Australia has an incredible variety of beaches to offer. The coastline is 19,700 km long. Queensland is the second largest state in Australia and is dominated by the four big “S”: “Sun, Sand, Surf and Sailing”. The most popular destination for many visitors to the state is the more than 2,000 kilometers long east coast of Australia. In winter, tons of Australian visitors from the cooler South pour in here. In addition there are many tourists from overseas. The state of Queensland covers almost a quarter of the Australian land area and has an extent from west to east of 1500 kilometers and from north to south 2100 kilometers. This promises ample space for a lot of variety.
Nevertheless, it can not be denied that popular beaches such as those on the Gold Coast have a very great attraction for the visitors. The Gold Coast can be unabashedly referred to as the “Miami” of Australia with all the disagreeable appearances of the American model. On the Gold Coast, there are a lot of sunny and beautiful holiday destinations, which, as already mentioned in the main travel times are very crowded. If you are looking for the hustle and bustle, this is the place for you.
Further north you will find another tourist metropolis near Cairns, which stands out from the Gold Coast with a little more peace and a certain exclusivity. However, here too the mass tourism has stretched out its claws. For the individual traveler also this coastal area seems to be suitable only conditionally. The unique location of Cairns in the tropical north makes the special feature of this vibrant city. It is the gateway to the rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef and features two of Australia’s most extraordinary natural landmarks. Cairns, with its 100,000 inhabitants, is one of the most popular tourist centers on the continent. The surrounding area offers numerous excursion possibilities. A day tour to the Great Barrier Reef and a trip to Kuranda are a must.
The still compared to the Gold Coast still and quiet Sunshine Coast is characterized by fantastically long and white sandy beaches. You can still find picturesque bays, which are also often deserted. The region is a paradise for individual travelers and those who want to stay away from the hustle and bustle. The towns of Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Coolum and Noosa line the Sunshine Coast on a 140-kilometer stretch of coastline. It can be reached about an hour’s drive north of Brisbane.
From Cairns to Port Douglas stretches the Marlin Coast, where a beautiful white sandy beach joins the other. The following tropical rainforest can be admired on the coast road Cook Highway.
Mission Beach is a popular resort. Here you will find miles of wide and white sandy beaches, lined with palm trees. A trip to the nearby tropical rainforest is a must for the traveler. If you travel here, you should definitely visit the offshore islands Dunk, Bedarra and Bowen and above all the Great Barrier Reef.