Rainbow Beach - Beach in Inskip Gympie QLD - SLS Beachsafe

Rainbow Beach

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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, the bars change from a rip-dominated double bar in the north, to a single, though still rip dominated, 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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Beach Patrols Change Day

Rainbow Beach SLSC

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16/09
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17/09
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Rainbow Beach (Lifeguards)

Mon
16/09
Tue
17/09
Wed
18/09
Thu
19/09
Fri
20/09
Sat
21/09
Sun
22/09

09:00 - 17:00

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09:00 - 17:00

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TODAY'S UPDATE

Weather
23°C
Water
21°C
UV Rating
9 / 11

Hazards

Bluebottles
Bluebottles
High surf
High surf
Heavy shorebreak
Heavy shorebreak
Gutters
Gutters
Littoral currents
Littoral currents
Fixed rips
Fixed rips
Flash rips
Flash rips
Travelling rips
Travelling rips
High Tide Range
High Tide Range
Shallow Water
Shallow Water
Shallow Sandbars
Shallow Sandbars
Submerged Objects
Submerged Objects
Winds
Winds
Beach erosion
Beach erosion
Long beach
Long beach
Structure
Structure
Rocks
Rocks
Slippery rocks
Slippery rocks
Slippery surface
Slippery surface

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
Saturday, 21 Sep 4:55

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.


Inskip, QLD 4581
Length: 0.01km
General Hazard Rating: 5/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: qld1529