Weather Forecast
22.10°C
Current Temperature
19.00km/h
Wind speed
24.06°C
Water Temperature
2.69m
Swell
0.39m
Tide
12/11
UV
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.
Beach Length: 0.3km
General Hazard Rating: 5/11

Patrolled Beach Flag Patrols

Mon
05 Dec
Tue
06 Dec
Wed
07 Dec
Thu
08 Dec
Fri
09 Dec
Sat
10 Dec
Sun
11 Dec
Rainbow Bay SLSC
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08:00 -17:00
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Tower 01 - Rainbow Bay Lifeguards
08:00 -18:00
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08:00 -18:00
08:00 -18:00
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Information

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

Regulations

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

Hazards

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

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.