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Amazing Beaches in Queensland for you to Explore

Are you looking for some amazing beaches in Queensland to explore, then you have come to the right place. The Queensland Coast in Australia stretches from the Gold Coast all the way to Cooktown in the North. This is over 2000 kilometres of land and so many different towns, Islands, and off-beat locations to visit.

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Can you believe there are over 1700 beaches you can visit in Queensland? Today, I’m only going to feature a few of these beaches in Queensland, but they are going to be some of the best.

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About Queensland

Queensland is the second-largest state in Australia and home to over 5 million people. Tourists will visit the sunny state for beachside accommodations, The Great Barrier Reef, and the laid-back Atmosphere. This is what you can get by exploring some of the beaches in Queensland.

With the state being so big, the climate does vary. There is a lot of rainfall along the coast, with the wet season ranging from December to February. Snow will be rare, but it can happen in the higher, southern regions like Stanthorpe. 

The state capital is Brisbane, with is located in the southeast corner, north of the Gold Coast. The rest is the state is split into section like Tropical North QLD, Central QLD, Southern Country Queensland and Outback Queensland.

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Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise is tourist central and home to one of the most famous beaches in the world. People were flocking to the areas back in the 1980s and eventually became the sixth-largest, non-capital city in Australia. The coastline has been built-up with high-rise buildings, skyscraper holiday accommodations, restaurants, and cafes. Additionally, with entertainment and activities galore, especially in the water with Jet Skiing tours, Surf lessons and Jet Boating experiences.

This area has two kilometres of beautiful white sandy beaches, fully patrolled during the day. The surf ranges from day to day depending on the conditions, but you’ll see bodyboarders, kayakers, paddle boarding, and swimmers out there every day. The sun will rise over the ocean, and a great time to sit on the sand to watch. Alternatively, the evening can bring some nice colours with the sun setting being the high rise buildings.

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Sunset Surfers Paradise Beach, Gold Coast

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Tallebudgera Creek, Gold Coast

Tallebudgera Creek is your alternate Gold Coast beach to visit when you don’t want the huge crowds like Surfers Paradise. The area features a low-key crystal clear creek and a surf beach. With this in mind, you will find it suits every kind of beachgoer, including families, kids, and even the family pet.

This is also a patrolled area, and you can feel safe knowing that someone is always on the lookout for you. This is a brilliant spot for canoeing, paddle boarding, even swimming or surfing lessons. The beaches are lined with picnic tables, toilets facilities, and many kids will jump off the walking bridge into the water.

Whatever you’re into, the beauty of Tallebudgera Creek will surely impress you as one of your best beaches in Queensland.

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Tallebudgera Creek, Gold Coast

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Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast

Burleigh Heads beach is the last Gold Coast beach I will be featuring today. With over 50 kilometres of beaches stretching over this section, it’s hard just to pick three. Burleigh Heads is starting to get a little further south and less touristy, but still a popular spot with plenty of facilities.

The beach if still lined with high rise buildings and holiday accommodations. Spent you days lazing on the beach or getting your daily exprecize by walking the shores.

The Burliegh Foreshore is lined with parklands, perfect for a picnic or barbeque. There are regular arts and crafts parkets where you can admire the lcal talents. Furthermore, ocean Front dining provides some amazing views while you enjoy a delectable meal. Enjoy your next holiday at this fantastic Location on the Gold Coast!

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Burleigh Heads Beach, Gold Coast

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Bribie Island Beach, Brisbane

The beautiful Bribie Island lies off the coast of North Brisbane and is the forth largest sand island in the world and one of the few islands that you can drive to. Separated by the Pumicestone passage, you have the west side with low-key swimming with the west side(ocean facing), where you’ll find the surf. Over 16 thousand people live there, with a great selection of shops, groceries, restaurants, and cafes.

Bribie Island is actually a National Park, it allows beach driving, along with some of the best beach camping spots. Permits and fees apply to enter the National Park area, but well worth the visit. Water sports are very popular with jet skiing, fishing, and boating.

Beachside accommodations are easy to find, along with easily assessable caravan parks, Hotels, Resorts and Airbnb holiday homes. Next time you’re looking for beaches in Queensland to visit, then Bribie Island will be a great spot to try out!

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Bribie Island, Brisbane

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Tangalooma Beach, Brisbane

Your perfect Island Paradise, and so close to the capital city of Brisbane. Therefore, Tangalooma is easy to access for a day trip from Brisbane. Or alternatively, a day trip from the Gold Coast or stay for longer in any holiday home accommodation. It’s known for the famous nightly Dolphin feeding or snorkelling the many wrecks. Either way, you’re sure to enjoy this Island Paradise.

