Rainbow Beach Driving


Get off the boring bitumen and join us on the Great Beach Drive*. We just call it “the beach” but it’s actually a gazetted beach highway that careers alongside the Pacific Ocean. Perfect for clearing the head!

Head 2 kms south to check out our Coloured Sands, 200ft of colour or, stake a claim on your own piece of beach paradise (it’s okay we’ll share) and spend a glorious night camping under the southern stars.

*4 wheel drive vehicles only. Permits required and please check tidal information.


And we have a smorgasbord to choose from!

Located just two kilometres south of Rainbow Beach is the Coloured Sands, a complex array of 72 sandy tones, the result of iron oxide and leached vegetable dyes from the last ice age. This living cross section of time towers more than 200 feet into the sky and is best seen at low tide.

Slightly north is Double Island Point aptly named by Captain James Cook in 1770 and located within the Great Sandy Marine Park. Only accessible by 4WD drive, Double Island Point is a magnet for marine life. It’s the perfect place to totally unwind on an unspoiled beach or, with the longest left hand surf break in Australia, catch some waves with your mates. We do!

Coloured Sands Rainbow Beach
Carlo Sand Blow


And, if you’ve ever wondered what a moon scape looks like, head straight for Carlo Sand Blow. So. What’s a sandblow? – it’s a sea of sand created by thousands of years of wind.

This is a photographers dream. Overlooking the coastline from Double Island Point to Inskip Point this is the perfect spot for those spectacular sunset shots or stargazing in the dark night sky.


If you’d prefer a more relaxed commune with nature, Rainbow Beach is also one of only a handful of beach horse rides in Queensland. There’s nothing quite like a bit of equine therapy – cooling off in the ocean with a horse.

And, of course, nothing beats a walk on an unspoilt beach, fresh air, sand between your toes, and the time to take it all in, to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul.

Rainbow Beach Horse Rides
Gympie Regional Council

“This project received funding assistance from the Gympie Regional Council Community Development Grants Program”