Cricketer Nick Buchanan: My favourite Queensland beaches

We caught up with cricketer and keen surfer Nick Buchanan a few weeks ago on The Delivery (read it HERE), and we had such a great response from readers we thought we'd try and track him down for a coffee date once again.

You may recognise Nick from his time on the cricket field playing with Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League. When he’s not on the green Nick likes to spend his downtime at some of Queensland’s best beaches and we got the low down on his favourite ones to visit.

By Nick Buchanan 

North Stradbroke Island
Known as North Straddie to the locals, this place is an awesome little beach not to far from Brisbane and the Gold Coast. It’s pretty cool because you take the barge over there and there’s only a few shops, a handful of cafes and one pub. It’s really relaxed and feels like you’ve really gotten away. It’s perfect when it’s a calm day during summer and there’s no wind at all.

Nick enjoying the views at Cylinder Beach, North Stradbroke Island. Photo: @nick_buck Instagram 

Nick enjoying the views at Cylinder Beach, North Stradbroke Island. Photo: @nick_buck Instagram 

The perfect wave at North Stradbroke Island in Queensland. Photo: Instagram @Nick_buck

The perfect wave at North Stradbroke Island in Queensland. Photo: Instagram @Nick_buck

Noosa Main Beach  & Sunshine Beach
I love Noosa because it’s so close to Brisbane and absolutely beautiful. Noosa Main beach is great because there’s some nice little waves and the locals in the water are pretty friendly. Sunshine Beach is just around the corner and it’s also pretty laid back and relaxed. There’s also a lot of nice little cafes nearby.

A nice little surf spot in Noosa. Photo: Getty Images. 

A nice little surf spot in Noosa. Photo: Getty Images. 

Summer views of the coastline surrounding Noosa. Photo: Getty Images. 

Summer views of the coastline surrounding Noosa. Photo: Getty Images. 

Gold Coast
I love the Goldy (Gold Coast) as it’s not to far from Brissy. My favourite part is Burleigh Heads and anywhere further south. It’s got some great little cafes through the area and it’s also got some beautiful white sandy beaches. Another spot to check out down that way is Currumbin.

The crystal blue waters of the Gold Coast. Photo: Getty Images. 

The crystal blue waters of the Gold Coast. Photo: Getty Images.