Rainbow Beach - Beach in Inskip Gympie QLD - SLS Beachsafe

Rainbow Beach QLD

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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.... Read more

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.

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Rainbow Beach SLSC

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13/02

Tue

14/02

Wed

15/02

Thu

16/02

Fri

17/02

Sat

18/02

Sun

19/02

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08:00 - 17:00

08:00 - 17:00

Rainbow Beach (Lifeguards)

Mon

13/02

Tue

14/02

Wed

15/02

Thu

16/02

Fri

17/02

Sat

18/02

Sun

19/02

09:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 17:00

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Information

About

Inskip, QLD 4581

Length:
12km

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

Beach Key:
 qld1529

Nearby beaches

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

Information Symbols

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

Regulation Symbols

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

Weather

Sunday 19, Feb 10:41 pm

Day 35°    Night 21°
29.1°C
Shower or two. Possible storm

Water Temperature  27°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northerly 15 to 20 knots.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 30% chance of a shower. The chance of thunderstorms.

Tide

3 am
2.68m
9 am
1.36m
3 pm
2.60m
9 pm
1.14m

UV

Index: 15 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:10 am to 4:10 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Monday 20, Feb

Day 34°    Night 21°
Showers, storm, clearing

Swell


Wind


Wind: Variable about 10 knots becoming southerly 15 to 20 knots in the morning then turning east to southeasterly in the late morning and early afternoon.
Swell: Easterly below 1 metre.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers in the morning. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning and afternoon.

Tide

4 am
2.71m
11 am
1.33m
4 pm
2.53m
10 pm
1.16m

UV

Index: 16 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:10 am to 4:10 pm


Weather

Sun 19, Feb to Sun 26, Feb


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots.
Swell: Easterly below 1 metre.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 40% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning.

Tide


UV

Sun 19th 16 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:10 am to 4:20 pm
Mon 20th 16 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:10 am to 4:10 pm
Tue 21st 16 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:10 am to 4:20 pm
Wed 22nd 15 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:10 am to 4:10 pm

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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