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Rainbow Beach

This is heavenly sub-tropical, coastal country – about 107 kilometres north of Noosa – where the fishing, boating, surfing, prawning and crabbing are all sublime. Rainbow Beach, on Wide Bay, is a major entry point to the 41,000 hectare Cooloola National Park, which offers one of the great four-wheel drive excursions in Queensland. The park itself is wild and beautiful… you can even sometimes see brumbies galloping along the vast sandy expanses of Cooloola Beach.

A short drive north from Rainbow is Inskip Point where there’s a ferry to take you and your car across to Fraser Island. Rainbow was originally recorded as Black Beach by the miners who extracted valuable mineral sands from the beach. According to the Kaby Dreaming, Yiningie, the spirit of the gods, often took the form of a rainbow. Yiningie was killed in a fight when he crashed into the cliffs and his spirit coloured the sands.

Activites and Experiences at Rainbow Beach

  • Off Road Driving
  • Mountain Biking
  • Birdwatching
  • Bushwalking
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Crabbing
  • Cruising
  • Cycling
  • Scuba-Diving
  • Fishing – Beach
  • Fishing – Estuary
  • Fishing – Deep Sea
  • Flora
  • Gambling
  • Golfing
  • Hang Gliding
  • Horseriding
  • Para-Sailing/Para-Flying
  • Photography
  • Scenic Flight
  • Sightseeing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Walking
  • Water-based
  • Accommodation Three to four star Motel, Holiday Units and Caravan Parks.
  • Automatic Teller Machine
  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Bottled Gas
  • Chemist
  • Licensed Club
  • Coach Stop
  • Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale
  • Fuel
  • Golf
  • Public Bar
  • Mechanical Services
  • National Park
  • Newsagent
  • Public Telephone
  • Restaurant
  • Takeaway Food
  • Tennis Court
  • Visitor Centres
  • Places of Worship
  • Adventure
  • Beach
  • Caravan and Camping
  • Environmental
  • Fishing
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Marine
  • National Park
  • Nature based
  • Off road
  • RTN, QH and National Distributors (TQ)
  • Fraser Coast
  • Fraser Coast South Burnett

Nearest Airport: Sunshine Coast Airport at Maroochydore

Accommodation In Rainbow Beach

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