Rainbow Beach

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.

Rainbow BeachThere 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.

Cherry Venture PropellerIt is worth visiting the coloured sand cliffs which gave Rainbow Beach its name, as well as the Carlo Sand Blow.

Overlooking Rainbow Beach, you will notice a large propeller. The propeller is from the Cherry Venture, which crashed onto Teewah Beach.

Rainbow BeachThere 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.

Inskip PointHeading 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.

Featured Rainbow Beach Activities and Tours

Fraser Island 3 Day Kingfisher Bay Eco Resort 4WD Tour
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Explore the World Heritage wilderness of Fraser Island with an experienced friendly eco guide and driver on this 3 day 4WD Eco tour. Walk through towering rainforest growing in sand. Discover huge san...

Fraser Island 2 Day 4WD Camping Adventure
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The 2 Day Camping Adventure covers Fraser Islands greatest highlights including Lake McKenzie. Enjoy green grass camping just metres from the beach and the fresh waters of Govi Creek on Fraser Island ...

Fraser Island 2 Day Eurong Beach Resort 4WD Tour
from $380.00

On this Fraser Island 2 Day 4WD Tour travel on a fully guided adventure to Fraser Island National Park. This tour covers the islands greatest highlights including Central Station Rainforest, Lake Wabb...

Fraser Island 3 Day Camping Tour
from $350.00

Camping is a must-do on Fraser Island! Stay at a relaxing beach campsite with hot showers, toilets, great tents and all camping equipment is supplied. The Dilli Village Beach Campsite allows for more ...

Fraser Island 2 Day National Park Cabin Tour
from $350.00

See Fraser Islands best highlights on this two day tour. Highlights include: Lake McKenzie, Eli Creek, Central Station Rainforest, Labe Wabby and Beach shipwreck. This 2 Day Fraser Island National ...

Fraser Island 5 Day Camping Adventure
from $810.00

Explore the world's largest Sand Island. The 5 day camping safari is a memorable trip to Fraser Island!Enjoy many experiences and activites throughout the trip including daily trips by 4WD, extensive ...

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