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The Beautiful Beaches Of Queensland
qld beachesQueensland’s coastline is home to some of the world's best beaches, a visitors comes from all over the world just to experience their pure white sands and shimmering blue waters. Right from Coolangatta all the way through to the Daintree in the far north, you are guaranteed a taste of paradise right on the coast. The best way to experience Queensland's beaches is to hire a rental car, as it will give you the freedom and flexibility to stop as long as the waves are rolling and the sky is blue. There are plenty of caravan parks dotted up and down the Queensland coast, ideal to be used as a base to swim and explore.

As a Queensland resident, it is safe to say that the most popular place in the state to visit is the Gold Coast, which is home to Surfer's Paradise. This is any beach lover's paradise and the fun and adventure of it all begins at Coolangatta, which is located about half an hour from Surfers Paradise. This beautiful area has an esplanade perfect for small children to paddle, and is also a popular meeting place for surfers. If you head a little further north, you will come across beautiful Burleigh beach, which is known for its pine trees lining the sand. Although it is fast becoming a popular tourist destination, it is still one of the most untouched, premier beach locations on the coast. Nobbys and Main beaches on the Gold Coast are both long and inviting. There is plenty of space for families, surfers and sunbathers so it is the perfect place to suit all tastes. Sunrise is one of the favourite times to enjoy the salt air and meet the early morning walkers, populating the shoreline along the coastline.

Surfers Paradise is the most famous and known as the tourist strip for obvious reasons. The beaches are fantastic and excellent for surfing, but if you don't want to be surrounded by crowds, just stick to the local beaches which are much more reserved.

The Sunshine Coast beaches are a little more relaxed than those on the Gold Coast, with Maroochydore a popular favourite. With excellent surfing beaches, ideal caravan parks, and large shopping centres, you really won't run out of things to do here. Alexandra Headland is another popular location for surfers, with breaks to be found along most of the coastline.

Noosa Heads would have to be one of the most well known destinations on the north coast, and here you will find an abundance of holiday choices. There are four beaches in total, the most popular being at Hastings Point, which is an ideal place for swimming and surfing. Tea Tree and Granite Bay are more suitable for experienced surfers, offering some fantastic waves. From Hastings there are some easy beach walks taking you around the headland to a lovely beach alcove. The beach is the heart of Noosa and every walk seems to wind back to its sandy stretches.

Once you start the jounrey up to Cairns and beyond, you will need to plan your itinerary and then take the plunge as there are a lot of miles in between. However, the rewards are absolutely priceless, with exquisite pure white beaches awaiting your visitation. Just three hours from Brisbane, you will find the majestic Fraser Island, which is regarded as the world’s largest sand island. The equally beautiful Rainbow Beach is a complete destination in itself and is also worth a visit while in the area. The advantage here is that crowds are smaller and the beaches are endless, which makes it the perfect place to escape. Halfway between Cairns and Townsville is the undiscovered paradise of Mission Beach. There are not many places where the sun shines every day of the year (well almost) and the rainforest meets the sand and coconut palms. Combined with the pristine, flat beach and rippling waves you have the ultimate destination for an ideal tropical holiday.

The beaches just north from Cairns are unique and unlike any other in the world. The most famous would have to be Palm Cove, offering something for every type of beach holiday maker. There is a long jetty for fishermen, that offers plenty of water sports. The tall palm trees lining the entire stretch of beach and a number of restaurants and shops when you need a break from the sun also add to the tropical feel of this destination. Surfers may have to venture elsewhere, such as Yorkey’s Knob where half metre waves are delivered, adding an added bonus to this region.

Trinity Beach is another frequent choice with locals and tourists and is easily accessible from Cairns via the Captain Cook highway. The Cairns esplanade now features a large lagoon, which really is ideal for families. This place offers a great retreat for those who would prefer to base themselves close to the city.

If you head a little further north, you will come across the spectacular town of Port Douglas and Four Mile Beach, which is one of the last of Queensland’s jewels. This region is uniquely remote and beautiful, with the palms common to this area combining to create the perfect holiday destination. Although this area is common to stingers there are nets in place so you can still enjoy a swim, inviting you to the experience of a lifetime.

Whichever beach you choose to visit in this magical state, you will be dying to come back to once again experience Queensland's treasures.

Christine Barton

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