Recently we made our third trip to Rainbow Beach. It is such a gorgeous place to stay. It’s the kind of place that just makes you want to back there again and again.
We again stayed at the Rainbow Waters Holiday Park at Carlo Point. There is so much open space there and the fact that you can have a camp fire is always an added bonus.
We met up with a good mate of ours who has just come back from the Cape and this was the ideal spot for him as well. Being a keen fisherman, there is a boat ramp located just at the rear of the camp ground. This meant he didn’t have to go far to launch his boat. It also meant that the kids could wander down any time and drop their lines in as well. Carlo Point is very tidal. When the tide is out there are lots of sand flats where you can go yabby pumping for bait.
INSKIP POINT SINKHOLE
We arrived at Rainbow Beach the next day after the sinkhole occurred at Inskip Point. We went and had a look at the area where it occurred and couldn’t believe that there were no injuries or loss of life. It is still a beautiful area and hopefully this won’t deter people from coming there to camp.
Queensland National Parks advise the following – “The M.V. Beagle camping area and the eastern section of the M.V. Sarawak camping area, where the landslide occurred, remain closed.” (This info was current as of 2/10/15)
It seems every time we stay at Rainbow Beach we get caught in a ripper storm and Wednesday was the night for that. The heavy black clouds starting rolling in about 3.00pm and the boys thought this would be the perfect opportunity to put the drones up and see what sort of footage they could get. Our mate Dave captured this brilliant shot of the lightning.
Our last afternoon at Rainbow Beach we headed out to the Carlo Sand-blow. A Sand-blow forms when strong on-shore winds break through the vegetation cover, and pick up grains of sand and blow them inland. Sand-blows take thousands of years to form and are a common feature of both Rainbow Beach and Fraser Island.
The last time we visited the Carlo Sand-blow it was an overcast day. This time it was clear and sunny and the difference in the colours was amazing. It is a popular spot for hang-gliders and para-gliders to launch from. Many people bring their ‘boogie’ boards so they can slide down the sand hills. I personally wouldn’t recommend this as the Sand-blow is a very fragile environment and this activity could damage the vegetation in the area.
If you are going to walk on the sand-blow do not go near the cliff edges overlooking the beach. They are fragile and can give way. Whilst we were there, a local Policeman arrived carrying a snatch strap so as he could drag a woman back up who had slipped over the edge. He said she gave herself a fright but was uninjured. He also said that he performs this task frequently during the holidays.
All in all we had a great week away and we have both come home feeling relaxed and rested.