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20 Best Beaches In Queensland For Your Next Beach Break!

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Queensland is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia and possibly even the world. When in Queensland you will have no shortage of beaches to visit and each of them offers something unique and special to make them worthy of this list!

Together with the help of some of our travel expert friends, we have put together a list of the best beaches in Queensland.

You will discover beautiful beaches in far North Queensland, the Whitsundays, Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast and even beaches near Brisbane!

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kings beach caloundra queensland with two girls standing on sand.

The Best Queensland Beaches

There’s no doubt that a visit to the beach is one of the most popular things to do when in Queensland, Australia.

With our beautiful warm climate all year round, even in winter, you can still enjoy a walk along the beach in Queensland.

From golden sand beaches to crystal clear waters and warm water temperatures you want to make sure you visit at least one of these stunning beaches on your next visit to Queensland.

We compiled this list by location so that you can easily visit more than one of the beaches at a time when staying in a particular region of Queensland, Australia.

They have been grouped into the best QLD beaches on the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Whitsundays and Tropical North Queensland to make it easy for you to plan your trip.

See all the best Queensland beaches by taking a Brisbane to Cairns road trip

Beach Safety Tips

Queensland beaches are very tempting and they are perfect for a family day out, however, there are always risks associated with the unpredictable ocean.

These Queensland beach safety tips will help ensure you have an enjoyable and memorable beach trip:

  • Always swim between the flags – lifeguard-patrolled beaches are there to keep you safe!
  • Slip, slop slap – Slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat.
  • Adhere to the warnings – if it’s not safe, don’t attempt it!
  • Consider protective wear such as a wetsuit or stinger suit when swimming during stinger season in Queensland’s north
  • Keep your kids within arms reach at all times when in the ocean
  • Don’t swim beyond your personal limits
  • Stay hydrated – the Queensland sun is very strong!

Don’t miss the other incredible beaches in Australia! Check out these secret beaches in NSW and the stunning beaches in Tasmania, Western Australia beaches, South Australia and Victoria too. And get our free family beach packing list.

Best Gold Coast Beaches

The Gold Coast is a popular Queensland beach destination, with many beautiful beaches stretching along the coastline towards the New South Wales border.

The popular Gold Coast beaches draw in big crowds during summer and the shoulder seasons, however, you can also find plenty of secluded spots that are equally as beautiful on the Gold Coast.

For other great Gold Coast beaches suited to families, check out Palm Beach, Echo Beach at Tallebudgera Creek and even a safe swimming beach at Broadwater Parklands.

While you’re visiting, be sure to check out our mammoth guide of the 100 best things to do on the Gold Coast with kids.

Main Beach, Surfers Paradise

surfers paradise main beach with view of sea foam on sand and high rise apartments in background.

When you visit Surfers Paradise, it’s hard not to step out onto Main Beach.

Being such a central location to the thriving Cavill Mall and many of Surfers Paradise’s popular attractions, as well as within walking distance to resorts and accommodation, Main Beach is often one of the busiest beaches on the Gold Coast.

However, it is still a beautiful beach to visit, with lifeguards on duty and plenty of places to dine nearby.

The backdrop of Main Beach is the many sky-rise buildings of Surfers Paradise. And along the pathways that run alongside the beach, you will find playgrounds, outdoor public gym equipment, public toilets and plenty more to discover.

The Surfers Paradise beach is patrolled by lifeguards between 8 AM and 5 PM daily. To the north, you will find The Spit, which is another great spot to visit.

And don’t worry if it’s raining! There are plenty of great indoor activities to do around Surfers Paradise too until the weather clears and you can head back to the beach!

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Burleigh Beach, Burleigh Heads

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By Maureen from So Many Places! So Little Time!

Burleigh Beach simply has it all! This is a stunning, two km long,  patrolled surf beach with sparkling, squeaky white sand. The wide treelined beach walkway is perfect for that daily walk, bike ride, or skateboard along the beachfront.

It is a popular spot for local fitness fanatics. and there are free Tai Chi and exercise classes run by the council along the beachfront too. Clean toilets and shower areas, exercise machines, and barbeque and picnic areas are dotted along the way.

There are plenty of great day trips from the Gold Coast and Burleigh Heads National Park which is located at the southern end of the beach is one of them.

You can walk the scenic walk with great coastal views through the park round to Tally Creek on the other side,

At the northern end of the beach, follow the beachfront path over a small headland to Miami, Nobby, and Mermaid Beaches and further on to Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise.

