As one of the Sunshine Coast's many beaches, Buddina Beach has the luxury of being under the watchful eye of Surf Life Saving patrols throughout the summer season. There are no lifeguards down here during the rest of the year so plan ahead and don't ever swim alone if you do.
As one of the beaches only the locals really know about, you might find Buddina Beach to be a bit quieter than the others. It's great for sunbaking in peace, reading in the shade or just enjoying that beach atmosphere without a crowd around. It's especially popular with surfers.
If the swell is right, this is the place to be. The best way to keep an eye on things before running out there is to watch Coastal Watch's beach cam for the area. It also includes a surf report along with swell size if you're just not sure by looking at the images or if the camera is down for some reason.
Buddina Beach is also an excellent beach for dogs. Anywhere between Mawarra Avenue (Beach Access 210) to Talinga Street (Beach Access 217) is permitted off-leash area at all times - although a spot further up north close to Point Cartwright seemed to be popular for dogs also. We took our half dalmation half kelpie Stanford down there recently and he had a ball. This puppy has some serious energy to burn off and thankfully the beach gave him a great place to burn it all off.
Buddina Beach is bordered by beautiful Norfolk Pine Trees
The northern tip of the beach, near Point Cartwright, is also a great place to exercise. There are two sets of steps leading down from the carpark to the beach. Set yourself the challenge to run down one side, along the beach for about 100 metres, and then back up the other steps. You'll be surprised how difficult it can be.