Rainbow Coast

Welcome to the Rainbow Coast, the south Coast of WA

Welcome to the Rainbow Coast, the south coast of Western Australia!

The Rainbow Coast is one of the most beautiful places on Earth and includes Albany, Denmark & Walpole on the South Coast of Western Australia.

The region ovrelaps with the Southern Forests and is sometimes called the Great South West Edge.

The Rainbow Coast is an amazing travel destination.

From Albany City home to around 30,000 through Denmark Town (pop. 5,000) and Walpole Hamlet (pop. 500) a wide range of experiences and outdoor pursuits are available for those of any age.

Ancient tingle and karri forests, pristine beaches and a magnificant rocky coast will draw you back to nature and offers a bit of peace.

Elephant Cove, William Bay NP, Denmark WA Walpole Wilderness Area, South Coast, Western Australia

3 Regions of the Rainbow Coast:

There are 3 regions of the Rainbow Coast: the Albany Region, the Denmark Region & the Walpole Region of Western Australia:

Albany Region of Western Australia Albany Region of Western Australia - Albany Town Hall

National Biosphere Reserve

With over a dozen National Parks and Reserves, the Rainbow Coast encompasses an international biosphere reserve with species of plants and animals which you will find no where else in the world.

Rainbow Coast Map

An internationally recognised wedland area the Rainbow Coast is home to thousands of migratory waterbirds.

It is also home to many shipwrecks including the sand-covered wreck of the Mandalay at Mandalay Beach in Walpole as well as the naval ship sunk in the King George Sound in Albany - the Albany Region is a real divers adventure playground.

Don't be fooled by the name! The yearly average rainfall along the coast is the same as Perth and Broome! 

Rainbow Coast Map

The name comes from the angle of the sun as it hits the rain coming off the Great Southern Ocean during winter. [Read more about Why it's called the Rainbow Coast]

Albany Tourist and Visitors Information

Albany Regional Map Albany Regional Map
Map of the Albany Region and a regional overview. Visit Albany Regional Map
Albany City & Surrounds Map Albany City & Surrounds Map
Map of Attractions and places to visit in Albany City & surrounds. Visit Albany City & Surrounds Map
City of Albany City of Albany
Located between the hills of Mount Melville and Mount Clarence, the Nestled along the Princess Royal Harbour & King George Sound. Visit City of Albany
Albany WA History Albany WA History
Albany, is the oldest permanently settled town in Western Australia. Visit Albany WA History

Denmark Tourist and Visitors Information

Denmark Region Map Denmark Region Map
Map of the Denmark Western Australia Region including Denmark Town and National Parks. Visit Denmark Region Map
Denmark Town Denmark Town
In the heart of the Rainbow Coast on the north side of the Wilson Inlet, along the beautiful Denmark River. Visit Denmark Town
Denmark Region Denmark Region
The Denmark Region is gorgeous. Trees, hills, beaches, rocks, wildlife around the river and the inlet. Visit Denmark Region
Denmark Town Map Denmark Town Map
A map of Denmark Town and surrounds. A good map to get your bearings if you are visiting Denmark, WA. Visit Denmark Town Map

Walpole Tourist and Visitors Information

Walpole Town Walpole Town
At the northern edge of the Walpole Inlet, Walpole is one of the few towns on the path of the Bibbulmun Track. Visit Walpole Town
Walpole Regional Map Walpole Regional Map
Map of the Walpole Region including places to visit and National Parks. Visit Walpole Regional Map
Knoll Scenic Drive Knoll Scenic Drive
A five kilometre circular drive on the peninsula between the Walpole and Nornalup Inlets. A distinctly well-kept rest area with picnic tables & toilets. Visit Knoll Scenic Drive
Stay in Walpole Stay in Walpole
An inspiring selection of quality accommodation of all types. Friendly service. Choose from a variety of great accommodation in and around Walpole, WA. Find Accommodation in Walpole! Visit Stay in Walpole

