Carlo Sandblow

School holidays are a great time to get back to nature and keep the kids active. This morning we set off up the new Great Walks track- starting from the National Parks Office.

The track is well maintained and sparkling new. The kids could have run the whole way, but the changing gradient gave me a good workout. It was well worth it with views above- towards the Tin Can Bay Inlet and hills beyond. There are views below into the forest canopy and plenty of points of interest and unusual vegetation to see. When we reached the top……

the views were spectacular from the new entrance (above right) with  glimpses of the beach at Inskip Point, Fraser Island and the Great Sandy Straits.  The huge expanse of sand dune is so unexpected and perfect for running, digging holes, sliding, cricket and soccer. I wished we had packed a picnic – we could have explored for hours. Definitely bring some water and wear sandals or thongs (flip flops) so you can easily take them off in the sand. The most arresting view is of the cliffs of coloured sands contrasting against the beautiful ocean and sky blues.

Left is the view from the other entrance via Cooloola Drive. People look insignificant against the dune. From the deck, views extend from the Pacific to Tin Can Bay inlet in the west.

It is a much shorter walk downhill back to Cooloola Drive and the township – alternatively you can drive to the top of Cooloola Drive with an easy walk and steps to the deck.

Carlo Sandblow is a must to see when in Rainbow Beach.

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