With summer just around the corner, the hot white sands and cool blue waters of Queensland are calling! So to escape the crowds and find a secluded piece of sand to lay out your towel, we’ve put together a list of 8 lesser-known beaches off the beaten track. After all, life‘s a beach in sunny Queensland!
1. Cape Hillsborough Beach, Mackay
About 20 kilometres north of Mackay and nestled between two rocky headlands, this relatively unknown beach is part of the Cape Hillsborough National Park. Often frequented by a troop of resident ‘roos, the beach can get up to 200 metres wide at low tide.
2. Ellis Beach, near Palm Cove
As one of Cairns’ northern beaches, Ellis Beach has all the beauty of bustling Palm Cove without the clatter of the well-heeled traveller. The Bar and Grill across the road is also lauded by locals for having the best burgers with beetroot … and it’s all by the beach.
3. Monkey Beach, Great Keppel Island
Great Keppel Island may have 17 postcard perfect sandy beaches, but it’s Monkey Beach that offers the island’s best launch pad for a clear water snorkel. Here, you’ll also find Aboriginal shell middens.
4. Cylinder Beach, North Stradbroke Island
The azure waters and snow-white sand of ‘Straddie’ are legendary and while Main Beach is popular with surfers, the quieter waters of the north-facing Cylinder Beach are an ideal paddling pool for families.
5. Dingo Beach, Whitsundays
While the jewel in the Whitsundays crown may be Whitehaven Beach, Dingo Beach, located off the beaten track of the mainland, offers a perfect stretch of the tropics to set up your towel.
6. Rainbow Beach, Fraser Coast
A combination of iron oxide and leached vegetable dyes dating back 40,000 years are responsible for the palette of 72 different hues you can spot in the coloured sand dunes on Rainbow Beach.
7. Radical Bay, Magnetic Island
If you’re after an old fashioned beach holiday, without the bright lights, high rises and cafe strips, look no further than Radical Bay – one of Magnetic Island’s hidden gems accessible only by 4WD or foot.
8. Orchid Bay, Fraser Island
Located on the northern side of Fraser Island, Orchid Beach is considered the more peaceful alternative to the southern resort settlements with no tour buses, day trippers and minimal beach traffic.