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Sunshine Coast Beaches You Can't Miss

By Claire Plush - 25 Oct 2015

Without sounding too cocky, we know we’re onto a good thing when it comes to beautiful beaches here on the Sunshine Coast.

Hugging the region’s coastline are some of the most picturesque, well-cared for patches of sand you’ll step your manicured feet onto along the East Coast of Australia (hell, let’s make it the world!).

Sand so white it’ll burn the eyeballs of any beachgoer sans sunglasses (take note!) and water so clear that you’ll see the fish you’re swimming with, the coast’s beaches are what magic summer days are made of.

Even if we pretend like we love them all the same, we all know that’d be a total cop out. So we’re going to cut the niceties and share with you our picks for the best beaches on the Sunshine Coast.

Noosa Main Beach

So it’s covered with more tourists than you can poke your beach umbrella at, but if you get past the melting pot of conversations happening around you, then Noosa Main Beach is hands down one of the best beaches on the Sunshine Coast! Facing north, it’s the sheltered place to run to when most of the coast’s beaches are blown out. Want to enjoy the beach without actually stepping on it? Pull up a chair at the Noosa surf club (which is smack bang on the beach) or at one of the fancy cafes dotted along the boardwalk.

Alexandria Bay

Like getting your kit off? Well, this empty nudist-friendly paradise is where you can make that happen! Tucked between Sunshine Beach and Noosa, A-Bay only welcomes those who are eager enough to trek the 20-minute walk from wherever you parked your car (way longer if you’re entering from the Noosa end). Totally worth the sweaty mission in summer, but don’t forget supplies! There’s nothing worse then leaving after an hour because you left the water in the car and didn’t even think about food! Amateurs!

First Bay

This little gem can be overlooked pretty easily with two much bigger beaches on either side of it. But make the effort to find it (tip: you’ll notice the carpark as you head around the bend on your way south from Coolum Beach), and you’ll get to enjoy a picturesque cove away from the crowds. No flags here!

Cotton Tree

Slow down the pace and hop to Cotton Tree, the small waterside town close to Maroochydore. Open beach meets Maroochy River, and with park barbecues at the ready for those easy summer lunches, you won’t have to move too far at all.

Mooloolaba Beach

Backed by the esplanade, Mooloolaba Beach is the ultimate example of the healthy, beach-living lifestyle that Queensland is renowned for. If you’re ideal beach day starts with a stamp on the pavement decked out in active wear followed by a fresh juice then a swim, this is your beach!

Currimundi Lake

If you like your beaches with water that’s a little bit more predictable, lay down your towel on the shores of Currimundi Lake. Opening onto the open ocean but with a gentle-moving current, the lake is a massive drawcard for young families and Iet-me-faceplant-the-water toddlers.

Moffat Beach

Oh Moffs, you little gem of the south! Our love affair with you is of the everlasting kind! If you’re staying in Caloundra, suss out this little pocket and you’ll come face to face with a beachfront park, a fun point break, a pretty stretch of beach, and a cluster of cafes. Need to get moving? Follow the beachfront path around the headland to Kings, then on to Bulcock Beach—we rate it as one of the best beach walks on the Sunshine Coast.

Shelly Beach

An untouched Caloundra beauty, you’ll only be sharing the sand here with residents in the beachfront properties or wandering tourists who have their beach-radar on high alert. Not the best spot to swim, but if an afternoon walk is on the agenda Shelly is the place to make it happen. One of the most hidden in our roundup of the best beaches on the Sunshine Coast.

Did we miss your fave sandy spot in our list of the best beaches on the Sunshine Coast? Tell us!

Image Credit: Claire Plush

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