A pleasant, quiet holiday spot with a wonderful wide strip of beach.
The small town serves as a gateway to Fraser Island to the north, and
Cooloola National Park.
Location: 260 km north of Brisbane.
Cooloola Recreation Area
Part of Great Sandy National Park, a vast coastal national park, it
features untouched beaches, large sand dunes, heathlands, rainforests,
swamps, creeks, freshwater lakes and mangrove forests. Cooloola
Recreation Area is situated on the coast between Noosa Heads in the
south and Rainbow Beach in the north and covers 184,00 ha.
Cooloola Great Walk
A five-day hiking trail, showcases the very best of the Cooloola
Recreation Area's outstanding natural attractions. Up to 102 km long,
this extensive walking track system winds through rainforest, tall
eucalypt forest, dry coastal woodland and heath plains.
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Rainbow Beach was gazetted as late as 1969 when it was established
to service the local sand mining industry. Until that time there was no
road to Rainbow Beach, with the only access being via boat from Tin Can
Bay. Sand mining ceased in 1976.
Origin of name: Originally known as Back Beach, Rainbow Beach was
renamed after the coloured sands located near the town