Best Beaches Near Brisbane City

Want to unwind or bring the family out on a trip? If you are in Brisbane, you don’t have to look far for a place to go and if you are in Port Macquarie, it is just over 5 hrs drive to Brisbane. There are a lot of beaches you can choose from, regardless of the activity you want to do. Here is a list of the best beaches to choose from so that you can plan your next trip.

Ocean Beach

Bribie Island is one of the greatest destinations if you want to take a dip in the beach. More specifically, head on towards Ocean Beach where massive waves form. You can either take your time appreciating the view of the arching waves and listen to the splash or head on over to Bribie Island Surf School to learn how to surf.

If you aren’t that adventurous, you can always settle with taking a casual swim. Just remember to stay within sight of a lifeguard in case things get a little rough. Don’t think that you will be able to resist not taking a dip. With the clear water and white beach, it doesn’t get any more tempting.

Surfers Paradise is a special mention and it is only 1 hr drive from Brisbane. It is one of the most popular beaches in the world so make sure you keep it in your list of top beaches to visit in Australia.

Bulwer Beach

Located in the island of Moreton, the Bulwer Beach features a tamer adventure for those who just want to relax. Instead of arching waves, you will find your feet being soothed by the tiniest of lapping waves. 

The beach is expansive, stretching from end to end with white sand. Even the water seems out of a painting, being blue and clear. It is the best place to take a dip and swim. If you want to do something more, go on snorkelling or fishing. 

Tangalooma Beach

Moreton Island is home to a number of beach wonders and one to take note of is the Tangalooma Beach. Tangalooma itself is a truly unique place you must visit, not just for the beach but for so many other things like dolphin feeding on the beach and other adventure activities this place has to offer.

Be prepared to be revitalized as you are greeted with expansive white sand stretching from one point to another along with blue clear waters. However, that isn’t even half the story.

This beach features calm waters with small waves, making it ideal for casual swimming. If that starts to get boring, head over to the Tangalooma Wrecks which are 15 old boats offshore. There, it is the perfect place for snorkelling and kayaking. As the night approaches, be ready to greet the arrival of wild dolphins on Tangalooma Jetty where they are fed.

Main Beach

If you are nearer to North Stradbroke Island, you don’t have to look far. It is home to one of the best beaches around Brisbane. It isn’t called Main Beach for nothing. 

Spreading for 38 kilometres, this is a vast beach wherein you will surely be able to find a spot that fits you. Even during the busiest days, there is enough space to go by. Though, the best thing about this beach is its strong waves, making it the ideal destination for strong swimmers and surfers. If you are one of those people, you are surely going to enjoy your visit. By the time you have had enough of the water sports, head on to the nearby Oceanic Gelato Bar to eat and relax.

Shorncliffe Beach 

Heading to the beach doesn’t necessarily mean you want to take a dip. If you just want to breathe in the fresh air and appreciate the sight and sound of a beach, you no longer have to go far from the city centre. The Shorncliffe Beach is just a 25-minute ride and features a flat and safe stretch of beach. You can walk and explore the area to your heart’s desire and you will be left wanting more. 

If you decide to make your visit early in the morning, you will be greeted by a stunning sunrise. When that is over, you can always proceed with doing some stand-up paddleboarding. There is also a place for children with the surrounding play areas.


You don’t have to head far just to have a great experience. Whether you just want to take a calming dip or be adventurous, the surrounding nearby beaches of the Brisbane area has something in store for you. You can even jump from one beach to another to experience everything that the place has to offer. However, it is going to take some time before you can try all that there is.

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