Rainbow Beach is situated on Wide Bay, and can be reached from the beautiful Great Sandy National Park, or from Gympie. The town is set on the edge of the rainbow coloured sand cliffs, overlooking the pretty Rainbow Beach down below.
Rainbow Beach was originally known as Back Beach and was home to a large sand mining industry until 1976.
The current name comes from the rainbow coloured cliffs. In an Aboriginal legend the cliffs were coloured when Yiningie (the spirit of the Gods representing Rainbow) was killed in a fight, spreading his 'colourful' spirits across the cliffs.
There is rolling surf and kilometres of unspoilt, white sandy beaches. It is an escape where you can feel like the only one on the face of the earth. A perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
Overlooking Rainbow Beach, you will notice a large propeller. The propeller is from the Cherry Venture, which crashed onto Teewah Beach.
There are a number of walking trails around the area, as well as a 4WD trail south to Noosa through the Great Sandy National Park. There are also a number of tours and things to do around Rainbow Beach, including hang gliding, para gliding, scenic joy flights and fishing.
Heading a little further north is Inskip Point, an easy access point from where you can get a boat over to Fraser Island. The QPWS office is in Rainbow Beach, giving information about Fraser Island and camping and 4WD permits required. You can contact the Ranger by calling Ph: (07) 5486 3160.
There are a couple of backpackers in Rainbow Beach, as well as a campsite. If you don't have your own transport then you can get to Rainbow Beach on Polley's Coaches from Gympie, which run Monday to Friday. If you do have your own transport it is worth driving to Tin Can Bay, which is just north of Rainbow Beach.