Rainbow Bay - Gold Coast

Rainbow Bay - Gold Coast


Posted 2020-06-11 by Meg Forbesfollow
Rainbow Bay is one of the Gold Coast's iconic surf beaches, just north of Point Danger and the Queensland / New South Wales border.


Rainbow Bay is famous amongst surfers for its surf break, argued to one of the longest right-handers in the world.

Despite this, Rainbow Bay is sheltered and recognised as being suitable for beginner and intermediate surfers, making it an ideal day out for anyone who loves a day in the water. Coolangatta Learn to Surf offer lessons right off the beach at Rainbow Bay, including lessons for children.

The beach

Rainbow Beach is incredibly popular with families and draws tourists from all around Australia. The stunning, wide sandy beach leads down to a sheltered swimming area that is patrolled by the Rainbow Bay Surf Life Saving Club all year round.

Make sure to look for the red and yellow flags as the area between them is what the lifeguards are focused on.

The park behind the beach

Extensive parklands run along the back of Rainbow Bay. There are beach showers available at two of the exits from the beach, and a large public amenities block that has toilets and showers.

There are a couple of playground areas along these parklands that include slides, climbing equipment, and swings each set above a sandpit base.

These parklands are also home to a number of the Gold Coast's iconic surfboard-shaped picnic tables and benches, as well as electric BBQs and even a fenced area with instant boiling water on tap for tea and coffee.

Visitors who would prefer to buy a meal out than pack a picnic can't look past the Rainbow Bay Surf Life Saving Club . Their upper level is a licensed restaurant and bar with stunning views of the beach.

Marine wildlife

As if all of the above wasn't enough, Rainbow Bay is home to a superb array of marine wildlife. Dolphins can be seen here all year round, while humpback whales are frequently seen passing Rainbow Bay on their migration from Antarctica to Hervey Bay between June and October each year.

Things to bring

Rainbow Bay is absolutely stunning, and once you get there it is not easy to work up the motivation to leave. This means it is wise to come prepared with things such as:

  • Ample drinking water
  • Sunscreen and sun-protective clothing/swimwear
  • Insect repellent
  • A beach sunshade, especially if you have children with you

  • This way, once you are set up on the beach, there's nothing left to do but enjoy this iconic beach paradise on the Gold Coast.

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