Great Beach Drive, Rainbow Beach

How to Spend Four Days in Queensland's Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach is a sub-tropical, coastal town situated on the Great Beach Drive, smack-bang in the middle of World Heritage-listed K'gari (Fraser Island), UNESCO-listed Great Sandy Biosphere, UNESCO-listed Noosa Biosphere and the Pacific Ocean. If that doesn't scream nature-based icon, we don't know what does. 

In addition to the incredibly big-nature experiences on offer, there are plenty of activities, cafes, and restaurants to keep you occupied for a getaway you'll be talking about forever. 

Here's our guide to spending the perfect four days and three nights in Rainbow Beach. 


Day One

Getting to Rainbow Beach

If you're travelling from the south, getting to Rainbow Beach is half the fun. Drive along the beach highway from Noosa to Rainbow Beach, only accessible by 4WD vehicles. The Great Beach Drive will take you from the vehicle ferry in Tewantin to Noosa North Shore, from there, follow the beach north. As you're heading north, stop to admire the coloured sands, with over 70 different hues. 

Photo: Queensland Tourism & Events

If you're travelling from the Bruce Highway be sure to stop at Tin Can Bay, where you can hand-feed a rare Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin. You can stand in the water and get up close and personal with these beautiful beings under the supervision of Barnacles Dolphin Centre

Check into BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks - Rainbow Beach

Visit the friendly reception staff at BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks - Rainbow Beach to check into your cabin or site. BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks - Rainbow Beach is located only minutes from the town centre and is perfect for families, friends and couples looking to spend quality time together. 

Dinner at Rainbow Beach Surf Life Saving Club

Enjoy the night off cooking dinner with a pub-style meal at the Rainbow Beach SLSC with sweeping views of Rainbow Beach. There is something on the menu for everyone and very efficient, friendly service. 


Day Two

Breakfast at Little Parliament Cafe

Little Parliament is in the heart of Rainbow Beach, serving up a simple, seasonal menu showcasing locally sourced produce and coffee. Little Parliament Cafe also includes a store with health and beauty products, gorgeous home decor, gifts, toys, and a variety of other interesting items - it's worth checking out while you're there! 

Photo: Little Parliament

Learn to Surf at Double Island Point

Learn how to surf on Australia's longest wave with Epic Ocean Adventures. Escape the crowds to Double Island Point only accessible by 4WD vehicles. Epic Ocean Adventures will take you from Rainbow Beach to Double Island Point and provide specialised surfboards, wetsuits and wet shirts - all you need to do is book! 

Is surfing not your thing? Epic Ocean Adventures also offer dolphin view kayak tours, where you will be able to immerse yourself in marine life including fish, whales, turtles, mantra rays, migrating birds and soldier crabs. 

Play a game of lawn bowls

The laid-back atmosphere of Rainbow Beach is ideal of an afternoon game of lawn bowls. Gather your crew and head to the Rainbow Sports Club (take the night off and take the courtesy bus!) for a friendly game of lawn bowls followed by a meal and beverage at the Sports Bar Bistro.

Watch the sunset at Carlo Sand Blow

Carlo Sand Blow is a unique 'moonscape' sand mass that covers over 15 hectares and overlooks the towering, coloured sands, and coastline from the Inskip Peninsula to Double Island Point. The destination is only a short 600-metre stroll from Cooloola Drive. Be sure to take a camera to take a snap of the sun setting over Tin Can Bay and the Great Sandy Strait. 

Photo: Rory Sanders

Dinner at camp kitchen 

If you're camping, our camp kitchen is fully equipped for you to prepare dinner for the family, friends, partner, or yourself. Head on down to prepare, cook and enjoy your meal in the company of other campers at BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks - Rainbow Beach.

If you're staying in a cabin, most come with fully equipped kitchens.  


Day Three

K'gari Explorer Tours

Spend the day exploring K'gari with K'gari Explorer Tours (formally known as Fraser Explorer Tours) seeing some of the island's iconic sights on a curated tour of the island highlights including Lake McKenzie, Eli Creek, Maheno Shipwreck and 75 Mile Beach.

Photo: K'gari Explorer Tours

K'gari Explorer Tours will pick you up from BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks - Rainbow Beach by 7:40am ready for a guided 4WD tour. You'll be dropped back by 5:30pm. 

This package includes courtesy pick up and drop off, return ferry transfers, lunch at K'gari Island Resort and National Park fees and fuel levies. All your need to bring is swimmers, towel, hat, sunscreen, walking shoes and a camera. Call our friendly reception team on (07) 5486 3200 to book your tour today. 

Dinner at The Deck at Sea Salt

After a big day of exploring K'gari, unwind with some delicious food and a refreshing drink at The Deck at Sea Salt. The Deck is the perfect spot for dinner, with two decks, a beer garden, and the greatest views on the coast. 


Day Four

Pack up and check out

Sadly, it is now time to pack up and check out from BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks - Rainbow Beach - but you can always rebook when you head to reception! Be sure to get that last bounce in on the jumping pillow and pedal around the park on the pedal karts before checking out at 10am.

Horse ride along Rainbow Beach

Before leaving Rainbow Beach, embark on a truly unique experience by riding along Rainbow Beach where no 4WD traffic is allowed. Rainbow Beach Horse Rides offer a range of different rides to suit each preference and riding ability. 

Rainbow Beach Horse Rides holds the only permit to perform horseback rides on this environmentally sensitive stretch of pristine shoreline, which is neighboured by a World Heritage Site, and listed as a UNESCO Biosphere. 

Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland

And there you have it, the perfect four-day guide to Rainbow Beach. The best part about Rainbow Beach is the weather. The location makes it the perfect place to visit all year round. Like the rest of Queensland, the temperature is perfect all year round, with summer heights of 27°C and winter lows of 21°C. 

Be sure to secure your cabin or site at BIG4 Breeze Holiday Parks - Rainbow Beach and make your next getaway a Breeze.