Rainbow Beach is often referred to as the gateway to Fraser Island. Of course it is, however don’t think this perfect place is anything less worth visiting. So understanding that you may be rushing to catch the barge to Fraser Island, what can you squeeze in? Here are our top 5 ideas for those staying for a few hours or up to a day.
1. Take a dip or swim in the beach. Rainbow Beach is the most northerly surf patrolled beach in Queensland, and if your heading to Fraser Island keep in mind that beaches are exposed and un patrolled. So Rainbow Beach offer some of the best and safest surf, making it popular for families with children. Take a stroll towards the headland to look at Rainbow Beach’s name-sake, the coloured sands. The colours are always amazing.
2. After your swim, its time for coffee or something to eat, so why not support local businesses during your Rainbow Beach visit. There is a variety to choose within walking distance from the beach. Ranging from bakeries, burgers, healthy snacks, or meals and the best news is that the majority, if not all offer coffee, or depending on the time a cool beverage. So before you spend your time camping, indulge yourselves in some tasty treats. You deserve it right?
3. Carlo Sand Blow. A must do item! Located at the highest point of town, Carlo Sand Blow is a unique experience as you wonder across a vast open dune system above the beach. Accessible via a short walk, Carlo Sand Blow is a stunning landscape. Be a spectator, or join the kids dune surfing, just remember to carry your boards an rubbish, as it is a part of the National Park. Time your visit near sunset, offering a popular and serene experience for tourists and locals alike.
4. Searys Creek. 15 minutes drive out of the Township, towards Gympie, Searys Creek is a crystal clear, and often crisp freshwater creek, with clear sandy bottom. It eventually joins other creeks to form the Noosa River and Noosa Everglades system. Built within the National Park and accessible by a short boardwalk, two platforms allow you to indulge in a refreshing swim. The waters are often deep, especially after rain, so parents need to be diligent with children. For more information access the visitors information in the Cooloola recreation guide http://bpre.net.au/website/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/visitorguide-cooloola.pdf.
5. Bymien Day area rainforest walk. If you don’t have a chance to make it to Fraser Island, this area will give you a little taste of the unique environment, of Rainforests growing on sand. Accessible for standard vehicles via Freshwater track, a 15 minute drive from Rainbow Beach, Bymien Day Area is part of the Cooloola National Park. However driving beyond requires a 4 wheel drive and Beach permit. Bymien Day area offers a few walks, the short 200 metre is a perfect introduction for young children or those short on time. Poona Lake is a reasonable 4.5 km walk, and the longer Freshwater track, will require additional preparation (check Cooloola recreational guide for more details). Look out for the stunning palms, majestic Kauri Pine, strangler figs and if you look high, staghorns and elks.