Queensland’s Best 8 Beaches

With 6,973km of coastline to choose from, beach lovers can’t go wrong in Queensland. Aptly nicknamed the Sunshine State, it is renowned for its white sand and crystal clear waters. Dive straight in at these unbeatable beaches:

Palm Cove

This coastal gem north of Cairns has balmy weather and warm waters year round. Expect a relaxed vibe, with plenty of alfresco dining and boutique shopping options.

Cape Hillsborough

Head to Cape Hillsborough, 50kms north of Mackay, for that quintessential Australian scene of kangaroos and wallabies playing on the shoreline.

Noosa Main Beach

Perfect for families and novice surfers, Noosa Main Beach has gentle surf and safe swimming year round. Beyond the beach, Hastings Street is lined with cafes and boutiques brimming with temptations.

Whitehaven Beach

It doesn’t get much more picture-perfect than Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays. With pure white sand and crystal clear water, it is no surprise Whitehaven is considered one of the best beaches in the world.

Burleigh Heads

Our favourite part of the Gold Coast, Burleigh Heads boasts killer views, a palm fringed shoreline, protected waters at the main beach and world-class surf breaks around the headland.

Lover’s Cove

As its name suggests, this small cove on Daydream Island is a favourite spot to tie the knot, thanks to its photogenic scenery. Turquoise blue water glistens off the sandy shore, and underwater coral gardens make it a snorkeler’s delight.

Lake McKenzie

Not a fan of salty hair? This inland beach on Fraser Island has all the qualities of the perfect beach – sans the salt. Its soft sandy shoreline, crystal-clear fresh water and swim-ability make it one of the island’s most popular places.

South Gorge Beach

A pretty little cove on North Stradbroke Island, South Gorge Beach is protected from most winds making it a popular swimming spot – just watch out for the rip further out to sea.

Rainbow Beach

Walk along the sweeping beach and find 72 different coloured sands spilling down 200-metre-high cliffs. For killer 360-degree views, head to Carlo Sand Blow, ideally at sunset.

Image Credit: Tourism Australia & Tourism Whitsundays