The idyllic beachside town of Rainbow Beach is a must do stop on any east coast itinerary. This cute little enclave gets its name from the colourful, mineral-rich sands which can be found in the cliffs that surround the area. But that’s not why people visit. It’s well loved for its low key atmosphere, way more quiet and relaxed than the party towns found along this part of the coast, and the chance to partake in some of the most authentically Aussie past times you can get.
Here are three awesome things to do in Rainbow Beach.
Camp on the beach
You haven’t truly experienced Australia like the Aussies until you’ve camped on a beach, and the Rainbow beach area is a great place to experience this quintessentially Australian pastime. Although you can’t actually camp on Rainbow beach itself there are plenty of places to camp beachside nearby such as the Inskip Peninsula and the Freshwater Camping area. You’ll need to secure permits before you arrive and it’s best to avoid the holiday seasons if possible. There are also a couple of permanent campsites around the area where you can get the full beach camping experience without having to bring your own gear.
Kayak with dolphins at Double Island Point
One of the most awe inspiring things to do in Rainbow beach has to be getting up close and personal with wild dolphins. These puppies of the sea can be found frolicking here year round, but visit between June and October and you might also see whales too! Tours to Double Island Point run from a couple of outlets in town, and the 4WD adventure to get to Double Island Point is an awesome experience in itself.
Ride a horse along the beach
What could be better than watching the surf and taking in the colourful cliffs of Rainbow beach from horseback. The rides take place along a stretch of the beach shut off from vehicles meaning the ride will be serene, quiet and relaxing. Plus if you time it right you’ll get to watch the sunset over the waves.
There are plenty of things to do in Rainbow beach but the three activities listed here are some of the most unique experiences you can have while you’re in town. When it comes to a quintessentially Aussie beach town lifestyle, Rainbow Beach is the place to come.