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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. Inskip Point beach (1528) is a 2 km long recurved spit that forms the southern shore of the 1 km wide Wide Harbour channel, with Hook Point of Fraser Island forming the northern shore. The beach is relatively narrow and steep and receives low waves, however strong tidal currents and the wide, deep channels run just off the beach. The beach is used as a landing site for the Fraser Island car ferry. A road from Rainbow Beach runs up behind the main beach to the westernmost tip of the point, where the ferry landing is located.
Beach Length: 2.7km
General Hazard Rating: 2/10

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.


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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.