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Most Popular Beaches

Queensland is renowned for its beaches so we asked our fans on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for their recommendations on the best beaches in the Sunshine State. 

Queensland's Favourite Beaches


  • Rainbow Beach
    Rainbow Beach

    Rainbow Beach

    This is heavenly sub-tropical, coastal country - about 107 kilometres north of Noosa - where the fishing, boating, surfing, prawning and crabbing are all sublime.

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  • Whitehaven Beach
    Whitehaven Beach

    Whitehaven Beach

    Whitehaven Beach is a pristine, award winning beach on Whitsunday Island, the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsundays.

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  • Southport
    Southport

    Southport

    If you squint into the sunshine and cast your mind back a little over a century, you can almost picture the Southport of old, one of the Gold Coast's earliest and most fashionable seaside destinations.

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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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  • Point Lookout
    Point Lookout

    Point Lookout

    This gorgeous village on North Stradbroke Island has one of the best views in the world. You will be mesmerised with the impressive natural environment, including 30 kilometres of surf beach and towering rocky headlands.

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  • Palm Cove
    Palm Cove

    Palm Cove

    Relax under a coconut palm, paddle around a Great Barrier Reef island, enjoy a spa treatment or delight in a fusion of tropical delicacies.

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  • 75 Mile Beach
    75 Mile Beach

    75 Mile Beach

    In the great tradition of many Australian place names, 75 Mile Beach on Fraser Island, was so named because it is approximately 75 miles long.

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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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  • Alexandra Headland
    Alexandra Headland

    Alexandra Headland

    Alexandra Headland, known by the locals as 'Alex', is a coastal town situated on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

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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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  • Cotton Tree
    Cotton Tree

    Cotton Tree

    Located right next door to trendy, bustling Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast, Cotton Tree is fringed by the sandy banks of the Maroochy River to the north and the white silica beaches of the blue Pacific Ocean to the west.

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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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  • 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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  • Mission Beach
    Mission Beach

    Mission Beach

    Nature takes centre stage at Mission Beach with its long unspoilt beaches, deserted islands and white-water rivers fringed by rainforest.

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  • Bargara
    Bargara

    Bargara

    Bargara is a relaxed and friendly coastal town just 15 minutes from the heart of Bundaberg famous for it's climate equal to Hawaii, beautiful beaches, stunning coastline and friendly locals.

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  • Cape Tribulation
    Cape Tribulation

    Cape Tribulation

    Stepping straight on to the beach from the rainforest is a very special experience at Cape Tribulation.

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  • Port Douglas
    Port Douglas

    Port Douglas

    Port Douglas is the gateway to the World Heritage wonders of Tropical North Queensland. It is the closest mainland port to the Great Barrier Reef and only a short drive into the heart of the Wet Tropics rainforest at Daintree and Cape Tribulation.

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  • 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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