Things to do and places to stay in beautiful Rainbow Beach, Queensland, Australia. For the best beach holidays, family activities, romance, extreme adventures, weddings, family reunions, functions and parties and it can all be on a budget, Rainbow Beach is the beach holiday destination. North of Noosa, Rainbow Beach and the Cooloola Coast is home of the coloured sands,the majestic Carlo Sandblow, the Sandy Straits and gateway to Fraser Island. You can feed wild dolphins, visit a historic lighthouse and kayak with the whales. Book with us…
Coloured Sands Read the Legend, starting from the Surf Club walk along the beach towards Double Island Point for a kilometre or so to these awesome Coloured Sand cliffs.
Carlo Sandblow A bush walk up to Carlo Sand Blow is a must for every visitor. Drive to the reservoir at the top of Cooloola Drive. The Blow is an easy 600m walk from the car park or take the longer walk from the National Parks Office. Spectacular views of the Coloured Sands, Double Island Point and Tin Can Bay Inlet are the bonus for your efforts. When the thermals are right, you will often see Hang Gliders taking off and landing at this beautiful piece of Nature’s Sculpture.
Fraser Island Great Walk A 90 km only trail which showcases natural and cultural features of the world’s largest sand island as it meanders between Dilli Village and Happy Valley
Cooloola Great Walk A 102 km trail which passes through a rich diversity of vegetation types with spectacular views, connecting Rainbow Beach with Noosa North Shore.
Rainforest Walk / Bymien Picnic Area A few kilometres from town, on the Gympie Road, take the Freshwater Road to the left. 3km on a good gravel surface will bring you to Bymien, which is the limit for conventional vehicles.
Lake Poona After morning tea or lunch in the picnic area you can do some wonderful walks to Lake Poona or through some spectacular Rainforest. Allow 40 minutes walk to reach Lake Poona.
Lake Freshwater Only accessible by 4WD, Tour or Walking. Walking tracks starts at the Bymien picnic area. The round trip from Rainbow Beach will take a full day and requires fitness.
Foreshore Tin Can Bay You can walk 4km from Crab Creek to Norman Point, over picturesque bridges, signage of flora and fauna, through mangroves, playgrounds and outdoor gyms. It is mostly flat – very safe for children on wheels. Start at the playground opposite the library, cycle to Crabs Creek and stop for a coffee, then return to opposite the library. Enjoy the views out to the inlet while the kids enjoy the huge playground and skatepark.
Rainbow Beach 10000 steps walk – from the headland behind the Surf Tower and Playground to Carlo Road. Paths are perfect for bicycles, scooters and skateboards.
Walk to Rainbow Shores Clarkson Drive has a concrete path for most of the way taking you through wallum and paperbarks to the golf club. If riding, you can turn left to the industrial area (Karoonda Road) and the return to town via Carlo Road.
Half-day 4WD Tours to experience Cooloola National Park, Coloured Sands, Double Island Point, Lighthouse, Rainforest and Lake Freshwater
Wheelchair accessible 10 seat Taxi
BACK TO NATURE
Dolphin Feeding Leave Rainbow Beach at 7am -and take just a thirty minute drive to Tin Can Bay through Cooloola Cove and you can see the Dolphins come in at Norman Point out the front of Barnacles Café . Have a look around this pretty little town while you are there.
Dolphin Ferry Thirty five minutes by ferry from Carlo Point to view the wild Dolphins at Tin Can Bay. First ferry departs at 7.00am to hand feed Mystique, Harmony, Ella and baby Squirt.
Sea kayaking A unique experience for those who like to commune with marine life up close and personal. See dolphins, whales (seasonal), manta rays, turtles and more
Horseride with professional guides on our World Heritage Listed Beach.
Fraser Island Dingos – another Must See on your trip to Fraser Island.
Tin Can Bay Foreshore Bird Walk – 137 species with best viewing spots on the brochure.
Tin Can Bay Wildflower Walk spectacular wildflower species, all on the brochure.
