Last Updated on August 12, 2022

Queensland has plenty of opportunities for beach and desert lovers alike, and some of the best sandboarding spots of Australia are located here.

The Tangalooma desert in Moreton Island is a popular tourist destination with “desert safari tours” and sandboarding, but you can also hit the Big Red dunes of the Simpson Desert near Birdsville.

More of a beach person? Head to Rainbow Beach or Fraser Island where you can surf the sand on large cliffs while enjoying spectacular views of the sea.

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Moreton Island Dunes
Dunes with a view in Moreton Island. Photo courtesy of MoretonIslandAdventures.

Tangalooma Desert – Moreton Island

The stunning sand island of Moreton is a flourishing Australian sandboarding destination near Brisbane in Queensland.

The island is home to Tangalooma Desert, simply known as “The Desert”, a truly unique place with dunes entirely surrounded by vegetation, where you can hop on a “desert safari tour” which includes sandboarding.

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Carlo Sandblow, Rainbow Beach
Carlo Sandblow – Rainbow Beach, Queensland. Photo courtesy of Cassarazzi.

Carlo Sand Blow – Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach is a tiny village and subtropical surfer’s paradise on the Great Beach Drive in Gympie Area.

The nearby Carlo Sand Blow is a huge sand park with cliffside views and large dunes where you can have fun with your sandboard and toboggans. Fraser Island is also easily reachable from Rainbow Beach.

Kirrar Sand Blow – Fraser Island

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fraser Island is one of Queensland’s most popular attractions for beach lovers and it’s no surprise that this incredible location – which is also the largest sand island in the entire world – is also a hotspot for sandboarding and dune sports.

The best spot is known as Kirrar Sand Blow but it can be difficult to locate, so make sure to ask around. Read more: sandboarding in Fraser Island

Camels near Birdsville
A camel train silhouette near Birdsville QLD, Australia. Photo courtesy of Brett Stanley.

Big Red – Birdsville, Diamantine Area

The Big Red is the most famous sand dune in the area around 40 metres tall, located 35 km outside of Birdsville and the door to Australia’s Simpson Desert. The nearby dunes, such as the Little Red, are also worth checking out and more suitable for beginners.

You will most likely need a 4×4 to reach the Big Red dune, make sure to bring your own sandboarding equipment, or join an adventure tour to get the most out of your Australian outback experience.


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