Day 1: Rainbow Sands and Carlo Sandblow
Head to the beach and walk up to the coloured sands, the reason for Rainbow’s colourful name. Play at the “Mini Sand Blow” (that’s what we locals call it), and make sure you show the kids the little waterfalls from artesian water.
Next comes the MUST DO! Pack drinks and snacks, drive up Cooloola Drive and park right at the top. A ten minute moderate walk will reward you with the magnificent Carlo Sandblow.
The kids will love exploring the sand dunes, and you can all sit back and watch the sun set over Tin Can Bay, the sandy straights and Fraser Island (K’gari). Bliss.
Day 2: Hike to Poona Lake
Enjoy the wildlife, but look out for critters. Don’t forget to pack the togs, water and snacks (or lunch) and a camera, and definitely wear joggers and sunscreen.
To access this rainforest walk, drive towards Gympie and take the Freshwater track at Bymien Rainforest Park. The track is suitable for all vehicles.
Allow a few hours, kids love to play around the lake and even swim across it! The russet water (from the native tea trees) is visually striking, and it is a beautiful and cool spot, even in the summer.
Day 3: Inskip Point
Pack your picnic, fishing rods and pick up some bait. If you have a 4WD take the first beach access road after the first roundabout on the Inskip Road. Please check the tides first (tide chart available at reception).
There is also a bitumen road to Inskip Point. Park near the trail roundabout and it’s not too far to walk with your gear to the beach side on the right or the still waters of Pelican Bay on the left.
Our ‘Top Tip’ is to walk along the beach to watch the barge – you can hop on and go overseas yourself, it’s free as a foot passenger!
Other things to enjoy:
Take a Tour!
Rainbow Beach has excellent tour options for all ages, ask our team and we will find something that suits your family and book it for you.
One of our most popular tours is a great adventure on Fraser Island. World Heritage listed and only 15 mins away. You will see pristine rainforests, amazing lakes and travel down to Eli Creek.
Another enjoyable tour option is kayaking with the dolphins. You could spend a day with one of nature’s most playful creatures in one of nature’s best parts of the world.
Both tours are big days. Our best suggestion is booking dinner out at the club across the street, the pub just down the street, or the lovely Italian place around the corner.