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Brisbane arrival, looking for beautiful beaches

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Brisbane arrival, looking for beautiful beaches

We are thinking about flying from Melbourne to Brisbane in Feb for 7-9 days. How far north do we have to travel to get into beautiful beaches and good snorkeling. Any suggestions on places to go or stay?

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1. Re: Brisbane arrival, looking for beautiful beaches

I love the Sunsine Coast. You could consider Caloundra or Noosa or both if you’re doing a self drive. Also visit the hinterland around Montville and Maleny. You could continue further north to the Fraser Coast after the Sunshine Coast.

Do you want to spend any time in Brisbane? If not fly to MCY from Melbourne rather than BNE (if you haven’t already booked your flight)

https://www.visitsunshinecoast.com/

https://www.visitfrasercoast.com/Destinations

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2. Re: Brisbane arrival, looking for beautiful beaches

Noosa/sunshine coast for good beaches but no snorkeling. The area has its own airport.

The reef is further north - you could fly to Lady Elliot Island.

www.ladyelliotisland.com.au

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3. Re: Brisbane arrival, looking for beautiful beaches

Snorkeling - some snorkeling to be had at Noosa Heads but it is not the focus there. Plenty of water activities though - surfing, kayaking, Everglades tours, SUP, hiking in the NP and beautiful beaches.

I Love Caloundra too.

If you specifically want snorkeling then look at Moreton Island - easy ferry ride from near Brisbane Airport.

Cheers

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4. Re: Brisbane arrival, looking for beautiful beaches

We aren't too interested in the City, maybe spend a day or so there, but our departure flight is out of Brisbane, so depending on cost, because from what i've seen most car rentals have a one way fee. I'm open to flying into another airport. Would like to get a day or two in or snorkeling if we can manage finding decent spots. Otherwise we want to try surfing... (beginners:) and see some beautiful beaches and scenery.

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5. Re: Brisbane arrival, looking for beautiful beaches

Brisbane is not near beaches ... people drive north or south at least 1.5 hours.

If you want to snorkel why not just fly to Cairns for the Great Barrier reef and fly back to Brisbane?

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6. Re: Brisbane arrival, looking for beautiful beaches

Except that February is not a great time of year for Far North Qld. That said, Lady Elliot Island is an option depending on budget.

You can access it by small plane from either Brisbane or Hervey Bay.

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