The Rainbow Coast, Western Australia, is one of the most beautiful coastlines on the planet, with spectacular swimming and surfing beaches, ancient forests, sheer cliffs, rocky climbs and bush walking and cycling terrain.
This amazing travel region overlaps with the Southern Forests and is sometimes called the Great South West Edge and encompasses the regions of Albany, Denmark & Walpole.
National Parks of the South Coast of WA
Forests along the South Coast of Western Australia
Walks, Walking Trails and Hikes on the South Coast
Inlets of the South Coast of Western Australia
Rainbows & The Rainbow Coast
Whales of the Rainbow Coast
Wildflowers along the South Coast of WA
Birds of the South Coast of WA
Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk, Denmark
The Rainbow Coast offers a huge range of accommodation types to build your ideal holiday.
Choose to base yourself in one region and travel around or stay for a while in each region soaking up their unique vibe!
All our Members are friendly, fair and focused on you, choose from a range of different accommodation types!
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.
An internationally recognised wetland area the Rainbow Coast is home to thousands of migratory water birds.
It is also home to many shipwrecks including the sand-covered wreck of the Mandalay at Mandalay Beach in Walpole. Also the naval ship in the King George Sound in Albany. The Albany Region is a divers playground. Explore the white beaches of Flinders Peninsula on the Possession Point Heritage Trail, past Frenchman Bay.
Don't be fooled by the name! The yearly average rainfall along the coast is the same as Perth and Broome!
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]
The Gap is a thrilling experience, standing on the state-of-the-art viewing platform places you right over the crashing ocean as it smashes into the sheer cliff edges where Australia broke off from Antarctica!
The Natural Bridge is an impressive example of water sculpting rock, over thousands of years, this is viewed from a pathway further away from the Natural Bridge itself and is much more accessible to everyone.
Geographically, this region is perfectly placed for making rainbows (mostly in winter, of course!)
The angle of the sun, in relation to the Southern Coast of Western Australia, is less than 42 degrees above the horizon, 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!
We acknowledge the Noongar people who are the traditional custodians of this land and pay our respects to Elders, both past and present. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to this region.
More information on the south-west coast in our other Western Australian travellers guides:
The Rainbow Coast is a national biosphere area and deserves our care and respect, please try to reduce your environmental impact when visiting the coast. Your safety while visiting the region iis your responsibility, please obey the signs and be careful. THANKS FOR VISITING!
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