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Seclusion, privacy and the beach with plenty of space for social distancing. Space to have the world of sand, sun and gentle sea waves to yourself. It is indulgent, romantic and a great way to restore energy when you bonelessly relax into the moment of the beach. Queensland has beaches galore, here is a list of ten favourite hidden beaches. Kangaroos on the beach foraging, picnic tables for families to while away the day or the iconic beach with fish and chips to complete the day.

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SCENERY - BEACH: Alexandria Bay , Noosa

Noosa National Park Alexandria Bay. The beach requires a bit of a walk up the dunes through the southern edge of the park’s headland sector. You will pass iconic Aussie eucalypt forest and sun-dappled heathland. Alexandria Bay Walk is a postcard Queensland beach with sheltered waters ideal for swimming. There is plenty of shaded areas.

 

 

Duration of walk: 1 -2 hours return (4.2 km return)

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STAY - CAMPING: Teewah Beach

Teewah Beach (4WD) drives to your secluded camping site.Teewah Beach camping area is in Cooloola Recreation Area, Great Sandy National Park, on the Sunshine Coast between Noosa Heads and Rainbow Beach. Your tent tucked behind the dunes with she-oaks, banksias and pandanus palms is a quintessential beach camping spot. The wide sweeping beach offers fishing, walks and observing bird life.

 

 

At the southern beach access, visit the Great Sandy Information Centre, located near the Noosa River ferry on Moorindil Street for vehicle access permits, also camping permits and other information (business hours only). Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.

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STAY - CAMPING, WILDLIFE: Cape Hillsborough beach (Mackays Cape)

Cape Hillsborough beach has interesting local residents whose goal is to forage for mangrove seed pods and fresh seaweed. Wallabies, kangaroos hop down to the beach early morning and in the late afternoon. You can camp in the National Park.

 

 

While this area does attract visitors it is usually not crowded, While away the day in the adjoining picnic area, flanked by a pristine sandy beach and boulder-strewn slopes.  There are showers and toilet facilities making this beach a great place for families and friends to congregate.

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FAMILY FUN - BEACH: Kewarra Beach

Kewarra Beach is a short drive from Cairns and has the requisite safety nets for the stinger season making it a safe swimming beach.

 

 

The palms dotted among the sandy shore are poster perfect rivalling any tropical island for beguiling charm. The picnic tables and access to the hip vibe of Palm Cove (10 minutes drive) will entice people to give this location a go.

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FAMILY FUN, STAY - CAMPING: Cylinder Beach

Cylinder beach, North Stradbroke is a favourite due to the small consistent swell. This is due to the With a direct north orientation and a sunny outlook, the site enjoys protection from the prevailing winds.

 

 

This shady camping ground adjacent to Cylinder Beach means there are showers, toilets and picnic areas for families to enjoy a day at the beach. A nearby campsite Cylinder Beach provides space to pitch a tent for a night or a weekend, and a carpark meters away from the sand makes it accessible to those laden with boards and equipment.

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STAY - CAMPING, WILDLIFE: Woodgate Beach

An iconic beach for romantics or you are simply looking for peace and quiet. Woodgate beach, Southern Barrier Reef. Another troop of Kangaroos grazing on the beach awaits visitors. Birders and twitchers have the beach on their bucket list due to the 300 different species inhabiting the Burrum Coast National Park. There are secluded shaded walking trails from Woodgate settlement aptly named the Banksia track after the plants smothering the area.

 

 

The picturesque Banksia boardwalk has featured in many romantic Instagram stories. Camping is permitted only in the Woodgate and Kinkuna sections of the park. Both provide close access to the water and beach activities. Check for details on camping Burrum Point camping area. Camping permits are required and fees apply. Book well in advance for school holidays and long weekends.

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ROMANCE: Nudey Beach

Fitzroy Island is effectively a National Park, and home to Nudey Beach. Granite boulders frame the beach adding contrast to the rich greens of the  tropical rainforest vegetation. The crystal white sand and shallow turquoise  water invite people to simply collapse on the shore to take in the views. The piece de la resistance is the knowledge you can snorkel straight from the shore out onto the Great Barrier Reef.

 

 

Exploring Nudey Beach is a great introduction to the marine heritage world at the doorstep of Nudey. The beach is not crowded perhaps due to the fact you cannot drive directly to the beach. The Nudey Beach Walking Track is an easy 15 minute stroll through tropical rainforest and coastal woodlands before eventually opening up onto Nudey beach. The sheer scale of pretty perfect makes this beach an ideal romantic getaway.

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ROMANCE, STAY - CAMPING: South Zoe Bay

Hinchinbrook Island is a study in contrasts between an untouched wildderness landscape that has remained virtually untouched for thousands of years. The largest World Heritage Listed island in the world, Hinchinbrook has had little development. Camping is the only accommodation option and walking the only way to get around. The romance of your getaway being accessible only by boat or kayak is exhilarating and South Zoe Bay camping area, whether you arrive by boat or on foot from the Thorsborne Trail, this spectacular beach-side camping area delivers on its promise of a good time.

 

 

South Zoe Bay camping area check out booking details. This campground has non-flush toilets, picnic tables and Right at the mouth of South Zoe Creek on spectacular Zoe Bay. Take in spell-binding ocean views from your tent, or grab a towel and head up the track to stunning Zoe Falls.

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FAMILY FUN - BEACH: Budds Beach , Surfers Paradise

Budds Beach is a sheltered tidal beach along the Nerang River and only 10 minutes from the urban bustle of Surfers Paradise. Children will relish the adjacent playground, the toilets and picnic areas.

 

 

There are no huge waves and the influx of tidal water combined with the river estuary makes for a safe swimming spot. It is extraordinary to view the skyscrapers of Surfers Paradise from a quiet family beach. A perfect Surfers escape from the crowds for people who really do not want another turn on a ferris wheel.

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FAMILY FUN - BEACH: Tallebudgera Creek beach

The creek is just next door to the ever popular Burleigh Heads yet sees a midgedon of the crowds. The fresh water creek that’s perfect for paddling.

 

 

The white sand banks of the creek look onto the beautiful greenery of the Burleigh Head National Park across the way, and there’s an underrated patrolled surf beach just around the bend. Tallebudgera Creek Park, Queensland is ideal for families and those with younger children. There is lots of sand for castles, calm safe estuary waters with BBQ, playgrounds and toilets it is a quiet local escape from the clamour of Burleigh Heads.

The journey is worth it.

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