Grey nomads crown Queensland’s best beach – and it’s not the one you think

Jul 13, 2020
Horseshoe Bay in Bowen has been named the top beach in Queensland by grey nomads. Source: Getty

There’s no denying the Sunshine State has some of the most stunning beaches in the world, with stretches of white sand and clear waters attracting people from around Australia and the globe. From the famous Whitehaven Beach which stretches for 7 kilometres, to Surfers Paradise in the south – soaking up the sunshine in Queensland is a favourite holiday experience for most.

But, what would you say is the best beach in the eastern state? Perhaps you consider it to be the popular Noosa Main Beach on the Sunshine Coast, which is usually filled with tourists all year round, or maybe you prefer to venture further north to Cape Tribulation. However, according to the majority of grey nomads, it’s perhaps a lesser-known beach that you should visit on your next caravanning adventure.

Over the past few weeks Caravanning Queensland has asked grey nomads to choose between the gorgeous beaches in the Sunshine State – and it was Horseshoe Bay in Bowen that was crowned number one, beating out 17 other beaches to take home the win.

Situated north of the famous Airlie Beach, Horseshoe Bay is a favourite spot for adults and children alike, with opportunities to swim, snorkel or simply lay out a towel and relax on the sand. The beach is protected by two granite outcrops, and it’s home to a wonderful range of colourful fish and coral – so, there’s plenty of exploring to do!

It’s perhaps not quite as busy as other beaches in Queensland, but if you’re looking for something more relaxing, then this is certainly the pick of the bunch. And be sure to take a walk up to the lookout, the views are simply breathtaking.

“Congratulations to you Bowen and love coming to Horseshoe Bay, grabbing some beautiful fish and chips and coffee. Such as beautiful, relaxing time,” traveller EmilyKerry Goodridge wrote on Facebook.

“My favourite beach in all of Australia!” Linny Carney said. While Jennifer Borowski added: “Best seafood – best beach. What more could you want.”

And as a bonus, it’s also nearby the popular Hamilton Island, which is reopening to visitors on August 1!

The island offers a wide selection of bars and restaurants, year-round cultural exhibitions and performances, an abundance of water sports and activities – and that’s just the start! For sailing enthusiasts, there’s the Hamilton Island Yacht Club, and for keen golfers, the Hamilton Island Golf Club is the only Australian 18-hole championship course on its own island.

If this sounds like your thing, Travel at 60 currently has a number of deals to the island, from relaxing stays with daily buffet breakfasts, to luxury accommodation in a private hideaway – there’s something to suit everyone!

However, there’s plenty of other gorgeous beaches to explore in Queensland. Also winning points with the grey nomad community and coming in second place was Mission Beach in the Cassowary Coast Region, which stretches a whopping 14km. It’s approximately half way between Cairns and Townsville and is absolutely picture perfect, with calm, crystal clear waters.

Also highlighted as favourites for travellers to Queensland were Cape Hillsborough in the Mackay region, Mooloolaba Beach, Tangalooma, Noosa, Whitehaven and Lake McKenzie. So, if you’re planning your next adventure, or even thinking ahead to 2021, make sure to check out these gorgeous beaches along your journey – just think of the serenity!

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