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21 Of The Best Beaches In Queensland That You'll Just Have To Visit Yourself

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1. Double Island Point, Cooloola

This popular camping destination isn't technically an island, but that doesn't make it any less spectacular. There's nothing better than watching the sun set over the water, and then falling asleep to the sound of crashing waves.

2. Amity Point, Stradbroke Island

Whether you want to go fishing, kayaking, boating, or swimming, there'll be somewhere along Amity Point to do it. The options are endless, so it's easy to spend a whole day here and not get bored.

3. Whitehaven Beach, The Whitsundays

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This picturesque beach is among many in the Whitsundays, but is easily the most unique. The pearly white shoreline doesn't know where it should end, creating these swirling streams.

4. Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island

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This perfect blue lake can be found on Fraser Island, which is only a few hours north of Brisbane. The water is clear and calm, making it perfect for anyone who doesn't want to be swimming against waves.


5. Caloundra, Sunshine Coast

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One of the Sunshine Coast's many gorgeous beaches is Caloundra. This chilled surf town is lucky enough to not only have an incredible shoreline, but also a lagoon that flows to the ocean.

6. Noosa, Sunshine Coast

In 2011, Noosa was voted as one of the top three beaches in the South Pacific by Trip Advisor, and for good reason. The shoreline is expansive and lined with heaps of cute cafes and shops, so there's something for everyone.

7. Rainbow Beach, near Cooloola

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Rainbow Beach is home to this incredible coastline and a gorgeous calm lagoon. What's even better is that it's only about a half-hour drive from both Double Island Point and Fraser Island, so you could potentially visit all three in one day.

8. Cape Tribulation, near Cairns

As if this beach wasn't pretty enough already, this adorable heart sculpture makes it a picture-perfect location. A word of warning though, this is one of the beaches you don't want to swim in. Crocodiles can be found in the shallows, so it's best to just admire from the sand.


9. Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast

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For the perfect combination of city and surf, there's nowhere more iconic than Surfers Paradise. It's on the Gold Coast, so when you're done swimming and sunbathing, there are so many other things to do.

10. Coolum Beach, Sunshine Coast

Whether you're after traditional beaches or rockpools, Coolum is the place to be. The adjacent town has an incredible atmosphere to go along with this picture-perfect beach, so when you do visit it'll be hard to ever leave.

11. Daydream Island, The Whitsundays

This aptly-named island is nestled in the Whitsundays, and is considerably close to the mainland. As well as swimming in crystal-clear waters, you might also be lucky enough get a glimpse of one of these furry guys

12. Nudgee Beach, near Brisbane

The wetlands and mangroves at Nudgee Beach give you more to explore than just sand and surf. There's also an area where you can walk your dog off-leash, and a cycling track for the athletic folk.


13. Bribie Island, near Beerburrum

Just over an hour's drive north of Brisbane is Bribie Island, which is connected by road to the mainland. It's the perfect destination to dip your feet in the water and enjoy a sausage sizzle in the shade.

14. Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas

Four Mile Beach is actually only four kilometres long, but 2.48 mile beach just doesn't have the same ring to it. That being said, it's an easy mistake to forget about when you're busy soaking up the sun.

15. Horseshoe Bay, Bowen

This creatively-named bay is located in Bowen, and is a popular diving and snorkelling spot. Views like these can be found from the lookout, about a 15-minute walk from the beach itself.

16. Palm Cove, near Cairns

This North Queensland destination provides everything you could ever want on a relaxing holiday. From basking under the palm trees to sunbathing on the sand, you'll never want to leave.


17. Nudey Beach, Fitzroy Island

Despite the name, Nudey Beach is actually rather G-rated. It's located on Fitzroy Island near Cairns, so you can even snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef.

18. Picnic Bay, Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island is ringed with beautiful bays, which are all worthy of exploration. If you're lucky, you might spot some aquatic wildlife like dugongs or turtles at Picnic Bay.

19. Catseye Beach, Hamilton Island

This Hamilton Island destination boasts blue skies and even bluer water. The water is met with rolling green hills, making this location perfect for your Instagram.

20. North Kirra, Gold Coast

North Kirra is the perfect destination for anyone who wants an oceanside retreat, without having to battle the Surfers Paradise crowds.

21. Agnes Waters, near Gladstone

If you really want to get away, there's nowhere better than Agnes Waters. The beaches make the 450km trip from Brisbane worth it, especially if you're after some peace and quiet.