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Alyssa Tresider
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The Best Beaches in Queensland.

When it comes to beaches, Queensland is full of incredible stretches of coastline and hidden coves that are just waiting to be discovered. Whether you’re travelling in and around the vibrant Gold Coast, or are further north near Cairns, we’ve created this guide of best beaches in Queensland to add to a road trip travel itinerary. Of course you’ll find many hidden gems along the way, but this list is to help get you started with travel planning. 

Also in this guide, you’ll find some great pet friendly holiday parks and family friendly holiday parks in Queensland, ideally located beachfront or within walking distance. With Apollo Camper branches in both Cairns and Brisbane, picking up and dropping off your campervan hire a breeze. So what are you waiting for? Keep reading, get inspired and start planning your beach holiday road trip in Queensland.


What’s Queensland known for?

Queensland is well-known for its stunning natural wonders, including the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral reef system, and the Daintree Rainforest, one of the oldest rainforests on Earth. Its tropical climate is perfect for the renowned beaches in Queensland, vibrant coastal cities like Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and a diverse range of wildlife, including unique marsupials and reptiles. 

The state is also home to a thriving arts and culture scene, with world-class museums, galleries, and music festivals. So, whether you're looking for an adventure in the great outdoors or a relaxing beach vacation, an Australian road trip in Queensland has plenty to offer.


What’s the best way to explore the beaches of Queensland?

When discovering all the best beaches in Queensland, the best way to get around is in a campervan hire. Not only does this give you the freedom to travel at your own pace, but it also allows you to experience the stunning scenery and attractions of the area that you may have otherwise missed. With a campervan or motorhome, easily hop from one beach to the next, taking in the breathtaking views and enjoying the warm weather. 

Additionally, a campervan hire provides all the necessary amenities, including a comfortable bed, kitchen facilities, and a bathroom, making it a convenient and affordable option for exploring the region. Apollo has a range of campervans to suit your needs, ensuring a comfortable and relaxing trip. One thing to note is that campervans should not be taken onto the sand as it can cause damage to the local environment. 


The best beaches in QLD

Burleigh Heads Beach, Gold Coast

 When it comes to the best beaches in Queensland, Burleigh Heads Beach on the Gold Coast is definitely worth a visit. With its crystal-clear waters, golden sand, and stunning views, this Gold Coast beach is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. Burleigh Heads is also home to a vibrant community of surfers, artists, and foodies, with plenty of cafes, restaurants, and local markets just waiting to be explored. A perfect post-beach activity to add to a road trip travel itinerary.

Where to stay near Burleigh Heads Beach

To extend your stay in the area, the Burleigh Beach Tourist Park is a great option. Located just a short walk from the beach, it creates a great base for Gold Coast exploration. The holiday park offers spacious campsites and a variety of facilities, including a swimming pool, BBQ area, and laundry facilities.

Image: Tourism and Events Queensland


2. Main Beach, Noosa

Another one of the best beaches to visit in Queensland is Main Beach in Noosa, which is a must-visit when in the area. Known for its pristine white sand, crystal-clear waters, picturesque scenery and welcoming atmosphere, Noosa Main Beach is a popular spot for swimming, surfing, and relaxing in the sunshine. In addition to its natural beauty, Noosa is also home to a range of shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions, making it a great destination for a day trip or a longer stay. We recommend taking a stroll along Hastings Street, enjoying an ice cream by the water and indulging at one of the incredible restaurants on offer.

Where to stay near Main Beach

As for where to stay near Main Beach, the Noosa River Holiday Park is a great option. Located just a short distance from the beach, this park offers spacious campsites, modern facilities and a family-friendly atmosphere.


3. Surfers Paradise Beach, Gold Coast

One of the most famous beaches in Queensland is Surfers Paradise Beach on the Gold Coast. With its iconic skyline, golden sand, and great surf breaks, this beach is a popular destination for surfers, swimmers, and sun-seekers. Enjoy a day at the beach, before wandering up to the streets of Surfers Paradise to discover the range of shops, restaurants, ice cream parlours and nightlife, making it a great destination with things to do for the whole family.

Where to stay near Surfers Paradise

Nearby you’ll find the Gold Coast Tourist Park which is a great place to base yourself while on the Gold Coast. The holiday park is within walking distance of the beach and has everything for a comfortable and relaxing stay including great amenities and spacious campsites.


4. Palm Cove Beach, Cairns

One of the best beaches near Cairns is Palm Cove Beach.It is sure to leave you in awe from the moment you arrive with its crystal-clear waters, palm-fringed shoreline, stunning location and laid back atmosphere. In the seaside town you’ll find a range of shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions, which make it a great stop for the whole family. 

Where to stay near Palm Cove Beach 

As for where to stay near Palm Cove Beach, the Palm Cove Holiday Park is our go-to. Located just a short distance from the beach, this park offers a range of campsites, modern facilities and a playground and swimming pool to keep the kids entertained.

Image: Tourism and Events Queensland


5. Ellis Beach, Cairns

Another one of the best beaches in Queensland is Ellis Beach, located just north of Cairns. Here you’ll find pumice-filled stretches of beach, turquoise waters, rainforest-lined shores and stunning views of the Coral Sea. There are some great walking trails nearby, as well as tours of the reef to discover life underwater.

Where to stay near Ellis Beach

Located right on the beachfront, Ellis Beach Holiday Park is a must-stay when exploring North Cairns. With all you need for a comfortable stay, as well as prime positioning and a relaxing atmosphere, a stay at Ellis Beach Holiday Park promises to be an enjoyable one.


6. Mooloolaba Beach, Sunshine Coast

The final beach in Queensland to hit our list is Mooloolaba Beach on the Sunshine Coast. This beach is a popular spot to swim, surf or simply relax in the sunshine. With a long stretch of beach to spread out along, white sand and inviting waters, we’re sure you’ll love a visit here. After time in the sun, wander up to the neighbouring shopping strip to enjoy a bite to eat or drink and take in the chilled coastal atmosphere.

Where to stay near Mooloolaba Beach

Nearby you’ll find the Mooloolaba Beach Holiday Park which is a great family-friendly holiday park. The campsites are spacious, the amenities are clean and the positioning is ideal, making it a great base as you explore all that the Sunshine Coast has to offer.

Image: Tourism and Events Queensland


Ready for your next adventure?

If you’ve been dreaming of a beach holiday, then Queensland is the place to enjoy it. There is an endless selection of beaches dotted up the coast, and hiring a campervan or motorhome makes finding them all the easier. If you can’t wait to get out there and start discovering Queensland beaches for yourself, then be sure to book your camper today.

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