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Discover Queensland's Best Hidden Beaches

Australia is home to some of the most beautiful beaches on our planet, and we’re always up for a little #humblebrag about our Sunshine State! Keen to discover more? Here’s five Queensland beaches you’ve just gotta experience!

1. Tallebudgera Creek

If you asked us, Tallebudgera Creek deserves a better name, if only to reflect how gosh darn beautiful it is! This little treasure of white sandy beach and calm turquoise waters is located on the Gold Coast, about a 1.5h drive from Brisbane.  The patrolled side of the beach can be busy, if you seek a more private space, access on the Burleigh Heads side and take the walk through the National Park, where you can find a quiet little charming beach, hopefully to yourself. Stay at Coolangatta YHA and linger longer to discover even more beautiful hidden beaches to explore on the Gold Coast – ask the team at reception for their fave secret beaches.

2. Nudey Beach

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Baby, this is what you came for … Ranked no 1 in the 2018 Australia’s 101 Best Beaches Awards, Nudey Beach is a small stretch of the finest white sand (the one that squeaks when you walk on it!) Kissed by crystal clear ocean and surrounded by granite boulders and tropical rainforest, you can find Nudey Beach on the South-West shores of Fitzroy Island only a 45 min ferry ride from Cairns, a short walk from Cairns Central YHA. Don’t forget your swimmers, this beach is Nudey only by name!

3. Radical Bay - Magnetic Island

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… and another beach to add to your list!  If Magnetic Island isn’t already on you must-visits, add it now, we promise you won’t regret it! Radical Bay can be found on the North-East side of the island and is begging to be instagrammed, snapchatted and tiktoked. Heading down to Radical Bay is a bit of an effort but you will be rewarded with the most stunning view, inviting turquoise blue water, and a beautiful beach surrounded by palms, pine trees and massive boulders/

Have a wander, and you’ll find the abandoned wooden piano overlooking the beach – yep you heard right, there’s a piano, so don’t forget your camera for the coolest beach shot you can get! If you need accommodation for the night, stay at Magnetic Island YHA, conveniently located near Horseshoe Bay.

4. West Point - Magnetic Island

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This beauty of a beach is a little trickier to get to, but whilst you’re on Magnetic Island and you have a chance, go and visit for the most amazing sunset you can snap! You will need a 4WD to get there, as it is located quite remotely on the North-West corner of the island. Buuuuut remote means less or no people and if you seek that secluded island feeling West Point is your place.

5. Chinaman's Beach - 1770

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Just south of Agnes Water you can find Chinaman’s Beach, the town’s little hidden secret. It’s not the best for swimming, since there’s no lifeguards in sight, but you’ll find privacy and the perfect chance to simply lie in the sand and relax. If you’re looking for somewhere to take that special someone, or just get some epic Instagrammable shots, this stunning beach should be on your list. Wander back to 1770 YHA right by the beach for another day of sun, sand and salt-kissed skin… perfection!

Nearby Hostels

    Coolangatta YHA - Kirra Beach, Gold Coast
    From $28 per night
    Coolangatta YHA - Kirra Beach, Gold Coast
    Coolangatta YHA hostel is located just 500 meters from the Gold Coast Airport. You can check in & be on the beach within 30 minutes of landing.
    Cairns Central YHA
    From $20 per night
    Cairns Central YHA
    Due to the current Covid-19 emergency, and restrictions on travel, Cairns Central YHA is currently closed until further notice. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
    Magnetic Island YHA
    From $29 per night
    Magnetic Island YHA
    Due to the current Covid-19 emergency, and restrictions on travel, Magnetic Island is currently closed until further notice. We are sorry for any inconvenience
    1770 YHA
    From $22 per night
    1770 YHA
    1770 is a clean and inviting hostel with a variety of room types, all dorms have their own en-suite and are air-conditioned. The Agnes Water Beach is only a short 200 meter walk through an environmental park.
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