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Rainbow Beach Tourist Centre

Rainbow Beach, Gympie Area

Rainbow Beach Tourist Information Centre is located right in the centre of town next to the Chemist and opened 7 days a week. This accredited visitor information centre offers a one stop shop for information including maps and brochures.

Owned by knowledgeable locals that have been in the business for 26 years, the Rainbow Beach Information Centre can provide advice on the things to see, things to do, where to eat and where to stay. Talk to the friendly staff about your travel plans or to make a booking including half day tours to Cooloola National Park and Coloured Sands and to book your one, two or three day tours to Fraser Island.

They are also agents for National Parks so you can purchase your permits in store. Tide times and local beach driving information is friendly and free. Incorporating the 7th Wave Surf Shop it has shopping for all your holidays needs from thongs, hats, sunglasses, towels, sunscreen and insect repellent to swimsuits and surf wear for all the family.

Facilities

  • BBQ Facilities
  • Car park
  • Public Telephone
8 Rainbow Beach Road
Rainbow Beach, Gympie Area
Queensland
Australia

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Wolf Rock Dive Site

Rainbow Beach, Gympie Area
Free Entry
Wolf Rock, north of Double Island Point and just off the coast of Rainbow Beach near Gympie, is a behemoth of granite. With five interconnecting pinnacles rising from 35 metres deep, all are of varying heights - with two breaking the water's surface. Divers love to explore the peaks of the pinnacles, with one sitting at 11 metres deep, one at 16 metres, and one at 19 metres, while others enjoy exploring the sheer drops for close encounters with resident grey nurse sharks and spotted eagle rays. Black coral trees, spiky soft corals, hard corals, gorgonians and spiral sea whips decorate the granite. The gutters running along the shallow rocks are home to moray eels, nudibranchs, gobies, scorpionfish, sea stars, shrimps and coral crabs. Other common visitors include turtles, gropers, batfish, trevally and angelfish.

Bird Watching - Tin Can Bay

Tin Can Bay, Gympie Area
Free Entry
The Cooloola Coast is part of the Great Sandy Strait, which is an internationally important wetland. It is an area of tidal swamps and intertidal sand and mud flats. The vegetation includes beds of seagrass, mangrove forests and saltmarsh wetlands. The Great Sandy Strait supports 38 species of shorebirds including 18 migratory species. The area is also used by other threatened species such as turtles and dugongs. The Cooloola Coast is a perfect place for shorebirds. At low tide there are extensive sand banks where the birds can search for food and at high tide there are secluded places where they can roost and rest without disturbance.

Tin Can Bay Wildflower Walk

Tin Can Bay, Gympie Area
Free Entry
Tin Can Bay is blessed with a unique collection of spectacular wildflower species. Many natural areas throughout the Bay come alive with brilliant colour in the Spring months, although wildflowers can be seen year round. Their indigenous wildflowers, like other local native flora species, have adapted to living in soils largely deficient in nutrients. Take a close look at their wonderful wildflowers in their natural environment.

Carlo Sand Blow

Rainbow Beach, Gympie Area
Free Entry
Carlo Sand Blow is a unique "moonscape" sand mass covers over 15 hectares and overlooks the towering coloured sand and the coastline from Double Island Point to Inskip Peninsula and the southern tip of Fraser Island. Locals and visitors take the easy 600 metre nature walk from Cooloola Drive in the afternoon to take in the sun setting over Tin Can Bay and the Great Sandy Strait. This track is also the entrance to the Cooloola Great Walk.

Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area

Rainbow Beach, Gympie Area
Free Entry
The Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area separates open ocean surf from the sheltered estuary waters of Tin Can Bay and the Great Sandy Strait. This is a wetland of international importance. The sand spit is clad in casuarina, cypress pine and other coastal vegetation, providing a great habitat for birds. The beaches and mudflats are roosts for waders and thousands of resident and migratory shorebirds. Bring your own drinking water and camp in one of four shady camping areas. Enjoy wide ocean beaches. Watch sunsets over quiet bay waters. Dogs are permitted in the recreation area, but must be kept on a leash and under control at all times. Bring your binoculars to view birds in the early morning or late afternoon. Look for button-quail on the sandy tracks and shorebirds (in summer). Watch for dugong, turtles and dolphins in the bay. You must bring your own firewood for campfires, but best to bring a fuel or gas stove and reduce your use of campfires.

Tin Can Bay

Tin Can Bay, Gympie Area
Secluded in the midst of picturesque Tin Can Inlet, experience a tranquil getaway to this area known for its eco-tourism surroundings. Tin Can Bay is a perfect place to unwind and relax. Originally known by the aborigines as Tuncanbar, this peaceful bayside town is well known for its recreational fishing and boating pleasures. There's an excellent public boat ramp. Indeed, fishing is the major industry here, with prawning fleets based in Schnapper Creek. There's a range of accommodation options in the township, from caravan park to holiday units. Tin Can bay is about 210 kilometres north of Brisbane.

Tinnanbar

Great Sandy Strait, Fraser Coast Area
Discover one of Queensland's most beautiful and secluded beaches at the small seaside village of Tinnanbar in the Fraser Coast, with white sandy beach, clear turquoise water and stunning views to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. Tinnanbar's safe, pure waters are perfect for swimming and sailing at all tides and a haven for sea turtles and dugongs. Tinnanbar is one of a collection of delightful seaside hamlets dotted along the shoreline of the Great Sandy Strait, a spectacular waterway located between the Fraser Coast mainland and Fraser Island. Let the pace wind back several notches by following the Great Sandy Strait Discovery Drive to these villages and surrounding national parks to discover coloured sands and sand blows, incredible birdlife, fishing and boating. For fishing enthusiasts, Tinnanabar has a number of nearby creeks and good access to offshore fishing grounds.

Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach, Gympie Area
This is heavenly sub-tropical, coastal country - about 107 kilometres north of Noosa - where the fishing, boating, surfing, prawning and crabbing are all sublime. Rainbow Beach, is a major entry point to the 41,000 hectare Cooloola National Park, which offers one of the great four-wheel drive excursions in Queensland. The park itself is wild and beautiful... you can even sometimes see brumbies galloping along the vast sandy expanses of Cooloola Beach. A short drive north from Rainbow is Inskip Point where there’s a ferry to take you and your car across to Fraser Island. Rainbow was originally recorded as Black Beach by the miners who extracted valuable mineral sands from the beach. According to the Kaby Dreaming, Yiningie, the spirit of the gods, often took the form of a rainbow. Yiningie was killed in a fight when he crashed into the cliffs and his spirit coloured the sands.
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