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Known as the Sunshine State, Queensland in Australia is famous for its glorious climate. As the perfect accompaniment to this, many of the beaches of this northerly state are simply stunning and begging to be enjoyed in the sunshine. So check out this list of the 8 “worst” ( most incredible :) ) beaches in Queensland and get your wanderlust fix and journey planning game on at the same time.

8. Noosa Main Beach, Sunshine Coast

Coming in at number 8 of the most incredible beaches in Queensland, Noosa Main Beach, sits at the head of the Sunshine Coast about an hour and half from Brisbane. This gorgeous family-friendly beach is perfect for swimmers with lifesavers on duty every day and calm waters, which make a welcome a change from the usual strong waves in this region. Accompanying the stunning scenery of this beach is the nearby national park where you can spot koalas and echidnas as well as dolphins and whales at the right time of year.

7. Four Mile Beach. Port Douglas

Right up north in tropical Queensland, the lovely town of Port Douglas is a quaint little habitation that sits at the edge of a lovely open beach with palm trees coming right down onto the sand. Perfect for enjoying the warm weather here, Port Douglas is also a great spot for exploring the Great Barrier Reef and has lots of activities on offer for those who you to get amongst this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

6. Agnes Waters

The most northerly surf beach in Queensland, Agnes Waters is surrounded by national park and is a delightful little spot to spend a few days. Fishing, kayaking, and diving are all great activities to enjoy in this laidback little hamlet, which is known for its stunning scenery. Nearby 1770, about 10 km away, is the second place Captain Cook came ashore. Now a quiet fishing village it’s a great place to wander around and explore for a day too.

5. Mission Beach

Famous as the most popular skydiving site in Australia, Mission Beach provides visitors with views of turquoise waters set against lush rainforest. With the opportunity to white water raft the Tully river, scuba dive or jet ski, Mission Beach is the place to get your adrenaline fix in Queensland.

4. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays

Repeatedly voted one of the best beaches in the world, Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays is picture-perfect paradise at its best. Turquoise waters here are ideal for snorkelling and the white sand is super for doing, well … not much! Enjoy Whitehaven as part of a sailing tour of the Whitsundays or get the best out of this idyllic setting by spending a few days camping here. Trust me, the sunsets are something else!

3. Street Beach, Brisbane

Something a bit different, Street Beach is Brisbane’s answer to a strip of sand. Situated on the city’s South Bank, essentially its art and cultural hub, Street Beach is a welcome respite for families and tourists alike, who get to enjoy a day at the beach without leaving the city. Located along the banks of the river, you can lie on a towel here whilst gazing up at glittering skyscrapers, or enjoy a dip in the pool here, while checking out the Wheel of Brisbane – a massive Ferris wheel that gives stunning aerial views of Queensland’s capital.

2. Burleigh Head Beach, Gold Coast

The busy Gold Coast is one of the most developed areas in Queensland and, as such, has plenty going on. Always full of people and fun, the enclave of Burleigh boasts a great vibe and a real sense of community with lovely coffee shops, restaurants and even a brewery all nearby. With a wonderful surf club and a lovely national park, Burleigh is a great spot if you’re looking for a beach with a buzz.

1. 75 Mile Beach, Fraser Island

And coming in at number 1 is one of the most stunning places I have ever been! No word of a lie, 75 Mile Beach on Fraser Island is breathtaking with its array of colours and impressive outlook. From the Maheno shipwreck marooned picturesquely on it shores, to the vista you get from the top of Indian Head, this is a spellbinding part of the coast that is certainly one the of the most incredible beach in Queensland.

So there you have it, my list of the 8 most incredible beaches in Queensland. What are your favourites from this list and how you been to anywhere you think I should have included?

Stephanie Parker / Big World Small Pockets

Stephanie Parker is a travel addict and creator of Big World Small Pockets. Originally from Jersey, Channel Islands, but currently based in Australia, she backpacks the world on a shoestring collecting tips, advice and stories, to share with a smile.

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