Top 22 Queensland Beaches

  • Whitehaven Beach

    Whitehaven Beach
    © Horst Müller

    Know for its beautiful 7 km stretch of white sand and crystal clear turquoise waters, Whitehaven Beach is without doubt of of Australia's finest. It is located on Whitsunday Island, part of a group of islands just of the tropical Queensland coast.

    Accessible only by boat Whitehaven Beach is never busy but always stunning.

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  • Nudey Beach

    Nudey Beach

    Nudey beach is the archetypal tropical beach; pristine powder white sand, crystal clear azure water and coral reefs teaming with marine life. Behind is a verdant backdrop of rainforest containing Nutmeg, Tamarinds, Turpentine, Sheoak and Indian Beech whilst dotted along the beach are time-worn granite boulders which create the feeling of an ancient paradise.
    It isn't hard to see why Nudey beach has made it to the… read more »

  • Alexandria Bay

    Alexandria Bay

    On the opposite side of Noosa Head's famous headland, Alexandria Bay is a quieter location for soaking up the tranquility and rays on this golden sandy beach. The only way in is on foot, either from Noosa Heads (3.5km through the Noosa National Park) or 20 minutes on foot from McAnally Drive on Sunshine Beach (1.3km).

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  • Fraser Island

    Fraser Island

    Situated just of the Queensland coast Fraser Island is considered the largest sand island in the world. Stretching around 120 km in length there is an awful lot of beach here, and very few people. In fact there is actually even more beach; Fraser island is dotted with large freshwater lakes all of which are fringed by the same beautiful white sand that is found… read more »

  • Ellis Beach

    Ellis Beach
    © Alex Monckton / CC BY

    If you want a beach pretty much to yourself, Ellis Beach is beautiful, undeveloped and less popular than bustling Palm Cove to the south. Stretching for about 2 km, the beach is bordered by Captain Cook Highway with forested hills further inland. Just park on the road and enjoy direct access onto the sand. The beautiful sandy beach is located on the northern side… read more »

  • Palm Beach // Gold Coast

    Palm Beach
    Simon Morris

    Sandwiched between Burleigh Heads and Tallebudgera Creek on the north end and Currumbin Point to the south, Palm Beach is a popular patrolled beach on Queensland's glorious Gold Coast.

    The sandy beach extends for about 4km (2.5 miles) parallel to the busy Gold Coast Highway 200m to the west. Park on one of the many side streets and direct beach access is easy.

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  • Surfers Paradise Beach // Gold Coast

    Surfers Paradise Beach
    Simon Morris

    Surfers Paradise Beach lives up to its name with a world-famous reputation for its beach, surfing, nightlife and attractions. Undoubtedly one of the most heavily developed and busiest beaches in Australia, it is a popular resort with bars, casinos and clubs that buzz after dark.

    This modern waterfront city focuses around one of Queensland's most iconic beaches, with good left and right breaks that are… read more »

  • Alexandra Headland Beach

    Alexandra Headland Beach
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  • Broadbeach // Gold Coast

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  • Budds Beach // Gold Coast

    Budds Beach
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  • Burleigh Heads // Gold Coast

    Burleigh Heads
    Simon Morris

    Sitting neatly between the better known resort of Surfers Paradise to the north and Coolangatta to the south, Burleigh Heads Beach is a top choice for those looking for golden sand and good surf. The largely protected waters are good for swimming and surfing around the headland, which is within the Burleigh Heads National Park.

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  • Coolangatta Beach // Gold Coast

    Coolangatta Beach
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  • Currumbin Beach // Gold Coast

    Currumbin Beach
    © Daniel Jurin
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  • Four Mile Beach

    Four Mile Beach
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  • Kirra Beach // Gold Coast

    Kirra Beach
    © Nathan Cowley

    An urban beach found in the neighbourhood of Coolangatta, part of Queensland's Gold Coast, Kirra Beach is a relaxed and down to earth destination that continues to exude the surf vibe that made it famous around the world.

    Beyond its globally-renowned breaks, suitable for intermediate and expert boarders, protection from southerly winds means Kirra Beach is also a great place to go for a swim, or… read more »