Rainbow Bay Accommodation

Getting to and from Rainbow Bay

By Air

There are regular direct flights to nearby Coolangatta Airport and Brisbane departing from most capital cities and many regional centres. For flight details contact your travel agent or Virgin Australia airlines:

By Coach

There are a number of coach companies operating regular services to and from Coolangatta. For schedules and bookings contact one of the following operators:

  • Coachtrans - Phone +61 7 5588 8777
  • McCafferty's - Phone +61 7 4690 9888 or 13 1499 (Australia only)
  • Pacific West - Phone +61 7 3236 1000

By Rail

Due to a difference in the gauge of the railway between New South Wales and Queensland there are no Interstate direct rail links to Coolangatta. Trains depart daily from Sydney and terminate at Murwillumbah (around 30 mins south of Coolangatta). For more information contact Countrylink Rail and Coach Services on 13 2232 (within Australia only).

Self Drive

The major route from Sydney to Rainbow Bay is via the Pacific H'way. This road is currently undergoing major upgrades. Likewise the main route from Brisbane to Coolangatta is also undergoing major upgrades and conditions vary. Use the following table to plan your trip and ensure that you "stop, revive, survive" every 2 hours.


Rainbow Bay to  Distance in Kms  Driving Time
Sydney  875  12 hrs and 45 minutes
Canberra  1150  16 hrs and 55 minutes
Melbourne  1795  21 hrs and 40 minutes
Brisbane  100  1 hr and 20 minutes

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