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Rainbow Bay

Rainbow Bay

Situated north of Point Danger, Rainbow Bay is a favourite with families and holidaymakers, and it's the gateway to Snapper Rocks.

The famed right hand sand-bottom point break, commonly referred to as the “Superbank”, is home to world-surfing champions, Stephanie Gilmore and Joel Parkinson, and the annual Gold Coast Quiksilver Pro World Surf League event.

Beach safety – swim between the flags at one of our patrolled lifeguard towers

Make sure you swim between the red and yellow flags, which indicate that the beach is patrolled. Rainbow Bay has a patrolled lifeguard tower at Snapper Rocks Road, in front of Rainbow Bay Surf Life Saving Club. The tower is patrolled between 8am and 5pm every day, all year round.

Note: all beaches are patrolled during Queensland school holidays. For more details, download our beach patrol information sheet.

Beach closures

For details of beach closures and water quality information, visit the “Alerts” page of our Media Centre or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Beach projects

For information about current coastal management projects, see our Beach projects page.

Beach weddings

There is no charge to hold your wedding ceremony on one of our beaches however it does need to be approved by the City.

Find out more, including how to apply for approval, on our Beach weddings page.

Facilities

Getting there

Parking: There is a car park at the surf club and plenty of on-street parking available in side streets. Please make sure that you take note of any applicable parking signs and/or line markings before heading to the beach.

Note: Be aware that our beaches can get very busy on weekends and during school holidays, reducing the amount of available parking in the area.

Public transport: Translink buses run along Griffith Street, past neighbouring Coolangatta Beach. Use Translink’s journey planner to plot your trip to the beach.

Active travel: Use our walk and cycle guide for Miami Beach and surrounds to plan your walk, run or bike ride to the beach.

Surfing

The surf break at Rainbow bay is fast paced and generally attracts experienced boardriders. Greenmount offers a slower paced section of the southern point break and is better suited to beginner and intermediate boardriders. Visit our beach cameras page for the latest beach conditions.

What’s allowed on Gold Coast beaches?

Dogs are allowed on a leash on most Gold Coast beaches, but not within 200 metres of flagged areas. If you’d like to take your dog to an off-leash beach exercise area, see our off leash dog exercise areas for Main Beach/The Spit, Tallebudgera and Palm Beach for more information.

Our What’s allowed on Gold Coast beaches? page provides a summary of other activities that are/aren’t allowed.

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