At both the north and south end of the beach, there are surf clubs so that you can sit out on the decks overlooking the ocean while enjoying your breakfast, lunch, or dinner and there is an eclectic mix of interesting cafes, restaurants, and fast food outlets in Burleigh

If you are a shopper James Street features interesting boutiques and specialty shops with many unique items.

On a  Sunday night fire twirlers, dancers, and bongo drummers entertain under the trees at Justins Park. Burleigh Beach really has to be one of the best beaches in Queensland. 

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Best Beaches Near Brisbane

Did you know there is a beach right in the middle of Brisbane city? While it doesn’t make our best Queensland beaches list, if you are looking for convenience, take your swimmers with you on a visit to Southbank Parklands, along the Brisbane for the man-made beach and lagoon.

But, if you want a real beach, along Queensland’s stunning coastline, there are quite a few incredible day trips you can take from Brisbane to the beach. Check them out:

Tangalooma Wrecks Beach, Moreton Island

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Tangalooma Wrecks Beach on Moreton Island is a unique day trip that is well worth taking. You can visit Moreton Island on a day trip or stay longer at Tangalooma Resort.

We visited as part of a dolphin watching and snorkelling day trip, which is simply perfect for this Queensland beach.

The Tangalooma Wrecks are iconic, with a collection of shipwrecks a short distance from the beach, making this one of the best places to go snorkelling in Queensland.

There are many options for camping on Moreton Island if you want to stay for a while.

And that’s not all. The white sand beaches are stunning and if you want a bit of extra fun, especially if visiting with kids, a sandboarding session down the sand dunes is a must!

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Main Beach, North Stradbroke Island

north stradbroke island with waves washing onto shore and a palm tree.

North Stradbroke Island is another popular Moreton Bay beach that you can visit by day trip from Brisbane or for a camping trip. It also happens to be the second-largest sand island in the world, at 38KM long.

The ferry from Brisbane to North Stradbroke Island takes around 45 minutes.

Main Beach, is along the Eastern (ocean) side of the island, where. you will also find Point Lookout – the most easterly point of Queensland.

The beach is popular for swimming, surfing, fishing, and four-wheel driving!

There are several other beaches on North Stradbroke Island to explore, and freshwater lakes, including Blue Lake, Brown Lake and 18 Mile Swamp.

There is an enclosed swimming beach at Amity Point, which is a great option for visiting with kids.

North Stradbroke Island and Point Lookout are the perfect places for whale sightings, being the most concentrated migration area of humpback whales.

Come between May and November for your chance to see the whales before they head back to Antarctica.

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Woorim Beach, Bribie Island

two kids sitting on woorim beach watching the waves.

By Sharee from Inspire Family Travel

When searching for a sandy location on Bribie Island to throw down a towel and dip your toes in the glorious salty waters, visitors are spoilt for choice.

After testing several areas, we came across a little gem on the island’s eastern side known as Woorim Beach, which also happens to be Bribie Islands only patrolled surf beach.

Bribie Island is a 90-minute drive from Brisbane and a hot spot for city dwellers looking to escape and connect with nature, with Woorim Beach being the closest surf beach north of Brisbane.

The large car park near the Surf Lifesaving Club, nearby amenities block, and surrounding picnic areas make Woorim a beach where you can enjoy a long day in the sunshine.

Choose to pack a picnic admiring the picturesque views towards Moreton Island, or visit one of the local cafes along North Street.

Catering to many people, Woorim Beach is one of Queensland’s wheelchair-accessible beaches, and there is a dog off-leash area along the foreshore at beach access 19.

Once it’s time to leave the textured white sand and crystal-clear waters, many other attractions on Bribie Island are not to be missed, including visiting a butterfly house, a contemporary museum, and exploring the national park by four-wheel-drive.

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Best Beaches In Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast is situated north of Brisbane, along the Queensland coast and is home to some breathtaking coastline and hinterland areas.

Just as a visit to the Gold Coast will give you plenty of variety for beaches to visit, the Sunshine Coast offers many options for swimming, surfing and exploring.

There are some incredible family resorts on the Sunshine Coast to enjoy the best of the beaches!

Make sure you check out these best Sunshine Coast attractions for families too!

Kings Beach, Caloundra

kings beach caloundra ocean swimming pool.

Kings Beach in Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast is a perfect family day out at the beach. Here you will find a supervised lifeguard beach which is extremely popular with tourists setting up their beach tents for the day.

