Visit Rainbow Beach in 2021 [Complete Travel Guide]

Rainbow Beach is a small, relaxing beach town with a beautiful coastline. Because it’s a sunny day, you may be surprised by the popularity of colorful sands, they’re not really particularly bright!

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Is Rainbow Beach worth visiting?

Rainbow Beach has some great sports that you won’t find in many other countries, such as horseback riding or camel riding on the beach, dolphin watching, skydiving, and so on which makes it worth a visit but it also depends on what you’re hunting for. The benefit is that there are fewer visitors, which is good if you want calmness but not so good if you want to drink!

Rainbow Beach is known for offering the finest access to the world-famous Fraser Island, it is also my favorite site in Australia. 

But, if you have the time, don’t rush to the world’s largest sand island. Rainbow Beach is roughly three hours drive from Brisbane. Despite its small size, the town provides a variety of activities and natural beauty. That makes it one of my favorite vacation trips from Brisbane. 

Stay a little longer on the continent to check out some of these Rainbow Beach things to do. It’s well worth a visit!

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What is Rainbow Beach known for?

Rainbow Beach is known as the entry to Fraser Island, and the Great Sandy National Park offers so many natural features like colored sands, freshwater lakes, rainforest, Carlo Sand Blow, and beautiful beaches that skydiving is one of the greatest ways to experience its beauty.

Can you swim in Rainbow Beach?

Yes, you can swim on the beach, the beautiful surf beach is guarded by both professional lifeguards and volunteers all year. The highlighted area is netted for your safety, so remember to swim between the flags. Bodyboards are also available for use.

You Can Swim In Rainbow Beach

Are there any Wild Species or Sharks in Rainbow Beach?

The beach is one of many that have shark nets. Since 2012, there hasn’t been a shark attack. 

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So there aren’t any wild species or sharks in Rainbow Beach and you can swim freely.

Are there crocodiles at Rainbow Beach?

Crocodiles are not commonly found in the seas along Rainbow Beach. While it is true that crocodiles may be carried by ocean currents to regions outside of their normal territory, Rainbow Beach, unlike some other beaches, is not immediately connected to a river system.

Is a 4WD needed to drive to Rainbow Beach?

A 4WD vehicle is needed to enter Rainbow Beach’s beach. Regular automobiles are only permitted at Rainbow Beach at Inskip Point and at the Carlo Sandblow, which is located a bit south of Rainbow Beach.

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If you don’t want to hike, there are a few other wonderful ways to get to Double Island Point without a 4WD, such as joining a surf class from Rainbow Beach. 

You may also take a kayak trip from Noosa or Rainbow Beach, or if you don’t want to put in the effort, you may join a 4WD trip from Noosa to Rainbow Beach.

9 awesome things to do at The Rainbow Beach for fun 

What is there to do at Rainbow Beach? The list is huge, so I’ll limit myself to my favorite activities that will surely attract nature lovers!

1. 4WD & camping at Rainbow Beach

Besides the swimming zone in front of the town center and where the earth completely crashed into the ocean, the whole Rainbow Beach from Noosa to Inskip Point is reachable by 4WD.

Camping on Rainbow Beach

Low tide. It is the greatest time to perform some 4WD on the beach and also to fully enjoy the colorful sand beauty. You can still get to the beach sites if you drive at high tide, but you’ll have to use the inland road instead.

On weekends, beach camping is quite popular. Camping on the beach is one of my favorite activities. Who wouldn’t like to spend the evening around a fire with the moon lighting up the ocean, being rocked to sleep by the waves, then opening the door tent to watch the sunrise?

Teewah Beach and Inskip Point are the two closest beach camping locations to Rainbow Beach. Driving and camping permits are mandatory.

2. Check out Double Island Point Lighthouse 

Double Island Point is not an island, it is a long sand spit with several massive sand dunes that seem to be isolated by the sea from a distance.

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Double Island Point is still a small, beautiful destination to visit today, with its clean blue waters, local dolphins, and historic lighthouse. There is no accommodation and camping is not permitted. Though the scenery and water sports opportunities make it an ideal day trip for any group.

To get to Double Island Point, you’ll need a 4WD vehicle. If you don’t have a 4WD, you can book a tour from Rainbow Beach that will take you there to go canoeing or surfing. Also, you can walk up to the lighthouse from either the north or south side of Double Island Point in 15-20 minutes.

