As the name suggests, Rainbow Beach offers visitors a spectacle of colour. Formally known as Black Beach, the area was renamed after its many-hued sand dunes. Its kaleidoscopic appearance is created as a result of the high mineral content in the sand, and is said to contain up to 72 different colours in total. Aboriginal legend tells that the beach’s multi-coloured dunes are a result of the tragic death of Yiningie, the spirit of the rainbow.
Situated at the edge of Great Sandy National Park, visitors to Rainbow Beach are invited to enjoy the natural surroundings through a variety of activities such as fishing, surfing and horse riding along the coast. Rainbow Beach is also a great spot for diving, as whale and dolphin sightings are common in the waters nearby.
How to visit: Located 238 kilometres north of Brisbane, Rainbow Beach is the perfect stop off for anyone cruising up Australia’s North East coast towards the Great Barrier Reef. Superyachts up to 80 metres can moor at the Rivergate Marina in Brisbane, which is approximately three hours away by private car, or drop anchor off Rainbow Beach and tender to shore.