Gold Coast beaches miss out to the Sunshine Coast

The Gold Coast has missed out on being named Queensland’s best.

The Sunshine Coast and North Queensland rating higher in a list released by Surf Life Saving Queensland to mark the official start of summer.

Caloundra’s Kings Beach is number on, ahead of Cylinder Beach, North Stradbroke Island and Palm Cove in Cairns.


Burleigh Heads is considered the best on the Gold Coast and is ranked sixth in the state.

Coolangatta and Greenmount are ninth and tenth. Tourism hot-spot Surfers Paradise did not rate a mention in the top ten.

SLSQ chief operating officer George Hill said the organisation had considered a wide variety of factors when compiling the list and selecting the winning beach.

“For us, obviously the safety of swimmers and beachgoers is our first and foremost priority, so we looked at how often beaches were patrolled and what services were offered, in addition to various other factors ranging from coastal conditions to Australian standard beach signage,” he said.

“We also took into account how family-friendly the beach was, and this included a number of things, including parking, access to public transport, facilities and overall cleanliness.

“Burleigh Heads certainly ticks all of those boxes, it’s patrolled 365 days of the year and also ranked highly across a number of other categories. It’s a wonderful beach for a quick swim or a relaxing day trip with family or friends.

“There’s always a bit of friendly rivalry between the Gold and Sunshine Coasts and, in this instance, we felt that Kings Beach rated higher when it came to safer conditions and facilities,” he said.

Mr Hill acknowledged the decision could potentially upset some beachgoers who favoured other spots along the coastline.

“There are so many great beaches up and down Queensland’s coastline, and trying to narrow it down to just one is always going to stir up a bit of debate,” he said.
“Everyone will have their own personal opinions, preferences and special beaches they like to go with their friends and family.

“It was a tough decision but, in a way, that was a good problem to have – it shows how many beautiful and quality beaches we have access to in Queensland,” he said.

With temperatures continuing to rise and the peak holiday periods just around the corner, SLSQ is bracing for an influx of beachgoers across the coming weeks and, with that in mind, Mr Hill reminded swimmers to put safety first this summer.

“At the end of the day, we don’t mind what beach you go to, as long as you only swim at patrolled locations and between the red and yellow flags,” he said.

“The flagged areas not only represent the safest conditions on that particular beach, but are also patrolled by qualified surf lifesavers and lifeguards.”

SLSQ’s 2015/16 top beaches:
1. Kings Beach – Sunshine Coast
2. Cylinder Beach – North Stradbroke Island
3. Palm Cove – North Queensland
4. Alma Bay – Magnetic Island
5. The Strand – Townsville
6. Burleigh Heads – Gold Coast
7. Four Mile Beach – Port Douglas
8. Main Beach – Noosa
9. Coolangatta Beach – Gold Coast
10. Greenmount Beach – Gold Coast
In making its decision, SLSQ also named Queensland’s safest and most family-friendly beaches, as per the lists below:
SLSQ’s 2015/16 safest beaches:
1. Kings Beach – Sunshine Coast
2. Cylinder Beach – North Stradbroke Island
3. Alma Bay – Magnetic Island
4. Palm Cove – Cairns
5. Four Mile Beach – Port Douglas
6. Main Beach – Noosa
7. Greenmount Beach – Coolangatta
8. Dicky Beach – Sunshine Coast
9. The Strand – Townsville
10. Mooloolaba – Sunshine Coast
Honourable mentions: Trinity Beach, Streets Beach (South Bank), Alexandra Headland, Rainbow Beach

SLSQ’s 2015/16 top family-friendly beaches:
1. Kings Beach – Sunshine Coast
2. Burleigh Heads – Gold Coast
3. The Strand – Townsville
4. Coolangatta – Gold Coast
5. Palm Cove – Cairns
6. Torquay Beach – Hervey Bay
7. Rainbow Bay – Gold Coast
8. Cylinder Beach – North Stradbroke Island
9. Kurrawa Beach – Gold Coast
10. Southport – Gold Coast
Honourable mentions: Port Douglas, Bargara Beach, Suttons Beach, Streets Beach (South Bank)