Rainbow Beach and the Great Sandy National Park Interactive Map.
One for the adventurous traveler, Poona Lake requires a bit of trekking on foot to discover, but what a reward for those who choose to make the effort.
Having made the walk from the Bymien Picnic area car park, you are presented with this magnificent oasis. Crisp white sand lines the clean, tannin stained waters of Lake Poona which is surrounded on all sides by lush green forest.
The water invites you to take a cooling dip, as the birds sing a merry song to give you an unforgettable soundtrack to what can only become a treasured memory.
Due to it's being a little off the beaten track, you can often find yourself alone in this little slice of paradise which gives you the opportunity to truly enjoy nature at its finest.
Well worth the effort, Poona Lake should be right near the top of your 'to-do' list, any time you adventure in the area.
RAINBOW BEACH TOWNSHIP
Rainbow Beach truly is the jewel in the crown of the Cooloola Coast. The hub of the Cooloola area, Rainbow beach is just far enough removed from the world to maintain it's small beach village atmosphere, yet is well enough equipped that it has everything required to offer locals and passing travelers alike a top class way of life.
With accommodation ranging from 5 stars, to 5 metres from the waters edge in a tent, Rainbow Beach caters for every taste. There's fish and chips on the beach, or fine dining on the dune tops and with a population of a little over 1,100, the lines are never too long.
Within easy travel to the Great Sandy National Park and with Fraser Island also on it's doorstep, Rainbow Beach is the ideal place to base yourself to experience a nature loving adventure second to none anywhere in the world.
A place to be beheld in the heart of every adventurer as a paradise by the ocean, there to be enjoyed and experienced by all, Rainbow Beach is a magical piece of the world, and one that you should visit sooner rather than later.
DOUBLE ISLAND POINT LIGHTHOUSE
Keeping watch over Double Island Point since 1884, the Double Island Point Lighthouse has withstood the test of time. Beginning life as a kerosene light, it has undergone several upgrades over time, and is today a fully automatic solar powered unit.
From atop the point you have unhindered views of the ocean, all the way to the horizon and this offers a great opportunity to view a variety of ocean life including turtles, dolphins and at certain times of the year, migrating whales.
Surrounded by several historical cottage style buildings, the lighthouse and it's surrounds are a small piece of history tucked away in this picturesque setting and well worth the time to go and inspect.
Along the Freshwater Track, be sure to stop at the carpark provided, and take the short stroll down to see the beautiful Freshwater Lake.
Bordered by Paper Bark trees and reeds which sway majestically in the ocean breezes, Freshwater Lake is quite a small lake, but what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in charm and beauty.
Take a cooling dip on a warm day and feel all of your cares wash away. Hear the breeze whisper through the reeds, catch some local wildlife enjoying their favourite watering hole too, and listen to the birds chirp their merry music for all to hear.
A long time favourite of locals and adventurers alike, Freshwater lake is a perfect place to stop off on your adventure and witness nature at its best.
Located only 10 minutes from the centre of Rainbow Beach, Bullock Point is a great spot to sit and watch the world go by.
The boat ramp is at times, a hive of activity with local boaties enjoying the quiet waters to put boats in and out, but for the most part, Bullock Point is a place to sit and enjoy the beautiful water views and bird life which is abundant here.
After making the pleasant bushwalk along the well constructed pathway from the carpark, arriving at the Carlo Sand Blow is like arriving at a dreamscape. From the top, the sand seems to stretch on forever and it is like being on another planet.
Take the walk to the bottom and you are rewarded with views that will leave you breathless. A panoramic masterpiece of nature, stretching from Double Island Point and the Rainbow Sands to the East, right around to Inskip Point and Fraser Island beyond to the West with the centre filled by the deep blue waters of the ocean, which stretches away to the horizon.
From the top, it just gets better, with 360 degree views over the land and sea that are guaranteed to inspire you.
Carlo Sandblow is truly a crowning achievement of nature and must be seen in person to be truly appreciated. Make it a must-see on your adventure.
FRESHWATER CAMPING AREA
Nestled behind the sand dunes, 8km south of Double Island Point, the Freshwater Camping Area offers a fantastic opportunity to get back to nature. Accessed from Rainbow Beach via the Freshwater Track, the camping area is a great base to explore many of the features on offer in the Great Sandy National Park.
