Rainbow Beach Travel Guide

Rainbow Beach is a popular holiday destination in Queensland. This coastal town is located in the Wide Bay-Burnett region of Queensland, and it is easily accessible from Brisbane, which is just 239 kilometres away. Rainbow Beach has a small population of approximately 1,100 people, but it receives over 70,000 visitors each year. The town of Rainbow Beach is surrounded by dunes, beaches, and forests, so you will certainly be able to explore the wonders of nature.

Things to see and do at Rainbow Beach

Situated in part of the large and lovely Great Sandy National Park, Cooloola Park is a great place for visitors to go bushwalking. The area of intense natural beauty is scattered with natural features such as large lakes and heathlands, which are great places to pause to enjoy a picnic and soak up the scenery.

Rainbow Beach, Queensland

Beautiful sunset at Rainbow Beach.

One of the most dramatic views that can be enjoyed on the whole of Rainbow Beach can be enjoyed from the top of Carlo Sand Blow. This mighty sand dune is 120 metres high and provides visitors with stunning panoramic views of the ocean in front of them and the rainforest in the background.

A dramatic stretch of multi-coloured sand known as Coloured Sands stretches for two kilometres along the coast and provides dramatic photograph opportunities. A number of local operators offers morning boat trips from this section of the beach where visitors have the have to swim and feed dolphins.

People who have a strong sense of adventure and plenty of stamina can take the time to follow the coastal path that leads the way to the top of Inskip Point. while the going may be a little tough at times, visitors will be rewarded for their efforts with stunning views across the water to Fraser Island.

People who want the chance to enjoy an unforgettable type of animal encounter should make sure that they head over to Wolf Rock. Many of the tour guides that operate in this part of Rainbow Beach offer shark diving trips, which give visitors the chance to get up close and personal with these amazing marine creatures.


Rainbow Beach is named after the multi-coloured sand dunes that are situated outside of the town. These colourful mountains of sand are painted by various elements. The most common contents of these dunes are rutile, zircon, and ilmenite. Your eyes will feast on a vibrant scene of red, yellow, and black hues. According to the stories of the local Kabi Aboriginal people, these rainbow dunes hold the spirit of Yiningie. Yiningie is an ancient spirit who protects the Kabi people from the corrupted souls of evil tribesmen. After you encounter this amazing natural wonder, travel to the main beach for a day of relaxation.