To celebrate the start of summer, Surf Life Saving Queensland has released their annual list of the top 10 beaches in the state, with the Gold Coast scoring an impressive three beaches in the list!
Cylinder Beach on North Stradbroke Island took out the top spot, ahead of Noosa Main Beach and the coast’s Greenmount Beach.
SLSQ chief operating officer George Hill said a wide range of factors had been considered when compiling the list and selecting an overall winner.
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“Safety is obviously our primary focus and, with that in mind, we considered a wide range of factors including everything from patrol times and services, right through to its incident history, coastal conditions and the quality of visitor information on display,” he said.
“After that we looked at other areas such as how user-friendly we thought the beach was, and this included things such as its location, access to parking and public transport, facilities and cleanliness.
Mr Hill said Cylinder was a clear winner this year.
“It has been quite protected from the strong prevailing winds we experienced and that has created a lot of sand along the beach; there were less strong sweeps, providing great conditions for swimmers,” he said.
“It’s also patrolled 365 days a year and has a lot of facilities and parking nearby, not to mention some of the best lifeguards and volunteer surf lifesavers in the country, proving very popular for families holidaying on the island.”
Mr Hill said having three Gold Coast beaches in the list was a testament to the area.
“Here in Queensland we have so many beautiful beaches and that is evident right here on the Gold Coast with Greenmount, Coolangatta and Burleigh Heads all offering great options to beachgoers.
Last year’s winner, Burleigh Heads, dropped several places this year, largely due to the NE winds.
“Burleigh has copped a lot of NE winds, which has sculpted out quite a gutter in the front of the beach, which poses a bit more of a risk to young children and families than in previous years,” he said.
With summer officially kicking off this week, lifesavers and lifeguards are bracing for a significant influx of beachgoers over the coming weeks, and Mr Hill urged anyone looking to cool off in the surf to put safety first at all times.
“At the end of the day, we don’t mind what beach you go to, as long as you play it safe and always swim between the red and yellow flags,” he said.
Top Ten Beaches for 2017/18*:
1. Cylinder Beach – North Stradbroke Island
2. Noosa Main Beach – Sunshine Coast
3. Greenmount Beach – Gold Coast
4. Mooloolaba Beach – Sunshine Coast
5. Coolangatta – Gold Coast
6. Alexandra Headland – Sunshine Coast
7. Streets Beach – Southbank
8. Kings Beach- Sunshine Coast
9. Burleigh Heads – Gold Coast
10. Alma Bay – Magnetic Island