Backpacker Hostels in Rainbow Beach, Australia

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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 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.

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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FAQ about Rainbow Beach Hostels

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A hostel in Rainbow Beach costs $26 for a dorm. A private room in a hostel in Rainbow Beach costs $108. (based on price comparison)
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Freedom Hostels is the best hostel for partying in Rainbow Beach.

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Rainbow Beach Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Rainbow Beach, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
3 Total number of hostels
$26 Average dorm price
$108 Average private room price
$22 Cheapest hostel in Rainbow Beach
Pippies Beachhouse is the cheapest
2 Party hostels in Rainbow Beach
Freedom Hostels is the best rated
7.7 Average rating of all hostels

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Travel Tips for Rainbow Beach - from the Community

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