Cooloola Coast – a Magnet for Walkers

Rainbow Beach a Magnet for WAlkers

From meandering paths to treks from Queensland’s Great Walks in the Great Sandy National Park, Cooloola Section- our location is perfect for walkers. Here are a few of our favourites:

The Headland and Lookout– walk towards town along Rainbow Beach Road. If you go as far as you can, you will find the salvaged Cherry Venture propeller and behind it a lookout- with view to Fraser Island in the North and Double Island point in the South. If you follow the path in either direction will lead you to steps and onto the beach.

Carlo Sand Blow – A must for every visitor, walk or motor up Cooloola Drive to the reservoir. Only 600m away with steps towards the summit you arrive to a spectacular vista of ocean and sand plus views of Tin Can Bay Inlet and beyond. You can walk onto Coloured Sands and see how they contrast with the ocean below. This walk is very popular before sunset and walkers are rewarded with beautiful displays on dusk.

Carlo Sandblow -The Pedestrian circuit– from the National Parks Office walk to sandblow on the new track. This route is worth it simply for the view  on your arrival. Either complete the circuit by crossing the sandblow, towards Cooloola Drive or return the way you came. Approximately 4km return.

Lake Poona– drive to Bymien Car Park and walk through the rainforest approximately 40 minutes (9.6km if you choose to walk from town).

Lake Freshwater– this walk from the Bymien picnic area takes all day and is more challenging. However if you drive to the carpark you will find a pleasant bushwalk down to the lake entrance. The kids will love this one too.

Beach Walks – take your pick! The most popular is towards the iconic Coloured Sands. From the surf tower walk south and you will pass varying rock formations including the notorious Mudlo Rocks, waterfalls, the “mini-blow” before you reach the multi-coloured cliffs. Choose low tide for ease. If tides are higher, walk north to Rainbow Shores – you still get to enjoy the sight of Coloured Sands on your return. Or grab a taxi to Inskip Point then start walking back to the flagged area. Leave ample time this walk is not for the fainthearted-at approximately 9km long.

Double Island Point Lighthouse Only 15.7km to walk to Double Island Point, then picnic at the lighthouse! Alternatively, drive to Teewah Beach (from the beach or on the Freshwater road) and trek up to the lighthouse for a walk the whole family can manage. You can still bring your picnic! It is not uncommon to see turtles, manta rays and even whales when it is the right time of year. Bring your binoculars..

Barge walk– Walk onto the Manta Ray Barge to Fraser Island. Jump off and head up the beach- turn around when you are half way through your time and return. It’s a good idea to pack a picnic lunch and plenty of water for this one.

Honeymoon Bay– After driving to this wonderful piece of paradise you may just want to wallow on the beach or play in the shallows. There is a short rocky walk at the base of the headland that the kids will call an adventure. If you are up for something more, you can reach the Lighthouse and Double Island Point headland from this side too.

Seary’s Creek Boardwalk – a short stroll takes you to two waterholes in the tea coloured freshwater creek. Beautifully cool on the hottest summer day- a place the kids will ask you to return to. It’s only 7km towards Gympie on the Rainbow Beach Road.

Tin Can Bay Esplanade – Must be mentioned, so flat it is great for kids on scooters, bikes and skateboards. Extending for 4km, you can start at either end and make towards the gorgeous playground (with skatepark) opposite the library. All of this is on the water, the paths border the Tin Can Bay Inlet and have pleasant little bridges and lots of signage of local flora and fauna.

1000 steps walk – flat, paved path from the headland (start at the steps from the patrolled beach) through town, past the hall and around the back of the IGA, down Carlo road, and return. Great for prams and other wheeled devices.

The Great Walk – choose to do one or several days of this 102km walk to Noosa through some of the most beautiful bush and beach surroundings.

If you prefer a hill climb or sticking to the flat- there are plenty of options. Make sure you pack your walking shoes (and camera)when you next visit.

