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Getting To K'gari (Fraser Island) From Rainbow Beach

Updated Wed 14 Jun 2023

One of the main starting points for a trip to K'gari (Fraser Island) is Rainbow Beach. This beautiful Queensland town has much to offer in addition to being very close to the world's largest sand island! Let's discuss some of the best things to do in Rainbow Beach, as well as how to plan the perfect trip from there to the magical shores of K'gari (Fraser Island)!

About Rainbow Beach, Queensland

Rainbow Beach is a small tourist town located in southeast Queensland, Australia. It is considered to be the southern gateway to K'gari (Fraser Island), one of Australia's most famous destinations and the world's largest sand island! The town of Rainbow Beach derives its name from the coloured sands that can be seen throughout its towering sand dunes. 

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Rainbow Beach

Things To Do In Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach has much to offer to its visitors who are passing through or spending some time in the town. It is a great place for those who like to enjoy outdoor fun and has beautiful weather throughout the year. Rainbow Beach is good for fishing, horseback riding, skydiving, kayaking, surfing, paddleboarding, and scuba diving, as well as many other fun (and usually FREE activities. It's also known for its shops and restaurants, making Rainbow Beach a holiday destination for visitors from all over. 

Rainbow Beach is perhaps best known for being one of the main launch points to reach K'gari (Fraser Island). It is often visited when people are passing through on their way to or from the island, with visitors often spending several days in the small tourist town to enjoy its many offerings. It's certainly known for being a great place to stop and enjoy a few days of relaxation before tackling the adventures of K'gari!

Getting From Rainbow Beach To K'gari (Fraser Island)

To get to K'gari (Fraser Island) from Rainbow Beach, visitors can drive to Inskip Point to take a barge across the small channel, which will bring you to the most southern point of the island. Inskip Peninsula is about 14 kilometres from Rainbow Beach, so it only takes a few minutes by car.

Visitors either opt to drive their own 4WD vehicle or join a tour of K'gari. You can choose between tag-along tours, which allow you to participate in the driving, or a classic guided tour. If visitors are joining a tour, they can arrange a pickup or meeting point in Rainbow Beach before making their way to the island itself with their tour of choice. This is the best option if you are travelling without a 4WD vehicle but still want the whole K'gari experience!

Try your hand at driving on K'gari with one of these epic tag along tours!

Map of Rainbow Beach and Fraser Island

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