The Beaches of Brisbane: A Quick Tour

Before we go on a tour of Brisbane’s beaches, I want to show you some beaches close to Brisbane, but not in Brisbane. Firstly, just over an hour’s drive north, we have the Sunshine Coast. Here are some beaches on the Sunshine Coast…

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caloundraNext, just over an hour’s drive south, we have the Gold Coast. Here are some beaches on the Gold Coast…

Surfers Paradise

Broadbeach beachPretty good-looking beaches, aren’t they?

Before we get to Brisbane’s beaches, a quick definition from Wikipedia.

Mangrove:

‘Mangroves are shrubs or small trees that grow in coastal saline or brackish water. The term is also used for tropical coastal vegetation consisting of such species. Mangroves occur worldwide in the tropics and subtropics, mainly between latitudes 25° N and 25° S.’

Some of you, and that certainly would have included me before I moved to Brisbane, may be grateful for that definition during the course of this post.

Now, let’s weave our way down the coastline to the east of Brisbane and check out the beaches. Here is a Google map of the coast, we are going to start at the north and head down south. Please click on the image to visit Google’s interactive map of the area.

Brisbane CoastDeception Bay

Deception Bay

Scarborough

Scarborough

Redcliffe

Redcliffe  Beach

Brighton

Brighton

Sandgate

Sandgate

Shorncliffe

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Nudgee Beach

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Wynnum

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Manly

manly

Lota

lota

Wellington Point

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wellington point (2)I think you get the idea. We do have a bit of sand here and there, most of it being towards the north below Deception Bay, but it’s not that soft golden silky sand that we all love.

Further south, there is Cleveland, it has a tiny bit of sand similar to Manly and Redcliffe. I’ve been to Victoria Point, I didn’t take any photos, but I can assure you there is no golden sandy beach.

I was quite surprised by the lack of beaches myself when I first arrived in Brisbane. I remember we went to Redland Bay to have a ‘day at the beach’ with a very young Elizabeth…

Redland BayBut there wasn’t really any beach at all.

And that brings us back to mangroves.

Mangroves

Brisbane’s coastlines are mainly mangrove. This is what our mangroves look like close-up. They may not be as inviting as a sandy beach, but they are very good for the ecosystem. That’s probably why we are keeping them. Lovely, lovely mangroves…

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mangroves

So, if beaches are what you’re after, Brisbane is probably not the place for you. If you were also thinking of bringing a surfboard, it gets worse, there are no huge waves to ride. Most of our shoreline is protected by islands and bays. That’s not good for surfing.

Doesn’t bother me though, I have lived here for over eight years and absolutely love this city. I wouldn’t live anywhere else. Beaches or not. And I can’t surf.

We’ve always got the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast and they’re really not that far away.

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