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Rainbow Beach

Beach PATROLLED PATROLLED TODAY
Beach Number:
qld1529
State/Region:
QLD Maryborough
Post Code:

Length:
12km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
5/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
inskip point  (3.8km) hook point  (4.6km) north spit  (5.9km) rainbow beach (south)  (6.4km) poyungan  (12km)

Beach

Rainbow Beach is a 23 km long, curving beach located in Wide Bay between sandy Inskip Point, opposite Fraser Island, and rocky Double Island Point. The open bay faces north-east and the beaches in the bay face variously north, east and north-east as they swing around between the two points. The growing town of Rainbow Beach is located in the centre of the beaches, with the northern end of the large Cooloola National Park extending south of the southern half of the bay.Rainbow Beach is named after the colourful sand dunes that dominate the southern half of the 24 km long beach. The road from Gympie arrives at the middle of the beach where the town of Rainbow Beach is located. The town offers accommodation, a small shopping area and the Rainbow Beach Surf Life Saving Club, which was founded in 1965. The club house is located on a wide, bluff-top foreshore reserve overlooking the beach. There is a ramp from the club to the beach, with additional vehicle access, parking and amenities below the bluffs immediately north of the surf club. Just south of the surf club are Eight Mile Rocks; brown 'coffeerock' outcropping on the beach. The rocks are part of the Pleistocene sand dunes that provide the coloured sands.The main beach (1529) extends from Inskip Point in the north, running due south for 12 km to Eight Mile Rocks. Wave height, which averages nearly 1.5 m in the north, decreases to about 1 m by the town. As the waves decrease, so too the bars change from a rip-dominated double bar in the north, to a single, though still rip dominated, (Fig. 3.2d) bar by the surf club.

Swimming

The central and northern beach is dominated by rips and is potentially hazardous. Be very careful if swimming here, particularly when waves are breaking. Watch out for the deep rip channels, as well as currents in the longshore troughs. Stay close inshore and on the attached parts of the bar. Definitely swim between the flags at Rainbow Beach. Beware of the strong tidal currents at Inskip Point and, while the southern beach is usually the safest with the lowest waves and few rips, be careful of the vehicle traffic on the beach.

Surfing

There are beach breaks the length of this beach, with conditions depending on winds and swell size, as well as bar shape. The southern Double Island Point has the long spits of northward moving sand which produce long right-handers during large swell.

Fishing

A very popular spot for beach fishing, with deep holes and gutters common along the beach, particularly north of the surf lifesaving club, and off Inskip Point into the deep tidal channel.

General

A long, attractive, natural beach framed by brilliant sand dunes along the southern half. Vehicles are permitted either side of the patrolled section and many people use this as a jumping off point to visit Fraser Island to the north and Cooloola National Park to the south.

Location

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area Formal parking area
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Disabled Toilets Disabled Toilets
  • Dressing shed Dressing shed
  • Showers Showers
  • Shops Shops
  • Public phone Public phone
  • Park Park
  • BBQ BBQ
  • Picnic Picnic
  • Shade Shade
  • Shelters Shelters
  • Playground Playground
  • Camping Camping
  • Caravan park Caravan park
  • Boat ramp Boat ramp
  • Skate park Skate park
  • Cafe Cafe
  • Lookout Lookout
  • Natural shade Natural shade
  • Power supply Power supply
  • Mobile Phone Coverage Mobile Phone Coverage

Regulation Symbols

  • Camping Prohibited Camping Prohibited
  • Bicycles Allowed Bicycles Allowed
  • Shared Footway Shared Footway
  • No Littering No Littering
  • Fires Prohibited Fires Prohibited
  • No Dogs Allowed No Dogs Allowed
  • No Entry No Entry

SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

Last updated: 28/08/2013 12:04:48

 

PATROL INFORMATION

Patrol Information
  Mon 27/06 Tue 28/06 Wed 29/06 Thu 30/06 Fri 01/07 Sat 02/07 Sun 03/07
Rainbow Beach (Lifeguards)
09:00
-
17:00
09:00
-
17:00
09:00
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17:00
09:00
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17:00
09:00
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17:00
09:00
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17:00
09:00
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17:00

STATISTICS

July 2016 - June 2017

Rescues:
14
First Aids:
273
Preventative Actions:
24378

The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Rainbow Beach SLSC Rainbow Beach (Lifeguards)

Hazards

  • Bluebottles Bluebottles
  • Winds Winds
  • High Tide Range High Tide Range
  • Littoral currents Littoral currents
  • Fixed rips Fixed rips
  • Flash rips Flash rips
  • Travelling rips Travelling rips
  • Slippery surface Slippery surface
  • Slippery rocks Slippery rocks
  • Rocks Rocks
  • Shallow Water Shallow Water
  • Structure Structure
  • Submerged Objects Submerged Objects
  • Shallow Sandbars Shallow Sandbars
  • Long beach Long beach
  • Beach erosion Beach erosion
  • Heavy shorebreak Heavy shorebreak
  • High surf High surf
  • Gutters Gutters
  • Strong Currents Strong Currents

Service Providers

SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

WEATHER

Sat, 02 Jul 09:00 am

RAINBOW BEACH (3 km)


Sunny.
12.90 °C
SW/4 km/h
Wind

Weather information
SatSunMonTueWedThu
20° 11° 21° 14° 22° 16° 23° 17° 21° 14° 20° 13°

WATER

21

Issued at Fri, 01 Jul 14:03

SWELL FORECAST

Saturday
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
  • AM
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • SSW
    12 km/h
    0.5m
  • SSE
    15 km/h
    0.6m
  • S
    15 km/h
    0.8m
  • SSE
    13 km/h
    0.8m
  • SSE
    9 km/h
    0.7m
  • E
    10 km/h
    0.8m
  • NW
    11 km/h
    1.1m
  • WNW
    14 km/h
    0.8m

Maryborough issued at Fri, 01 Jul 21:39

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Today's Swell Description
Wind:
South to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore early in the morning. Winds turning southeasterly during the day.
Swell:
Southeasterly around 1 metre offshore.
Seas:
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning.
Weather:
Mostly sunny.

UV INDEX

4



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TODAY'S TIDE

  • low
    00:09
    0.61m
  • high
    05:49
    1.63m
  • low
    12:02
    0.30m
  • high
    18:35
    2.11m

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Noosa Head issued at Sat, 02 Jul 15:41

WARNINGS

TODAY'S RADAR

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