Ocean Beach, Woorim, Bribie Island
Drive over the bridge to Bribie Island, north of Brisbane, and head to the far side for the surf beach at Woorim. If you’d like to learn to surf, Bribie Island Surf School operates near here. If you’re just swimming, always dive in between the flags so the lifeguards can keep an eye on you.
Cylinder Beach, North Stradbroke Island
One of the most popular beaches on the island, Cylinder is patrolled 365 days a year and has a gentle wave that’s great for those wanting to learn to surf, body surfers or body boarders. North Stradbroke Island Learn to Surf School will assist those wanting to learn.
Main Beach, North Stradbroke Island
Nearby Cylinder, Main Beach gets larger, more powerful waves to swim and surf in. It’s also patrolled by lifeguards and is the pick of the two if Cylinder has onshore, choppy winds. At 32km long, it’s no surprise it’s the main beach.
Frenchmans Beach, North Stradbroke Island
Best in winter thanks to the westerly winds, this beach is for surfers not swimmers, though you might enjoy spotting marinelife in the rock pools. Take your board down the 200 stairs and catch a wave. It isn’t patrolled by lifeguards.
Surfside, Moreton Island
Locals call the 27km strip on the eastern side of Moreton Island “surfside” due to the, ah, waves. Bet you never would have guessed that. No lifeguards patrol the beaches on Moreton Island and there are often rips on this side to be wary of.
At just 50m wide, Honeymoon Bay is a secluded beach on the northern tip of the island and is surround by 15m-high rock bluffs. Facing east, this beach gets 1-1.5m high waves and is hazardous to swim at due to rips and hidden rocks. Best stick to the sand here.
When the tide is out, soldier crabs scuttle across the flats of this northern bayside beach. Chase them around the shore or walk your dog along the promenade. It’s just a 30-minute drive from the CBD and a great spot for fish ‘n’ chips.
Lower Moora Park, Shorncliffe
Just south of Sandgate and right next to the Shorncliffe Jetty is this great bayside beach and park for the kids. Lower Moora Park is home to an excellent adventure playground, the still and sandy bayside beach is perfect for a splash, and there are barbecue and picnic facilities nearby.
Suttons Beach, Redcliffe
The small waves at Suttons Beach are perfect for people after a gentle paddle and relaxing day. There are beach showers, barbecues and lifeguards on summer weekends.
The Wynnum Wading Pool is a heritage-listed tidal pool that was built in the 1930s. Children love to splash about in the generally shallow pool or aqua-playground nearby. Follow the promenade along here to Manly Marina and the village. There are plenty of spots for lunch or a drink here.