Weather Forecast
15.10°C
Current Temperature
11.00km/h
Wind speed
20.36°C
Water Temperature
1.91m
Swell
0.22m
Tide
3/11
UV
Rainbow Beach trends south-southwest for 2.5 km from the dolerite rocks at Middle Rock Point to the sedimentary rocks at Bonny Hills, site of a growing community of 2300. The beach is backed by a foredune, then 2 km long Duchess Gully Creek that drains across the southern end of beach, where it is called Little Vinegar Creek, linking with a second small creek. This area only began opening up in the 1950s with the Wauchope-Bonney Hills SLSC being established in 1959, drawing its membership from the timber town of Wauchope. Ocean Drive skirts round the beach with access only available at Middle Rock, where there are no facilities, while Bonny Hills has the surf club, a park and picnic area, and two caravan parks (Fig. 4.95). The beach is composed of fine sand and receives little protection from the headlands, with waves averaging 1.5 m, to maintain a wide double bar system with an attached inner bar usually cut by rips every 300-400 m, with more widely spaced rips on the outer bar (Fig. 4.96), and strong permanent rips against Middle Rocks and the southern headland.
Beach Length: 2.5km
General Hazard Rating: 6/11

Patrolled Beach Flag Patrols

There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Safety section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.

Information

Formal parking area
Playground
Toilets Block M/F
Camping
Toilets Block Disabled
Caravan park
Park
Skate park
BBQ
Bike path
Picnic
Lookout
Shade
Natural shade
Shelters
Bus

Regulations

Bicycles Allowed
No Littering
No Cats or Dogs
No Model Planes
Picking Plants Prohibited
Bombing Prohibited
Pushing Prohibited
Dog Litter Must be Picked Up
No Firearms
No Glass

Hazards

High surf
Large unexpected waves
Heavy shorebreak
Gutters
Littoral currents
Fixed rips
Flash rips
Travelling rips
Shallow Water
High Tide Range
Shallow Sandbars
Submerged Objects
Winds
Accessible Rock Platforms
Beach erosion
Beach exposure
Long beach
Outfall
Rocks
Slippery rocks
Slippery surface

Weather

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.