FOUR beaches on the southern Gold Coast have made it into the list of top 10 patrolled beaches in Queensland.
Surf Life Saving Queensland’s top 10 list ranks popular locations based on safety, facilities and nearby services.
For the second year in a row, Cylinder Beach on North Stradbroke Island claimed the top spot, while Kings Beach, Mooloolaba Beach and Rainbow Beach on the Sunshine Coast took out second, fourth and fifth positions.
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Meanwhile, here at home, beaches at Burleigh Heads, Rainbow Bay, Tallebudgera Creek and Tugun all placed within the top 10.
Burleigh Heads placed third, while Rainbow Bay and Tallebudgera Creek came in sixth and seventh. Tugun Beach placed 10th.
The annual list was released to coincide with the start of summer.
SLSQ Acting Chief Executive Officer Craig Williams said a range of factors had been considered when compiling the list and selecting an overall winner, with safety being the primary consideration.
“Safety is our core focus as we aim for zero preventable deaths in Queensland public waters,” Mr Williams said.
“With that in mind, when determining our top beaches, we consider patrol times and services, incident history, coastal conditions and the quality of visitor information on display.
“We also look at other factors such as how user-friendly the beach is, including things such as amenities, its location, access to parking and public transport, nearby services and cleanliness.
“Cylinder ranked number one for the second year in a row, which isn’t surprising given it is quite protected from strong winds, and has great conditions for swimmers.
“It’s also patrolled 365 days a year and has a lot of facilities and parking nearby, along with great lifeguards and volunteer surf lifesavers, proving very popular for families holidaying on North Stradbroke Island.”
Mr Williams said Queensland’s beaches were iconic, attracting millions of visitors every year.
“No doubt, many Queenslanders have their own favourite, based on personal criteria,” he said.
“Determining our top ten is always a tough job, but one that we enjoy due to the sheer number of beautiful locations along our coastline.
“The start of summer is a timely reminder to always consider your safety and swim between the red and yellow flags, no matter which beach you choose to visit.
“The flagged areas not only represent the safest conditions on that particular beach, but are also patrolled by qualified surf lifesavers and lifeguards.
“At the end of the day we want you to enjoy your day at the beach and return home safely.”