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Best Surf Beaches

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.

Queensland's Surf Beach Guide


  • Coolum Beach
    Coolum Beach

    Coolum Beach

    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.

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  • Coolangatta
    Coolangatta

    Coolangatta

    Once you've hit Coolangatta and her neighbouring Greenmount Beach you're at the end of Queensland's Gold Coast as we know it.

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  • Mooloolaba
    Mooloolaba

    Mooloolaba

    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.

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  • Burleigh Heads
    Burleigh Heads

    Burleigh Heads

    Burleigh Heads, or simply Burleigh to locals, sits like a cool comma between Surfers Paradise to the north and Coolangatta to the south.

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  • Noosa Heads
    Noosa Heads

    Noosa Heads

    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.

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  • Kirra
    Kirra

    Kirra

    There's variations on what the word Kirra actually means, but some believe Queensland Aborigines named it after a boomerang.

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  • Main Beach
    Main Beach

    Main Beach

    While other suburbs snatch their names from exotic Aboriginal meanings or English seaside villages, Main Beach is far more literal.

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  • Surfers Paradise
    Surfers Paradise

    Surfers Paradise

    Surfers Paradise is the jewel of Queensland's Gold Coast and one of the most popular holiday destinations in Australia.

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