September 9, 2010

p1040294-smallFrom meandering paths to treks from Queensland’s Great Walks in the Great Sandy National Park, Cooloola Section- Rainbow is perfect for walkers. Here is a few of our favourites: The Headland and Lookout- leave the Getaway and walk 5 to 10 minutes 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. Or you can follow a longer route back to the resort.  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.

The Pedestrian circuit- from the National Parks Office – walk to sandblow on the new track. 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! 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. Alternatively, from the surf tower, walk towards the popular Coloured Sands. You will pass varying rock formations including the notorious Mudlo Rocks, waterfalls, the little blow or Rainbow Shores their are plenty of options. Choose low tide for ease.

Follow the Old Telegraph Track from Bymien Car Park to Rainbow Beach (about 8km).
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 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.

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. Simply 7km towards Gympie on the Rainbow Beach Road.

We can advise you on each of these or provide you with a map – talk to Judy for assistance. If you prefer a hill climb or sticking to the flat- there are plenty of options. All with lots of flora and fauna to look out for.

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