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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Queensland Beaches

Whitehaven Beach

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Whitehaven Beach is a pristine beach on Whitsunday Island, the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsundays. Whitehaven Beach stretches over six kilometres and boasts brilliant silica sand that is among the purest in the world. Sink your feet into the sand and wade into the warm waves that gently crash against the shore and you’ll soon realise why people come here from all over. At the northern end of Whitehaven Beach is Hill Inlet, a stunning inlet where the tide shifts the sand and water to create a beautiful fusion of colours. Many people claim Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach are the most beautiful places they’ve ever seen. There’s a lookout on Whitsunday Island where you can view both Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet. Most people moor their boats in Tongue Bay, take a dingy ashore and make the short walk to the lookout for the breathtaking views. If possible, try to reach the lookout when the tide is changing, as the golden sand and aqua water hues blend seamlessly into a mosaic of colours. Whitehaven Beach can be experienced in several ways. If you’re interested in a day trip, there are ferries and luxury cruising yachts that depart from Airlie Beach. A variety of sailing companies also offer multi-day charters that include a memorable visit to Whitehaven Beach in addition to stops to the outer Great Barrier Reef. Seaplanes and helicopters also visit the area offering stunning views from the sky. It’s even possible to completely indulge and partake in a romantic getaway to your own private beach for a champagne picnic. Whitehaven Beach, it’s definitely a must-see in the Whitsundays.

Burleigh Heads

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Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast is world renowned for its spectacular surfing conditions. Burleigh attracts professional surfers from around the world with its tubular Burleigh Barrel waves and is the venue for major international surfing tournaments including the Quicksilver Pro Surf Tournament. Burleigh Heads has a chilled out, beach atmosphere with several alfresco restaurants, bars and cafes. This relaxed charm exudes from everything in Burleigh, making it a perfect holiday destination. Burleigh Heads is nestled beneath the rolling Burleigh headland, which is studded with distinctive pines and pandanus palms. From here you have expansive views north to the high-rises of Surfers Paradise. There’s also a lovely beachfront park that is enjoyed by locals and tourists a like. The dramatic Burleigh headland was formed by an ancient volcano and is a sacred spot for Aborigines who once gathered here to fish and feast. It adjoins the Burleigh Head National Park on the banks of the Tallebudgera Creek.

Mission Beach

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Mission Beach is a relaxed, yet vibrant beachfront town with over 14 kilometres of magnificent golden sandy beaches. Here two World Heritage areas, The Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforest, come together to form a tropical paradise. In many places, the rainforest literally fringes stretches of pristine golden beach, giving the destination reputation as an ideal natural holiday choice. Less than 5 kilometres offshore, Dunk Island and Bedarra Island make up an aquatic playground that is renowned along the east coast of Queensland. The Great Barrier Reef is only 38 kilometres away making Mission Beach the closest mainland access to the Reef, just an hour or so by boat. This means more time experiencing the wonders of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef when you stay at Mission Beach. There are four villages that are collectively known as Mission Beach: South Mission Beach, Wongaling Beach, North Mission Beach and Bingil Bay. Fourteen kilometres of palm-fringed beach connect these four small townships, from Kennedy Bay in the south, to Garners Beach in the north, a favourite spot for naturalists. The Edmund Kennedy walking track at the southern end of the beach is part beach, mangrove and rainforest. Several creeks empty their waters at Mission Beach and locals can often be found fishing for barramundi and mangrove jacks. Good fishing is also to be had at Clump Point jetty and the rock wall at Clump Point boat ramp. And for absolute seclusion, try Brooks Beach or Garners Beach at the northern end. It’s quite likely that you’ll catch a glimpse of the endangered Southern Cassowary in the rainforest around Mission Beach. At Mission Beach, you will find a tranquil and very friendly tropical holiday township ideally suited to those who desire a true break from everyday life.

North Stradbroke Island

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Refreshing, relaxing, and simply beautiful, North Stradbroke Island, or “”Straddie”", as the locals call it, is one of Moreton Bay’s best loved getaway spots. The resident community, some 3,000 lucky people, will welcome you, and they’ll also expect you to look after this spectacular natural environment. Located at the southern end of Moreton Bay, it is one of the largest sand islands in the world, and is a popular escape destination for couples, families, nature lovers and adventure-seekers. Stretches of white sandy beach line the island’s ocean side making it ideal for swimming, surfing, and fishing, while the sheltered western edge offer a calm environment for those after a more relaxing experience. “”Straddie”" is the perfect destination for a four wheel drive or bush adventure. While there are paved roadways around the island, much of the hinterland, including the lakes, is only accessible by four wheel drive, and these areas are fascinating sanctuaries for local flora and fauna. Bring your own four     wheel drive or book a tour with an experienced “”Straddie”" operator. Some also offer “”tagalong”" tours for less experienced four wheel drive enthusiastists. North Stradbroke Island is rich in Aboriginal and European historical sites. Visit the North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum at Dunwich for a fascinating history of the island. Eerily, the cemetery at Dunwich includes the graves of shipwreck and typhoid victims from the early 1800s. Aboriginal shell middens can be found throughout the island. You can also attend indigenous cultural and bush tucker talks organised by the Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders.

Surfers Paradise

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Surfers Paradise is the jewel of Queensland’s Gold Coast and one of the most popular holiday destinations in Australia. Surfers Paradise is where you’ll find the perfect fusion of city and beach lifestyles set amidst a spectacular skyline and brilliant stretch of coast. Once you arrive, you’ll soon feel that you’ve literally arrived in paradise. Vibrant and eclectic, Surfers Paradise provides non-stop action. With an abundance of theme parks and family attractions all in easy access, you’re never short of finding things to do. The trouble instead may be finding enough time to do everything. Surfers Paradise invites exploration. Whether it’s through the winding streets lined with alfresco dining restaurants or the art galleries that showcase local artists’ works and Aboriginal exhibitions. There’s the unending shopping options from top-end designers to outlet bargains and nighttime beachfront markets. Surfers Paradise is enticing in every way imaginable. And when nightfall comes, Surfers bursts into action    with 24-hour excitement. Bars and nightclubs start pumping with live music and dance beats, while non-stop events keep you entertained. And of course, there’s the Indy Races, which jumpstarts Surfers Paradise into action every October. And the next day when you’re tired from all of the action, grab your towel and hit the beach. Learn how to surf or watch the pros make it look so easy. If you’re around in March, you’ll be able to witness incredibly fit athletes competing in the Quicksilver Pro-Surfing Competition and the Surf Life Saving Championships. It’s all in a hard day’s work at Surfers Paradise. So now, it’s time for you to come to experience ‘Australia’s playground’ for yourself…Surfers Paradise.

These are yust a few of the beaches in Queensland, i will make a second edition, so you can see all the nice beaches in Queensland.

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