What makes Kings Beach really cool is the fact that there is also a free public swimming pool along the beach as well, for anyone who prefers the idea of an ocean pool over the actual ocean.

Along the Kings Beach boardwalks you will find numerous playgrounds, including a splash park, as well as plenty of places to dine or grab a drink.

Beyond the supervised beach, stroll along the boardwalk for coastal views, or walk beneath the boardwalk at low tide where you will find rock pools and a quieter area of the beach.

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Mooloolaba Beach, Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba beach rock pools at low tide.

There are plenty of reasons why Mooloolaba Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Queensland.

Like the other popular swimming beaches on the Sunshine Coast, Mooloolaba Beach has a supervised swimming area to set up for a day of swimming and sand fun.

During low tide, the rock pools are fun to explore although be careful because they are very slippery in places. Trust me, after warning the kids to take care, I was the one that ended up taking a slide. Ouch!

woman at moololabah beach with a large sunhat and sunglasses.

Along the Mooloolaba Esplanade, you will find accommodation, restaurants and shopping, in case you are looking for more than just a day at the beach.

Or if you want to see some breathtaking views, don’t miss the chance to take the Coastal Pathway between Mooloolaba River and Alexander Headland.

This is a relatively long walk if you are attempting it with kids, however, the views are well worth the effort! Go early in the day before it gets too hot.

Then head on over to Mooloolaba Wharf for more dining and entertainment options, including SeaLIFE Mooloolaba aquarium.

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Sunshine Beach, Noosa

sunshine beach noosa with long stretch of sand.

By Ella from Many More Maps

The Sunshine Coast of Southern Queensland is full of gorgeous beaches, but in the town of Noosa, you’ll find one of the best.

Sunshine Beach, which is part of a 15km stretch of sand, is massively popular with surfers, and they travel from across Australia, and the world, to surf here! If you’re not into surfing, Sunshine Beach is still a great place to hang out and enjoy the sun.

Lifeguards patrol the beach every day, so it’s also a safe place to take a swim.

Sunshine Beach is a public beach, so it’s totally free to visit. What’s more, it’s also the place where the 5.4km Noosa National Park coastal walk ends.

This walk is definitely the most beautiful way to get to the beach from central Noosa.

If you don’t fancy the walk, the 620 and 627 buses both stop at Sunshine Beach from Noosa town, and the journey takes around 10 minutes.

Even if you’re not doing the coastal walk, don’t miss heading up the stairs at the north end of Sunshine Beach for amazing views over the beach and the Noosa National Park Headland.

To extend your time at Sunshine Beach, there are a number of cafes and restaurants nearby. The restaurant Sum Yung Guys is a locals’ favourite for epic Asian food, and FOMO is a great stop for a post-surf beer.

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Noosa Main Beach, Noosa

3 surfers on sand with surfboards and several surfers in water at noosa beach.

By Amanda from Fly Stay Luxe

Arguably the most popular beach in Queensland, Noosa Main Beach is located in the beautiful coastal holiday haunt Noosa Heads.

Known for its gentle waves and buzzing holiday vibe, Noosa Main Beach is a favourite holiday spot for families, couples, and surfers.

The beach is patrolled by Surf Lifesavers all year round, as the Queensland climate makes for beautiful swimming temps even during the winter.

Noosa Main Beach also features one of the longest right-hand surf breaks in Australia, so it’s a perfect spot for avid surfers and beginners.

Many surfers walk around the headland, past Tea Tree Bay and dive off the rocks in Noosa National Park. From here, it’s possible to ride a wave all the way into the beach.

If you’re new to surfing, Noosa Learn to Surf has been offering surfing lessons on Main Beach for decades. It’s also a long-boarders paradise. 

One of the best things to do around Noosa Main Beach is a morning walk around the Noosa National Park coastal walking path.

Book a surfing lesson, or hire a SUP. Or find a position at one of the great restaurants and bars along the beach (check out Bistro C or Sails), and sip a glass of wine while the kids play in the sand. 

Along Noosa Main Beach you’ll find several great holiday apartments which feature stunning ocean views and direct beachfront access. For the perfect holiday, check out Netanya Noosa, Seahaven or Fairshore Noosa Resort.

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Double Island Point, Cooloola

double island point beach on a clear day.

By Melissa from Queensland Camping

Double Island Point is not an island at all, but one of the most stunning beaches on the Queensland coast. 

