Rainbow Beach is one of my favourite beaches along the East Coast of Australia; it is in the Wide Bay region of Queensland, Australia. The water is clean and clear – so clear you can see the fish swimming around your feet, tickling your toes! It’s a great beach for both swimming or surfing and it never seems to get too crowded. There is ample space to stretch out your towel and pitch a windbreak if you so wish, for some protection from the hot sun.
Dogs are allowed on certain sections of the beach which is a bonus for dog owners, as we know how much most dogs love to jump about in the surf to catch a stick or a ball!
The beach is made up of fine, almost white sand which is so fine, when you walk on it, it squeaks under your feet!
However, it wasn’t always known by this pretty name – this beach was home to a large sand mining industry until 1976, and was known as Back Beach. The current name comes from the unusual rainbow coloured sand cliffs – and they really are all the colours of the rainbow!
So giving it the name of Rainbow Beach seemed very fitting!
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 are walking treks round the area, but if you like a bit more action, there is hang gliding, paragliding or scenic flights – a truly unforgettable experience.
Like to fish? The area is renowned for great fishing. In fact, Four Wheel Drives are allowed right on the beach!
Slightly to the north of Rainbow Beach at Inskip Point, you can catch a ferry over to the world famous Fraser Island – the largest sand island in the world. It is said that this is the only place now where there are any pure-bred dingoes left. A word of warning though – please do not feed the dingoes!
This is truly an awesome spot with plenty of activities to keep everyone happy, and if you ever get the chance, you should put it on your list of places to visit!