This lighthouse is powered by solar panels. On a clear day, the sights are amazing, looking north to Rainbow Beach then Fraser Island, and out to sea, where you can see Wolf Island and dolphins breaching down during migration season, which runs from June to October.

No matter which way the wind blows, one side of Double Island Point is likely to be ideal for kayaking. Also, most days dolphins can be seen and the point is home to many separate pods of bottle-nosed dolphins. Keep an eye out for turtles, which feed on the seagrass near the cliffs.

Another possibility is to go for an overnight walk.

3. Surf Australia’s longest waves at Double Island Point

My partner and I rented a surfboard and took a lift to Australia’s longest waves at Double Island Point. With a long, gentle split, the north side of the point is ideal for inexperienced surfers. 

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If the chance happens again, I’d like to experience the Double Island Point waves, which are said to be beginner-friendly!

4. Explore Carlo Sandblow near Rainbow Beach

This famous sandy area offers cliffside views and relaxation and is noted for its “moonscape” look.

Carlo Sandblow

A quick walk from the car park can lead you to the top of the beach. You can go straight from there to get a better view of Tin Can Bay. This is a great place to see the sunset

Likewise, turn left for a wonderful view of Rainbow Beach’s cultured sands reaching all the way from Fraser Island to Double Island Point, an ideal location for sunrise.

When you play with the sand on the dune’s left side, the color varies (hence the rainbow name), and it is very special.

When the weather is good, people paragliding will bring some color to the sky. It’s beautiful.

5. Admire the Rainbow Color sands of Rainbow Beach

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 Rainbow Beach is famous for its colored Sands.

Wander down Rainbow Beach and you’ll come across a natural ‘art gallery,’ with wind and rain maintained cliffs with colored sands which, by the way, has a great view of the ocean.

At first glance, you might believe you’re staring at a rock. The nature surrounding Rainbow Beach, on the other hand, will fascinate you.

The cliffs are made of different colors of sand. White to black with hints of purple, red, pink, green, and brown.

You will find the colors much more vibrant during a windy or rainy time since the top layer of sand has been removed.

What is the perfect way to enjoy cultured sand? I’m not certain. From the sand, a boat, and everywhere else. I’ve tried them all, and it’s still lovely. To get to the colored sands, you’ll need to enter a tour or have a 4WD.

6. Check out the Inskip Peninsula

The Inskip Peninsula is another gem around Rainbow Beach, with the ocean on one side, the bay on the other, and a fantastic view of Fraser Island. It’s crowded with 4WDs waiting for the barge to take them to Fraser Island. Just a few meters away at Inskip Point.

Inskip Penninsuela near Rainbow Beach

Be mindful that, despite the fact that people park their cars nearby and fish all over it, the sand around the hole remains weak.

There is also Ultimate Camping at this place to help you with camping.

7. Kayaking with dolphins at Rainbow Beach

Double Island Point is only accessible by 4WD vehicles from Rainbow Beach around low tide, taking you away from the tourists and into the center of the Great Sandy National Park, where you can see a variety of local and migrating animals.

Kayaking With Dolphin

Large Bottlenose dolphin pods and six of the world’s seven sea turtle species. Also, Manta rays, stingrays, soldier crabs in their thousands. I saw Whistling Kite and a number of impressive local migration bird species on this Rainbow Beach.

Bottlenose dolphin pods are always seen here exploring the Marine Park and feeding on huge schools of fish. Seeing them in their natural environment is a very enjoyable wildlife experience.

This Eco Kayak tour requires no prior experience, is in a beginner-friendly venue, and is appropriate for all skill levels.

This Rainbow Beach Dolphin View Kayak Tour is safe for ages 7 and up. This is a must for those looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the wild! 

This kayak tour is a must-do if you enjoy nature and are hunting for a unique underwater experience.

8. Hike the Cooloola Great Walk, Double Island Point or Poona Lake

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There are many hiking trails along Rainbow Beach.

When visiting Rainbow Beach, take a short walk to the top of Double Island Point. Again, you’ll need a 4WD to get there. You can even choose to hike, but it will take some time!

That’s exactly what we did last year when we were preparing a trip to Kilimanjaro and searching for long hikes to put our stamina to the test. The overnight hike from Rainbow Beach takes you from Carlo Sandblow to Double Island Point and Freshwater campground, where you can spend the night. 

The next day, you can return to Carlo Sandblow via the inland trail, passing by Poona Lake.

