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by JenLancaster (subscribe)
I write books on money and marketing, but happy to write on any creative topic. https://www.jenniferlancaster.com.au
Published December 26th 2019
Are you up for a little adventure? Got a 4WD possibly… and like massive sandy beaches? Then for a change, pack the family and the tent up and head to Rainbow Beach.

We visited in September. With no clues, we soon got the Jeep 'stuck in sand' after bumping the slow way through the forest to the eastern beach and on our way back. Meeting some friendly (and more experienced) 4WDers, they helped out with a tow and we were back on our way. Thankfully!

No Need to Camp and Get Wet

While there, while others were camping by the beach and having their tent lids blown off (a true story), we snuggled down in relative luxury in our 2-bedroom apartment at Rainbow Sands apartments. It's walking distance to the small town and beach, and a few steps to the Fish & Chip shop and IGA. Very nice pool as well.

Scenic Things to Do

carlo sandblow
Carlo Sandblow


Things to see and do in Rainbow Beach include:

Helicopter ride at Rainbow Beach Helicopters for $99 each on up.
Walk, drive, or whatever along the beach and view the 'coloured sands' cliffs.
Take Double Island Drive and walk uphill to Carlo Sand Blow -- amazing white sand and a sheer drop.
Take off to Fraser Island with your 4WD on the barge.

No Time for Fears
inskip point
Helicopter flight: Inskip Point


The most impressive part of our four-day journey was the view from a helicopter! It is truly stunning. With a squint, you can see Dugongs swimming the inner bay. Then we rounded Inskip point, leaning over towards stunning aqua blue water, and back to base.

And our knowledgeable guide was helpful about where to go and how to manage a 4WD along the sands. We never got to take his advice to go 'round the head' but his advice gave us the confidence to get the (brand new) Jeep out on main Rainbow Beach at low tide.

Dining out at two fabulous restaurants

We dined at Arcobalano at the Beach, an Italian restaurant with bellisimo food (perfect pizza) and at The Deck at Sea Salt, which was a little cold for me (so the barman got the outdoor heater). My Caesar salad with chicken was very tasty.

If you are planning a trip up from Brisbane to Rainbow Beach, take some snacks for the 2.5 hour to 3 hour drive and be well prepared for the lengthy wait for Friday night fish & chips. That said, others don't have the hungry stomach I have!

You can buy any accessories you forgot at the local hardware store and wash off your sandy 4WD (underneath as well) at the customised BP service station.

Whatever you do, before going on the sand at Rainbow Beach surrounds, let down your 4WD tyre pressure at least 12 psi. For extra insurance, take a pair of Maxtrax recovery tracks, that go underneath, and a tow rope.
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Where: Rainbow Beach is a coastal rural town and locality in the Gympie Region, Queensland, Australia.
Your Comment
I like you accomoodation choices. My husband and I always aim for cabin stays.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8000) 272 days ago
I love the photos. It gives me the sense of tranquility!
by SocialHummingBird (score: 3|1396) 270 days ago
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