Some of the choices include a stroll to the beach, or a short drive to Double Island Point, or perhaps you might like to explore some of the many 4x4 tracks in the surrounding area.
With well kept facilities including toilets and showers ($1 coin required to operate), barbeques and a telephone, the Freshwater Camping Area is a great place to base your adventure, or simply spend a little time sitting, enjoying the birdsong.
Approximately 5km from the heart of Rainbow Beach lies the entrance to the Freshwater Road. Now this is no ordinary road, rather, it is the Gateway to the stunning spectacle that is the Great Sandy National Park.
A little under 20km long, the Freshwater Road offers the chance to tackle some off road driving, rewarding the adventurous traveler winding through Banksia lined bushland, later entering delightful Coastal Rainforest terrain and offering such unique natural jewels along the way as Poona Lake and Freshwater Lake before delivering you at Teewah Beach.
There are numerous ways to enjoy this special area, whether it be purely by driving from point to point, or parking the vehicle and trekking the many wonderful walking tracks the area provides, this is the place to go if you wish to experience the beauty that is the Great Sandy National Park.
INSKIP POINT CAMPING AREA
Less than 10 minutes from Rainbow Beach, with amenity blocks, hundreds of sites, peaceful clear beaches and views of Fraser island right around to Double Island Point, the Inskip Point camping area is absolutely ideal to use as a base while exploring the Cooloola area, and also Fraser Island.
The relaxed family atmosphere is perfect for releasing the stresses you build up in day to day life. Sit by the beach and let the world pass you by, wet a line and try to catch your dinner or play a game of beach cricket with a cold beverage in hand. Whatever you choose, do it slowly, because that's how things should be done at Inskip.
All of the activities you expect of Rainbow Beach and it's surrounds are only a stone's throw from Inskip, yet you could easily be a world away.
If you are looking for a camping adventure, then Inskip Point Camping area is definitely worth your consideration.
KINGS BORE CIRCUIT ROAD
This 40km circuit also known by locals as Pettigrews Road can at times offer some challenging off road driving. But for the most part it is generally just a great fun drive rich with stunning scenery.
The King's Bore Circuit Road winds through the heart of the Great Sandy National Park and offers a great variety of landscapes along the way, including Banksia bushland, pockets of lush Rainforest and everything in between.
It is a popular track for off road adventurers and certainly worth your while if you are looking for an authentic 4x4 adventure.
MANTA RAY BARGE
For adventurers making their Fraser Island journey from Rainbow Beach, the Manta Ray Barge is the beginning and the end of the line.
Running 365 days a year, 7 days a week, from 6am until 5:30pm daily, anytime is a good time to take advantage of the 10 minute ride across the Tin Can Bay Inlet.
Depending on which end of your journey you are at, look on with anticipation of your grand Fraser Island adventure as you travel to the island, or look back fondly and reminisce the unforgettable time that was, as you gently make your way back to the mainland.
Whichever journey you are making, rest assured you will make it in the midst of friendly, helpful service every time with the Manta Ray Barge crew.
TEEWAH BEACH CAMPING AREA
Beachfront camping at it's finest. Teewah Beach camping area offers absolute waterfront camping in an environment not often experienced anywhere else in the world.
Relax to the sound of the waves as you sit in the shade and let the world go by. On the coast of the Great Sandy National Park, Teewah Beach is close enough to civilisation that you can still have some little luxuries, but far enough away that you can leave your troubles far behind you while you unwind here.
With no facilities though, you do need to come prepared and a full kit will be required if you choose to make this your camp. Well worth the trouble though, for this true beachside camping experience in paradise.
Rainbow Beach: Gateway to Fraser Island and Jewel of the Great Sandy National Park.
Perfect for those short on the time required to have a truly memorable Fraser Island adventure, our Rainbow Beach and Great Sandy National Park day trips might be just the thing to tide you over until time permits to do the big Fraser Island trip.
With so many natural features and sights to see, you could be forgiven for having a Rainbow Beach adventure and calling it a day. From Poona Lake, to the Double Island Point Lighthouse, to Carlo Sandblow and so, so much more, the Rainbow Beach Area is truly remarkable and worth consideration for any Queensland experience.
If you would like to take one of our vehicles for a tour of the area, ask us today how we can make your adventure happen.