was settled over 100 years ago on land deemed uninhabitable but
is now an agricultural area of significance for Victoria and Australia.
Sited close to Lake Hindmarsh, the largest freshwater lake in Victoria,
a lake popular for fishing, boating and water skiing. The town took
it's name from the nearby crescent shaped hill "Rainbow Rise",
at the time, covered with colourful wildflowers.
Things to Do and See
There are a number of murals on the buildings in Federal Street.
Overlooking the town and fields of Rainbow, is the National Trust
classified Yurunga Homestead (1910), a mansion built in the heady
days of Federation. Other notable sights include Pasco's Cash Store
(1928) and 10kms outside of town at Lake Hindmarsh an historic fishermans
West of Rainbow, over the Outlet Creek, is Pella's St John's Lutheran
Church (1911), a building steeped in history and grandeur. It houses
an old pipe organ, one of only two in the state. The complex was
built by pioneer Lutheran families of German descent from hand quarried
Victoria's largest natural freshwater lake, Lake Hindmarsh, is 10km
from the Rainbow township. It is 22km long and about 11km wide and
provides white sandy beaches and camping spots under fringe river
Nearby are the Wyperfeld National Park and The Big Desert Wilderness
Park. See our National and State Parks page for a full description.
Iris Festival - October
How to Get there
Rainbow is approximately 387kms north-west of Melbourne
Melways Ref: 520 A4
Hindmarsh Shire Council
Tel: (03) 5391 1811
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