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

Mon

23/10

Tue

24/10

Wed

25/10

Thu

26/10

Fri

27/10

Sat

28/10

Sun

29/10

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08:00 - 17:00

08:00 - 17:00

Rainbow Beach (Lifeguards)

Mon

23/10

Tue

24/10

Wed

25/10

Thu

26/10

Fri

27/10

Sat

28/10

Sun

29/10

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

Tuesday 24, Oct 3:12 pm

Day 26°    Night 15°
22.6°C
Possible morning shower

Water Temperature  24°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: East to southeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the middle of the day.
Swell: East to southeasterly around 1 metre.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers in the morning. A thunderstorm likely in the morning.

Tide

11 am
2.93m
5 am
0.77m
6 pm
1.00m

UV

Index: 11 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 7:40 am to 3:10 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Wednesday 25, Oct

Day 28°    Night 14°
Sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: East to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots becoming north to northeasterly early in the morning then increasing to 15 to 20 knots in the late morning.
Swell: Easterly below 1 metre.
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening.
Weather: Mostly sunny.

Tide

12 am
2.60m
5 am
0.85m
12 pm
2.89m
7 pm
1.07m

UV

Index: 11 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 7:40 am to 3:10 pm


Weather

Tue 24, Oct to Tue 31, Oct


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northerly 15 to 20 knots.
Swell: Easterly below 1 metre.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning.
Weather: Mostly sunny. 20% chance of a shower. The chance of a thunderstorm in the evening.

Tide


UV

Tue 24th 10 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 7:50 am to 3:10 pm
Wed 25th 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 7:40 am to 3:10 pm
Thu 26th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 7:40 am to 3:10 pm
Fri 27th 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 7:40 am to 3:10 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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