Visitor Information

There's so much to see and do in Rainbow Beach.

Beautiful rolling surf, sandy unspoiled beaches and surrounding national parks make Rainbow Beach the perfect place to get away form it all. A former sand mining town, Rainbow Beach is the gateway to Fraser Island.

 

Carlo Sand Blow

While staying at Rainbow Beach, a visit to the Carlo Sand Blow is a must. The scenery from the top is just stunning with views of Double Island Point, Tin Can Bay and the coloured sands. To get there drive to the end of Cooloola Drive and take a short walk along a wooded track to the natural sand blow. You won't be disappointed. Extra special times to visit are sunrise or sunset ... spectacular!

 

Coloured Sands

Walk south from the surf club along the beach at least 2 kms to the start of the towering cliffs of coloured sand, preferably at low tide. The colours will amaze.

 

Cooloola National Park

The Cooloola National Park is a section of the Great Sandy National Park stretching from Rainbow Beach to the Noosa river. Enjoy bush walking, boating, fishing, picnics and swimming; the Cooloola National Park has many picnic areas and bushwalking tracks to explore. Areas of interest include Seary's Creek, Bymien picnic grounds, Lake Poona, Cooloola Great Walk and the Cooloola Wilderness Trail. Camping on the Beach at Teewah or at the Freshwater Campgrounds is a unique experience Call in for more information on this beautiful part of the world and to purchase your permits.

 

Surfing

This extraordinary town is also home to the longest surf break in Australia. When the conditions are right, Double Island is the place to be.

 

4WD On The Beach

Drive along the beach and enjoy the spectacle of the coloured sands. 4WD access is from Griffin Parade next to the surf lifesaving tower to the south and from Inskip Point Road to the north. Don't forget your permit. Drive only at low tide and watch out for the 'coffee rock' ... don't want to end up on the 'wall of shame'!

Call into the shop where you'll get expert advice on beach conditions, how to 4WD safely ... pick up your free tide chart and see our "ceiling of shame"!

Permits are now required to drive on the beach between Noosa and Rainbow Beach. We are Agents for National Parks so come in and talk to us about all your permit needs.

Double Island Point Lighthouse

This spectacular lookout offers the best scenery anywhere in the world. Pods of dolphins, turtles, dugongs, sharks and other marine life can often be seen from here. Down along the beach is Double Island Point with the longest wave break in Australia. A sight to behold! Tours available or we can help with a permit ... just pop in and we will organise everything for you!

 

Poona Lake

A beautiful tea-coloured freshwater lake surrounded by a white sandy beach. To get there just drive to the Bymien picnic area and take the 2.2km walking track for a cool refreshing swim.

 

Inskip Point

The aboriginal name for Inskip Point is Carah. It was the site for a school for the children of the local lighthouse keeper and timber workers. Today it is the gateway to Fraser Island with barges on the go from sunup to sundown. Great fishing can also be had - both Estuary and Beach fishing. Inskip's real claim to fame is it's camping grounds which are run by 'National Parks' ... Beaut natural camping grounds that are dog friendly! ... You'll really get away from it all. Come in and we will issue you your camping permit for Inskip Point.

 

Swimming

Our beautiful surf beach is patrolled all year round by both professional lifeguards and volunteers. The flagged area is netted for your peace of mind so don't forget to swim between the flags ... Remember ... "If they can't see you they can't save you".

 

Fishing

Beach fishing is one of Rainbow Beaches greatest attractions with catches of Whiting, Flathead, Dart, Tailor and Bream in abundance. Fishing charters are available or just hire a tinny for the day and fish the estuaries ... We can show you the spots to get the big ones!

Searey's Creek

Discover refreshing swimming holes at Seary’s Creek day rest area on Rainbow Beach Road, seven and a half kilometre south of Rainbow Beach. The one hundred metre wheel chair accessible timber boardwalk passes through heath and low woodland. Seary’s Creek was named after Patrick Searey who was one of the early timber getters to work on Fraser Island in the 1860′s. It was Patrick who introduced bullock teams to haul the enormous Kauri Pine logs to Seary’s Creek where they were rafted to a sawmill on the banks.