Many different tour boats will take the 1.5 hour journey across Moreton Bay. This includes the Tangalooma Flyer passenger ferry, which leaves several times a day. There are four-wheel driving opportunities in the sand and car carriers available to get you there, along with beach camping.

There is an Eco-friendly Resort that uses solar power on the third largest sand island in the world and they’ve created a lot of activities that limit the tourist footprint on the Island. Take your views even further with a 10 min flight – you won’t regret it!

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Tangalooma Island Resort Wrecks – Beaches in Queensland

Cylinder Beach, North Stradbroke Island

There are so many different Stradbroke Island beaches for you to explore, and therefore, very hard to round down to just one. I suppose I have picked Cylinder beach for its location, facilities, accessibility, and suitable for everyone. North Stradbroke Island lies off the coast of Brisbane, the second largest sand island in the world, and a 40-minute ferry ride away. You have the option to take your own car to the island, hire transport over there, or use the Public Transport System.

North Stradbroke Island has 2000 people permanently living there and convenient facilities for whatever kind of holiday you’re after. The beach itself has some low-key swimming, plus some surf. Obviously, weather conditions control the waves but are mostly protected from the extreme.

You have several different spots to park, beach hotels for food, and a selection of accommodation facilities.

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Cylinder Beach – Stradbroke Island

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Noosa Main Beach, Sunshine Coast

Noosa Main Beach or Noosa Heads is one of the more popular spots to hang out on the Sunshine Coast. Hastings Street is Noosa Central and only a short walk away from this amazing beach, protected by a 2000 hectare National park headland.

The main Boardwalk is a short walking distance from the beach and home to many different shops, restaurants, and holiday apartments. As you walk further around the headland and into the National Park, you have more selections of private coves and ideal swimming spots. This includes but is not limited to the famous Noosa Fairy Rock Pools.

You can hike along the edge of this headland, which is called the Noosa Coastal Walk, where you can see a variety of wild animals like koalas. It’s no wonder the Noosa will receive about 1 million tourists each year.

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Noosa Heads Views on the Sunshine Coast – Beaches in Queensland

Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island ( K’Gari)

Can you ever imagine a freshwater lake looking this good? The crystal blue waters and fine white sand, are what you’re going to find at Lake McKenzie on Fraser Island ( K’Gari). Laze on the beach, jump in for a swim, or spend your day hiking around the edges. Whatever you do, you will be sure to enjoy it at Lake McKenzie.

Fraser Island lies off the coast of Queensland and is accessed by ferry from Hervey Bay and Rainbow beach. It’s part of the Great Sandy National Park and the world’s largest sand island.

The Island receives over 300 thousand tourists each year and is a popular spot for beach camping and holiday rental along a seventeen-mile beach. Accessing Lake McKenzie is only by four-wheel-drive (like the rest of the island) and requires navigation through a lot of thick, sandy tracks. Any effort to get there is well worth the visit and conveniently by tours if you don’t have your own four-wheel drive.

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The amazing fresh waters of Lake McKenzie on Fraser Island – Beaches in Queensland

Rainbow Beach

The small town of Rainbow Beach has a population of 1200 people and is located about 3 hours north of Brisbane. It’s also part of the Great Sandy National Park( Like Fraser Island or K’gari). Many people will use Rainbow Beach as their gateway to Fraser Island, but it does have its own drawcards as well.

How about a small hike and swimming in the fresh waters of Poona lake. Exploring the 15-hectare sandhills of the Carlo Sand Blow or treating yourself to some sand tobogganing.

There are plenty of accommodation options and a nice selection of local stores, cafes, restaurants, and the ever-popular Pub. Furthermore, it’s not that far off the highway and very easy to drive to in a standard two-wheel drive car.

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Beaches in Queensland featuring Rainbow Beach

Woodgate, Bundaberg

There are many different Bundaberg beaches to discover, but none are quite like Woodgate beach. The white sandy shores stretch for over 16 kilometres and a brilliant addition to our beaches in Queensland selection. This is a small country town, with about 1000 permanent residents and about 40 minutes from the town of Bundaberg.

The Caravan Park is also your only fuel station, a small grocery store, a couple of cafes, and a pub. Many tourists will enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and limited crowds. Consequently, the accommodation options are limited but are both camping and cabins straight across from the beach.

Spend your afternoons swimming in the calm waters or walking the beachline at sunset. Pack a picnic and have a romantic day trip from Bundaberg. Either way, you’re going to enjoy this isolated beach.

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Woodgate Beach, Bundaberg

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Mon Repos Beach, Bundaberg

Mon Repos is another beach in Bundaberg I wanted to mention, but not for its beachside quality. This beach is special due to the amazing Turtle experience you can enjoy between October and March each year.

