We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

how to travel from Brisbane to Rainbow Beach

Which Brisbane hotels are on sale?
dd/mm/yyyy dd/mm/yyyy
See hotels
buenos aires
Level Contributor
55 posts
5 reviews
Save Topic
how to travel from Brisbane to Rainbow Beach


I have to go from Brisbane to Rainbow Beach. Do I have a bus? Where can I find this information? We found a good price for renting a car, but it is with the agency WOW and we don't know them. Are they good? Could I leave the car for 3 days in Rainbow Beach?

We are arriving to Brisbane at 2.30 pm and we booked one night at Debbie's Place (Rainbow Beach) for that night. We want to go to Fraser Island the next day (booked in King Fisher Bay Resort for 3 days) and we suppose we can buy tickets in that moment for crossing to Fraser Island. Is that right? And we don't know how to get to the Resort afterwards, when we get to Fraser Island.

We will apreciate any suggestion!! Thanks in advance.

Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
1,509 posts
31 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: how to travel from Brisbane to Rainbow Beach

Have a look at bus services such as Greyhound http://www.greyhound.com.au/.

If you decide to self drive from the airport to Rainbow Beach it's about a 3-hour drive. It'll then be around 1.5+ hours drive from Rainbow Beach to Hervey Bay to get the fastcat service to Kingfisher Bay Resort. There is only 4WD access from Inskip Point (at Rainbow Beach) to Fraser and definitely not something I would recommend unless you have 4WD sand-driving experience.

In my opinion, you'd be better off staying in Hervey Bay the night before heading over to Fraser. Rainbow Beach is lovely (very quiet) but not really convenient for what you want to do.

Have a look at the Kingfisher Bay Resort "Getting There" webpage: kingfisherbay.com/kingfisher/how-to-get-ther… and check out the links for island transfers. Ignore the barge services as you would need a 4WD to use those.

South Pacific
Destination Expert
for Hobart, Tasmania
Level Contributor
26,322 posts
75 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: how to travel from Brisbane to Rainbow Beach

Just on the topic of getting from Brisbane to Rainbow Beach, take a look at Cooloola Connections Shuttle if you want to go from Brisbane airport to Rainbow Beach. Or Premier Busses (Route PM16) goes from the Roma Street Transit Centre in Brisbane CBD to Rainbow. You can catch a train from the airport to Roma Street.




3. Re: how to travel from Brisbane to Rainbow Beach

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 26 June 2010, 05:20