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Queensland Beaches
Great Barrier Reef Australia

Queensland Beaches on a long tropical shoreline are awe inspiring. Being across from the Great Barrier Reef there are hundreds of Islands with awesome beaches as well many more in the mainland coastline. 

That include the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast as well as the unique Fraser Island and out of this world Whitsunday Island.

Great Barrier Reef and Queensland coast As seen from outer space

Great Barrier Reef and Queensland coast seen from outer space


Great Barrier Reef Australia

This natural wonder located in the Coral Sea belongs to the State of Queensland comprises more than 3,000 reef systems with an amazing abundance of marine life. Scuba Divers and Snorkelers find here their paradise, swimmers find here the dolphins to play with, and sailors find waters crystal clear and warm.


Queensland is heaven for snorkelers and divers

Queensland is heaven for snorkelers and divers


Awesome Marine Life

There are over 1,500 species of fish, about 400 species of coral, 4,000 species of mollusk, and some 240 species of birds, plus a great diversity of sponges, anemones, marine worms, crustaceans, and other species, especially the endemic species.

This is the ideal area for diving and snorkeling. People arrive here from every corner of the world looking for the marvels that Mother Nature has given us for our pleasure.

Here is our choice of the Top Beaches of Queensland which are the best Australian Beaches.




Whiteheaven Beach on Whitsunday Island Australia

Whiteheaven Beach on Whitsunday Island Australia


  • Whitehaven Beach

Located on Whitsunday Island, one of the Barrier Reef ones, this is by far the most beautiful beach in Australia. The highlight is the sands, although the clear waters and the surrounding reefs are another reason for that title.

The silica sands of the beach are like baby powder and do not get so hot on sunny days. Its color is almost pure white. It stretches over 7 Km along the coast.

It is the most photographed beach in the country and the target of many tours that depart from close by Arlie Beach.


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Stunning views from Burleigh Heads Beach Queensland

Stunning views from Burleigh Heads Beach Queensland

  • Burleigh Heads Beach

This beach combines a stunning outlook, outstanding surf conditions and numerous winding walking tracks along great stretches of headland into a single wonderful beach package.

Although next to an important highway it still remains relatively clean and unpolluted, but Burleigh Beach's tropical sands look just as untouched as you might expect from an island resort.

For surfers, this is heaven since this beach is the venue of many surfing competitions, in large due to its quality breaks that are often found here.

This is the southernmost beach in Queensland and regarded by some to be the best surfing beach in the State. This is one of the easiest Queensland beaches to get to, and has a wide variety of accommodation available nearby, making it an extremely popular option for a surfing trip.


75 Mile Beach on Fraser Island Australia

75 Mile Beach on Fraser Island Australia


  • 75 Mile Beach

One of Australia’s best beaches, it is located in Fraser Island Australia, the World’s Largest Sand Island. It gets its name from its approximate length.

Its mosaics of multicolor sands in various stretches go from pure white standard sands to bright orange to darker ochre tones.

The waters surrounding the island should be taken with precaution, since there are many sharks in the shallow waters. But to compensate the island offers clear fresh water lakes within walking distance of the shoreline.


Airlie Beach

The main departure point for those heading to  Whitsunday, Airlie Beach is absolutely gorgeous. While you won’t find any surf here, you will find crystal clear, beautiful, warm water.

Airlie BeachAirlie Beach

Rainbow Beach

The views of this magical beach are incredible. Walk a little further and catch the sunset from Carlo Sandblow, considered one of Queensland's best natural attractions.

Queensland Palm Cove is becoming an international hit

Queensland Palm Cove is becoming an international hit


  • Palm Cove

Once it was a sleepy beach mainly for locals. Now it has become an international spot with deluxe hotels, fine restaurants and spots for shopping. The beach is lined by 500 year old “Melaleuca Paperbark” trees.

There's plenty of good surf on a number of beaches, including Kirra in the south and Mooloolaba in the north.

  • Kirra Beach

Located on the Gold Coast is one of the best recreational beaches in the country. It offers great surfing and good beach fishing. It is home to a beach community.  You’ll find here many restaurants, cafes and bars as well as many beach facilities.

  • Mooloolaba Beach

It's become a bustling centre with shops, restaurants, a nearby harbour and high-end accommodation, but Mooloolaba Beach still remains a favorite with families. Waves at the Mooloolaba strip are considered non-threatening and are patrolled by lifesavers.


Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas Queensland

Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas Queensland


  • Four Mile Beach

This beach is the highlight of the town of Port Douglas. It is the type of beaches where you can enjoy a nice walk leading to Island Point's reefs and mangroves at the mouth of the Mowbray River mouth.

 The stunning scenery will have you in a relaxed state of mind. With numerous hotels and holiday resorts nearby, it’s a good thing this beach is so long, because it can get quite busy.

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Lake McKenzie a fresh water lake in Fraser Island

Lake McKenzie a fresh water lake in Fraser Island


  • Lake McKenzie

This beach is inland of Fraser Island with crystal clear rainwater and nearly pure silica sands which are said to be great for the skin. And it's free of jellyfish, sharks, crabs and sea lice.

  • Peregian Beach

Peregian Beach locals don't really want others to know how good they've got it. They are quite happy for the swarms of tourists to make their way to Noosa, which is also a great beach. The difference is that Peregian has so much room to move. The waves can occasionally be rough, but it's a spectacular beach.


Michaelmas Cay

This is a popular cay located in the Barrier Reef, with great swimming, diving and snorkeling like nowhere else. Marine life is in abundance and it's a protected national park. The only drawback is a lack of shade.

Maroochydore

This is a good place for surfing, fishing or just sunbathing, and is the picture perfect Queensland beach. For those that live here, they get to wake up every morning looking at paradise.

Noosa Beach home of an Annual Surfing Festival

Noosa Beach home of an Annual Surfing Festival


  • Noosa Beach

Home of the Noosa Festival of Surfing, this gorgeous beach is just minutes from nearby Noosa accommodation including the Noosa Shores resort. For a spectacular beach, it rarely feels crowded, making it an ideal holiday location, and the surf is never huge.

  • Holloways Beach

With the recent establishment of a resort, this beach is in the process of transitioning from a relatively unknown Cairns residential beach, to a high-end holiday destination, and is yet another beautiful north Queensland beach.

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Mission Beach across the Great Barrier Reef Australia

Mission Beach across the Great Barrier Reef Australia


  • Mission Beach

This is another of north Queensland’s beautiful beaches, this 14 Km long. This beauty is set among word heritage listed tropical rainforest. Just off the beach lies the magnificent Great Barrier Reef, and Dunk Island Resort.

  • Coolangatta Beach

This is a beautiful little beach town with a stunning beach. Fishing off the rocks at either end of the beach can hook you some decent sized fish, and with the surf being moderate at most, this is the ideal spot for a family beach vacation.

For more information visit Australia Tourism Website


Map of Queensland Beaches in northern Australia

Map of Queensland Beaches in northern Australia


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