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Best Beaches on the Sunshine Coast

Last year saw the Sunshine Coast smash all its tourism records -- and with good reason. The aptly-named area boasts 100km of stunning coastline and year-round warm temperatures, making it pretty hard to beat as the go-to place for a relaxing break.

With so much coastline to choose from, it can be hard to know where to go. Skyscanner Australia has taken a look at the best beaches in the area to help make planning your next trip to Queensland that little bit easier.

For surfers: Alexandra Headland

Alexandra Headland, or Alex Head to the locals, is one of the more central beaches in the Sunshine Coast, making it easily accessible for those staying south of the Maroochy River. Along with the beach in Noosa National Park, Alexandra Headland is one of the best surf beaches in the area. Whether you want to hit the waves, watch those who are braver than you or take inspiration and book lessons, Alex is a great spot to head.

Aside from the surf, Alex has many benefits. The swimming beach here is patrolled by life savers, and onsite barbecues make it a great spot to spend the whole day. Those who can brave the early morning alarm clock are often rewarded with stunning sun rises.

Address: Alexandra Headland, Queensland, 4572

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For a peaceful swim: Golden Beach

If surfing’s not your thing, you may prefer Golden Beach which is an ideal spot if you want a peaceful day out or you’re travelling with small kids. Because of the outlying islands, Golden Beach is protected from the waves and the breaks that make some of the other beaches so popular, but make this one a lot safer to swim at.

Even better, the area’s coastal walk starts (or ends) at Golden Beach. If you start the trip at Mooloolaba, 25km to the north, you’ll be ready for a relaxing stop by the end after passing by architectural beauties, a wide array of birdlife and some other beautiful beaches along the way.

Address: Golden Beach, Queensland, 4551

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For a family frolic: Kings Beach

One of those gorgeous beaches along the coastal walk is Kings Beach and, if you’ve got kids in tow, it’s the best option in the area. As well as a patrolled swimming area, parents will be happy to hear that there’s the safety of ocean baths to take a dip in. If the allure of the sand and the water loses its appeal, the beach is surrounded by grassy areas and playgrounds that will keep the little ones entertained.

For lunch, you have the option of self-cook barbecues, a fish and chip shop or one of the many nearby cafes.

Address: Kings Beach, Queensland, 4551

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For an au naturel trip: Alexandria Bay

Alexandria Bay has long been the Sunshine Coast’s unofficial nude bathing spot. Like all good nudist beaches, A-Bay is nice and secluded. The only way in is on foot through Noosa National Park, roughly a 20-minute walk from Sunshine Beach. Because of this, the beach is unpatrolled so swimming solo is advised against. It’s also a good idea that you wear clothes for the trek in and make sure you top up your sunscreen regularly.

Be warned that Queensland legally has no nude beaches and although Alexandria is the go-to place for locals to strip off and enjoy the sun, there are sporadic (and highly controversial) fines for naturalists here.

Address: Alexandria Bay, Noosa Heads, QLD, 4567

With a total of 36 beaches on the Sunshine Coast, we’ve barely scratched the surface here. Explore them all by hiring a car when you land. Skyscanner can help you find the best deal on rental cars, flights and hotels.

Beach Area Best for
Alexandra Headland (Alex Head) Mooloolba For surfers
Golden Beach Caloundra For a peaceful swim
Kings Beach Caloundra For a family frolic
Alexandria Bay Noosa For an au naturel trip