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Unique things to do in Rainbow Beach

If you find yourself cruising the east coast, you’ll sooner or later find yourself at the idyllic beachside town and wanting things to do in Rainbow Beach. This cute little enclave is one of our pick up points for tours to Fraser Island but one that is well worth hanging out in for a couple of days before or after your tour to the island.

Here are Unique and Epic Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Just before your Drop Bear Adventure Fraser Island Tour you’ll likely reach Rainbow Beach. Rainbow Beach gets its name from the colourful, mineral-rich sands which can be found in the cliffs that surround the area. It’s a low key, relaxed spot and makes for the perfect stop on the route north (or south), and is far less flashy than many other beach towns along this part of the coast.

When it comes to things to do in Rainbow Beach, you’ll never be bored. Everything is easy to arrange and most activities are low impact environmentally speaking, and easy on your wallet. Here are our top unique things to do in Rainbow Beach.

Camp on a nearby 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.

camping on rainbow beach
things to in rainbow beach

Kayak with dolphins at Double Island Point

One of the most unique 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.

Double Island Point
things to do in rainbow beach

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. 

horse riding on rainbow beach
things to do in rainbow beach – horse riding

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. Make a plan to do one or all of them before or after your visit to Fraser Island.