The best spots to sandboard in Queensland
You don’t need water or snow to experience the adrenaline rush of surfing a wave or snowboarding down a mountain. Sandboarding – a unique sport where riders cruise down sand dunes on boards – is the next best thing. And Queensland is home to some iconic sandboard locations.
From the whites of the sand dunes to the deep red of the Outback, take the ultimate ride on some the world’s best natural playgrounds and experience the beauty of Queensland from a whole new perspective.
Best of all, sandboarding is fun for the whole family.
Sandboard and Sand Toboggan: what’s the difference?
There are two popular styles of sand surfing – choose the right style for you to make the most of your Queensland sandboard adventure.
When sand tobogganing, riders typically sit on lie face-first on a waxed board and slide down the hill.
Sandboarding involves standing on a board with your feet hooked into straps, in a style similar to snow boarding.
North Stradbroke Island
North Stradbroke Island (or Straddie as it’s affectionately known) is famous for its perfect sand dunes and azure blue waters, so it’s no wonder it is one of the best sand surfing spots in Queensland.
Straddie Kingfisher Tours offer sandboarding tours for visitors on the island, or they can pick you up from the mainland. They’ll guide you to the best slopes in the Straddie Desert, then help you to perfect your technique on some smaller hills before letting you glide down the bigger slopes. If you’re up for an adventure, they can even take you to an extremely fast ‘monster’ slope. The tour also comes with the boards and board wax supplied, so all you need to bring is a lot of adrenaline (plus some sunscreen and a water bottle).
Once you’ve had your fill of the dunes, this guide to things to do on Straddie has the rest of your weekend sorted.
It’s the third largest sand island in the world, and home to one of the largest coastal sand dunes in the world, Mt Tempest. Yes, Moreton Island is a sandboarding mecca. Climb perfect white dunes and enjoy the view on the way up, then glide down and experience this natural playground from a whole new perspective.
There are three main sandboarding destinations on the island: Little Sand Hills, Big Sand Hills, and The Desert. Feel the rush as you hit speeds of up to 60 kilometres and hour sliding, carving and tumbling your way back down the aptly named Desert Hill. But, be warned, getting up the bigger sand dunes is half of the adventure.
And the fun doesn’t stop there. Here’s a guide to having an adventure-packed weekend on Moreton Island.
Cunnamulla Sand Dunes
Some of the best sandboarding dunes are miles from water.
You’ll find one of the best natural sand dune playgrounds in Queensland, 850kms from the beach. The Cunnamulla Sand Dunes are in the friendly outback town of Cunnamulla, two hours from Charleville.
Make the climb to the top and you’ll be rewarded with a thrilling sand dune ride you’ll want to take again and again.
Sand boards can be hired from Out The Back Australia in Cunnamulla.
Big Red Sand Dune
The first of 1,140 parallel dunes in the Simpson Desert, ascend Big Red and you’ll be treated to a stunning desert sunset. You’re welcome to use your own sandboard equipment to ride down the dune – boogie boards, snow sleds, and even large pieces of cardboard are often used.
You’ll need a four wheel drive to get to Big Red, but the best way to see her majesty is with a tour. Birdsville Adventure Tours will get you to Big Red for the sunrise.
Ready for your outback adventure? There are plenty more free things to do in the outback once you get there.
It doesn’t get more exhilarating than sliding down a sand dune on the largest sand island in the world, Fraser Island. The massive sand dunes lining the coast are a natural wonder which is best explored head on.
Waddy Point, Orchid Beach on the eastern side of the island are popular sandboarding spots, as is Sandy Cape to the north.
A four wheel drive is the only way to travel while on Fraser, and there are plenty of tours to get you where you want to go. Australian Sunset Safaris offer four wheel drive tours of the island, operating from the Gold Coast, Brisbane, and the Sunshine Coast.
If all of this sand surfing has you in the mood for the real thing, these Queensland surf events should be next on your list.