9 more of the best beaches you’ve never heard of
Get ready for some slip, slop, slappin’ action, folks. Summer is rearing its hotter-than-a-jalapeño head and you can bet the masses have one thing on their minds… beach, please.
But instead of laying towel-to-towel next to a total stranger, why not skip the holiday droves for something a little more secretive?
#beachgoals don’t get much better than the lesser-known of Queensland’s best beaches (well, apart from this lot of 8 more secluded beaches).
1. Punsand Bay, Cape York
It’s one of the most beautiful beaches in Queensland, but chances are many have not yet had the pleasure of basking in its bucket-list glory.
Sitting right at the tip of Australia, the only way you can get to Punsand Bay is via an epic 4WD adventure through the iconic Cape York Peninsula. But it’s definitely worth the journey to be standing on the most northernmost beach in Queensland, where you can watch the sun set and rise from the same spot!
2. Woodgate Beach, near Bundaberg
Protected by Fraser Island, Woodgate Beach boasts a whopping 16 kilometres of secluded white sandy beach and calm waters year-round, with the added bonus of excellent fishing and prime whale watching right offshore.
But even with these stellar credentials, the small seaside town south of Bundaberg remains relatively low-key all year, hiding amongst the coastal plains of Burrum Coast National Park.
3. Tallebudgera Creek, Gold Coast
It might have the word ‘creek’ in it, but this dreamy cove is all about sun, sand and piercing-blue gentle waters.
Protected by a natural breakwater, you can reach it via the southern entrance of Burleigh Head National Park if you want that off-the-beaten-track feel, or pop across the bridge where you can set yourselves up in the park for a midday BBQ and hire SUPs and kayaks.
4. Horseshoe Bay, Bowen
While it’s a popular spot with the locals, for those who live outside of the mango capital of Queensland, Horseshoe Bay comes as an unexpected surprise.
Framed by two large-scale granite outcrops on either side, the turquoise waters of this bay are a hot spot for snorkelling and diving, with a coral reef just a short swim from the beach.
5. Mudjimba Beach, Sunshine Coast
Play park for kids? Check. Patrolled swimming? Check. Epic surf? You betcha. Tucked away from the main roads just shy of Maroochydore (if you’re coming from the north), Mudjimba Beach is a quiet beachside ‘burb serving up a wide, open natural playground.
In the words of Step Brothers, there are “so many activities”, with everything from rock-fishing at Point Arkwright to snorkelling and diving around the coral gardens of Mudjimba ‘Old Woman’ Island.
6. Seventeen Seventy, near Gladstone
You may have heard of The Town of 1770 and its historic background as the second landing site of James Cook, but what you might not realise is this coastal village is packing some serious salty goodness on the side.
Surrounded by the Coral Sea and Bustard Bay on three sides, you’ll find adjacent to the foreshore a tranquil still-water inlet, perfect if you despise dumping waves and enjoy getting your stand-up paddle board on.
7. Red Beach, Bribie Island
Located at the southern end of Bribie overlooking Moreton Island, Red Beach ain’t just a delight for us two-legged folk, but for fur babies as well.
The off-leash dog beach is still relatively unknown in these parts, so let your pooches run wild as they explore, swim and sniff their way along the seemingly endless stretch of white sand and vine-covered dunes around to Woody Bay.
8. Etty Bay, near Innisfail
There’s a reason why they call this region the Cassowary Coast, and one of the most distinguishing aspects of this beaut bay 10 minutes from Innisfail (other than the fact it’s like swimming in a glorious bath tub with warm waters year-round) are the local residents you’ll find here… you guessed it, cassowaries!
Enclosed by Wet Tropic rainforest, the beach is regularly frequented by these spectacular dinosaur-like birds, but remember, admire only from afar and do not share your delish fish’n’chip lunch from the beachfront kiosk.
9. Little Cove, Noosa
Okay, so you pretty much can’t go wrong with any patch of sand around Noosa, but if you want to step away from the hustle of Hastings Street, head towards the small pocket of Little Cove.
While it’s only a short 10-minute stroll along the picture-perfect coastal track headland, you’ll feel like you’ve stumbled upon a mini-paradise – wedged between Main Beach and Noosa National Park, Little Cove is hidden by lush trees giving a sense of seclusion even though you’re in one of the hottest holiday destinations in the state.