Located in the Cooloola section of the Great Sandy National Park, Double Island Point is a long sand spit with a pair of massive sand dunes, which appear to be two islands from a distance.

Double Island Point is a popular spot for lovers of water sports as well as 4WD enthusiasts – that’s because it is only accessible by 4WD.  To reach the beach, you’ll either need to make your way down from Rainbow Beach or up from Teewah Beach.

The effort to get here is well worth it.  You’ll seriously think you’ve arrived in paradise! 

The beach offers both crystal clear water perfect for swimming, kayaking and SUPing. 

There is also an excellent area for surfers.  In fact, this is home to Australia’s longest right-hand breaks – so it’s the perfect place for surfing or bodyboarding too. 

There is also a huge tidal lagoon up on the beach, which is excellent for kids.

Another popular thing to do while at Double Island Point is to take a hike to the Lighthouse on top of one of the sand dunes and to travel further north up the beach to look at the coloured sands.

If making your own way here you will need a permit to drive on the beach.  Otherwise, you can also join a tour from either Noosa or Rainbow Beach.

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Best Beaches In Wide Bay – Burnett Region of Queensland

If you venture beyond the Sunshine Coast but not quite as far as central Queensland, the Wide-Bay Burnett region has some stunning QLD beaches to discover!

This part of the state is perfect for a shorter road trip from Brisbane or a weekend escape.

Rainbow Beach, Gympie

stretch of sand at rainbow beach.

By Sinead from Map Made Memories

Rainbow Beach is a 73-kilometre drive northeast of Gympie. The beach gained its name from the unusual, multi-coloured sandy cliffs lining the beach that are rich in minerals. These colourful sands look spectacular at sunset.

The long, golden sand beach is popular with walkers, joggers and horse riders.

Adventurous families can try water sports in Rainbow Beach’s crystal-clear warm waters such as sea kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding.

Surf lessons are also available or take a day tour to Rainbow Beach’s famous neighbour, Fraser Island.

The beach is also popular with 4WD vehicles which, with a permit, are allowed to drive along the beach so choose a quieter, less-visited spot before spreading out your beach towels! 

Take the 600-metre walk from Rainbow Beach, through bushland to the Carlo Sand Blow, a huge dune formed by blown sand. Don’t forget your boogie board for thrilling rides down the dune and if visiting in summer, keep your eyes peeled for passing whales.

There is a toilet with showers and changing facilities at the main beach car park and a fun adventure playground. This is a beautiful part of Australia’s east coast and is well worth a visit. 

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Agnes Water Beach, Agnes Water

golden brown sand and waves at agnes water beach.

By Victoria from Guide Your Travel

Agnes Water is a popular holiday town located close to Gladstone in Queensland. Most people come here during the summer for a quick beach vacation or camping.

The selection of nearby beaches is fantastic but one of the best ones around is Agnes Water Beach.

It stretches for many kilometres so there is always a quiet space for a secluded picnic or to go for a swim. Towards the southern end of the beach, you’ll find lifeguards and a designated swimming area which is great for those travelling with children.

Agnes Water is home to Australia’s cheapest surf course which costs only $17,70 per person.

They will teach you all you need to know as a complete surfing beginner and even guarantee you will be able to stand on your board on the first day.

Of course, there are also more advanced swells on Agnes Water Beach but always be careful of the strong currents that Queensland is known for.

If you’re in Agnes Water you absolutely have to take a walk along the beach and enjoy how quiet and peaceful it is. During low tide, the water is calm and there are some tidal pools that are perfect for relaxing.

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Best Whitsundays Beaches

The Whitsunday is famous for its beaches which are one of the biggest drawcards to the region.

With 74 Whitsunday Islands situated between the northeast Queensland coastline and the incredible Great Barrier Reef, there are many beaches to discover through island tours or resort stays.

Airlie Beach is a popular hub for visiting the Whitsunday Islands, if you are looking to enjoy day trips from the mainland. You can find some of the best Airlie Beach day trips here.

Otherwise, book a stay at one of the larger islands and make the most of the tropical scenery around you.

Catseye Beach, Hamilton Island

people swimming at catseye beach on a sunny hot day.

By Karen at Big Adventures for Little Feet

Catseye Beach in the Queensland Whitsundays is a long sandy stretch that lines the resort area of Hamilton Island and provides picturesque views out to the stunning Whitsunday Islands.

