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Rainbow Bay - Gold Coast

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by Meg Forbes (subscribe)
Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane. https://www.instagram.com/megforbesphotography/
Published June 10th 2020
Fabulous surf, excellent facilities, and whale watching
Rainbow Bay is one of the Gold Coast's iconic surf beaches, just north of Point Danger and the Queensland / New South Wales border.

The sun rising over beautiful Rainbow Bay on the Gold Coast
The sun rising over beautiful Rainbow Bay on the Gold Coast


Surfing

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

Rainbow Bay is famous for having one of the longest right handers in the world
Rainbow Bay is famous for having 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.

Rainbow Bay is popular with surfers, but suitable for beginners
Rainbow Bay is popular with surfers, but suitable for beginners


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.

The beach is patrolled by Rainbow Bay Surf Life Saving Club
The beach is patrolled by Rainbow Bay Surf Life Saving Club


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

You may find yourself swimming with whales at Rainbow Bay!
You may find yourself swimming with whales at Rainbow Bay!


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.

Beach showers are located in the park that runs behind the beach
Beach showers are located in the park that runs behind the beach


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

The parklands have facilities for families to chill out at after their time at the beach
The parklands have facilities for families to chill out at after their time at the beach


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.

A stunning place for a picnic with views all the way to Surfer's Paradise
A stunning place for a picnic with views all the way to Surfer's Paradise


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.

Rainbow Bay Surf Life Saving Club serves hot meals and is licensed
Rainbow Bay Surf Life Saving Club serves hot meals and is licensed


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.

A wild dolphin swimming past Rainbow Bay at sunrise
A wild dolphin swimming past Rainbow Bay at sunrise


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

Rainbow Bay is hard to leave
The beauty of Rainbow Bay is hard to leave


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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Why? Rainbow Bay is a stunning beach with excellent facilities and land-based whale and dolphin watching
When: Anytime
Phone: 07 5582 8211
Where: Ocean Way, Coolangatta, Gold Coast
Cost: Free
Your Comment
What a stunning spot. Was the whale image taken recently please?
by Kerenza Korostovetz (score: 2|163) 33 days ago
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