Whales, Walks, Wildflowers and Wonderful Dads

Whales, Walks, Wildflowers and Wonderful Dads

Can you believe it is September and a brand new season? We’d really like to thank you for your support – Rainbow Beach and Rainbow Getaway have been inundated with visitors enjoying our beautiful coastline. 

There is still plenty of availability mid-week, but you’ll want to book well ahead for weekends right now. 

With Father’s Day coming up on Sunday, September 6 – we’d like to give a shout out to all the Dads out there and hope you have a wonderful day.

By the way, if you haven’t found a present for your Dad (or Father of your children) just yet – bring him to us at Rainbow Beach! I’m sure he’d love a getaway. It’s a present the whole family can enjoy – our grounds are perfect for family get-togethers so ask Grandad as well! 

Tell him, he may just spot a whale whilst he is here. I did last Monday! What a thrill. The water was so calm and as I was walking back along the beach from Carlo Sandblow, there it was! I get excited every time, even

though it does become commonplace around here. Wildflowers are out now, too – keep an eye out for them! 

Events coming back to town

In Queensland, communities are bringing back events and some normality to our lives, post Covid.

Town hosted the Rainbow Beach Trail Festival last weekend, and then on August 8-9 we’ll have 200 competitors at the Rainbow Beach Double Triathlon. Numbers have been capped and regulations are in play for Covid.

Also in town is Vietnam Veterans Day on August 18 and Gardiner Fisheries 2020 Whiting Comp starts this month – running August 1 to November 28.

Next month is Father’s Day on September 6, the Rainbow Beach Wellness Expo on September 20, and the Fishing Classic is November 26-29.

So there’s lots to look forward to for visitors and locals. Weekends have been busy at Rainbow Getaway, but there are certainly vacancies through the week. Now more than ever, we invite you to stay (depending on your travel restrictions). If you can’t join us, and you loved your stay at Rainbow Getaway – please help us out with leaving a review, buy a holiday voucher (for Dad!), visit our social media and follow or like and comment, share them in your pages, forward on this newsletter or refer us to your friends! Even post your last trip to us on your Facebook page or Instagram and please tag us!

Rainbow Beach Coloured Sands

What is new in August

Have you seen the new Surf Club loos? It is the first stage of their renovations, in anticipation of the huge deck yet to be built. You can check out the updated members area and expanded kitchens, so we now receive table service. The menu has also been updated – be sure to look for the specials. I can vouch for their cheesy garlic bread!

Little Parliament (pictured) has been renovated into a little haven of deliciousness and beauty. We’ve only tried their Asian flavoured calamari salad, perfect fish and chips, and that apple cake was seriously good. – but we are told that the fruit toast is addictive, and brekkies look yummy, too. Check it out when you are here!

Saturday markets are on the fourth Saturday of the month. You’ll love Martine’s mouth watering slices and cakes. Tina brings her sour dough – there is even a blokey one with beer sticks. Fresh flowers, crafts aplenty and Brooke’s coffee all appear. Tin Can Bay Markets are on the third Saturday – always a good morning out.

What’s New in Rainbow Beach for July

1. “Little Parliament” is the name of the new family owned and run eatery, replacing Cafe Jilarty. Pictured is one of their pop up shops, whilst they are refreshing the interiors. It is going to be beautiful! As are the cakes and fruit loaf on offer.

2. The Surf Club is still in renovations also – however the Sports Club is back trading, go enjoy a drink or a meal just across the road from us. Bingo is back, too!

3. The gym is now under private ownership, congratulations to Bec and team. There are classes on every week day – again, it is just across the road. PIlates and yoga are also offered locally.

4. The Rainbow Getaway pool is heated. It is amazing how much warmer the surf is here, even compared to the Gold Coast. Our boys swim right through winter.

5. The walk to Lake Poona is now open! You can drive to Bymien Picnic Area and walk in, or you walk there from Rainbow Beach! It’s about 9 km – so unless you want to walk (or run) back, organise one of your group to pick you up. It is accessible to conventional vehicles.

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