It is a part of the Cooloola Great Walk, the area’s longest climb. It stretches for about 100 kilometers from Rainbow Beach to Noosa. I haven’t done this one since I want to visit the majority of Cooloola National Park by kayaking the Noosa River. 

9. Go paragliding to enjoy a bird view of Rainbow Beach and Fraser Island

When I saw some people flying from the dune to get a bird’s-eye view of the Rainbow Beach town, it instantly brought back wonderful memories. I used to enjoy paragliding in my country when I was young, despite my fear of heights. 

Paragliding Over Rainbow Beach

In addition to being a wonderful natural experience for gaining a new perspective on a place, I found it to be very calming and enjoyable!

On the beach, I found that my partner had never been paragliding. I booked him in for an introductory class to learn how to fly and I was confident he would enjoy it. He was able to fly solo on his first day, just as the teacher had predicted! Feelings are unavoidable!

I decided to join in the fun by taking a tandem ride. The view from up there was amazing. We could see sharks and rays because the water was so pure. We flew alongside (and above) eagles and even saw a kingfisher. It’s a one-of-a-kind sensation. 

The scenery is beautiful, with Fraser Island in the distance, the painted beaches just below us, Double Island Point a little farther away, and Tin Can Bay on the side.

I highly recommend it if you are lucky enough to be there on a nice day for it, or if you live nearby and can plan a trip around the weather!

 Rainbow Beach travel guide to help you explore this secret paradise like a local:

When to visit Rainbow Beach?

When you hear the words “beach” or “coast,” you can instantly think of summer. Winter, on the other hand, is an ideal time to visit Noosa and Rainbow Beach, as well as drive the Great Beach Drive.

Not only are the temperatures more welcoming, but humpback whales are still on vacation. Migrating down the coast and you may see them jumping and playing offshore along the way.

How to get to Rainbow Beach? 

If you want to travel directly to Rainbow Beach, it’s around 2.5 hours north of Brisbane Airport. 

The more beautiful choice is to take a vehicle ferry from Tewantin in Noosa. That ferry will transport you across the Noosa River and then 4WD up the beach. 

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Please keep in mind that this is a sand-only trip. It needs the tires to be inflated and a low-tide exit.

Eat & drinks – Restaurants at Rainbow Beach

At Rainbow Beach, you will have a great experience regarding your choice of dining places or even a place for coffee or drinks. Because the beach has very little option for you to choose from and it is easy to find any recommendation from below.

Noosa Beach House

You’re definitely starting in Noosa, so share in a hearty breakfast and a steaming hot cup of coffee at Noosa Beach House on Hasting Street before heading to the vehicle ferry in Tewantin.

Noosa Beach House near Rainbow Beach

It is best know for Moreton Bay bugs steamed into ginger and chili & shallot sauce.

It just takes five minutes to get to Noosa’s North Shore. But sadly from there, there are no cafes for 100 kilometers or more. This is not a disadvantage. However, it shows how beautiful this part of the land really is.

It’s a beautiful drive with much to see and do, so take your time.

Stop at Double Island Point, a common day-trip destination for Sunshine Coast locals that is only accessible by 4WD. You may have a small picnic and soak up the rays. After that take a walk to the headland to see the 360-degree view.

Features:

Air Conditioning
Bar
Breakfast
Catering
Child Friendly
Degustation Menu
Dinner
Disabled Access

Fully Licensed
Functions
Gluten Free Options
Live Music
Lunch
Private Dining
Romantic
Vegetarian Options

OPENING HOURS

Everyday: 5.00 am – 10.00 pm

Arcobaleno On The Beach

When you arrive at Rainbow Beach, you’ll be thinking about dinner. Arcobaleno On The Beach is a favorite of locals. This beautiful Italian restaurant has a lovely courtyard and a lovely atmosphere. Any day of the week, the team of all locals serves crispy wood-fired pizzas.

Arcabaleno On the Rainbow Beach

Arcobaleno is also known for Crumbed camembert, Seafood linguine, and Tiramisu at Rainbow Beach.

Features:

Alfresco Dining
Breakfast
BYO (Wine Only)
Catering
Child Friendly
Delivery
Dinner
Disabled Access

Gluten Free Options
Loyalty Card
Lunch
Onsite Parking
Pet Friendly
Takeaway
Vegan Options
Vegetarian Options

OPENING HOURS

Everyday: 8.00 am – 8.30 pm

Brent’s Burgers

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Brent’s Burgers is another must-see when in town. The chefs know how to generously fill up a burger bun. Don’t mind buying their popular chips.

