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Published December 10th 2012
Who says you need snow to go sledding?
The Carlo Sandblow is one of Australia's natural gems that you really need to visit to fully appreciate. Prior to our trip, we had researched "Things to do at Rainbow Beach" and a trip to the Sandblow was highly recommended. "So, what is it exactly?" I asked. "Just looks like a bit of sand."
Comparing the Carlo Sandblow to a bit of sand is like saying Uluru is just a rock. There is something magical about this place. It's simple, natural beauty and the 360 degree views are well worth the trip.
The Carlo Sandblow is roughly 1.5 km from Rainbow Beach on Queensland's Cooloola Coast. The bushwalk track to the Sandblow is the northern entrance to the Great Cooloola Walk, a 102km trek through rainforests, sand dunes and plains. But don't worry, it is only a gentle 600m trek through the eucalypts to the Sandblow via a well maintained path. It's an easy walk for the kids but keep in mind this path is not wheelchair accessible and there are a few stairs.
The Carlo Sandblow is part of the Cooloola sandmass—one of the largest accumulations of wind-blown sand found along the Queensland coast (Source: Queensland Government Website). This is a popular spot for hang gliders to take off and land. It also offers spectacular 360 degree views of the Rainbow Beach, the Coloured Sands, Double Island Point and Tin Can Bay. On our last visit we were even lucky enough to spot some migrating whales waving their tails at us.
We brought the boogie board with us and had a go at sand tobogganing down the dunes. Believe me, going down is the easy part. Climbing the dunes is a workout but well worth the effort. I don't think I have laughed as much as I did when me and my son sped down the dunes and crash landed in a heap of sand at the bottom.
I highly recommend visiting the Sandblow in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the direct sun. Bring lots of water, a hat and slap on the sunscreen. Avoid the edges as they can be unstable and remember, there is no access to the beach from the Sandblow.