Beach information in Queensland Australia
Queensland Beaches of Australia

Looking after Queensland Beaches

Beaches in Queensland provide a home to a wide variety of wildlife, on both the land and in the water. It is important that everyone - locals and visitors - make as little impact on the beach environment as possible so we can preserve these special places for future generations.


A narrow margin of foreshore on many beaches in Queensland is covered with sprawling plants that make up an area called a dune. This area is very important in the prevention of erosion, so it is vital not to walk on these plants or remove them. Special types of grasses, creepers, shrubs and trees are found on frontal dunes. Some of the grasses and creepers trap sand blown from the beach so that the dune grows wider and higher. Established plants prevent the dune being blown away by strong winds.

Collecting Shells

Collecting shells from beaches in Queensland is strongly discouraged. Beaches located in Marine National Parks have a total ban on the removal of anything from the area.
Removal of shells disturbs the fragile ecosystem and detracts from the beauty of the area. Imagine if everyone removed just one shell from a beach during a visit - soon there would be no shells left.

Vehicles on the beach

Driving cars and trucks on beaches can damage the beach severely. Whilst driving on the beach is not illegal, many land types above the beach prohibit the driving of vehicles over them to get to the beach, such as Council Parks & Reserves. Any vehicles driving on a beach where an official declared access has been provided must abide by all QLD Road Rules. 


Needless to say, please deposit your rubbish in bins provides at the beach. If there are no bins, take your rubbish with you and chuck it in a bin when you find one. Discarding paper, tins, food scraps, plastics or bottles on the beach does adversely affect wildlife, and makes the beach look ugly.