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Rainbow Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.8
Consistency of Surf: 3.2
Difficulty Level: 1.7
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 2.7

Overall: 3.7

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Rainbow Bay Spot ID

Sunny morning at Rainbow beach, Rainbow Bay photo

Rainbow Bay

Photo credit: Luke Nolan

Type: point

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell SE | Wind S

Sea Temperature Today is: 21.5 °C

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Thursday, 18 October 2018, 03:27 Local time
Thursday 18
Wave (m) 2.3
Period (s) 9 9 9 9
Wind (km/h) 15
ENE 15
ENE 15
ENE 15
Wind State cross cross cross-

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Rainbow Bay on the Gold Coast is a sheltered point break that has quite reliable surf. Autumn and winter are the favoured times of year for waves. Works best in offshore winds from the south with some shelter here from east winds. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the southeast. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. Likely to be crowded if working. Be wary of rips - they make surfing here dangerous.

New-South-Wales wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

At Point Danger, Australia (0 km).

IS AT (local time)

Rainbow Bay Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Tweed Heads Buoy, 3 km from Rainbow Bay.


Air temperature
- °C

Current weather near Rainbow Bay

Buoy Data:

At Tweed Heads Buoy, 2 miles from Rainbow Bay.

  9PM 10PM 11PM 12AM
Data Age 5 hr 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr
Wave height (m) 2.020
Dominant period (s) 6.490 6.350 6.270 6.120

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Overall Rainbow Bay Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in October

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  • The closest passenger airport to Rainbow Bay is Gold Coast Coolangatta Airport (OOL) in Australia, which is 4 km (2 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Rainbow Bay is Brisbane International Airport (BNE), also in Australia, 97 km (60 miles) away.
  • The third closest airport is Maroochydore Sunshine Coast Airport (MCY), also in Australia, 179 km (111 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Rainbow Bay, QLD - Gold Coast. Use the tab navigation above to view Rainbow Bay sea temperature, Rainbow Bay photographs, Rainbow Bay detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Rainbow Bay webcams, current wind from QLD - Gold Coast live weather stations and Rainbow Bay tide predictions. The Australia swell maps link will open up the big picture showing Australia and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from Australia wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Rainbow Bay.