Brisbane's bayside beaches are a world away from their Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast counterparts and more reminiscent of English coastal resorts.
Featuring historic piers and jetties, quaint 1920s bathing pavilions, boardwalks, red-hued sands and gentle lapping waters they make a great and easily accessible alternative to braving the coast highways. And with their protected waters and beachfront playgrounds they are perfect for families with young children.
The young Bee Gees once romped on this beach, which was their first home in Australia and today it is a charming blend of old and new with its Spanish Mission pavilions and state of the art boardwalk...more
Since the late 1800's this beach has been a drawcard for holiday makers, bordered by historic Shorncliffe Pier and today featuring a popular fortress playground and excellent BBQ facilities...more
The only bayside surf beach, Suttons Beach at the southern end of Redcliffe peninsula is patrolled by lifesavers, has an old world rotunda and is a short stroll from the gorgeous Settlement Cove Lagoon...more
A picture-perfect park framed by majestic Norfolk pines leads down to what would have to be one of the bay's prettiest beaches, that comes with its own quaint little seaside village and sand playground...more
A narrow strip of sand hemmed by giant Moreton Bay figs makes a great place to get away from it all but the attraction here is the sandbar walk at low tide across to King Island where a family once lived...
Also worth a mention is Pandanus Beach, a tiny fine white sand beach framed by pandanus trees and tucked away next to the Wynnum jetty, where sunbakers in the know hang out and go for a dip.
By Jodi Panayotov