Avoid the crowds this summer and head to these gorgeous gems hidden along the Queensland coast.

The travel gods and goddesses at Queensland Tourism are spilling the secrets on their favourite hidden beaches, get set for a magical summer.

Point Cartwright Beach

Just when you thought there were no secrets in Buddina, there’s the Carties or Point Cartwright Beach, a hidden gem that the locals prefer to keep under their broad-brimmed hat. Once you’ve had enough of the sand and the surf, wander up the hill towards the Point Cartwright lighthouse to toast the sunset and watch the surf action below.

Point Cartwright beach is located at Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast.

Monkey Beach

Great Keppel Island may have 17 postcard perfect sandy beaches, but it’s Monkey Beach that offers the island’s best launch pad for a clear water snorkel. Here, you’ll also find Aboriginal shell middens.This tropical paradise is situated just off the Capricorn Coast – making access easy for day trips as well as extended stays.

Monkey Beach is located at Great Keppel Island, Central Queensland.

Alexandria Bay

You know a beach is secret when you can only access it by foot. Alexandria Bay is completely off the beaten track nestled between Hell’s Gate and Lion’s Rock in the Noosa National Park. Literally all you’ll need is a towel and sunscreen to discover this beach (technically it’s a nudist beach so prudes beware). Here, you’re guaranteed a private patch of sand to call home and a few cute surfers to watch from your perch.

Alexandria Bay is located at Noosa, Sunshine Coast.

Balgal Beach

Just north of Townsville discover the glorious sandy beaches and clear blue waters of Balgal Beach. This popular seaside community is a suburb fishing location with a first-rate boat ramp allowing easy access to nearby Palm Island group of Islands. Hire a boat, grab some bait from the kiosk and talk to a local to find out where the fish are biting.Balgal Beach is also an ideal location for a family day out with ample picnic, barbecue and camping facilities, a patrolled stinger net (November to May) and a few cafes which allow you to enjoy the beauty of the area at ease and on budget.

Balgal Beach is located near Townvsille in North Queensland.

Dingo Beach

While the jewel in the Whitsundays crown may be Whitehaven Beach, Dingo Beach, located off the beaten track of the mainland, offers a perfect stretch of the tropics to set up your towel.Dingo Beach boasts miles of sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, bountiful fishing and plenty of opportunities to relax in the sun or kick back with a cold beverage or meal from one of the small group of beachfront pubs and eco resorts.

Dingo Beach is located in the Whitsundays.