3 Hostels in Rainbow Beach, Australia

Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Rainbow Beach, Australia. You can choose from 3 Rainbow Beach hostels. In total, there are 3 cheap places to stay in Rainbow Beach such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $21 for a dorm.

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Get to know Rainbow Beach (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Rainbow Beach. To help you make friends with Rainbow Beach before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Rainbow Beach is a small town in the coastal area of Queensland, Australia. Situated near the old gold mining town of Gympie, Rainbow Beach is home to about a 1,000 people and is a popular stop for travelers (especially backpackers) through the East Coast of Australia, so there are some good hostels to choose from. The city derives its name from the sand dunes which surround the main town. Although there is a legend explaining why the sand dunes are colored this way, the "real" reason, if you will, are the minerals found in the soil.

Rainbow Beach is best reached by bus. Most bus passes that you can purchase to use on the Australian East Coast will allow you to choose Rainbow Beach as a stopover. If you've got a car, the town is about 75 km off the famous Bruce Highway, which goes through the east coast. The hostels in Rainbow Beach are of good value and the price range is approximately the same as other places in east coast Australia: you'll be paying about 20-25 AUD for a dorm bed and a bit more for double / twin rooms.

Things you'll want to do when you stay at a Rainbow Beach hostel depend on your interests. Four wheel drives are a big thing around here, and there are also some walking trails you might find interesting. There are also opportunities to swim with dolphins, sky dive, and hang glide. Rainbow Beach is also one of the points where the ferries to Fraser Island (a great nature destination) leave from (more accurately Inskip Point, which is a bit north from town proper). For details you can check the tour operators' websites for pricing and timetables for Fraser Island tours.

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Written by local enthusiast for Rainbow Beach hostels Miika

Other Nearby Cities
Tin Can Bay Tin Can Bay (9 Km / 5 mi.)
Noosa North Shore Noosa North Shore (52 Km / 32 mi.)
Noosa Noosa (54 Km / 34 mi.)
Coolum Beach Coolum Beach (69 Km / 43 mi.)
Hervey Bay Hervey Bay (73 Km / 46 mi.)
Mount Coolum Mount Coolum (74 Km / 46 mi.)
Maroochydore Maroochydore (84 Km / 52 mi.)

FAQ about Rainbow Beach Hostels

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A hostel in Rainbow Beach costs on average $21 for a dorm. A hostel in Rainbow Beach with private rooms costs on average $121.

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Travel Tips for Rainbow Beach - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Rainbow Beach. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Rainbow Beach. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

Rainbow Beach is exactly like home and away. It is a cute little coastal town with so many adventure activities -- diving, skydiving, four-by-four tours, horseback riding, bush walks to lakes, and of course Fraser Island. I had so much fun!


Rainbow Beach is paradise, a very laid back small coastal town, with plenty of activites to do, Lots of people just don't know about it yet, which makes it so special!


Rainbow Beach was nice for a day or two but don't stay any longer there's no need, there's not a whole lot to do or to see, everyone else just seems to be passing through.


Rainbox Beach was just too lovely to describe with any justice. Anybody who wants a little paradise should definitely go to Rainbow Beach.

Patricia Callaway

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Your Packing List for Rainbow Beach

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Rainbow Beach and Australia.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Your Packing List for Rainbow Beach