Travellers spend hours each day playing, relaxing and cooling off in the turquoise waters or simply relaxing under the palm-fringed edges with a cool drink and a good book.

Whilst the beach itself is a little rocky, this is due to the coral reefs just offshore and means there are plenty of adventures to be had on this beach.

During high tide is the perfect time to rent a paddleboard, kayak or some snorkelling gear to head out in search of the resident sea turtles, stingrays and tropical fish.

On a clear, sunny day you will have perfect views across the water to the neighbouring islands whilst you paddle around the gentle waters.

For those looking for a new activity you can take a short sailing lesson to take out a rainbow catamaran for an hour or two.

The resort area itself is a perfect holiday destination for all types of travellers. Hamilton Island is a fabulous family destination but is equally popular with couples, backpackers and solo travellers.

Don’t forget to spend some time wading the shallows at low tide which is the perfect time to see up close the stingrays as they dart out from underneath the sand.

And Catseye Beach, despite being on the eastern side of the island is still a beautiful spot to watch the sunset. Perch on the grassy banks and watch the colours changing to top off a perfect island day. 

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Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands

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By Paula from Beeloved City

Located in the heart of the Whitsunday Islands, Whitehaven Beach is one of the most famous beaches in Queensland (and even the whole of Australia!).

This is by far one of the best places to visit in Queensland!

The nearest coastal town is Airlie Beach. You can easily get there by plane. There are many flights going to Proserpine airport every day. Alternatively, you can opt for a flight to Hamilton Island Airport.

From there, to get to Whitehaven Beach, you will need to book a tour or charter a private yacht.

In terms of tours, you can opt for a day trip, a 2-day sailing tour or a helicopter flight. 
The beach itself is absolutely stunning. It’s one of the whitest beaches in the world.

The sand is made of 98% silica (quartz) which means it’s very soft and bright.

You are allowed to swim at Whitehaven Beach however, it’s always preferable to wear a wetsuit.

Although spending time on the beach is an amazing experience, make sure to also go on the bush walk to the Hill Inlet Lookout. From there, you will discover stunning views of the estuary. The sand and water swirl up in a very unique way. It’s breathtaking! It looks like a painting!

Whitsunday Island is not inhabited which means that you won’t find any facilities there. Make sure to take everything you need before heading there.

If you’ve opted for a tour from Airlie Beach or Hamilton Island, most equipment will be provided but it is down to you to bring appropriate footwear.

Finally, consider also going on a scenic flight above Whitehaven Beach and the Great Barrier Reef. It’s a great way to see these natural landmarks in all their beauty.

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Best Beaches In North Queensland

Once you reach North Queensland, the tropical weather all year round makes beach visits a popular choice. Although, you do need to take a little extra care at the beach in far north Queensland with stinger season making the ocean unsafe without proper protective gear!

And of course, keep an eye out for those beware of crocodile signs! Always swim in the approved lifeguard areas if you do plan to venture beyond the shallows.

Casuarina Beach, Cape Hillsborough

wallaby on beach at cape hillsborough beach at sunset.

By Ellie from Ellie’s Travel Tips

Located slightly north of Mackay, Cape Hillsborough offers a pristine coastal beach known as a great access point to the Great Barrier Reef. Cape Hillsborough, one of Australia’s National Parks, contains a diverse mix of rich rainforests, rocky headlands, eucalyptus forests, and sandy beaches.

The biggest draw to this gorgeous beach is the kangaroos found wandering along the shoreline. If you have ever seen a picture of a kangaroo on a beach, it was most likely captured at Cape Hillsborough.

Head to Cape Hillsborough in the morning to watch the kangaroos hop down to Casuarina Beach and snack on the washed-up mangrove seed pods.

While the kangaroos prefer Casuarina Beach, nearby Smalleys Beach offers affordable camping sites administered by the National Park Service.

Cape Hillsborough is a perfect beach destination for families with its budget-friendly activities and helpful signs. Families will enjoy exploring other areas of the park like the dense rainforest – home to some of Queensland’s unique wildlife.

If you are looking to discover more parks, head over to nearby Eungella National Park – the best place to see a platypus in the wild.

The nearby city of Mackay has all the amenities and services you could ever need on your adventure. There are plenty of free activities in Mackay, making it the perfect spot to stay while you explore Cape Hillsborough.

With pristine beaches and loads of activities, Cape Hillsborough is truly the perfect beach destination in Queensland.

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Mission Beach

golden sand and waves at mission beach.

