Destination guide

Beach holiday homes to rent in Rainbow Beach

An idyllic getaway for beachgoers and outdoor adventurers, Rainbow Beach has striking natural beauty, serene beaches and the expansive Pacific Ocean as a playground. Whether you want to relax on the beach, fish in the waters or explore the landscape, holiday homes to rent in Rainbow Beach put you right in the heart of the region.

Things to do

Activities near Rainbow Beach holiday homes

Rainbow Beach is filled with exciting destinations and attractions for all ages. Holiday homes can be found near Carlo Sand Blow, a unique ‘moonscape’ sand formation with spectacular sunrise or sunset views, and the Cooloola Great Walk, a coastal bushwalking route with great scenery. Fraser Island, a huge sand island with freshwater lakes for water recreation, and Carlo Point Marina, a secluded spot for fishing and swimming, are also must-visit locations. Animal lovers will enjoy Barnacles Dolphin Centre, a wildlife facility with up-close encounters with wild dolphins.

Outdoor activities

Must-try sports near Rainbow Beach holiday homes

Rainbow Beach is home to one of the longest surf breaks in Australia, turning into a haven for surfers looking for big swells. Swimming, ocean kayaking, fishing and off-roading are also popular beach activities. The colourful marine life and beautiful reefs in the area also attract divers and snorkellers to the water, and nature enthusiasts enjoy bushwalking and nature trails to view the native Australian wildlife. You can also experience the beauty of the coloured sands and turquoise waters by air with exciting skydiving and paragliding tours.

Weather

Seasonal weather in Rainbow Beach

If you're planning a holiday around the weather, December, January, February and March are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 27°F.

Natural highlights

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Rainbow Beach

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to take in the scenery, Rainbow Beach is a great place to spend some time outside. These are a few of the area's noteworthy features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Phil Rogers Park (1 mi / 1.6 km)
  • Rainbow Beach (1.1 mi / 1.7 km)
  • Carlo Sand Blow (1.5 mi / 2.4 km)
  • Inskip Point (6.4 mi / 10.3 km)
  • Great Sandy National Park (11.7 mi / 18.9 km)
  • Great Sandy Strait (29.7 mi / 47.8 km)
Beaches

Best beaches near Rainbow Beach holiday homes

Rainbow Beach is found along one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in all of Australia. Holiday rentals put you within reach of such beaches as Coloured Sands, a set of iconic cliffs with vibrant colours that are the source of aboriginal lore, and Poona Lake, a tea-coloured freshwater lake with white-sand beaches for sunbathing and swimming. You could also visit Inskip Point, a popular peninsular beach for fishing and recreation, and Double Island Point, a scenic headland with sandy beaches, mesmerizing views and excellent surfing opportunities.

How to get there

How to get to and around Rainbow Beach

Fly into Maroochydore, QLD (MCY-Sunshine Coast), the closest airport, located 48.3 mi (77.7 km) from the city centre.

How to get around

Transport to Rainbow Beach holiday homes

Several airports service the Queensland Sunshine Coast area, many offering transfers or shuttles to nearby destinations. Buses, trains, rental cars and taxis are available to get to and from your holiday accommodation and to different sights and attractions throughout the region. Many of the beaches and landmarks in Rainbow Beach can be found near holiday rentals, giving you the option to walk or bike to the beach or local shops. Four-wheel companies offer permits and barges to get to Fraser Island with your ATVs, UTVs and dune buggies, but if you want to explore on foot, you can use boats or kayaks to get there.

Food & drink 

Sample delicacies in Rainbow Beach

The warm climate, rich soil and abundance of marine life create a gourmet paradise of locally caught, home grown and organic meals. International restaurants put a creative spin on regional delicacies like macadamia nuts, avocados, mangoes, pawpaw, mackerel, sea scallops, barramundi, mud crabs, tiger prawns and Moreton Bay bugs. Fine wine, craft brews and Bundaberg rum, a sweet rum brewed with local sugar cane, perfectly complement the meals in Rainbow Beach restaurants. No matter your craving, you’re certain to find exactly what you want near your holiday accommodation.

Where to stay near Rainbow Beach?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 218 holiday rentals near Rainbow Beach. From 161 Houses to 52 Condos/Apartments, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Rainbow Beach is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Rainbow Beach?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Rainbow Beach. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Phil Rogers Park: 197 holiday rentals
  • Wolf Rock Dive Centre: 197 holiday rentals
  • Rainbow Beach: 197 holiday rentals
  • Inskip Point: 200 holiday rentals
  • Great Sandy National Park: 225 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Rainbow Beach listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Rainbow Beach?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 161 Houses in Rainbow Beach. Our other popular types of Rainbow Beach holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 52 holiday houses
  • Townhouses: 4 holiday houses
  • Studios: 52 holiday houses

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Rainbow Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 115 holiday homes with pool available in Rainbow Beach. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.