Rainbow Bay Beach

Rainbow Bay Beach is one of several beaches in the Coolangatta area, and is perhaps one of the more picturesque beaches on the Gold Coast, given it is nestled between two headlands.

Rainbow Bay Beach, Coolangatta TQ

Rainbow Bay Beach
Length 400 metres
Location Refer map below.
Surf Conditions Up until 2001, this beach was very popular with young families. However its popularity (with young families) has diminished as a result of the Tweed River Entrance Sand Bypass Project and its impact on the southern Gold Coast beaches.
Rainbow Bay is a beach-break, with waves breaking left and right, depending on conditions. This beach sees a lot of surfing traffic, with surfers eager to paddle out to the Superbank surf break, which begins at Snapper Rocks.
Surf Patrols This beach is patrolled permanently all year round by Gold Coast City Council Life Guards.
Extra patrols by volunteer Queensland surf lifesavers from Rainbow Bay Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) on weekends and public holidays from mid-Sept to mid-April.
Amenities -Apex Park (Snapper Rocks) has barbecues, picnic tables and toilets.
- Public toilets and showers adjacent to SLSC.
- Outdoor beach shower next to main beach entrance.
- Rainbow Bay SLSC restaurant, 'The Oceandeck', provides meals and refreshments.
-Approx 60 car parking spaces at Apex Park, at Snapper Rocks, and plenty of parking along the beachfront, on both sides of Marine Parade.
- Childrens' park, with playground equipment, and sun-sheltered protection.
Boardwalk at Rainbow Bay Beach, Queensland TQ

The walking trail through Snapper Rocks and along the beach at Rainbow Bay is part of the Southern Points Promenade section of the Gold Coast Oceanway walk, which is a 36 kilometre network of beach pathways. It is a delightful walk from Rainbow Bay around Greenmount Point, to Greenmount & Coolangatta Beaches. The paved walkways are suitable for wheelchairs.
If you're feeling energetic, the walkway continues up a steep incline, to Point Danger. Here you can literally step across the State border from Queensland into NSW. Other features of interest include the Captain Cook memorial lighthouse and the Centaur Memorial & Walk of Remembrance.

Contact Rainbow Bay SLSC
2 Snapper Rocks Rd, Rainbow Bay
Tel 07-5536 6736

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Why Swim Between the Flags?

The flags are placed at the area of beach with the best, safest conditions for swimming. Also, lifeguards monitor all activity between the flags. So if you do get into trouble and raise your hand, you can be assured of receiving help from a trained lifeguard or lifesaver.

Beach Safety Information Sheets (pdf) from Surf Life Saving Australia:

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Jetskis and Surf Boards at the Beach

- Surf board riders are not allowed to ride within the flags at patrolled beaches.
- Motor-powered watercraft, such as jetskis, are not allowed to operate within 400m of patrolled beaches. This 400m boundary extends in all directions - ie. to the sides, and also out to sea.

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