Where are the best beaches near Brisbane?


In warm weather, the city flocks to our beaches. Where do you recommend as the top Brisbane beaches?

Let everyone know how you like spending your time. Do you take pictures of the beaches, go swimming, get a tan, or something else?


  1. Burleigh Heads. Great surf. Beautiful beach. Picnic/bbq. Fabulous village feel…….restaurants, cafe’s, shopping. Its got it all with a totally relaxed surf culture feel.

  2. If you have little kids, Bribie Island is a good place to find a calm beach. There’s a bridge and it’s about an hour’s drive from central Brisbane. Bongaree is on the more sheltered side of the island. This is where the island is separated from the mainland by Pumicestone Passage. There are shady parks and playgrounds behind the beach and parking is generally easy to find. Almost every time we’ve visited we’ve seen dolphins just metres off the shore.

    On the other side of Bribie Island, Woorim Beach has waves and is patrolled by lifesavers. There are also sheltered play areas and picnic grounds behind the beach.

    For more kid friendly beaches on the Sunshine Coast, go a little further north to Bulcock Beach and Kings Beach at Caloundra.

  3. How Nudgee Beach and Pandanus Beach? I agree you need to venture north or south or to Straddie to get decent surf beaches.

  4. Brisbane is on a river and doesn’t have any beaches. There is a nice manufactured one at Southbank which people seem to love. Otherwise hire a car and go to Burleigh Heads or Caloundra or go to Scarborough or Redcliffe if you like calm water