Explore Rainbow Bay and Coolangatta

Bayview Rainbow Bay is located beachfront in an area that is widely regarded as one of the Gold Coast’s most beautiful beaches; a tranquil and picturesque cove nestled between two rocky outcrops, Greenmount and Snapper Rocks.

It is also the Southern Gold Coast’s ‘Vantage point’, offering spectacular sweeping views, night and day, of the entire Gold Coast skyline.   Bayview Rainbow Bay spans over 15 levels and offers amazing views from each and every apartment.

Our friendly, casual resort and location offers holiday makers a relaxed environment away from the hustle and bustle although still within easy reach of all major tourist attractions.  Gentle rolling surf, safe swimming conditions and year round surf patrols make Rainbow Bay a popular choice for families, or those who just want to unwind in a very special location. 

Guests wanting to spoil themselves can find an exciting selection of restaurants and cafes just a short stroll around the headland.  Families can enjoy the conveniently located ‘galaxy’ play setting and council bbq’s directly opposite the resort.

Drinks, lunch or dinner on the Surf Club deck is one of Rainbow Bay’s ‘must-do’ activities.  Another must is a walk around Rainbow Bay’s most southern point, Snapper Rocks. Snapper is home to the world-famous ‘Super Bank’, regarded in surfing circles as the longest, most consistent and most hollow wave in the world. The swell here often reaches six to eight feet, and one good, clean wave can transport you from Snapper to Kirra, a distance of almost two kilometres.

Snapper Rocks hosts elite international surfing events such as the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro, Rip Curl Masters, and MP Classic. It is also a favourite surfing spot of local world champs, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson and Stephanie Gilmore, who enjoy nothing more than surfing their own ‘local’ break when they’re at home.

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A walking path up the grassy hill overlooking Rainbow Bay leads to Point Danger, named by Captain Cook as he sailed north along the coastline in May 1770. This steep rocky headland has spectacular views and marks the Queensland/New South Wales border. It is also the site of a historical landmark, the Captain Cook Memorial Lighthouse, which was the first lighthouse in the world to experiment with laser technology in the ‘70s.


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