The seasonal Loggerhead turtles will visit Mon Repos Beach from October to January to lay their eggs in the sand. This is controlled and monitored by the Bundaberg Council rangers, and you can purchase tickets to see this amazing site.

After an eight-week gestation period, the eggs will start to hatch, which is very common from December to March. Seeing the baby Loggerheads turtles running down the beach is a unique experience and one your not going to forget. Primetime to visit would be through December and January, when you could experience both eggs laying and the hatching, but more likely that you will only see one.

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Turtle Hatchlings making their way down the beach in Bundaberg

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Agnes Water

The beautiful Agnes Water or Seventeen Seventy is located in central Queensland and about 5 hours north of Brisbane. Both are quiet little beachside towns, with a population of over 2000 people combined. Agnes Water is known for is surfing and drawing a younger crowd. However, all kinds of beachgoers enjoy this quaint little spot for its isolation and kilometres of beach to explore.

The town itself has a great community with plenty of facilities. There are many seaside cafes, and while known as a fishing village, many delectable seafood meals are on order. There is a choice of fixed accommodation options, as well as cabins and camping right beside the beach.

Apart from that, you can enjoy many different activities like hiking the red rock trail, taking a day trip to Lady Musgrave Island, Walking through the Instagram-worthy Paperbark Forest, or taking a ride on the amphibious LARC vehicle. Whichever way you like to enjoy your holidays, Agnes Water is one spot you need to check out.

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Beaches in Queensland featuring Agnes Water

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Cape Hillsborough, Mackay

Once again, I have included a beach due to the wildlife experience and not necessarily for the beach itself. Cape Hillsborough National Park is located about 40 minutes north of Mackay and is known for its unique wild Kangaroo experience.

Each morning at sunrise, wild kangaroos will come out from the surrounding bushland to feed on the pods and seaweed leftover from high tide. You will have to be an early riser for this one and ensure you get down to the beach around first light ( about 30 minutes before sunrise). The kangaroos do not stay around for long, and within 30 minutes after the sun has risen, they will disappear.

If you’re looking for a convenient place to stay, then the Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park is the best spot, and the kangaroos gather right in front of the park, on the beach. Not only that, but they will be lazing around the caravan park during the day, finding shade.

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Cape Hillsborough Beach Kangaroos

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Radical Bay, Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island lies off the coast of Townsville in North Queensland and has about 2000 permanent residents. There are many different beaches you can explore on a day trip to the Island, but today I’m only mentioning Radical Bay.

Radical Bay is not the easiest to access and will require a four-wheel drive. However, you can return hike there in a few hours, if you’re keen. The beach is very isolated from the rest of the Island, and you won’t find a lot of tourists there. Consequently, there are no facilities or conveniences at Radical Bay, but there are close by and plenty on the Magnetic Island itself.

The beach is lined by fascinating palm trees and crystal clear waters. The cove is surrounded by big rock boulders, which are popular all over the Island. Therefore, escape to your own island beach paradise and visit Radical Bay today!

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Radical Bay, Magnetic Island, Beaches in Queensland

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Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet (Whitsunday Islands)

What can I say about Whitehaven beach or Hill Inlet – It needs to be seen to be believed. If you can only visit one crystal clear water along the Queensland coast, then the Whitsundays is where you need to go. This is a bucket list destination in Australia, visited by over 750 thousand tourists each year and an easy day trip from Airlie Beach.

Whitehaven beach is like walking on snow and made up of white silica sand that will get into almost everything. Consequently, this is the same type of sand that you can find at Lake McKenzie on Fraser Island. This is the perfect type of sand for an exfoliation treatment, so you can lie on the beach edge while rubbing it over your legs and arms.

Hill Inlet is a popular viewpoint over the Whitsunday Islands and a “Must Do” stop for the beautiful blue waters and several white sandy beaches in Queensland. Tour boats will anchor in a cove, tender you to shore for a short hike to the lookout point. Be surprised, amazed, and in awe over the view that you will never want to leave.

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Views from Hill Inlet at the Whitsunday Islands, Queensland

Palm Cove, North Queensland

The city of Cairns is the last major town up the coast of Queensland, with a population over 150 thousand people. This is your international gateway city and is visited by over 3 million tourists each year.

The Palm Cove beach is about 30 mins north of Cairns and on your way to Port Douglas. It offers visitors and locals a relaxed beachfront village with its palm-fringed beach. Melaleuca trees overhang on the rooftops, which adds to the vibe of relaxation. The waters around here remain warm and inviting all year round, along with the clean, soft sand.

Both the Kuranda National Park and Daintree National Park are close by and make for a great, low-key place to visit while exploring the entire area.

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Cairns Lagoon, Queensland Australia - Brisbane to Cairns Road Trip
Cairns Lagoon, Queensland Australia

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