SWIM, SURF AND ON THE WATER
Swimming Our safe beach is patrolled between September – March. ALWAYS SWIM BETWEEN THE FLAGS.
Surfing The most popular area is near the Surf Club (Surfing In Bathing Area Is Prohibited) or Double Island Point (DIP is 4WD only) Surf School & Board Hire Learn to surf with the experts at Rainbow Beach Surf Centre on the best and one of the longest beginner waves in Australia.
Seary’s Creek 7km from town towards Gympie, a short boardwalk takes you to decks and steps to 2 waterholes, bridges and history – do read the sign and spot the creatures. Always cool on the hottest of days.
Rainbow Beach Aquatic Centre and Tin Can Bay Pool offer squad, learn to swim, water aerobics and more.
Cruise the Sandy Straits You may see dugong, turtles, dolphins and more.
By Kayak Explore the mangrove fringed waters of Carlo Creek, Carlo Island &Tin Can Bay Inlet in a kayak. Tin Can Bay Boat Hire and Kayak Tours
Probably one of Rainbow’s greatest attractions would have to be the abundant opportunity for fishing. Fishing, in all its styles, is available right on our doorstep:
Beach fishing has unlimited scope with nearly 100kms of beach to choose from. Varieties include Bream, Whiting, Tailor, Dart, Jew and Flathead.
Estuary fishing in Tin Can Bay Inlet, through the Inskip Point area and up the Great Sandy Strait is perfect for those with a boat or the wish to hire one. Access is from an efficient boat ramp at Carlo Point, Bullock Point, Crab Creek and Norman Point.
Boat Hire Carlo Point Boat Hire or Tin Can Bay Boat Hire
Fishing Kayak Hire Tin Can Bay Boat Hire 0
Charter Boats Excellent reef fishing is only a few miles offshore and charter trips can be arranged through Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters, Double Island Point Fishing Charters or Keely Rose Reef Fishing Charters. The reefs off Rainbow yield Red Emperor, Sweet lip, Snapper, Pearl Perch, Parrot and Coral Trout.
Skydive Unforgettable aerial scenic views of Rainbow & Fraser and the adrenaline pumping thrill of free fall tandem sky diving. Skydive Rainbow Beach.
Kitesurfing Learn to kitesurf at the Rainbow Beach Surf Centre with very experienced instructors.
Scuba Diving A popular spot for the scuba enthusiast is at Wolf Rock, off Double Island Point. World class diving on Fraser Island’s doorstep, phone Wolf Rock Dive Centre on
Hang Gliding & Paragliding Carlo Sand Blow is one of the top spots for hand gliders in Queensland with the National Championships being held there each January. With a take off of 300ft and a soarable ridge of 12 kilometres long and about 500ft high, Carlo Sand Blow is definitely the place to go. Fliers should be of Hang2 standard, fly in north easterly winds and remember landing in the bathing reserve is prohibited.
Wind surf off the surfing beach or in Tin Can Bay Inlet, taking off from Carlo Point.
Sailing And Cruising If you love the wonderful peace and relaxation of sailing or cruising, the sheltered waters of the Great Sandy Strait are for you. Sailability
Bowls There is a lawn green at the Rainbow Beach Sports Recreation & Memorial Club where visitors are most welcome.
Tennis Two courts are available at the Sports & Recreation Club.
Golf A par 3, 9 hole golf course is located at Rainbow Shores Resort. Members of the public are very welcome. Rainbow Shores Social Golf Club stages regular competitions. A picturesque course at Tin Can Bay also attracts all golf addicts from this area
Playgrounds North and South of the Surf Club and Rainbow Shores, Skatepark, Bike riding
Playrooms at the Pub and Sport Club
Family friendly directory
Heritage Trail http://www.facebook.com/GympieRegionHeritageTrails
Restaurants, Clubs, Cafes (many are Breastfeeding Welcome Here venues)
Library (Internet and Xbox)
Rainbow Beach Massage and Natural Therapies
Rainbow Hair &Beauty
Rain or shine, there is plenty to do in Rainbow Beach!