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Popular amenities for Rainbow Beach holiday rentals

Stay near Rainbow Beach's top sights

Rainbow Beach Surf Life saving Club13 locals recommend
Carlo Sand Blow36 locals recommend
The Deck @ Sea Salt12 locals recommend
Epic Ocean Adventures15 locals recommend
Rainbow Beach Hotel25 locals recommend
Arcobaleno on the Beach25 locals recommend

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Quick stats about holiday rentals in Rainbow Beach

  • Total rentals

    210 properties

  • Rentals with a pool

    100 properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    50 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    190 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    6.8K reviews

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $78 AUD before taxes and fees

Your guide to Rainbow Beach

All About Rainbow Beach

Named for its beautiful, multicoloured sand dunes, Rainbow Beach straddles a narrow peninsula in Queensland’s Wide Bay-Burnett region. With the sheltered waters of Tin Can Bay on one side, and the vast Coral Sea on the other, Rainbow Beach offers a pretty, low-key town and a varied coastline to explore. The area is also part of the famed Great Beach Drive, which stretches from Noosa’s North Shore up to Fraser Island. You can’t help but stop off and admire this breathtaking stretch of coastline along the route of a quintessential Australian four-wheel-drive road trip. Rainbow Beach’s 23-kilometre shore is bordered by renowned colourful cliffs and a small town that offers plenty of options for dining and shopping. It’s also perfectly situated for exploring nearby parks including Toolara Forest and beaches like Cooloola Beach.

The best time to stay in a holiday rental in Rainbow Beach

Average temperatures in Rainbow Beach vary little throughout the year. Temperatures are pleasant for most of the year, except for a few weeks in the summer, when it can get especially hot. During summer, Rainbow Beach plays host to music festivals including Country Beach and an art festival called Brushes by the Sea. Autumn is a lovely time to visit as the temperatures are cooler, but the water is still warm. Seasonal events include the Anzac Day Parade in April and the Bay to Bay yacht race in May. The winter months are also an excellent time to visit as temperatures are mild, and humpback whales are migrating along the coast. There’s also Spring Fest and the Tin Can Bay Run in September.

Top things to do in Rainbow Beach

Horseback Riding

After you’ve explored Rainbow Beach on four wheels, you can swap your vehicle for a horse to ride along the beach. Spot crabs, birdlife, birds of prey, and, if you’re really lucky, maybe even a whale from the saddle. All levels of experience can ride, and country and moonlit routes are also available.

Fraser Island

Located just a short ferry trip away, Fraser Island is the world's largest sand island, stretching for 123 kilometres. The island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with 250 kilometres of sandy beaches, coloured sand cliffs, and spectacular dune blowouts. Inland, there’s towering old-growth rainforest, and over 100 freshwater dune lakes. There’s even a shipwreck, the SS Maheno, which was blown ashore by a cyclone in 1935.

Great Sandy National Park

The south end of Rainbow Beach extends into the Cooloola Recreation Area, which lies within Great Sandy National Park. Here you can explore walking trails such as the Cooloola Great Walk with its beautiful views of coloured sand reaching toward Double Island Point, the towering Double Island Point Lighthouse, and Inskip Point.

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