North Straddie Beach Tops SLSQ List

For the second year in a row, Cylinder Beach on North Stradbroke Island has claimed the top spot amongst Surf Life Saving Queensland’s best beaches.

Released to coincide with the start of summer, the annual list of Queensland’s top ten patrolled beaches, ranks popular locations based on safety, facilities and nearby services.

While Cylinder Beach claimed the overall honour, beaches in the Sunshine Coast region ranked highly, with Kings Beach, Mooloolaba Beach and Rainbow Beach taking out three of the top five positions.

Gold Coast beaches were also well represented with Burleigh, Rainbow Bay, Tallebudgera Creek and Tugun all placing within the top ten.

SLSQ Acting Chief Executive Officer Craig Williams said a range of factors had been considered when compiling the list and selecting an overall winner, with safety being the primary consideration.

“Safety is our core focus as we aim for zero preventable deaths in Queensland public waters. With that in mind, when determining our top beaches, we consider patrol times and services, incident history, coastal conditions and the quality of visitor information on display,” Mr Williams said.

“We also look at other factors such as how user-friendly the beach is, including things such as amenities, its location, access to parking and public transport, nearby services and cleanliness.

“Cylinder ranked number one for the second year in a row, which isn’t surprising given it is quite protected from strong winds, and has great conditions for swimmers.

“It’s also patrolled 365 days a year and has a lot of facilities and parking nearby, along with great lifeguards and volunteer surf lifesavers, proving very popular for families holidaying on North Stradbroke Island.”

SLSQ recorded more than 275,000 beachgoers at Cylinder Beach so far in 2018, with surf lifesavers and lifeguards performing 11 rescues, 853 first aid treatments, and 25,661 preventative actions.

Mr Williams said Queensland’s beaches were iconic, attracting millions of visitors every year.

“No doubt, many Queenslanders have their own favourite, based on personal criteria. Determining our top ten is always a tough job, but one that we enjoy due to the sheer number of beautiful locations along our coastline,” he said.

“The start of summer is a timely reminder to always consider your safety and swim between the red and yellow flags, no matter which beach you choose to visit.

“The flagged areas not only represent the safest conditions on that particular beach, but are also patrolled by qualified surf lifesavers and lifeguards. At the end of the day we want you to enjoy your day at the beach and return home safely.”

SLSQ’s Top Ten Beaches for 2018/19*:

1. Cylinder Beach – North Stradbroke Island

2. Kings Beach – Sunshine Coast

3. Burleigh Heads Beach – Gold Coast

4. Mooloolaba Beach – Sunshine Coast

5. Rainbow Beach – Sunshine Coast

6. Rainbow Bay – Gold Coast

7. Tallebudgera Creek – Gold Coast

8. Elliott Heads Beach – Bundaberg

9. Etty Bay – North Queensland

10. Tugun Beach – Gold Coast

*SLSQ’s criteria for compiling the top ten beaches list includes a range of factors such as patrol times and service, incident history, coastal conditions, safety signage, cleanliness, access to amenities, parking and public transport.

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