THREE Gold Coast beaches have been named on the list of Queensland’s top ten best beaches, according to Surf Life Saving Queensland.
Coolangatta was the best of the local spots coming in at eighth, Burleigh Heads was ninth and Kirra was tenth.
The Strand in Townsville claimed the top honour, with Alma Bay at Magnetic Island and Cylinder Beach at North Stradbroke rounding out the top three.
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SLSQ Lifesaving Services Manager Peta Lawlor said a range of factors had been considered when compiling the list and selecting an overall winner, including patrol times and service, incident history, coastal conditions, safety signage, cleanliness, access to amenities, parking and public transport.
“No doubt, many Queenslanders have their own favourite beach. Determining our top ten is always a tough job, but it allows us to highlight some of the safer beaches for swimmers to visit,” she said.
“Safety is our core focus as we aim for zero preventable deaths in Queensland public waters. With that in mind, when determining our top beaches, we consider patrol times and services, incident history and coastal conditions.
“Given we have an abundance of beaches right along the coastline, we also wanted to make sure we highlighted beaches from each region.”
Ms Lawlor said it has been a busy summer on Queensland beaches, with thousands of people flocking to the coastline.
“Our beaches have been absolutely packed throughout the summer period as more people chose to holiday at home,” she said.
“Along with the large crowds we have seen some challenging surf conditions on South East Queensland beaches throughout summer, which has kept our patrols busy.
“Across Queensland lifesavers and lifeguards performed 1,700 rescues, 299,075 preventative actions and 17,406 first aid treatments.”
On the Gold Coast alone 466 rescues were performed across the Summer period. Lifeguards had also taken 32,264 preventative actions and delivered 3,699 first aid treatments.