Surf Live Saving Queensland names Burleigh Beach best, warns of extreme heatwave

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Australian Layne Beachley, the reigning Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) world champion, surfs to win her heat at Billabong Pro 2000 at Burleigh Beach in Queensland March 12. Reuters

Among the hundreds of beaches in Queensland, Burleigh Beach in Gold Coast is the best. It was followed by Noosa Main Beach on Sunshine Coast and Greenmount Beach on Gold Coast.

The basis of Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) in naming the state’s best beaches are patrol times and services, coastal conditions and cleanliness. Because there are hundreds of beautiful beaches on Queensland’s coastline, SLSQ chief operating officer George Hill is bracing for a friendly debate on the group’s choices.

He is anticipating friendly discussions and not heated debates as hot as the expected temperature of 40 degrees Celsius on Friday, 9News reports. In summer of 2015, Burleigh Beach – known for its stunning location and low rescue record - welcomed more than 180,000 visitors.

It is SLSQ’s second yearly release of the list to promote Queensland as a destination for summer which officially begins in Australia on Dec. 1. According to Gold Coast Bulletin, Burleigh Beach displaced the best beach in 2015, Kings Beach on Sunshine Coast, not only from the number 1 spot but from the top 10 list.

Hill explains that Burleigh Beach topped the list because of the ease of reaching the tourist destination, proximity to a lot of facilities, protection from prevailing conditions by the headland and patrol 365 days a year. In 2015, there were 167 rescues, 111 first aid treatments and 2,553 preventive actions on weekends.

Rounding up the top 4th to 10th beaches are: Cylinder Beach (North Stradbroke Island), Alexandra Headland (Sunshine Coast), Mooloolaba Beach (Sunshine Coast), North Burleigh Beach (Gold Coast), Nielson Park Beach (Bundaberg), Harbour Beach (Mackay) and Palm Cove (Cairns).