Rainbow Bay - Beach in Coolangatta Gold Coast QLD - SLS Beachsafe

Rainbow Bay QLD

Rainbow Bay and adjoining Snapper Rocks Beach are the southernmost beaches in Queensland. Rainbow Bay (1600) is a relatively small, 300 m long, north facing beach that is bordered in the west by Greenmount Hill. It ends at a low, rocky point, beyond which Snapper Rocks beach (1601) continues on... Read more

Rainbow Bay and adjoining Snapper Rocks Beach are the southernmost beaches in Queensland. Rainbow Bay (1600) is a relatively small, 300 m long, north facing beach that is bordered in the west by Greenmount Hill. It ends at a low, rocky point, beyond which Snapper Rocks beach (1601) continues on for another 100 m to Snapper Rocks; part of the larger 30 m high Point Danger that forms the border with New South Wales. The Rainbow Bay Surf Life Saving Club is the newest on the Gold Coast, being formed in 1963. It is located on the low, rocky point that separates the two beaches. A road runs along the back of both beaches, ending in a parking area behind Snapper Rocks Beach. There is a grassy foreshore reserve behind Rainbow Bay Beach. Both beaches receive waves that are lowered after moving around Point Danger to an average of about 1 m. The width of both beaches and offshore bar conditions depend on both the prevailing waves and, in particular, the status of sand waves moving around Point Danger. When the bars are present, the beaches are connected by sand, there is a wide surf zone and excellent surfing conditions. When the bars are absent, the beaches are separated by the rocky point, are narrower and there is an attached bar cut by one rip at Snapper Rocks Beach and two at Rainbow Bay. Low rocks dominate the Snapper Rocks surf zone and are a hazard for swimmers.

Swimming

Rainbow Bay in particular is a popular swimming beach, owing to its protected location and usually low waves. However watch for the changing bar conditions and presence of rips, particularly near the rocks and Greenmount Hill. The safest swimming is in the patrolled area on Rainbow Bay Beach. Swimming is not recommended at Snapper Rocks Beach because of the rocks.

Surfing

When the bars are right, the two beaches can combine to produce a classic, long, easy right-hander, that at times has been known to reach adjoining Coolangatta Beach. There are usually reasonable waves that are popular with the surfers during southerlies, when the winds blow offshore.

Fishing

This is a popular fishing area, as the name of Snapper Rocks suggests. There is good beach fishing into the usual rip holes and outer troughs, together with rock fishing off Greenmount and Snapper Rocks.

General

Queensland's southernmost beaches are both picturesque, even if somewhat developed. They provide continually changing bar conditions and a nice place to watch the sun set over the Gold Coast high rises.

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Rainbow Bay SLSC

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Tower 01 - Rainbow Bay Lifeguards

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Information

About

Coolangatta, QLD 4225

Length:
0.3km

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

Beach Key:
 qld1600

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Flash rips
    Flash rips
  • Shallow Water
    Shallow Water
  • Shallow Sandbars
    Shallow Sandbars
  • Submerged Objects
    Submerged Objects
  • Winds
    Winds
  • Accessible Rock Platforms
    Accessible Rock Platforms
  • Beach erosion
    Beach erosion
  • Suction pipe
    Suction pipe
  • Uneven ground
    Uneven ground
  • Reefs
    Reefs
  • Rocks
    Rocks
  • Slippery rocks
    Slippery rocks
  • Slippery surface
    Slippery surface
  • Slippery stairs
    Slippery stairs
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Toilets
  • Showers
  • Public phone
  • Park
  • BBQ
  • Picnic
  • Shade
  • Shelters
  • Playground
  • Cafe
  • Bike path
  • Natural shade
  • Power supply
  • Mobile Phone Coverage
  • Bus

Regulation Symbols

  • Bicycles Allowed
  • No Littering
  • No Cats or Dogs
  • No Model Planes
  • Picking Plants Prohibited
  • Bombing Prohibited
  • No Naked Flames
  • Camping Prohibited
  • No Dogs Allowed
  • Dog Litter Must be Picked Up
  • No Firearms
  • Scuba Diving Prohibited
  • No Glass
  • Surfcraft Prohibited
  • Fires Prohibited
  • No Golf
  • No Spear Fishing
  • Vessels Prohibited
  • No Alcohol
  • No Horses
  • No Trailbikes

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.

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