DOUBLE ISLAND POINT & RAINBOW BEACH – THE ULTIMATE GUIDE

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Double Island Point and Rainbow Beach are two of the most picturesque places to visit on the east coast of Australia! Most famous for its pristine turquoise waters, endless stretches of white sugary sands, wildlife in abundance, multicolored sand dunes, world-class surf breaks and mesmerizing views of the ocean… what more could you ask for! 

Located just north of Noosa Heads in Great Sandy National Park, visitors with a four-wheel-drive vehicle can discover the scenic headland of Double Island Point and the iconic Rainbow Beach coloured sands. 

Double Island Point and Rainbow Beach can be visited as a single-day trip from Noosa, DIY with your own 4-wheel-drive or with a tour from the main town at Rainbow Beach.

Alternatively, and something that I highly recommend, is camping at Teewah Beach for a few days in the Cooloola Recreation Area and experiencing all that Double Island Point and Rainbow Beach has to offer!

In this Double Island Point and Rainbow Beach guide, I have included everything you need to know about planning a trip to this must-visit destination on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

 

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DOUBLE ISLAND POINT OVERVIEW

See below for some key points that I have included in this guide:

  • How to get to Double Island Point & Rainbow Beach
  • Obtaining a Double Island Point permit
  • Where to rent a 4×4 vehicle 
  • Double Island Point tours
  • Teewah Beach camping & permits
  • Things to do at Double Island Point
  • Image gallery

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HOW TO GET THERE

If it’s your first time visiting Double Island Point and Rainbow Beach, there are a few options for reaching this incredible paradise which I have gone into more detail below.

Double Island Point is best reached two to three hours either side of low tide from Rainbow Beach or Noosa along the Great Beach Drive. 

The two main access points to reach Double Island Point and Rainbow Beach are;

  • Vehicle ferry from Tewantin to Noosa North Shore
  • Beach access from Rainbow Beach town

Note: the only way to reach Double Island Point is with a four-wheel-drive vehicle and you will also need a vehicle access permit (VAP) to drive on the beach to get there.

Alternatively, you can visit Rainbow Beach and Double Island Point on foot via the access point at Rainbow Beach town, though it’s a very long walk that takes hours in the blistering sun.

 

FERRY FROM TEWANTIN TO NOOSA NORTH SHORE

The ferry from Tewantin (Noosa) to Noosa North Shore operates 7 days a week from 5:30 am to 10:20 pm. There is no need to book in advance, just rock up and wait in line to make the water crossing on the small barge.

The cost is $8 per vehicle one way and must be paid in cash to the operator once you are loaded on to the ferry.

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BEACH ACCESS FROM RAINBOW BEACH TOWN

If you plan on heading to Double Island Point from Rainbow Beach town, you can simply drive down on to the beach from here and cruise along the shoreline passing by the iconic coloured sand dunes at Rainbow Beach until you reach Double Island Point. 

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DIY

If you have your own 4-wheel-drive, great! You can obtain your Double Island permit online before you go. Head to parks.des.qld.gov.au to get your permit.

Double Island Point vehicle access permit fees:

  • 1 day – $13.40 (online price) or $20.25 (offline price)
  • 1 week or less – $34.10
  • 1 month or less – $53.65
  • More than 1 month (up to 1 year) – $270.00

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RENT A 4-WHEEL-DRIVE

For those of you who don’t have your own 4-wheel-drive to visit Double Island Point and Rainbow Beach, you can rent a 4×4 vehicle and drive on to the beach yourself.

When renting a 4-wheel-drive vehicle, be sure to double-check with the rental company whether or not the Double Island Point permit is included with the vehicle rental price. If it’s not included, it’s mandatory to purchase a vehicle permit online or get one at the Visitor Permits office which is located on your way into Rainbow Beach town.

I personally rented a Toyota Hilux 4-wheel-drive from Adventure 4×4 Hire and I can highly recommend renting one of their vehicles. 

