The team at Outdoria could not be happier that summer is on its way. That was a long winter and it's time to hit the beach and soak up some sand, surf, sun(screen) and coastal beach times. Enjoy our latest series of best beaches in Australia with this impressive list from the Sunshine State - Queensland.
Be sure to let us know which beaches we have missed and why you think they should have been top of our list!
Queensland has some of the most popular holidays destinations in the world, but Noosa would have to be right up there. Immaculate beaches, fine dining, a picturesque national park, plenty of family entertainment and near perfect climate all year round.
Noosa has many options for surfers, with the main beach offering small breaks for beginners while out towards the heads, the surf can really get large. Stand Up Paddle boarding is popular on days when the surf is small, but they are always in use along the river. Every morning like clockwork swimmers from the local surf club enjoy their daily dip followed by a coffee on Hastings Street.
Hastings Street is the place to be with fine food and plenty of shops to be explored, but there are countless other pockets to check out, as well as the famous Eumundi market just out of town.
One thing that is great about Queensland beaches is many of them have the perfect descriptors. 'Whitehaven' beach is exactly as the name implies - white sand stretching for kilometres accompanied by crystal clear water - heavenly. A large proportion of the sand is pure silica giving it the bright white colour, and amazingly it doesn't retain heat making the barefoot shuffle an enjoyable experience on the hottest day.
Whitehaven Beach is located in the Whitsundays and can only be accessed by air or water. It has been voted the 'Best Beach in the South Pacific - 2015 TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards' and the 'Top 5 of the world's best beaches - 2014 TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards'.
Located on the Sunshine Coast, Mooloolaba beach is one of the most popular in Queensland thanks to its family-friendly environment and near perfect climate. There are three patrolled beaches all within 1km of each other providing peace of mind for families and those not so confident in the water.
The beach faces north, which provides great protection from southerly winds, creating a sheltered location and near perfect conditions regardless of what the weather is doing.
Mooloolaba is popular with a wide demographic of people. Each year the famous Mooloolaba triathlon brings people from all over the world to experience the prime location, and there is a large range of accommodation options regardless of whether you are backpacking or looking for luxury.
Coolangatta is found right on the Queensland / NSW border and provides some of the best surfing in the state. Greenmount Beach is a favourite in the area and offers supreme surfing conditions. Rainbow Bay, Duranbah and Snapper Rocks also offer some great beach options. The area is extremely popular and if you are wanting a coffee or some food you are spoilt for choice. There are oceanfront hotels, countless restaurants and even clubs that host live bands.
If you are really lucky you might even spot some whales on their annual migration! You can also celebrate New Year's Eve celebrations twice if you can get your party planning just right and make it across the border.
Surfers Paradise, need we say more?
Surfers Paradise is located in the heart of the Gold Coast and for the longest time has brought surfers from across the globe to experience this water playground.
Over the years, the Gold Coast has been renovated and rejuvenated but the pristine beach and great surfing conditions have remained the same. The beach stretches from kilometres so you'll have no trouble finding a quiet spot or the perfect wave.
Surfers Paradise is a favourite with the tourists and schoolies who make their annual pilgrimage to enjoy the world famous beaches and the vibrant nightlife.
Burleigh Heads is another beach near the Gold Coast where locals are spoilt for choice. Burleigh as it is known, is located between Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta.
Burleigh is a unique beach as it offers just as much for swimmers as it does for surfers. Surfers can catch some great waves around the headland while swimmers can enjoy many protected locations thanks to the shelter provided by the shape of the coast.
The Burleigh Heads National Park is only a quick stroll away from the main beach and offers great ocean views and a chance to experience the local wildlife.