Seary’s Creek, Rainbow Beach

Every week we drive past. Today the beach was a bit blowy so I gave the kids the option of Seary’s. In response, they ran to the truck (our 4WD’s endearment). Armed with some chocolate biscuits and water, the 4 siblings and 2 cousins were wriggly with anticipation. With good reason- I had forgotten how much they love “Serious” Creek.

Just 7 km from Rainbow Beach towards Gympie and Tin Can Bay, you will find a small carpark off the road. Set in ferns and melaleuca woods, take the boardwalk down to the one of the two swimming holes.

The boardwalk

It was great to see National Parks and Wildlife Service had recently updated the jetties. There is plenty of room for towels and drinks and spectators (it is cold!). Steps down into the water are easy for all ages and run straight into a sandy creek bottom. Stained with tannins from vegetation, the rainwater is tea coloured but transparent. No murky water today – we could see the little fish and big yabbies.  A huge tree trunk lies across one end -perfect as another platform for launches across the water.

The deeper of the the two waterholes

Then when they tired of that hole- we went off to explore the next one. You can either swim or wade up the creek (there is one section to cross over tree trunks) or take the boardwalk around.

The second waterhole

This water hole is slightly shallower, with its own set of “rapids” and tracks to explore.

Seary’s “rapids”

Paths around the second waterhole

It was certainly an easy way to spend an hour.

We ALWAYS play statues as we return on the boardwalk. There is ALWAYS someone put out because they were caught and sent back (a few metres) when they were certain they were still.

There are facilities located at the entrance and picnic tables scattered near the carpark. Make sure the kids spot the distinctive banksia and paperbark trees and have a look at the information sign on the way in so they can check out the local inhabitants. From today my crew remember: “not to feed the goannas and kookaburras”, “that it is named after Patrick Seary”, that “the waterlife is protected” and “the long finned eel waits to ambush it’s prey”.

Of course,  the kids have asked to come back tomorrow. Make sure Seary’s is popped on your holiday list if you are bringing your family to Rainbow Beach.

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