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Where To Park In Rainbow Beach

Updated Tue 02 Jan 2024

Wondering where you can park in Rainbow Beach, QLD while you're on a tour to K'gari (Fraser Island)? There are plenty of options, though your best bet is to ask your tour operator directly. Usually, when you book a tour to K'gari (Fraser Island), the tour operator will have a designated place where guests can leave their car for the duration of the tour. Whether the parking is free or paid varies, so don't hesitate to ask our travel agents or your tour operator directly about parking in Rainbow Beach! 

Here is some more helpful information about where to park in Rainbow Beach so you can prepare for your K'gari adventure!

Fraser Dingoes Tag Along Tour Fraser Island K'gari


Where To Park In Rainbow Beach For A Trip To K'gari (Fraser Island)

Rainbow Beach is a great starting point for visiting K'gari (Fraser Island) as it has the shortest ferry ride over from Inskip Point. Landing at the most southern end of the island, you will find yourself on the longest sand highway in the world, 75 Mile Beach. From here, you can make your way up north to enjoy such popular sites as Lake McKenzie, Eli Creek, and the S.S. Maheno Shipwreck

There are lots of amazing day tours and overnight tours to this magical island that depart from Rainbow Beach. If you are planning on joining a guided or tag-along tour, or even hiring a 4WD, you’re probably wondering where you can park your car in Rainbow Beach for the day or over overnight. Parking information can be a little hard to find but we’ve got all the info you need to choose the best parking option for you!

Check out our top K'gari (Fraser Island) tours from Rainbow Beach!


Parking At Hostels In Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach hostels such as Freedom Hostels Rainbow Beach and Pippies both offer street parking completely free. However, if you are travelling with electronics or other valuables you may want more peace of mind with secured parking. Freedom Hostels Rainbow Beach offers secure parking in their hostel car park for $15 per night but spaces are limited so it is strictly on a first come first serve basis. Alternatively, if you choose to park on the street for free, you can take advantage of the hostel’s free luggage storage to keep your valuables safe. They also offer free parking if you're staying at one of their villas. 

Pippies Beach House also offers parking at their hostel for free. Alternatively, they also offer street parking on Spectrum St. and free luggage storage while you’re on K'gari (Fraser Island). For a completely worry-free spot for your valuables, lockers are available for hire for $2 per day.

girl riding on the ferry over to K'gari (Fraser Island)


Other Free Parking Options In Rainbow Beach

Most K'gari tours will pick up passengers close to the hostel district on Spectrum Street, which has some free street parking. 4WD hire places and tag-along tours like Fraser Dingos offer street parking in an industrial district on your way to the Inskip Point ferry. If you’re storing your car here or at a resort, you will need to work out if tours pick up from these places or if you will need to get a bus or taxi to Inskip Point.

Rainbow Beach Surf Life Saving Club also offers ample free parking in their lot as well. The Shell Station is only a short 400 metres walk from here. 

Finally, if you ask the locals about free parking they will point you towards a designated car park at the roundabout on the way to Inskip Point. This roundabout is the furthest point you can reach with a 2WD vehicle and the car park has no time limit but please remember that this is not a secure location. 

aerial view of white car driving through rainforest


Paid Parking Options In Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach Holiday Park is another option where you can leave your vehicle on-site for $8 per day or $20 per week. However, this is not a secure location, so try not to leave any valuables in the car. All the free parking in Rainbow Beach is not a secure location either.

If you plan on parking your vehicle anywhere in Rainbow Beach, remember to take your valuables with you or use your accommodation’s luggage storage options. Public parking is not a secure option and will be at your own risk. Check with us which tours will allow you to bring your luggage, as most will only allow a small amount!

Rainbow Beach coloured sandy cliffs beside the beach


Accommodation Options With Luggage Storage Include:

  • Pippies Beach House
  • Rainbow Beach
  • Rainbow Getaway Holiday Apartments
  • Rainbow Ocean
  • Palms Resort
  • Rainbow Sands Resort
  • Rainbow Beach Resort

girls smiling in front of a tour bus in the rainforest


If you still have questions about where to park in Rainbow Beach, talk to us when booking your K'gari tour and accommodation by clicking the chat button, or call +61 74914 2425!

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