The Rainbow Coast, along the South Coast of Western Australia, stretches over 150km's. It is one of Australia's most beautiful coastlines and offers a natural paradise. Spectacular swimming and surfing beaches, ancient forests, historic sites, sheer cliffs, rocky climbs, bush walking, cycling trails, inlets, waterways and stunning sand dunes, this region has it all.
Only a five hour drive south from WA's capital city Perth, the Rainbow Coast overlaps with the Southern Forests and is sometimes called the Great South West Edge, and encompasses Albany City, home to 30,000, Denmark Town, home to 5,000 and Walpole Town, home to 500.The Rainbow Coast, on the South Coast of Western Australia offers a return to nature, a sensory sanctuary for your mind, body & spirit and truly is the perfect holiday destination!
We acknowledge the Noongar people, the traditional custodians of the land and thank them for their continued connection to their land. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend that respect to all First Nations people.
Forests along the South Coast of Western Australia
Inlets of the South Coast of Western Australia
Rainbows & The Rainbow Coast
Whales of the Rainbow Coast
Wildflowers along the South Coast of WA
Walks, Walking Trails and Hikes on the South Coast
Birds of the South Coast of WA
National Parks of the South Coast of WA
Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk, Denmark
The Rainbow Coast offers a huge range of accommodation types to create your ideal holiday. CONNECT DIRECT with the owners and managers and save yourself time and money. The Tourism Providers we recommend are friendly, fair and focused on you having a great visit.
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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