Queensland occupies the northeastern corner of mainland Australia. It is bordered by the Northern Territory to the west, South Australia to the southwest, and New South Wales to the south. To the east, Queensland is bordered by the Coral Sea and Pacific Ocean. The state is Australia’s second largest in area and the third most populous.
The majority of the 7400-km Queensland coast is blocked of swell by the Great Barrier Reef and other islands. There are some places were small choppy waves may make it to the coast, but the dangers of Box Jellyfish makes surfing very risky!
There are waves on the outer reef, but seriously, it’s out of the scope for the normal traveler without a large boat to camp on. Serious surfing in Queensland begins at Fraser Island, a large sand island with good beach breaks and works southward. A 4WD vehicle (and permit) is essential to get onto the island and explore the long beaches.
Surfing is best in the Summer – Autumn months, but the island does get waves all year round. South from Fraser Island and back on the mainland begins the Sunshine Coast. The sunshine coast has some consistent summer / autumn beach breaks and in the Noosa Heads area some classic point breaks that come alive during cyclone season (Dec-Mar). Winter can bring long flat spells to these areas. Brisbane, Queensland’s capital lies on a bay, but surfing on nearby Stradbroke Island’s beaches can get good. The area does have a reputation for sharks. Southwards again and stretching to the New South Wales border is the Gold Coast with its famous point breaks like Kirra and Burliegh Heads, like Noosa these are best during the cyclone season.
Queensland, Australia Surf Spots