Rainbow Beach is either the northern most region of the Sunshine Coast or the southern most region of the Fraser Coast. It probably fits better into the Fraser Coast as it provides access to the southern end of the island through the vehicular barge at Inskip Point, and many tours onto Fraser Island originate from Rainbow Beach. There is also a four wheel drive hire service available for taking a vehicle to Fraser Island. On the other hand, Rainbow Beach is at the northern end of Teewah Beach on Noosa's north shore and many Sunshine Coast tour companies use the beach to access Fraser Island as well. The main highway access for Rainbow Beach comes from the Bruce Highway at Gympie and this is the quickest route if you are driving up from Brisbane.
Rainbow Beach gets its name from the high multi coloured sand cliffs that border the beach between the town and Double Island Point, to the south. It is a superb surfing beach and also a great family beach. On the western side of Rainbow Beach are the calm waters of the Great Sandy Straits so the region has beautiful waterways on both sides. A short drive will take you to Tin Can Bay and here you can hand feed a pod of wild dolphins that come right to the boat ramp every day. Around 7am is usually the best time to come. The Great Sandy Straits are a great place for boating and there are house boat hire services available if you would like to spend a few days afloat. Rainbow Beach is a fantastic fishing destination with rock fishing at Double Island Point, beach fishing along the surf beach and estuary fishing in the straits themselves. Fishing charters into the open sea over the Wide Bay bar are also available, weather permitting.
Rainbow Beach is a great tourist town in its own right. It has excellent shopping, a choice of restaurants and cafés, a really fun tavern and a host of modern Rainbow beach accommodation. There are many new apartments available for holiday rental and some excellent backpacker hostels to cater for the Fraser Island trade. Resorts like Rainbow Shores provide all sorts of activities like tennis, golf and horse riding so there is plenty to do on a family holiday. Many people also take the drive to Hervey Bay during the whale watching season to go whale watching on one of the beautiful charter boats there. Many people taking campervan trips around the country call into Rainbow Beach and stay in one of the excellent parks there for a few days.
If you are planning an Australian holiday, anytime soon, be sure to call into Rainbow Beach.
|Other websites with Rainbow Beach information:|