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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, 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.

Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Rainbow Beach Tourist Centre

Rainbow Beach Tourist Information Centre is located right in the centre of town next to the Chemist and is open seven days a week from 7am to 5pm and offers a one stop shop for information including maps and brochures, and of course souvenirs!

Owned by knowledgeable locals that have been in the business for 29 years, the Rainbow Beach Information Centre can provide advice on the things to see, things to do, where to eat and where to stay. Talk to the friendly staff about your travel plans or to make a booking including half day tours to Cooloola National Park and Coloured Sands and to book your one, two or three day tours to Fraser Island.

They are also agents for National Parks so you can purchase your camping and driving permits in store. Tide times and local beach driving information is friendly and free. Incorporating the 7th Wave Surf Shop it has shopping for all your holidays needs from thongs, hats, sunglasses, towels, sunscreen and insect repellent to swimsuits and surf wear for all the family.

8 Rainbow Beach Road
Rainbow Beach, QLD, 4581

Located 0.1K from Rainbow Beach

Carlo Sand Blow

Carlo Sand Blow is a unique "moonscape" sand mass covers over 15 hectares and overlooks the towering coloured sand and the coastline from Double Island Point to Inskip Peninsula and the southern tip of Fraser Island. Locals and visitors take the easy 600 metre nature walk from Cooloola Drive in the afternoon to take in the sun setting over Tin Can Bay and the Great Sandy Strait. This track is also the entrance to the Cooloola Great Walk.

85 Cooloola Drive
Rainbow Beach, QLD, 4581

Located 1.0K from Rainbow Beach

Wolf Rock Dive Site

Wolf Rock, north of Double Island Point and just off the coast of Rainbow Beach near Gympie, is a behemoth of granite. With five interconnecting pinnacles rising from 35 metres deep, all are of varying heights - with two breaking the water's surface. Divers love to explore the peaks of the pinnacles, with one sitting at 11 metres deep, one at 16 metres, and one at 19 metres, while others enjoy exploring the sheer drops for close encounters with resident grey nurse sharks and spotted eagle rays. Black coral trees, spiky soft corals, hard corals, gorgonians and spiral sea whips decorate the granite. The gutters running along the shallow rocks are home to moray eels, nudibranchs, gobies, scorpionfish, sea stars, shrimps and coral crabs. Other common visitors include turtles, gropers, batfish, trevally and angelfish.

Wolf Rock
Rainbow Beach, QLD, 4581

Located 1.8K from Rainbow Beach

Bird Watching - Tin Can Bay

The Cooloola Coast is part of the Great Sandy Strait, which is an internationally important wetland. It is an area of tidal swamps and intertidal sand and mud flats. The vegetation includes beds of seagrass, mangrove forests and saltmarsh wetlands. The Great Sandy Strait supports 38 species of shorebirds including 18 migratory species. The area is also used by other threatened species such as turtles and dugongs.

The Cooloola Coast is a perfect place for shorebirds. At low tide there are extensive sand banks where the birds can search for food and at high tide there are secluded places where they can roost and rest without disturbance.

The Esplanade
Tin Can Bay, QLD, 4580

Located 8.4K from Rainbow Beach

Tin Can Bay Wildflower Walk

Tin Can Bay is blessed with a unique collection of spectacular wildflower species. Many natural areas throughout the Bay come alive with brilliant colour in the Spring months, although wildflowers can be seen year round.

Their indigenous wildflowers, like other local native flora species, have adapted to living in soils largely deficient in nutrients.

Take a close look at their wonderful wildflowers in their natural environment.

Snapper Creek
Tin Can Bay, QLD, 4580

Located 8.8K from Rainbow Beach

Double Island Point

You could say that Double Island Point is one of the Sunshine Coast's best kept secrets. Whether you're looking for a quiet place to camp for a few nights, or the ideal spot to catch some waves with your mates - Double Island Point will not disappoint.

Located just south of Rainbow Beach, the point is a magnet for marine life of every description which is why it is rated one of the top 10 dive spots in Australia. Just off the point you'll find four volcanic submerged pinnacles where scuba divers are often seen exploring the vertical gutters and overhanding ledges. The area is teaming with trevally, cod, coral trout, perch, mackerel, batfish, leopard sharks, mantra rays and loads of grey nurse sharks.

Double Island Point
Rainbow Beach, QLD, 4581

Located 9.9K from Rainbow Beach

Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area

The Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area separates open ocean surf from the sheltered estuary waters of Tin Can Bay and the Great Sandy Strait. This is a wetland of international importance. The sand spit is clad in casuarina, cypress pine and other coastal vegetation, providing a great habitat for birds. The beaches and mudflats are roosts for waders and thousands of resident and migratory shorebirds.

Bring your own drinking water and camp in one of four shady camping areas. Enjoy wide ocean beaches. Watch sunsets over quiet bay waters. Dogs are permitted in the recreation area, but must be kept on a leash and under control at all times.

Bring your binoculars to view birds in the early morning or late afternoon. Look for button-quail on the sandy tracks and shorebirds (in summer). Watch for dugong, turtles and dolphins in the bay. You must bring your own firewood for campfires, but best to bring a fuel or gas stove and reduce your use of campfires.

Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area
Rainbow Beach, QLD, 4581

Located 10.5K from Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach: Events

Tin Can Bay Markets

Held on the third Saturday of each month in the park alongside the RSL Hall on the Tin Can Bay Road from 8.00am until 12 noon in the Winter and 7am in the Summer. Stock up on the freshest of produce, specialty fare and original creations. Meet the designers, artists or talk to the local growers for a favourite recipe.

Event Dates
      19th Nov
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45 Tin Can Bay Road
Tin Can Bay, QLD, 4580

Located 10.0K from Rainbow Beach

Southern Cross Air Force Warbirds

Tin Can Bay Model Flying Club is situated 3km from the town centre. This event attracts a large number of modellers from all over South East Queensland. Visitors and spectators are welcome.

Airforce Warbirds is on the May Labour Day Long weekend.

Come down and see the planes in action.

Event Dates
      29th Apr
      30th Apr

Tin Can Bay Road
Tin Can Bay, QLD, 4580

Located 13.0K from Rainbow Beach

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