This event is major salt water fishing tournament and the Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic is one of the few remaining successful fishing tournaments on the eastern seaboard. This year the event will be run in July 2019, commencing Friday 19th July to Saturday 27th July. Thirty-three years of experience, four categories of fishing, run over 8 days with Rainbow Beach the backdrop. The idyllic setting, beautiful white sandy beaches, 4WD pleasure and plenty of activities make this tournament unique.
We aim to provide a quality event that encourages participation from all people who would like to try, or already enjoy, the basic pleasures of salt water fishing. In particular families that want an excuse to holiday and enjoy their favourite family recreational activity, that will include a holiday program containing live entertainment, sporting activities, a carnival atmosphere and things to do regardless of weather conditions. Not forgetting and still encouraging the participation from ardent fisherman and women.
The Rainbow Beach Sports Club (NFP) is the underwriter of this event. The Club’s mission is to provide the local community with an event that has a significant economic impact and equally, providing an “arena” for the sponsors, local product providers, service providers and the community, to showcase all that the region has on offer. The Club also recognises the importance of ensuring that the event remains sensitive to family affordability, environmental sustainability and future sustainability.
It is essential that all prizes remain of a high standard and value, and those prizes are given based on effort of participation and not just for competitive spirit.
The tournament attracts upward of 650 competitors and 2019 promises much higher numbers with thousands of visitors over the (8) days. The Rainbow Beach Sports Club and its extensive grounds continue to be used as the event’s venue and this is where most of the activities, with the exception of fishing, are held.
This event endeavours to provide all participants with a positive fulfilling experience. The emphasis of this event is on “Family” and “Community”, providing the motivation for both family and the community to come together, reconnect and enjoy participating in a fun outdoor activity. Whilst doing so, it allows our sponsors to share these precious moments, hence touching the lives of all the families and becoming a part of their lifetime memories.
This event has 4 major classes of fishing - Beach, Reef, Jew and Big Fish - providing offshore, inshore and beach fishing. These classes cater for people of all levels of fishing experience and all major prizes are given based on participation rather than competitive spirit.
We have created an ongoing project to celebrate the 30 years of the Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic. A booklet documenting 30 years of memories, legends, stories and photos. If you have anything you would like to add to it please let us know!
Click here to have a look at 30 years of memories: HISTORY OF THE EVENT MEMORIAL BOOKLET