1 Sunshine Beach
About 7km south of Noosa, along David Low Way. It abuts Noosa Heads National Park, so it’s a pristine environment well worth exploring.
With 15km of sand stretching all the way down to Peregian Beach, there’s always somewhere to get away from the madding crowds. It’s one of those quintessentially Australian beaches that overseas guests go all open-mouthed about, because it looks like it’s endless. It’s also got great surf and is dog friendly, and at the right time of year you’re bound to spot a few dolphins and whales.
For more information about the area, go to visitsunshinecoast.com.au. For rental apartments at Sunshine Beach that range from pricey to budget, try rwnoosaholidays.com.au.
2 Agnes Water
Agnes Water is Queensland’s northernmost surf beach, about 485km north of Brisbane and halfway between Bundaberg and Gladstone. While it’s no secret to locals, many
What’s not to love about a pristine beach fringed by casuarinas and a ‘town’ (comprising a supermarket, couple of cafes, bakery, pharmacy, petrol station and not much else) that oozes laid-back charm. Apart from Agnes Water’s main beach, there are loads of beaches nearby with hardly a soul on them. Because many are in the national park and only accessible by 4WD, you may find the only footprints on the sand are yours. It also makes a great starting point for a Barrier Reef visit and is great for diving, fishing and sailing.
Go to agneswater.net for more information on this excellent part of the world.