BEST DURING WINTER: Rainbow Beach has been voted the best winter beach in Australia.
BEST DURING WINTER: Rainbow Beach has been voted the best winter beach in Australia. Craig Warhurst

Rainbow Beach is hot for tourism in winter

WE'VE all known it for years but it seems the rest of the country and the world are working it out now too.

Rainbow Beach is one of the best beaches on the globe.

The 23km long sweep of beach that offers spectacular stretches of coloured sand cliffs has been voted Australia's best winter beach by Traveller.

Rainbow got the number one spot pipping Cable Beach in Western Australia as the best beach to get out and explore during the colder months.

Traveller said Rainbow Beach was the perfect place "to canter along a beach amid a shimmer of spray".

The travel website said winter was the perfect time to take a horse ride along Rainbow Beach.

"The balmy Queensland winters mean you don't even have to rug up and if you are better on four wheels than four legs, the beach is also open to four wheel drives as well."

The win comes on top of Rainbow being named as one of the nine most beautiful beaches in the world by Huffington Post earlier this year. "Vibrant rainbow-coloured sand dunes hug the beaches of this gorgeous coastal town," was the online blog's description.

Lonely Planet has also recognised the beauty of the coloured sands.

The global travel guide listed Rainbow as one of the top 10 most unusual beaches in the world, saying "Not content with merely taking on an unusual colour like red or green, Rainbow Beach takes on a myriad".

The news is no surprise to Ruth Modine. She has been espousing the beauty of Rainbow Beach for decades.

The FoodWorks owner/operator has lived in the coastal community for more than 40 years and she knows the spectacular views well.

"I've always told the government bodies this really is the jewel of the whole shire, the whole area. It's pristine."

The recognition is a boost for Rainbow Beach as the community prepares for one of its biggest events next month.

The Rainbow Beach Fishing Classic gets underway on July 3, finishing on July 11.

Top 10

Best winter beaches

1. Rainbow Beach

2. Cable Beach WA

3. Belongi Beach NSW

4. Hope Beach Tasmania

5. Cape Woolamai Victoria

6. Balmoral Beach NSW

7. Smalleys Beach QLD

8. Bawaka Beach NT

9. Hanson Bay Kangaroo Island

10. Logans Beach Victoria


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