Beautiful Rainbow Beach is situated on the Cooloola Coast, between the Sunshine Coast and Fraser Coast in Queensland, Australia, about 240km north of Brisbane. Surrounded by the Great Sandy National Park, Rainbow Beach is an area of major ecological importance. With amazing natural attractions, the seaside town boasts extensive beaches with so many recreational activities and extreme adventures to choose from.
The ultimate eco-friendly destination, in Rainbow Beach you can hike through nearby rainforests, swim in freshwater lakes, marvel at the famous Coloured Sands, toboggan the spectacular Carlo Sandblow, swim in the crystal clear waters of patrolled swimming and surf beaches only 5 minutes walk from your room. Travel 10 minutes by barge to Fraser Island to explore more of nature’s wonders.
Cooloola Sand, wind and water have sculpted a varied landscape at Cooloola, the largest remnant of coastal vegetation on the southern Queensland’s mainland. High sand dunes, coloured sand cliffs, sweeping beaches, sandblows, freshwater lakes, tall forests, paperbark swamps and wildflower heath make the Cooloola Recreation Area a spectacular part of the Great Sandy National Park. http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/cooloola/index.html
Inskip Peninsula is a narrow, sandy finger of land built up by wind and waves. It forms a natural breakwater at the entrance to Tin Can Inlet and Great Sandy Strait. Beach she oaks, cypress pine and other coastal trees and shrubs shade the very popular camping areas ringed by open ocean beaches and sheltered estuary shores. All are within 15 minutes drive to Rainbow Beach. Most of the peninsula is protected as a Recreation Area. http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/inskip-peninsula/index.html
The Great Sandy Marine Park extends from Baffle Creek in the north to Double Island Point in the south. It includes Hervey Bay, Great Sandy Strait, Tin Can Bay Inlet and the waters off the east coast of Fraser Island, seaward to three nautical miles.Seagrass meadows, mangroves, rocky shores, reefs, sandy beaches, bays, sheltered channels, rivers, creeks and estuaries host a wealth of wildlife including whales, turtles, dugong, grey nurse sharks, fish, corals, birds and more. http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/great-sandy-marine/index.html
Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island and an area of remarkable natural beauty. It was listed as a World Heritage Area in 1992 to recognise the island’s internationally significant natural features: evolving dune, lake, soil and forest systems, the extent and age of which are outstanding examples of ongoing geological and biological processes.
Growing on seemingly infertile sands are a great variety of plant communities ranging from coastal heath, mangrove forests and swamps to subtropical rainforest. The many archaeological remains found on Fraser Island record thousands of years of culture and tradition, and provide important links to their past for the Butchulla people. The island is 123 km long and covers an area of 166,038 ha, so you need to allow plenty of time to explore and appreciate it. http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/fraser/index.html
Unless you intend holidaying on Fraser Island, most probably your best way of seeing all its beauty is to take a 1 day or 2 day Fraser Island tour. Or you can make the trip in your own 4WD, driving up the road or beach to Inskip Point and crossing in the barge. Remember that going independently, a permit is required and is available from the National Parks Office.
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