Rainbow Beach on the Fraser Coast of Qld is certainly a draw card for travellers of all kinds. Primarily known for its coloured sands we took some time to sit at Inskip Point and discover some of what Rainbow Beach has to offer.
Situated on the coast away from the highway in between the towns of Gympie and Maryborough, Rainbow Beach still offers that wonderful holiday village feel where you want to walk along the beach with an ice cream in hand while the waves lap at your toes. But what if you are a little adventurous and want to explore more nearby. We found 5 top places that will help you discover more and the great news is, the only fee involved is a beach permit required to enter Cooloola Recreation Area (Rainbow Beach) at $12.15 for the day if purchased online. You can get more information HERE
Inskip Point –
(4×4 required if heading out to the point off road)
Inskip point is primarily a series of camping spots managed by Qld National Parks offering some pretty awesome camping places for the avid camper whether you are in your luxury 40-foot bus right down to a simple two-man tent set up. We chose to spend three nights camping at Inskip Point giving us time to chill and explore Rainbow beach. The tidal conditions on our visit allowed us to have beach front camping giving us the best view ever. Camping at Inskip Point is highly recommended and fun for all ages. Dogs on leashes are welcome.
Day Trippers –
Take your 4 x 4 and head out on to the sand to check out the point. A popular spot for fishing and to watch vehicles heading on and off the barge to Fraser Island. Swimming is a must do on a hot day. Bring a picnic and pull up a chair to enjoy the views of the Qld coast as well as Fraser Island.
Standard vehicle access is available with-in the camp sites. Have a good look around before venturing in to ensure your vehicle is suitable as there were a couple of places we could see which was clearly 4WD access only.
If you have a “Big Rig” we highly recommend you check out the Sarawak camp ground but enter through the exit area (watch those branches). There were also a couple of spots along the left hand side of the road close to the beach where buses were parked easily.
No facilities other than well presented pit toilets. Bring everything you need but also remember Rainbow Beach is not far if you need something quickly.
2. Carlo Sand Blow
A visit to Carlo Sand Blow is a must.
An easy walk from the car park you can choose to either view the sand blow from the viewing deck or walk off a couple of steps onto the sand giving you the option of trekking in either direction to check out the views. Not only is the sand blow spectacular but the views from the view at the top of Double Island Point, Tin Can Bay and the colour sands are certainly worth the work. (Bring a camera) – FREE
Bring your toboggan and try a little Sand Surfing.
3. Rainbow Beach Coloured Sands – 4 x 4 Access only
On low tide and with a 4 x 4 you can drive down onto the beach (access next to Surf Life Saving Club) heading down the coast to find the stunning coloured sands.
Better viewed during or directly after rain to see the multi-coloured sands washing on to the beach and out to sea. Even on the day we visited the natural earthy colours gave us lots to capture.
4. Double Island Point – 4 x 4 Access only
Once you are finished viewing and capturing the beautiful coloured sands, keep heading south along the beach till you hit “Double Island Point”
This spot was a little surprise for us as we were attracted to checking out why so many 4×4 vehicles were parked up ahead facing the beach. We loved the lagoons behind the beach and spent several hours swimming, fishing and having a lovely picnic lunch.
5. Poona Lake – Standard Car Access
Before heading back to camp we took a visit to Poona Lake. A tea coloured lake of fresh water located 2.2 km’s up and over a hill from the car park situated just south of the Rainbow Beach township.
I won’t lie, the walk to the lake is not an easy one. We enjoyed the stroll but be prepared with children and take lots of water.
After a salty swim at Double Island Point, a hot sweaty walk through the bush, we arrived and felt like we had found an oasis.
Surrounded by white sandy beaches, Poona Lake is a hit with visitors wanting to spend the day floating and exploring away. A perfect spot for a picnic.
If you don’t own a 4WD vehicle, it’s certainly worth looking into hiring one for the day. All of our 5 Top Spots can be seen in one day, but staying in the area means you get to go back and revisit your favourites.
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