Rainbow Beach is located 242km north of Brisbane and is the southern gateway to Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island. The beachside township is a beautiful holiday destination with lots to offer in the way of beaches, scenery and activities.
The main swimming beach in town is stunning, with coloured sand cliffs and dunes to the south and a long stretch of beach to the north towards Inskip Point. The bathing reserve is patrolled by lifeguards and has showers and toilets. Vehicle access is permitted to the south towards Great Sandy National Park and is accessible only on low tide. Dogs are prohibited on the bathing reserve.
The town centre has plenty of shops and eateries and the main street is usually bustling with tourists. Two caravan parks are located in town, Rainbow Beach Holiday Village and Rainbow Waters Holiday Park.
Inskip Point is a magnificent beach 10km north of town. The recreation reserve has an abundance of camp sites along the coast and is the barge departure point for Fraser Island. Permits are required to camp here and access Fraser Island and these can be obtained from the Information Centre at the town entrance. Inskip Point offers shady camping under Casuarina trees and each camp ground has toilets, however there is no water available. Water supplies can be replenished at the council service facility on Clarkson Drive in town. A chemical toilet waste dump is also located here.
Inskip Point is a very popular camping area which can be accessed by four-wheel drive along the coast from Rainbow Beach via Clarkson Drive. The beach is like a highway along here as all the enthusiasts opt for the beach route rather than the bitumen. The views from Inskip are superb, looking directly across to Fraser Island. Camp sites are reasonably priced at $5.50 per person per night and the maximum stay is 30 days. Dogs are permitted at Inskip Point.
The Fraser Island barge departs from the tip of Inskip Point and operates between 5.30am and 5.30pm daily. Return trips start at $90 per vehicle and $150 for towing vehicles. Fraser Island is amazing and features freshwater lakes of brilliant colours, pristine white sandy beaches, impressive sand dunes, lush rainforests, magnificent wildflowers and clear creeks.
The Fraser Coast is a remarkable area and if you’re visiting the region we highly recommend enjoying the camping at Inskip Point and taking a four-wheel drive over to Fraser Island. Pet owners note that dogs are prohibited on Fraser Island and the closest dog kennels are located in Gympie, some 77km away.
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