Queensland’s coastline reads like a ‘who’s who’ of surfing – Superbank, Kirra, Burleigh Heads, Noosa – the gang’s all here!
The best surf beaches are found in the south-east corner of the state, though those who are daring will find perfect waves peeling offshore on the fringes of the Great Barrier Reef further north (just don’t tell anyone we told you so).
As well as showing off with some of the world’s best waves, these sandy havens back it up with great food and the best views to be found at the local surf clubs, usually perched right on the beach.
While other suburbs snatch their names from exotic Aboriginal meanings or English seaside villages, Main Beach is far more literal.click on the image for more
Blessed with a heady mix of ocean beaches, riverfront, a large variety of restaurants and great nightlife, Mooloolaba is a popular Sunshine Coast resort town.click on the image for more
Burleigh Heads, or simply Burleigh to locals, sits like a cool comma between Surfers Paradise to the north and Coolangatta to the south.click on the image for more
Catapulted on to the elite tourism trail with the opening of the nearby golf resort, Coolum Beach has become a hideaway for the rich and famous.click on the image for more
Once you've hit Coolangatta and her neighbouring Greenmount Beach you're at the end of Queensland's Gold Coast as we know it.click on the image for more
Surfers Paradise is the jewel of Queensland's Gold Coast and one of the most popular holiday destinations in Australia.click on the image for more
There's variations on what the word Kirra actually means, but some believe Queensland Aborigines named it after a boomerang.click on the image for more
Located at the northern end of Queensland's Sunshine Coast, Noosa is renowned for its sundrenched beaches, powder white sand and a water temperature that invites year-round swimming.click on the image for more