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Hidden Beach Gems in QLD That You’ve Never Been To


When you’re trying to think of beaches it’s usually always the same few that come up in your brain but the Queensland coastline has so many hidden gem beaches for you to visit. Whether you’re chilling out on the south-east or further north or on the central coast there’s a hidden gem beach. 

Rainbow Bay – Coolangatta

Popular with local families for its protected location, Rainbow Bay is just a stone’s throw from the famed surfing spot Snapper Rocks. This patrolled beach is an excellent place to cool down with the whole family on a hot summer’s day! Grab a cold one at the Rainbow Bay Surf Club to take in the view and relax after a long day in the sun.

Tallebudgera Creek – Tallebudgera

Bordered by Burleigh Head National Park and Palm Beach, Tallebudgera Creek was named the best swimming spot in Australia in 2019. These sparkling, calm waters aren’t just for swimmers with the beach also a favourite with Stand-up Paddleboarders. If you’re feeling a bit peckish, the local fave Custard Canteen is nestled beside this scenic beach – serving up great coffee, breakfast and lunch.

Nudey Beach – Fitzroy Island

Don’t be dissuaded though, it’s only Nudey by name so still, wear your togs! Nudey Beach is a 45-minute boat ride from Cairns on beautiful Fitzroy Island. Pristine white sand, clear blue water fringed by coral and rainforest is what makes this spot a must-visit!

South Gorge Beach – North Stradbroke Island

One of the most beautiful beaches on Straddie and while this gem may look picturesque it’s also known for its strong rips and under-currents which can sweep unsuspecting swimmers out to sea all year round. It’s not patrolled so maybe opt for a beach picnic instead.

Whitehaven Beach – Whitsundays

If this were easy to access Whitehaven would be the Bondi Beach of North QLD, but thankfully it’s not. Loved for its white silica sands, crystal clear water, Whitehaven Beach is what Instagram post dreams are made of. International and domestic tourists alike flock to this beach in the Whitsundays which can only be accessed by boat, helicopter or for the more adventurous – a seaplane. 

Springs Beach – Agnes Water

A favourite with locals and great for surfing, Springs Beach is a bit of a hike to get to but well worth it. The beautiful beach is usually quite secluded and whilst it’s not patrolled the area is safe for swimming. If you’re also after a scenic walk, Springs Beach is also where you’ll find the start of the Red Rock Walking Trail

Balding Bay – Magnetic Island

A 20-minute ferry crossing from Townsville you’ll find Magnetic Island with its many pretty bays, and Balding Bay is often overlooked but it’s one of our faves! Lace-up your hiking shoes because this secluded beach can only be reached by walking tracks leaving from either Horseshoe or Radical Bay. And, it may be known for being the “unofficial” nudist beach on Magnetic Island, it’s usually pretty empty.