Rainbow Beach (Queensland)
Rainbow Beach is your golden gateway to some of the most amazing natural attractions to be found anywhere in the world.
From this picturesque coastal village, enchantingly nestled between Tin Can Bay and the Pacific Ocean, you can experience an enthralling mosaic of these wonders and indulge in your favorite pursuits at the same time.
The town was called Back Beach, but was renamed in 1969 into Rainbow Beach after the Coloured Sands. It was in this year, too, that the first road to the town was built - up to then, it could only be reached by boat.
By car, Rainbow Beach is about 75km from the Bruce Highway at Gympie, and the drive takes around an hour. The turn-off onto Tin Can Bay Road is well signposted from both directions, as is the turning onto Rainbow Beach Road after 40km.
If you have a 4wd, and the weather has been good, you can also drive in from Noosa via the Cooloola Way, or at low tide along the beaches of the Great Sandy National Park. Permits are required for the latter.
Premier Coaches operate one bus per day in each direction from Brisbane to Cairns via Rainbow Beach, calling in the morning southbound and the evening northbound. Greyhound Australia have two buses per day in each direction from Brisbane to Cairns via Rainbow Beach, again calling in the morning southbound and the evening northbound.
Rainbow Beach is small enough to walk around, though there are taxis available if you need to get to some of the further flung caravan parks.
Visit the National Parks Office (on the right just as you enter town) for maps of the town, walking maps for the surrounding area, and driving/4wd maps of the national park.
Rainbow Beach has a few shops selling clothing, and two small supermarkets. There are plenty of places selling and renting camping gear, and plenty selling ice, bait, firewood etc. The butcher generally has an excellent selection of meats for BBQs. There's a bottle shop too.
There are several cafes at the end of Rainbow Beach Road in the main shopping area, which are usually open for breakfast and lunch, but not usually dinner.
There's a Surf Club which does food and drinks, with a view over the beach, and a hotel. The tennis club on Double Island Drive does food too.
Near the entrance to the town is also a very nice seafood restaurant and takeaway, which serves a variety of local fish dishes.
Further afield, the Yacht Club in Tin Can Bay has lovely views over the bay, and does fairly nice lunches and dinners.
The Surf Club and the Hotel are the main places in town.
There are two Backpackers in town, both on Spectrum Avenue:
There are several motels, hotels and holiday appartment complexes including:
In addition, there's a caravan park on Carlo Road near the boat ramp, and those with appropriate national park permits can also camp near the town.