Whether you’re after a surf beach, dog beach, kids’ beach or just a sunny spot to lie your towel – we’ve got the inside scoop of the best beaches near Brisbane.
Suttons Beach Park
Perfect for: BBQs with family or friends
Located on the foreshore of the beautiful town of Redcliffe, lies Suttons Beach Park. While this fully patrolled beach may have lovely gentle waves and soft white sand, the real hero of the show is its facilities. Picture rotundas, shady trees, numerous barbeque facilities, gazebo-style dining, bikeways, toilet blocks, plenty of space and a large playground for children. What else could you want? Suttons Beach Park really is the ultimate beach day location. So fill up your esky, pack the car with friends and family and set course for one of the best beaches near Brisbane.
Drive from Brisbane: 28 minutes
Perfect for: Total escapism
Only a ferry-ride from the mainland, this pint-sized island is not to be missed. Affectionately known as ‘Coochie’, Coochiemudlo Island is the epitome of life in the slow lane. With no public transport or public Wi-Fi and only a patchy mobile service, Coochie is the perfect place to escape for the day.
As the island is only 140 hectares wide, you can easily reach all three of its beaches in one-day on foot. Its beautifully flat, calm and relatively shallow beaches are perfect for kids, water sports such as SUP’ing or kayaking and beach picnics. The conservation efforts of the local community mean that the island is also great for wildlife spotting - keep your eyes peeled for sea eagles, wallabies, and even the occasional dugong.
Drive from Brisbane: 45-minutes
Woorim Beach, Bribie Island
Perfect for: Dog walking
Located on Bribie Island, Woorim Beach is just a one-hour drive from Brisbane and easily accessible by car. Woorim Beach’s long stretch of soft, powdery white sand seems to go on forever, making it the perfect beach walking track. Plus, it’s dog-friendly so you can even take your pooch off their leash.
As well being a great beach for walking, the shelter provided by nearby Moreton Island means there is little to no wind or swell, creating perfect conditions for kids or those learning to surf. If you’re looking for a more adventurous beach day, then hire out a boat and cruise up and down Pumicestone Passage for the afternoon.
Drive from Brisbane: 1 hour
Cylinder Beach, North Stradbroke Island
Perfect for: Swimming, surfing and sunbathing
Well loved by locals and tourists alike, North Stradbroke Island is a Queensland gem. With quaint towns, gorgeous lakes and a stunning coastline it’s easy to understand why. The island is home to three popular, white sandy beaches; Cylinder Beach, Home Beach and Flinders Beach. Cylinders Beach the island’s most iconic surf beach. It’s patrolled all year round and has a gentle wave that’s great for body surfers, boogie boarders, and those learning to surf. Plus, there is plenty of beach to chill out on, for those who prefer to be spectators.
If you feel like going for a wander, take a walk up to Point Lookout. This surfy beach town offers sweeping views over the beach below and is the perfect place to grab some lunch.
Drive from Brisbane: 1.5 hours
Brisbane isn't the only city with a great selection of surfing beaches within driving distance. Take a look at the best beaches within driving distance of Sydney.
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