Situated between Townsville and Cairns, Mission Beach is known for its 14 kilometres of white sand beaches, linking four different villages together.

Mission Beach is one of those incredible places where the rainforest and reef come together, giving you the best of both, with rainforest walks or sunset beach strolls.

This is a great area to take the family camping, although there is plenty of accommodation nearby if you prefer a hotel or resort stay by the beach instead!

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Nudey Beach, Fitzroy Island

nudey beach on fitzroy island visible through two big trees.

By Sophie and Adam from We Dream Of Travel

Nudey Beach is often considered not just the best beach in Queensland, but the most beautiful beach in all of Australia. 

The postcard-perfect white coral sand contrasts perfectly against vibrant turquoise waters and a backdrop of lush green vegetation.

Located on Fitzroy Island just off the coast of Far North Tropical Queensland, this slice of paradise can be reached by a 45-minute ferry from Cairns. 

Taking a day trip here is one of the best things to do in Cairns

If you have more time then consider staying overnight on the island to explore its verdant rainforest and other tropical beaches.

With year-round tropical weather, Nudey Beach provides the perfect place for relaxing and soaking up some sun. It is typically a quiet beach too so you can enjoy its splendour without the crowds.

Fitzroy Island is also surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef, and Nudey Beach provides a great opportunity to explore this underwater marvel. 

The shallow coral reef that fringes the beach is ideal for children and those new to snorkelling.  Here you can come face to face with tropical fish in an array of colours, as well as turtles and reef sharks.

For the more adventurous, there are numerous walking tracks that traverse the island. 

These tracks will immerse you in the tropical rainforest of the national park that covers 97% of Fitzroy Island. Keep your eyes open for some of the islands unique wildlife too, including goannas, skinks and ospreys.

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Green Island Beach, Green Island

green island national park beach on far side of island with no people visible.

If spending time in Cairns, a day trip to Green Island is a popular option for any Cairns itinerary! Green Island is just 45 minutes from Cairns by fast catamaran and there are daily tours to the national park island.

What makes Green Island beaches so special is the fact that you are metres away from coral reefs, with Green Island being coral cay in the Great Barrier Reef.

Snorkelling at Green Island is great for beginners and children since you are so close to the beach with relatively calm waters. Plus there is a supervised lifeguard beach for extra safety! Snorkelling gear is typically included in the price of your day trip as well.

You can easily walk around the entire national park in under 1 hour, exploring the beach that surrounds Green Island, with crystal clear waters.

There are plenty of other things to do at Green Island too, with a crocodile park, water activities, glass-bottom boat tours and restaurants. Or stay at the resort for an extended experience.

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Palm Cove Beach, Palm Cove

palm cove beach at sunset.

If you are looking for the best beaches in Cairns, you are best to head 20 minutes north to Palm Cove.

Palm Cove is a beach village known for its palm-tree lined beach, offering shade and a great place to throw down a picnic blanket and set up for a family day out!

There are restaurants and resorts along the beachfront, making this a popular place to stay if you want to stay somewhere close to the beach, since Cairns isn’t ideal for this!

At Palm Beach, there is a stinger net to help keep swimmers safe during the dreaded stinger season too! Best to stick to this area, which is patrolled by lifeguards for added safety.

You can also hire kayaks and other water sports equipment for extra fun on the water.

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Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas

four mile beach port douglas.

By Tracy from Tracy’s Travels In Time

Four Mile Beach is located in Port Douglas in Far North Queensland. The beach whilst pretty long is actually 4 km long and not 4 miles as the name suggests.

The name actually comes from a local family with the surname Fourmile!

The beach is flat with beautiful golden sands and stretches from Island Point to the mangrove reef at Mowbray River.

Four Mile beach has a stinger enclosure and lifeguards are stationed at flagged areas. However, there are beware of crocodile signs all along the beach so bear that in mind before taking a dip.

There are umbrellas and sunbeds available for hire and a few cafes are just a couple of minutes walk from the beach.

For beautiful views of Four Mile Beach, take a walk up to the lookout on Flagstaff Hill. There is a boardwalk, steps and then a gravel path signposted from the top of the beach. Alternatively, you can drive up to the lookout. 

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If you weren’t planning a visit to experience the best beaches in Queensland already, no doubt you will be now! These are just some of the standout beaches in the sunshine state and there’s a good chance you might discover your own extra favourites that haven’t even made the list too!

Which of these best beaches in QLD are you most excited to visit?

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