Features:

Air Conditioning
Alfresco Dining
Bar
Breakfast
Child Friendly
Dinner
Disabled Access

Gluten-Free Options
Loyalty Card
Lunch
Takeaway
Vegan Options
Vegetarian Options
Wireless Internet

OPENING HOURS

Monday-Thursday: 10am-9pm
Friday: 10am-10pm
Saturday & Sunday: 7am-10pm

Rainbow Beach Surf Life Saving Club

That may understand why, as the sun sets, the bulk of this crowd gathers at the Rainbow Beach Surf Life Saving Club. It attracts locals with its amazing scenery and humid, welcoming atmosphere, just like any great surf club.

Rainbow Beach Surf Life Saving Club

Also, Beach Surf Club is one of the best place for Beers and amazing view at the Rainbow Beach.

Features:

Air Conditioning
Bar
Child Friendly
Dinner
Disabled Access
Water View

Gluten-Free Options
Loyalty Card
Takeaway
Vegan Options
Vegetarian Options
Wireless Internet

Cafe Jilarty

You have choices if you want decent coffee. Brent’s Burgers serves Noosaville’s own Clandestino Coffee. Alternatively, for a real taste of local beauty, go to Cafe Jilarty.

Cafe Jilarte At Rainbow Beach

This cafe not only serves a delicious breakfast menu and excellent coffee, but it also displays photographs by locals and offers local homewares.

Features:

Alfresco Dining
BYB (Wine Only)
Breakfast
Child Friendly
Pet Friendly
Dinner

Gluten-Free Options
Loyalty Card
Lunch
Takeaway
Vegetarian Options
Wireless Internet

OPENING HOURS

Everyday Regular Time.

Best Accommodation and Stay at Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach has a wide variety of accommodation options for all types of guests, ranging from tents to vacation homes and resorts to apartments.

Ocean Palms Resort

Rainbow Ocean Palms Resort is located on the outskirts of Great Sandy National Park, with green forest running alongside. The luxurious eco-certified apartments are situated on a cliff and providing unbeatable views of the beach and sea.

Ocean Palms Resort at Rainbow Beach

Since it is far from the rest of ‘town life,’ there is a great feeling of harmony and peacefulness here. It’s also ideal for nature lovers and bird watchers who want easy access to bushwalks and birdlife.

Check in-Check out Schedule:

Check-in time: 2:00 PM
Check-out time: 10:00 AM

Ocean Breeze Resort Noosa

Ocean Breeze Resort is Straightforwardly opposite of the Noosa Primary Beach. Situated right on Hastings Road. 

Ocean Breeze Resort at Rainbow Beach

Ocean Breeze Resort has open, self-contained, air-conditioned apartments and highlights a swimming pool. A half-size tennis court, sauna and a grill range. Free WiFi and free stopping are available.

Each apartment at Resort Sea Breeze comes with a kitchenette, an overhang, or patio and cable TV. Clothing offices and an en suite shower are available. 

Noosa National Park is only a 10-minute walk from the resort, and the Sunshine Coast Airplane terminal is 30 km away. Australia Zoo is a 45-minute drive away. Eating is available fair outside the resort along Hastings Street. 

Check in-Check out Schedule:

Check-in time: 2:00 PM
Check-out time: 10:00 AM

BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks at Rainbow Beach

If you want to get ever closer to nature, Rainbow Beach’s camping choices place you up under the stars. Camping and cabins are available at Rainbow Beach Holiday Park, which is located alongside an inlet of the Great Sandy Strait

Big4 Breeze Holiday Parks at Rainbow Beach

Check in-Check out Schedule:

Check-in time: 2:00 PM
Check-out time: 10:00 AM

Rainbow Beach Ultimate Camping

If you don’t have your own supplies, Ultimate Camping will provide you with a tent, cooking equipment, and your own private bathroom and shower by the beach on the Inskip Peninsula.

Rainbow Beach Ultimate Camping

If you don’t feel like going out to eat, you can add on a fish platter. The only thing you need to do is plan ahead of time for your camping permit.

Check-in time: 2:00 PM

Overall review 

So, is it worthwhile to go to Rainbow Beach?

Yes, yes, yes! Rainbow Beach is a small town with a beach vibe that is well worth a visit! There are some small shops and plenty of takeaway food to enjoy while sitting on the sand, as well as plenty of outdoor adventures and natural beauty to see.

We would love to hear your thoughts if you’ve completed the tour!

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