Rainbow Beach was our first destination after we bought our Camper Trailer. We liked it so much that we decided to head back there for a few days in the school holidays. We arrived mid-afternoon and were basically set up by dark which was just as well, as once again the heavens opened up on us, but also with strong winds thrown in.
We unfortunately did get some water in one corner of the kids room that night as we did not quite get it lined up straight with the main part of the tent, but other than that, we remained warm and dry for the night. Even though we could feel the wind buffeting the trailer and tent around, nothing moved and the next morning the rain and wind were gone and we had lovely weather for the remaining two days we were there.
This time because of the better weather conditions we were able to take advantage of the fact that you can drive 4WD vehicles onto the beach. If you’ve never driven on sand before it’s not hard if you follow these tips. If you are driving between Inskip Point and Rainbow Beach you do not need a Beach Permit. You can also travel for a further 4km south from the centre of Rainbow Beach, past the Carlo Sandblow to an area known by the locals as Middle Rocks.
To travel past this point you must have a Beach Permit which you can obtain from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. You can then travel all the way to the Noosa River mouth on the Sunshine Coast. When driving on any beach, remember that normal road rules and speed limits do apply and that Police do patrol the beaches. If you are planning a longer drive you will also need to check the local tide charts. Parts of the beach may become inaccessible or unsafe to drive on at high tide.
The best part about being able to drive onto the beach at Rainbow is that it gives you the chance to view the Coloured Sands. The towering sandcliffs give Rainbow Beach its name and the colours truly are spectacular.
TIME TO RELAX
By mid afternoon each day we headed back to our camp site to get the evening camp fire going. The kids had so much fun collecting firewood from the scrub bordering the caravan park. The camp fire also proved ideal for baking potatoes and sweet potato in foil. Absolutely delicious with our steak. Make sure you try some next time you’re camped with a fire.