HOLIDAY GUIDE: Why Rainbow Beach is more than sand and surf

IT’S not hard to see why Rainbow Beach is being touted as the next big destination for Australian tourism. 

Already a firm favourite for families in and out of the Gympie Region, the tiny coastal town transforms into a hive of activity every school holidays.

With world class surf, and one of the most incredible views on the Queensland coast, the beach will be THE destination over the next two weeks.   

But that’s not all Rainbow Beach has to offer, with not-so-secret treasures to be found away from the beach.   

The most obvious of these has to be the Carlo Sand Blow, located a five minute drive away from the beach, at the end of Cooloola Drive.   

It’s a destination suited for those families with older children, with the walking track and sandy terrain potentially proving too much for little legs.  

But that hard work is rewarded with a view that’s nothing short of astonishing.   

The forestry suddenly opens up into a huge expanse of sand and incredible views on either side, one of the ocean and one of the Cooloola Coast and the Gympie Region.  

On a clear day, much like the weather seen recently, the view is practically unimpeded – stretching out for kilometres in each direction.   

If you’re feeling peckish after the nature walk, or some fun in the sun, then Rainbow also provides a number of fantastic places to pick up some lunch or dinner as well.   

Cafe Jilarty offers a fantastic snacks and treats for everyone in the family to enjoy, and the recently opened Sea Salt at Rainbow is priding itself on the incredible range (and taste) of food on offer.   

And if the idea of jumping out a plane sounds like a reasonable idea to you, Skydive Fraser Island has exactly what you’ll need if the idea of a relaxing day by the water doesn’t really take your fancy.   


So there you have it, beautiful views, world-class beaches and plenty of fun for all ages. Rainbow Beach really does have it all these school holidays.     

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