Colourful Rainbow Beach

Instead of the safari tour on Fraser Island we opted for a refreshing stay away from the backpackers’ crowd in the pristine natural setting of the Inskip Peninsula at the far end of gorgeous Rainbow beach.
It has been weeks and weeks that we didn’t hang around for long in one place, only a couple of nights at max and then off on the road again, and maybe a bit weary we found ourselves for the first time slowing down for a whole week in Rainbow Beach. We might have been dazzled by the splendour of its multicoloured sand cliff, charmed by the little beach village and the long golden beach or simple because Rainbow Beach doesn’t pretend to be a swanky destination, it’s just so perfectly laidback for us.

We got also the privilege to sleep every night oceanfront with only $4.85 each pn, what a bargain! We just parked our van, pulled out our camping chairs, table and it was the best hotel ever. However, first we had to work hard to get there digging ourselves out of a sandy track we tripped while searching our own perfect spot but, with a bit of engineering of my personal boy scout that promptly started the operation “back on track”, with a bit of sweat, lot of swears, a pinch of luck and half an hour of attempts we were out looking for a safer equal pretty spot. All set!
The days just flew taking long walk along the endless stretch of beach, surf casting for our dinners (though the only luck we had was at the fish ‘n chips shop in town), lazing on the sun, dolphin-watching at the nearby Tin Can Bay, staring at the sunset and the stunning view at Carlo Sandblow and exploring the Cooloola National Park but this time on foot since our previous episode.

  • you can see the resident dolphins at Tin Can Bay Marina but only at breakfast at 8 sharp;
  • get your camping permit before you set tent at the QPWS office in town;
  • if you intend to go deep into the Cooloola NP you definitely need a 4WD; you could also traverse the entire length of Rainbow Beach but don’t go closer to the water see what happens ….


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