 50km of its shores? It is no wonder then that Aussies are known for their laidback, beachside lifestyle and relaxed and welcoming vibe, with many people flocking to local beaches all year round to enjoy a wide array of activities (such as walking, swimming, building sandcastles, surfing, beach cricket, body boarding and snorkelling, to name a few!).
No two Australian beaches are identical, as Australia’s beaches come in a vast array of sizes, shapes and even landscapes. For example, in Melbourne you shall find a number of lovely bay beaches, compared to the Gold and Sunshine Coasts which are famous for their spectacular surf beaches. The pristine, tropical, coconut-palm lined beaches found in Tropical Far North Queensland are a feast for the eyes and may be compared to the still pristine, yet wildly rugged beach landscapes found dotted along parts of the Victorian coastline.
No matter which part of Australia’s coastline you visit, you are bound to experience some of the country’s most beautiful beaches. In this article, we’d like to share with you four of our top picks when it comes to the best Queensland beaches you must visit at least once, including beaches found in the Tropical Far North, on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts and in the famous Whitsundays!
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Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands
Whitehaven Beach (located on Whitsunday Island) is one of the most famous beaches not only in Queensland and Australia, but the world. With its unique, pure, white quartz stand and its crystal clear, warm, turquoise ocean water, Whitehaven Beach is a must-see beach in Queensland.
Thankfully, there are a wide variety of transport options when it comes to visiting Whitehaven Beach, including by yacht, sailboat, ferry and the air (an experience you shall never forget). For truly spectacular views on foot, take part in a local tour that includes a hike to the Tongue Point Lookout, where you can see for yourself the exquisite beauty of the famous swirling white sand and aqua water of Hill Inlet.
Noosa Main Beach, Noosa Heads, Sunshine Coast
Noosa Main Beach, situated in southern Queensland on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, is unique in that it is one of the only beaches in Australia that has professional lifeguards on patrol every day of the year. Noosa Main Beach is a very popular beach for young families as well as surfers, thanks to its north-facing position and great surf conditions. This beach is a great choice for swimming, bodyboarding, surfing and stand-up paddle boarding.
Noosa Main Beach sits just in front of the famous Hastings Street (the main street in the suburb of Noosa Heads). When you are done with the beach for the day, Hastings Street is a fabulous spot not only for its yummy café and restaurant options, but also for its fantastic boutique shopping.
However, if nature is more your thing, you’ll be pleased to know that Noosa Main Beach is connected to the spectacular Noosa National Park. Noosa National Park is home to an array of stunning bush and coastal walks, as well as the famous Aussie animal, the koala!
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Nudey Beach, Fitzroy Island, near Cairns
Located right in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Cairns is the stunning tropical paradise of Fitzroy Island. Fitzroy Island is easily accessible, thanks to regular Fast Cat rides to the island from the Cairns Marina (just a 45-minute trip each way).
Fitzroy Island’s breathtaking Nudey Beach was awarded the number one spot in Australia’s Top 101 Beaches awards in 2018. Accessible from Welcome Bay via a beautiful tropical rainforest and coastal woodlands stroll, you can see with your own eyes the outstanding beauty of Nudey Beach – white coral sand, crystal-clear aqua ocean water, stunning rainforest vegetation and giant granite boulders. Just when you think it couldn’t get any better, you can snorkel straight from the shore of Nudey Beach out onto the magical Great Barrier Reef!
Depending on how much time you have up your sleeve, Fitzroy Island can be visited for just the day, or choose to stay a little longer, kick back and relax at Fitzroy Island Resort. With a wide array of amazing activities on offer such as snorkelling, scuba diving, sea kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and hiking, be sure to visit Fitzroy Island when you next explore Tropical Far North Queensland.
Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast
Burleigh Heads is one of the Gold Coast’s finest surf beaches and a popular choice not only amongst Australian and international tourists to the area, but local people, too. Burleigh Heads is a unique and spectacularly beautiful beach, with its gigantic, fringing Norfolk pines, basalt boulders and lush headland (thanks to the neighbouring National Park).
Burleigh Heads beach is a popular choice for surfers and swimmers alike (thanks to being protected from southerly winds), and is also a great spot for a picnic, scenic walk or indulging in its wide array of delicious dining options.
Despite being located along the Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads beach is a very laidback and relaxing beach when compared to busier beaches nearby, such as famous Surfers Paradise. Whichever surf beach you decide to visit on the Gold Coast, be sure to swim between the red and yellow flags, under the observation of experienced lifeguards.