The legends of the Kabi people tell the story of Yiningie, a spirit characterised in the form of a rainbow. One day, the aboriginal soul had an argument with an evil tribesman and subsequently dove into the local cliffs. Cliffs, now part of a settlement once known as Black Beach. Aptly renamed to Rainbow Beach, the region’s mineral-rich sands are home to a heart-warming, yet sparsely populated [just over 1,100 people] town in the Gympie region of Queensland, Australia. True to its name, Rainbow Beach sees a spectrum of colourful adventures. Read on to discover your favourite.
Carlo Sand Blow Overlook the rolling surf and white sandy beach atop the golden sands of the Carlo Sand Blow. Best when the sun is low.
Double Island Point Engage in a wonderful blend of activities such as fishing, four wheel driving, and the act of doing nothing along miles of golden-white sand and crystal clear waters. Note, jet skis or speed boats create water wakes and scare precious marine wildlife, so opt for that surfboard or kayak instead. On a good day, Double Island Point has one of the longest right-hand beach breaks in Australia. If you have a 4WD vehicle, grab your camera and head for the Double Island Point Lighthouse.
Epic Ocean Adventures Speaking of surfing, the guys at Epic Ocean Adventures create epic trips down the beach for the outdoorsy type. Swim with the dolphins, kayak, surf a kayak, learn to surf [on a board, that is] – you choose.
Rainbow Beach Horse Rides Saddle up and become part of the team’s innate passion for horses. The trot down to a secluded part of the beach [the rest is, in fact, a highway] makes way for a wealth of daydreaming.
Diving at Wolf Rock Spot grey nurse sharks and manta rays at one of the countries best dive sites. Humpback whales migrate during winter time, while summer temperatures attract leopard sharks and sea eagle rays.
Poona Lake A fresh-water oasis hidden in-midst of rainforest grown on sand dunes. The native tea trees stain the water red. Head for Bymien Picnic area and follow the 4.2km roundtrip bush-walk to the lake.
Great Sandy National Park The Cooloola section walks begin in the region’s southern outskirts. An excellent opportunity to experience this part of Australia. Look up the 102km-long Cooloola Great Walk for a popular five-day trek.
Fraser Island Hop on over to World Heritage listed Fraser Island. It takes 10 minutes and makes for a great day out.
[all vegan friendly]
Arcobaleno Handmade pasta is always a good idea.
Cafe Jilarty Beautiful raw vegan treats and excellent coffee.
Rainbow Fruit Barn An organic store with a side of açaí bowls, smoothies, and burgers. Spot on!
Rainbow Ocean Palms Resort Your best choice in the region. Click here for my complete review (including photos).
Rainbow Beach Ultimate Camping Down to earth taken literally and done well a few kilometres north of the town on Inskip Peninsula.
When To Go
If you can bear the heat during January and February, any time of the year is fine. Do check weather warnings, as the area can see extreme weather events such as bushfires, floods and cyclones.
Get There and Around
Self-drive your way across this vast region. Rainbow Beach is located 75 kilometres [47 mi] from the town of Gympie, and 239 kilometres [149 mi] from Queensland’s capital, Brisbane.
Rainbow Beach serves as an ideal pitstop along the Great Ocean Road between Brisbane and Cairns. I have found it to be a lot more scenic and down-to-earth than Noosa, with the obvious advantage of less crowds and lower prices. Click here for more info from the local tourism board.
I hope you can make great use of my Quick Guide to Rainbow Beach in Queensland, Australia. Click here to see my Rainbow Beach photo diary.