With short term and long term rentals available, the vehicles are fully-equipped for camping and going off-road including a roof-top tent, 60L fridge/freezer, gas cooker, utensils, storage draws, camping chairs, shade awning and more!

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DOUBLE ISLAND POINT WITH A TOUR

Visiting Double Island Point and Rainbow Beach with a tour is another great way to experience this stunning location.

There are many awesome day tours to Double Island Point departing from Noosa or Rainbow Beach and I have listed a few of my top picks below.

 

 

TEEWAH BEACH CAMPING

When visiting Rainbow Beach and Double Island Point, Teewah Beach is the most popular place to camp which is located in the Cooloola Recreation Area, Great Sandy National Park.

Camping permits are required before visiting Double Island Point and it’s best to book online well in advance to secure a spot.

Visit parks.des.qld.gov.au to check availability and camping rates. 

Teewah Beach camping area stretches along Teewah Beach for 15 kilometers and you can pick any spot along the sand dunes to set up camp. There are signposts allocating the start and finish points of the Teewah Beach camping areas. If you are found camping outside of the allocated areas, you can be fined by the park rangers. 

If you’re coming from Noosa North Shore, it’s approximately a 30-45 minute drive from the ferry and along the shoreline to reach the Double Island Point camping area at Teewah Beach. From Rainbow Beach, it’s around the same journey time to reach the Teewah Beach camping area.

Be sure to come prepared with lots of drinking water, food, cooking equipment, firewood and anything else you think you might need for a few days camping under the stars.

Toilet and shower amenities can be found at the Freshwater Camping Area just north of Teewah Beach.

If you need to restock on food, alcohol, fuel and other necessities, Rainbow Beach town has everything you need.

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THINGS TO DO AT DOUBLE ISLAND POINT

Now that I have given you all the logistics of getting to Double Island Point and Rainbow Beach, let’s get to the fun stuff!

See below for a list of 10 best things to do at Rainbow Beach and Double Island Point.

  1. Visit Double Island Point Lighthouse
  2. Go 4×4’ing along the beach
  3. Spot whales, dolphins & turtles from the headland
  4. Go Fishing at Teewah Beach
  5. Surf Australia’s longest wave at Double Island Point
  6. Swim in the blue lagoon
  7. Watch the sunset over Rainbow Beach
  8. Drive the Freshwater track
  9. Walk across Double Island Point sandbar
  10. Check out the Rainbow Beach coloured sands

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DOUBLE ISLAND POINT IMAGE GALLERY

I have visited Double Island Point and Rainbow Beach on a few separate occasions and I want to share some of my best images with you here.

I hope these shots inspire you to explore this incredible destination for yourselves – Enjoy!

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MAP OF DOUBLE ISLAND POINT

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT DOUBLE ISLAND POINT

The Sunshine Coast is one of many places on the east coast of Australia that sees glorious sunshine almost all year round.

If you want the best of the best conditions weatherwise, I recommend visiting Double Island Point and Rainbow Beach between May and October (Autumn, Winter and Spring) which is most ideal for beach bumming, nature walks and water sports. 

Summer on the Sunshine Coast is between December and February which sees hot temperatures and a lot of rainfall. 

 

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AIRBNB SUNSHINE COAST

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WHAT TO PACK FOR AUSTRALIA

 

nomatic

Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables,  drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.

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power adapter

Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.

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Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!

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Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.

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Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.

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Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.

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Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.

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Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions. 

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Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.

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Activated Charcoal Tablets: Want to avoid food poisoning? Most of us have been a victim of travelers diarrhea from eating street food. Organic Activated Charcoal Tablets are fast-acting and will rid your system of the bad bacteria that causes stomach upset.

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MY CAMERA GEAR

 

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Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included. 

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Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.

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GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!

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Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket. 

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Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!

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Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.

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GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!

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Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.

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External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.

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FINAL THOUGHTS OF DOUBLE ISLAND POINT & RAINBOW BEACH

I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions about Double Island Point and Rainbow Beach, please leave a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can!

Happy Adventuring!

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