The Best Beaches Near Brisbane Only Locals Know About

From idyllic islands to tree-shaded creeks, Brisbane is surrounded by beaches that would make anyone jealous. We’ve drawn up a list of local favourites you might not be familiar with, so grab the sunscreen and read on.

Tallebudgera Creek

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The award-winning Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park is an awesome place for a fun, watery getaway, and it’s also the best place to set up camp before heading down to the nearby beach. With white sand on one side, and cool, rocky greenery on the other, the mouth of the creek is like something off a postcard. Tallebudgera Creek is a world away from the stresses of everyday life, and we can’t think of anywhere better to just lie down on a towel and let your cares float away.

As for food? Well, we’d highly suggest Lester and Earl for some craft beer and smoky, American-style barbecue eats. Otherwise, Merlins Pizzas is something of a legend. Try the seafood toppings!


Currumbin Beach

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From swimming to surfing to kayaking, Currumbin Beach is large and diverse enough to offer all sorts of marvellous maritime fun. The mountains and rainforests make for a fantastic backdrop, and there’s a wealth of trendy cafes, restaurants and bars to check out a little further inland. The water’s clear, the faces are friendly and the chill vibes are just right, and it’s a great choice for families.

You can’t visit Currumbin without checking out the Wildlife Sanctuary (after all, who doesn’t want to cuddle a koala?), and Three Figs Cafe is a breezy little spot for something fresh and yummy.


Point Cartwright

Point Cartwright
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A remote little beach to the north of Kawana, Point Cartwright is one of our favourite spots in the entire Sunshine Coast – and that’s saying something. It’s a big hit with surfers, but there’s also plenty of room to just relax, roll out a picnic blanket and take in the glorious views of Mooloolaba, the Port of Brisbane and the Mooloolah River. Plus, if you’re lucky, you might just glimpse a few humpbacks!

Not the picnic type? No worries! One On La Balsa serves up all the cakes, light snacks and speciality coffee you can handle, while All’ Antica Restaurant & Pizzeria is standing by for a heartier feed.


Coochiemudlo Island

Image credit: Ray White City
Image credit: Ray White City

Often referred to as the jewel of Moreton Bay, Coochiemudlo Island is a gorgeous blend of clear waters, colourful flora and pristine sand. The reddish rock gives the whole place a unique sense of character, and it’s only a short ferry ride from Victoria Point Jetty. It’s also dog-friendly, so you can bring your best furry friend along for a doggy paddle in the sea.

There’s only one cafe on the whole island, so we’re lucky it’s a good one! Redrock Cafe is a spacious, welcoming joint that serves all sorts of tasty treats. The grilled barramundi is o-fish-ally one of our favourites!


Cylinder Beach

Image credit: Ride the Tide
Image credit: Ride the Tide

A dreamy, sprawling cove, Cylinder Beach is an absolute joy to visit in the summertime. It’s naturally protected from most stronger winds, so the waves are usually gentle and ideal for swimmers of all abilities. There’s also a long stretch of sand perfect for sunbathing. And, with Point Lookout just a stone’s throw away, there’s no end of boutique shops, restaurants and cafes to keep you occupied.

Speaking of which, Look Cafe is one of the best! And if seafood is your jam, you’ll find some incredible delicacies served up at Fishes at the Point.

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