Best of Brisbane Beaches: Where to Go When Life's a Beach

Brisbane beaches are some of the best in the state and, arguably, Australia. One of the best things to do in Brisbane is to chill out and take some time to explore the Sunshine and Gold Coasts. You need not wipe out a whole weekend to do this! Day trips from Brisbane to the nearest beach can be an ideal weekend outing to wind down from the week.

In under a few hours you can escape the rat race of the city and head to one of the many beaches near Brisbane. Throw a picnic rug, swimmers and some snacks in the car and put reality on the backburner for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.

Pearls of the North Coast

The weather’s heating up and a beach day or weekend escape is the ultimate way to unwind.

If you aren’t keen on visiting a busy tourist area, check out our brief guide to places that are worth veering off the beaten track for:

1. Point Cartwright

If you want a beach setting that’s a little less predictable, look no further than the shores of this beauty. We recommend climbing the hill to the lighthouse and sipping a glass of something special as you admire the outlook below.

2. Mudjimba

This stunning site has a laid-back vibe and is tucked away from the crowds, so you can completely immerse yourself in nature by taking one of the serene beach or bush walking trails and forget the hustle and bustle of urban living.

3. Cotton Tree Beach

A delightful blend of retro wistfulness and contemporary water sports, this underrated gem offers wholesome market stalls, on point home wares to outdoor dining with exquisite views.

Golden Getaways

The Gold Coast is home to some of the most spectacular Brisbane beaches, with the south coast home to a range of to-die-for retreats—here are our top-rated picks for a supreme seaside break with a difference:

1. Rainbow Bay

Always brimming with overseas visitors and families on school holidays, this beach is our go-to for a relaxing paddle.

If you’re stuck for meal ideas and want dinner with a twist, try some tapas with a side of moonlight melodies at Bread ‘n’ Butter Kirra.

2. Burleigh Heads

With its idyllic vista and cool atmosphere, Burleigh’s just the place to enjoy a visit to the Corporate Art Centre or experience boutique beer-tasting on the Burleigh Brewing Company tour.

3. Currumbin

Dubbed Australia’s cleanest beach of 2013, it’s a wonderful place to learn to surf, with professional instructors for hire to help you ‘kick out’ like a local!

Only 15 minutes away are the rock pools which are also definitely worth a look—they’re a local favourite but little known by visitors.

Here’s our choices of the best, closest beaches to Brisbane. So what are you waiting for? Head in your car, crank up the tunes and enjoy the sunshine this week!

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