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Rainbow Beach

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Rainbow Beach is situated on Wide Bay, and can be reached from the beautiful Great Sandy National Park, or from Gympie. The town is set on the edge of the rainbow coloured sand cliffs, overlooking the pretty Rainbow Beach down below.

Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach was originally known as Back Beach and was home to a large sand mining industry until 1976. The current name comes from the rainbow coloured cliffs. In an Aboriginal legend the cliffs were coloured when Yiningie (the spirit of the Gods representing Rainbow) was killed in a fight, spreading his 'colourful' spirits across the cliffs.

There is rolling surf and kilometres of unspoilt, white sandy beaches. It is an escape where you can feel like the only one on the face of the earth. A perfect getaway, from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

It is worth visiting the coloured sand cliffs which gave Rainbow Beach its name, as well as the Carlo Sand Blow.

Overlooking Rainbow Beach, you will notice a large propeller. The propeller is from the Cherry Venture, which crashed onto Teewah Beach.

There are a number of walking trails around the area, as well as a 4WD trail south to Noosa through the Great Sandy National Park. There are also a number of tours and things to do around Rainbow Beach, including hang gliding, para gliding, scenic joy flights and fishing.

Heading a little further north is Inskip Point, an easy access point from where you can get a boat over to Fraser Island. The QPWS office is in Rainbow Beach, giving information about Fraser Island and camping and 4WD permits required. You can contact the Ranger by calling Ph: (07) 5486 3160.
Rainbow Beach is your golden gateway to some of the most amazing natural attractions to be found anywhere in the world.

Rainbow beach has a picturesque' coastal village. From here you can swim with the dolphins, explore the spectacular scenery of Fraser Island, see the rainforests, heathlands and freshwater lakes. Skydive the skies or Dive the ocean depths. Para or hang-glide in one of the top ten spots in the world the Carlo Sand Blow, an amazing spectacle in itself with postcard views.

Fish or four wheel drive or just drag your feet along miles of golden sand.

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