Looking to escape the Queensland crowds? Check out this list of some of the state's lesser-known - but no less spectacular - beaches.

Queensland's hundreds of beaches are not only world-class, they each offer a distinctive experience. To help you escape the crowds we've put together a list of some lesser-known beaches off the beaten track.

Cape Hillsborough Beach, Mackay

About 20km north of Mackay and nestled between rocky headlands, this beach is part of the Cape Hillsborough National Park. It's often frequented by a troop of resident roos. The beach can get up to 200m wide at low tide.

Ellis Beach, near Palm Cove


As one of Cairns' northern beaches, Ellis Beach has all the beauty of bustling Palm Cove without the clatter of the well-heeled traveller.

Monkey Beach, Great Keppel Island

With 17 perfect sandy beaches, this island leaves you spoiled for choice. Monkey Beach offers the island's best launch pad for a clear-water snorkel.

Dingo Beach, Whitsundays

The jewel in the Whitsundays' crown may be Whitehaven Beach but Dingo Beach, located off the beaten track of the mainland, offers a perfect stretch of the tropics to spread out up your towel.

Rainbow Beach, Fraser Coast

A combination of iron oxide and vegetables dyes dating back 40,000 years are responsible for a palette of 72 different hues you can spot in the coloured sand dunes on Rainbow Beach.

Getting there: Fly there with Air New Zealand.

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