After purchasing our camper trailer we were very keen to test it out. It was with some thought that I chose our first destination of Rainbow Beach. As we were heading there for the June long weekend I thought that it would probably be cold. Therefore we wanted to stay somewhere that allowed camp fires.
I quickly found that most chain owned camp grounds or caravan parks do not allow camp fires at all. However after some diligent research I found that Rainbow Waters Holiday Park at Carlo Point allowed camp fires.
So that became our first destination. The park itself is situated on 23 acres at the end of Carlo Point Road, but is still only 10 minutes from the centre of Rainbow Beach. It has cabins, powered sites and un-powered sites available. Because we didn’t need a powered site we were able to pick our own spot. We settled on a spot away from the main powered site areas but still nice and close to the camp kitchen and amenities block.
The park is surrounded by bush on one side and water on the other. There is also a public boat ramp just at the back of the park. Perfect if you own a boat or like to go fishing. The amenities block was clean and there was plenty of hot water. Also on site is a small shop, a TV room, a games room and a small playground.
We arrived mid-morning after a quick stop for breakfast in Gympie. With the threat of rain we were keen to get ourselves set up. The set up went fairly smoothly and I was pleased that we’d had a couple of practice runs at home. As we were only staying a couple of nights we didn’t put the kids room up this time. The rain arrived shortly after we had finished setting up. The main part of the tent did not get any water in it at all but one corner did leak around a tent pole so some plastic tent pole toppers were added. The weather that first night was cold so I was pleased that we had some jackets and extra blankets but I was actually surprised at how warm it was inside the tent.
The next day it was fine enough to have a look around the area. We drove out to Inskip Point where you can board the car ferry to Fraser Island and found that there is a whole area where you can camp right along side the beach. You will need a National Parks permit to camp in these spots and there are toilet facilities only but no showers.
We then headed into town for some lunch. There are a couple of nice coffee shops, a bakery, pub, bowls club and surf club where you can eat as well as the usual take aways. There is also a good-sized IGA supermarket and a smaller Foodworks.
CARLO SAND BLOW
We then headed to one of Rainbow Beach’s most well-known attractions – the Carlo Sandblow. This is a geographical area where strong winds blow in off the ocean and pick up grains of sand and blow them inland. It is about a 600m walk from the car park, but it is also the starting point for longer walks.
After that it was back to the campsite to collect firewood for the night’s campfire. Even though Brenden and I are ‘bush kids’, our kids are city kids through and through but they had the best time picking up twigs for the campfire. To share these experiences with our kids is one of the main reasons we decided to buy the trailer in the first place.
The kids had the best time toasting marshmallows while we relaxed and enjoyed a couple of drinks. Don’t think I had enjoyed myself so much or felt so relaxed in years. The following morning we woke to the sounds of this fellow sitting in a tree right next to where we were camped.
After a leisurely breakfast, it was time to pack up and head south again. Packing up from start to finish took us about an hour and a half. As we weren’t in any great hurry we took our time to fold everything up properly. The great thing about a camper trailer is that not only do you have storage in the trailer but also on top of the tent. We leave our bed made, lay the kids sleeping bags on top of that and then fold the tent up. On top of the tent before the tonneau cover goes on we can fit the annex and side walls. Also the kids room roof and side walls, the ladder, pop-up gazebo, the ground sheets and a full cover tarp go up on top.
I always give the tent floors a sweep out before we pack it up. That way you don’t have to open it up when you get home. Unless of course it was wet when you packed it up then you will definitely need to open it up to let it dry out. Otherwise you run the risk of the canvas going mouldy or smelling. Mould on canvas can cause it to rot so it has to be dry.
We had such a great time and didn’t want to go home. In fact I made another booking for the next school holidays! It’s official we love Rainbow Beach.