Just because Brisbane itself doesn’t have it’s very own “real” beach, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the water this summer. As well as Southbank’s sparkling lagoon and man-made sandy beach, there are plenty of beaches nearby worth exploring.
As the weather warms up, here’s our pick of the best beaches near Brisbane. Get planning your next swim!
Running alongside the water at Shorncliffe sits Moora Park, home to a magnificent cliff (complete with rotunda) and a small beach beside Shorncliffe Pier. You will also find one of the most amazing kid’s playground ever built, which consists of interconnected beach huts and obstacle course.
Distance from Brisbane: 24kms
Wellington Point is a picturesque reserve bordered by water on both sides. Great for fishing, boating and watersports, the long jetty is popular place to take in the view over Brisbane.
Distance from Brisbane: 25kms
Suttons Beach at Redcliffe offers an incredible children’s playground and numerous barbecue facilities, making it an excellent spot to take the family. The park offers plenty of shade, and the gentle waves makes it ideal for novice swimmers. Redcliffe is also home to Settlement Cove Lagoon, a stunning man-made lagoon overlooking Moreton Bay.
Distance from Brisbane: 36kms
Between Brisbane and the Gold Coast sits Coochiemudlo Island, where shallow beaches and mangroves are protected from the breakers of the South Pacific. Easily reached from Victoria Point, the red rock can easily be seen from the mainland and offers a dramatic scene.
Distance from Brisbane: 41kms
North Stradbroke Island is the second largest sand island in the world and consists of three towns, a number of gorgeous lakes and stunning coastline. The best beaches to swim at are Cylinder Beach, Home Beach and Flinders Beach.
Distance from Brisbane: 50kms
Paradise Point Parklands offer sensational views and a winding walkway like no other. Recently upgraded, the Parklands now feature heaps of amenities and plenty to explore, from the beautiful Broadwater to the playground and markets.
Distance from Brisbane: 67kms
Bribie Island is connected to the mainland via a bridge and from the moment your cross the bridge, you’ll be met by spectacular views of Pumicestone Passage. The island is protected by Environmental, National and Marine Parks and the wildlife is nothing short of amazing. While Bribie Island has become more developed in recent times, it remains a must-see natural beauty.
Distance from Brisbane: 80kms
This off-leash dog beach is the perfect place to bring your pooch for a day out, offering the beautiful Burleigh Heads National Park as a backdrop. There are three patrolled areas considered perfect for swimming, though it is recommended that you do not swim at the mouth of the creek.
Distance from Brisbane: 90kms
Part of the Sunshine Coast, King’s Beach offers a wide stretch of beach, a waterpark, and waterside markets on Sundays. The beach is busy, but its beauty explains why.
Distance from Brisbane: 95kms
It’s not just the beach that attracts so many day-trippers from Brisbane, with the wide range of boutique shops, cafes and restaurants also a big draw card. A walk along the Spit will see you smiling, and the kids can get up close and personal with the sea life at Underwater World.
Distance from Brisbane: 100kms
Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast is well known for its great waves, patrolled swimming areas, and trendy bars, restaurants and cafes. Despite it’s close proximity to Noosa, Coolum has maintained its friendly and country charm, making it a relaxed beachside village to visit.
Distance from Brisbane: 120kms