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Rainbow Beach

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Geologic Formations · Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing · Outdoor Activities
Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. At the, Rainbow Beach had a population of 1,103. It is a popular tourist destination, both in its own right and as a gateway to Fraser Island.GeographyThe town's name derives from the rainbow-coloured sand dunes surrounding the settlement; according to the legends of the Kabi people, the dunes were coloured when Yiningie, a spirit represented by a rainbow, plunged into the cliffs after doing battle with an evil tribesman. Much of the sand colors stem from the rich content of minerals in the sand, such as rutile, ilmenite, zircon, and monazite. A black dune of ilmenite sands, overgrown by dune vegetation can be found north west of the main town. This is currently being removed for sale in China with complete removal expected to take two years.The Cooloola Section of the Great Sandy National Park borders the town to the south. A number of walking tracks through the national park depart from the southern outskirts of Rainbow Beach. This includes the northern end point of the Cooloola Great Walk.By road, Rainbow Beach is located 75km from the Bruce Highway town of Gympie, and 239km from the Queensland state capital, Brisbane.
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Geologic Formation
Carlo Sand Blow
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Duration: 2 hours
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Wolf Rock Dive Centre
4.8
Duration: 8 hours
National Park
Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area
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Duration: 8 hours
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Off-Road Tour
Off-Road Tours
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Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Rainbow Beach

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Wildlife Area
Barnacles Dolphin Centre Tin Can Bay
3.5
Duration: 2 hours
Hiking Trail
Cooloola Recreation Area Great Sandy National Park
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
Geologic Formation
Coloured Sands Great Sandy National Park
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Duration: 2 hours
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Farm
Cooloola Berries Wolvi
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Rainbow Beach

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Water Body
Poona Lake
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours
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Duration: 2h 30 min
Beach
Rainbow Beach
4.5
Duration: 4 hours

Nature in Rainbow Beach

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Water Body
Searys Creek
4.2
Duration: 30 minutes

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