Lamberts Beach (1114) is the northern of Mackay’s two main surfing beaches. It is located just 1 km south of Slade Point, with a lookout on the southern part of the point providing an excellent view of the beach. The Slade Point Road runs right behind the beach. The beach is 500 m long, faces due east and is bordered by a prominent, 40 m high headland and lookout at the northern end, and a lower rocky platform and reef at the southern end. A 100 m wide grassy park, with amenities, backs the beach, with casuarina trees also fringing the back of the beach. The beach is composed of coarse sand and some gravel, which produces a steep high tide beach, while at low tide it is fronted by a 50 m wide bar that is usually cut by three rip currents and channels (Fig. 4.61). Waves average 0.5 to 1 m, making it one of the more exposed and higher energy beaches in the area (Fig. 4.62). Lifeguards patrol the beach during the Christmas and Easter holidays.
Redcliffe Point forms the northern boundary of the straight 2km long Suttons-Margate beach (1570), which terminates in the south at Scotts Point. The Redcliffe Peninsula surf club is located at the northern tip of the beach, with a carpark and picnic area on the point. The beach consists of a sandy high tide beach and shallow low tide sand flat. The northern half is backed by a large foreshore reserve called Suttons Beach, with car parking and all facilities for beachgoers. the southern Margate half of the beach is backed by a continuous seawall and walkway, then the main road. Toward the southern end is a boat ramp, then an old dressing pavilion, South of the pavilion a newer seawall has been constructed to protect the backing eroding beach and eroding bluffs of Scotts Point.
Noosa Heads is one of Australia's favourite tourist destinations, with large summer and holiday crowds filling the town and its main beach. The town is located at the mouth of the Noosa River and in lee of 2 km long Noosa Head, with much of the head now forming a national park. Immediately north of the river is the more extensive Cooloola National Park. Today Noosa boasts a thriving tourist industry, with major resorts and a wide range of accommodation and facilities. Noosa has long been a popular summer destination, with a surf lifesaving reel placed on the beach in 1915 and the Noosa Heads Surf Life Saving Club founded in 1927.The main beach (1532) runs from the base of the heads to the mouth of the river. The river is now trained with an entrance wall that forms the northern end of the 1.2 km long beach. In addition, to combat beach erosion and maintain some of the sand dumped on the beach, a rock groyne has been built across the middle of the beach and a seawall constructed along the southern half of the beach.The beach faces almost due north, and receives low waves which have to pass around Noosa Heads. They average between 0.5 and 1 m high at the beach, where they usually form a continuous bar that is cut by rips during and following higher waves. Waves are higher and rips more prevalent at, and north of, the groyne.