The Best Beaches in Brisbane

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Nothing beats a day soaking up the sun and surf at one of Brisbane's best beaches. While you wouldn't call Brisbane City a coastal city per se - it's more of a river city due to the Brisbane River snaking its way through the middle - that doesn't mean there aren't loads of great beaches and bay inlets to savour those sweet summer rays. In fact, we've found eight incredible beaches in Brisbane to add to your weekend to-do list!

The Best Beaches in Brisbane

1. Suttons Beach

Located in the Moreton Bay Region, Suttons Beach is hands down one of the best beaches in Brisbane. Aside from the absolutely breathtaking waters, Suttons Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Brisbane due to the fact that it's a patrolled beach with small waves so it's fantastic for families with kids. There's also a playground nearby along the promenade - need we say more?

Suttons Beach location: Marine Parade, Redcliffe

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2. King Island, Wellington Point

King Island Wellington
The sand bridge on the King Island Walk. Image: supplied.

Get ready to walk on water to get to this secluded Brisbane beach! While King Island at Wellington Beach isn't technically a beach, you will thank us for introducing you to this little gem when you're looking for a refreshing oasis away from the city come summer. Located on the Redlands Coast south-east of Brisbane, the magical sand bridge appears at low tide and connects Wellington Point to King Island and is a spectacular excursion the whole family will love. The King Island walk is roughly two kilometres return.

King Island location: start out at 2A Main Rd, Wellington Point.

3. Streets Beach Southbank

Streets Beach in Brisbane
The famous Streets Beach in Brisbane. Image: supplied.

You can't have a list of the best beaches in Brisbane and not include the iconic Streets Beach in Southbank. Yes, Streets Beach is a man-made beach and yes, it's fabulous, in fact, it's Australia's only man-made inner-city beach - cool! Streets Beach draws in the crowds with its gigantic blue lagoon and beautiful white sand, making it the perfect spot to while away a lazy afternoon.

Streets Beach location: Stanley Street Plaza, Brisbane City

4. Wynnum Foreshore

If the kids are keen to visit a Brisbane beach but aren't so keen on the waves, the Wynnum Wading Pool at Wynnum Foreshore is the go. Kids love splashing about in the refreshing waters of the Wynnum Wading Pool, which is actually a Heritage-Listed tidal pool that was built all the way back in the 1930s. The Wynnum Foreshore is also a great spot for a family walk, bike ride, or snack stop at the Manly Harbour Village further along the Esplanade. 

Wynnum Foreshore location: the Esplanade, Wynnum

5. Bribie Island Beaches

Woorim Beach Bribie Island
Woorim Beach on Bribie Island. Image: supplied.

Bribie Island not only has some of the best beaches in Brisbane but also the best beaches in Australia if not the world, and they're only 45 minutes away from the CBD! If you're a Bribie Island regular, you'll agree that as soon as you traverse Bribie Island Bridge or Pumicestone Passage from the mainland to Bribie Island, you instantly find yourself in a whole other world. As far as the best beaches on Bribie Island go, there are plenty to choose from!

Sylvan Beach is one of the most family-friendly Bribie Island Beaches due to the calm waters, and toilet and barbecue facilities. Red Beach is a top pick if you're bringing the pooches with you as it's one of the only pet-friendly beaches on Bribie Island. For those keen for a spot of fishing, head to Skirmish Point, and for the closest patrolled beach to the mainland, Woorim Beach has lifeguards, picnic areas, barbecues, and even a playground.

6. Nudgee Beach Reserve

Nudgee Beach is the closest beach to the Brisbane CBD and offers calm waters, two playgrounds, sightseeing, and even mangroves so you can completely envelop yourself in nature. Nudgee Beach is located in Nudgee and borders the Boondall Wetlands but also has its own Nudgee Wetlands Bird Hide. Families love popping over to Nudgee Beach to play on the sand at low tide or go for an adventure along the mangrove boardwalk.

Nudgee Beach location: 17 Fortitude Street, Nudgee Beach

7. Lower Moora Park

Located around 30 minutes north of the CBD, Lower Moora Park is most frequented because of the Lower Moora Park Playground but did you know there's also one of the best beaches in Brisbane there too? The enchanting bay at Lower Moora Park offers calm, shallow waters for little ones, but it does get super busy on the weekends - get there early!

Lower Moora Park location: Park Parade, Shorncliffe

8. Raby Bay Foreshore Park

Raby Bay Foreshore Park
The bay at Raby Bay Foreshore Park. Image: supplied.

Raby Bay Foreshore Park is another one of the best beaches in Brisbane, offering calm waters, a playground, walking and biking tracks, parking, and even some waterfront dining nearby. There are three bayside swimming spots to enjoy a splash at Raby Bay Foreshore Park and all three offer oh-so refreshing waters, clean sand for sandcastle building, and even kayak and stand-up-paddleboard hire right by the bay - so good!

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