National Parks on the South Coast

Walpole-Nornalup National Park Walpole-Nornalup National Park
Expansive covering over twenty thousand hectares of the Walpole Wilderness Area. Visit Walpole-Nornalup National Park
William Bay National Park William Bay National Park
Visit Greens Pool, Elephant Rocks, Mazzoletti Beach, Tower Hill, Madfish Bay and Waterfall Beach! Visit William Bay National Park
Torndirrup National Park Torndirrup National Park
Including The Gap, Natural Bridge, The Blowholes, Jimmy Newells Harbour, Stony Hill, Cable Beach & Stony Hill. Visit Torndirrup National Park
Two Peoples Bay NP Two Peoples Bay NP
Located approximately 25 kilometres north-east of Albany. Rediscovery of the presumed extinct noisy scrub-bird. Visit Two Peoples Bay NP
West Cape Howe National Park West Cape Howe National Park
Containing the southernmost point of Western Australia this national park is astounding. Visit West Cape Howe National Park
Dentrecasteaux National Park Dentrecasteaux National Park
Dentrecasteaux National Park is filled with beaches, dunes, cliffs and forests west of Walpole. Visit Dentrecasteaux National Park
Gull Rock National Park Gull Rock National Park
25k east of Albany, Gull Rock National Park is a reserve for many endangered animals, trees and birds. Visit Gull Rock National Park
Quarram Nature Reserve Quarram Nature Reserve
The Quarram Nature Reserve, a haven for birds and wildlife. Visit Quarram Nature Reserve

Natural Attractions of the South Coast:

Beaches of the Coast Beaches of the Coast
The beaches along the southern coast of Western Australia are as diverse as the land surrounding them. Every one is beautiful. Visit Beaches of the Coast
Bibbulmun Track Bibbulmun Track
The Bibbulmun Track stretches from Kalamunda in the Perth hills to Albany, through many locations in the heart of the Rainbow Coast. Visit Bibbulmun Track
Birds Birds
The birdlife along the Rainbow Coast is amazing and includes several species of birds which can be found no where else on earth. Visit Birds
Inlets and Waterways Inlets and Waterways
The inlets and river systems support a vast variety of birds, reptiles and water creatures. They are a vital part of the southern ecosystem. Visit Inlets and Waterways
National Parks National Parks
The south coast has an abundance of National Parks each distinct and unique. Wonderful walks, amazing views and gorgeous natural beauty. Visit National Parks
Southern Forests Southern Forests
Along the South Coast you will find some of the most fascinating forests in the world including jarrah, karri, red and yellow tingle forests. Visit Southern Forests
Valley of the Giants Valley of the Giants
The Valley of the Giants Wilderness Discovery Centre at the Treetop Walk is the most visited place on the Rainbow Coast. Visit Valley of the Giants
Walks and Trails Walks and Trails
World class walks through Albany, Denmark and Walpole. Walk over mountains, forests, beaches, rugged coastline and wilderness. Visit Walks and Trails
Whale Watching Whale Watching
The sheltered waters are ideal for young whales preparing to take the journey south to the southern ocean surrounding Antarctica. We recommend Whale Watching Visit Whale Watching
Wildflowers Wildflowers
Wildflowers along the south coast tend to appear between August and December each year, although other varieties bloom throughout the year. Visit Wildflowers

South Coast Vistor and Tourst resources:

Rainbows Rainbows
The coast is perfectly placed to see Rainbows! And perfectly named. Green trees, mountains, forests beaches, and winter rainbows. Visit Rainbows
Seasons of the Coast Seasons of the Coast
You will find a Seasons Calendar with Wildflower and a Whales to help you plan your visit to the South Coast - The Rainbow Coast! Visit Seasons of the Coast
South Coast Beaches Map South Coast Beaches Map
South Coast Beaches from west of Walpole to East of Albany all on one map! Visit South Coast Beaches Map
South Coast Weather South Coast Weather
The climate of the Rainbow Coast is considered to be "the best in the world," according to those who live here. Visit South Coast Weather

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Middleton Beach Diving Pontoon, Albany WA Prawn Rock Channel, Denmark

Beginning of Western Australia

Broken from Antarctica, The Gap and Natural Bridge shows you how far south into WA you can get!

Explore the white beaches of Flinders Peninsula on the Possession Point Heritage Trail, past Frenchman Bay and see where George Vancouver took possession of the region in 1798.

Cable Beach, Albany

Why is the South Coast of Western Australia called the Rainbow Coast?

Well, geographically, it's perfectly placed for making rainbows (in winter, of course!) The angle of the sun in relation to this southern coast of Western Australia is less than 42 degrees above the horizon (especially in winter).

So when the sun shines from the north on the rain that comes off the water from the south, you see Rainbows throughout the day! (in winter, if it's raining, of course!)

This website is a virtual resource for visitors to the area offering the chance to explore the region in an up close and personal way.

It is also a way for locals to share their home with their friends and families. We were so taken with the beauty of the place that we created this website, rainbowcoast.com.au

Cable Beach, Albany Torndirrup Peninsula at the Albany Wind Farm, Albany WA
The Tourism Australia group has changed the designation for the South West Coast several times over the years, it is now referred to as The Great South West Edge.