Rainbow Beach is located at the most northern end of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, a state in north east Australia. The coastal town derived its name from the 72 shades of colour of the sand cliffs located in the proximity of the town. Rainbow Beach has a wide range of holiday accommodation from cozy apartments to swanky villas, along with pet-friendly and family-friendly accommodation, and makes a great base for tapping into all the delights of the Sunshine Coast. The closest gateway to the World Heritage listed Fraser Island is from Rainbow Beach so you are spoilt with two paradise locations at your doorstep!
Use your holiday accommodation as your base from which to journey each day to a new exciting adventure. Rent a four-wheel vehicle and drive the 20 minutes from Rainbow Beach to the 41,000 hectare Cooloola National Park. The Cooloola National Park provides one of the best four-wheel driving in Queensland and is a nature wonderland with rainforests, freshwater lakes and deserted beaches. Visitors to the park can also enjoy bushwalking, bird-watching, picnicking, scenic drives, boating and fishing. If you’re lucky, you may even see wild brumbies galloping along the sandy Cooloola Beach.
Walk from the town of Rainbow Beach to see the spectacular sand cliffs that can reach 200 metres high and line the coastline. The multi-coloured sand, from which Rainbow Beach got its name, was formed by a combination of iron oxide and leached vegetable dyes and is said to have been forming since the last ice age.
Fishing is a popular pastime in Rainbow Beach. Set off early from your holiday accommodation and go beach fishing with 100km of coastline from which to throw your line in. Different varieties of fish that can be caught include bream, whiting, jew and flathead. Excellent reef fishing is also available with red emperor, parrot and coral trout that can be caught. Otherwise, rent a boat and journey up the serene waterways of Tin Can Bay Inlet and the Great Sandy Strait.
An array of short-term rental accommodation choices are available to stay in whilst in Rainbow Beach including budget accommodation to self-contained accommodation. Choose a rental with space to barbecue to make the most of the fish you catch.
If you fancy a bit of adventure, try hang-gliding at the Carlo Sand Blow which is one of the top spots for hang gliders in Queensland with the National Championships held there every January. Carlo Sand Blow is the perfect location to launch off from with a take-off of 300 foot, a ridge of 12 kilometres long and a height of 500 foot.
Rainbow Beach is regarded as one of the best spots in Australia to skydive. Picturesque views of Fraser Island, Tin Can Bay, Rainbow Beach, the Coloured Sands, Carlo Sandblow and Double Island Point can be seen from 8,000 feet. Get a bird’s eye view of your holiday home from the sky.
Scuba diving is accessible from Rainbow Beach at Wolf Rock as well as surfing opportunities at Double Island Point. The longest breaks in Australia exist at Double Island Point. Wind surfing is also available at Rainbow Beach or at Tin Can Bay inlet.
Only a ten minute vehicle barge ride away from Rainbow beach is the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island. Many attractions and activities exist in Fraser Island including the numerous fresh water lakes, a ship wreck, rainforests and beautiful beaches.Climate
The weather in Rainbow Beach is warm all year around like most of Queensland. During the summer months is when the most rainfall occurs. From July to November are the best times to visit with temperatures ranging from 21 to 26 degrees celsius.
The easiest way to reach Rainbow Beach from the UK is by flying into Sunshine Coast Airport at Maroochydore and then transferring by an airport shuttle that takes an hour and 35 minutes. Alternatively, fly into Brisbane International Airport and catch an airport transfer that is a two and a half hour journey to your holiday home in the peaceful and relaxing coast town of Rainbow Beach.