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Top 10 things to see and do in Rainbow Beach
World Heritage Listed Fraser Island is only 15 minutes north of Rainbow Beach. Access to Fraser Island is for 4WD’s only and by the vehicular barges that operate from Inskip Point, Tin Can Bay. On the island, enjoy beach driving, rainforest walks and visit the lakes. If you don’t own a 4WD you may like to hire one or take a Fraser Island tour.
Dolphin Feeding at Tin Can Bay
Tin Can Bay is known for its dolphin feeding. Only 30 minutes from Rainbow Beach by car or by Dolphin Ferry from Carlo Point, visitors can experience these beautiful creatures and have the opportunity to hand feed one.
Take a leisurely horse ride through the bush and along the beach. Experience the beauty of riding along the beach to watch the sunrise or end the day watching a sunset over the horizon.
Carlo Sand Blow
If you’re visiting Rainbow Beach, the walk to Carlo Sand Blow is a must. The view from the top is spectacular, with panoramic views of the Coloured Sands, Double Island Point and the Tin Can Inlet. To get there, simply drive along Cooloola Drive until you reach the reservoir, and follow the walking track for 600m that passes through woodlands to an expansive natural sand blow.
Test your skills on the Mantra Rainbow Shores golf course. If you have never played golf before or are a little rusty, the 9 hole par 3 course is great for beginners. The course is also well suited for those who like to play regularly.
Walk from the Surf Club along the beach south for 1.5 – 2kms to see the start of the towering cliffs of coloured sands. It is preferable to explore these cliffs at low tide. The Teewah Coloured Sands are also a short drive from Freshwater picnic/camping area. However it is 4WD access only. Make sure you check tide times.
Beach fishing is one of Rainbow Beach’s great attractions. Beach fishing yields whiting, flathead, dart, tailor and bream. Tin Can Bay Estuary is good for crabbing and calm water fishing. Access to Tin Can Inlet is via the boat ramp located at Carlo Point. Excellent offshore reef and sport fishing charters can be arranged. Inskip Point is a popular fishing spot with the waters full of sea life.
Cherry Venture Wreck
The Cherry Venture was a cargo ship that was swept onto Teewah Beach during cyclone conditions in July 1973. The owners spent 4 years trying to re-float it but abandoned it. Since then, it has become a tourist destination for curious visitors. It is located on the southern side of Double Island Point. The hull is all that remains from this wreck but it is still an interesting trip.
Rainbow Beach has a wonderful surf beach that stretches for kilometres. The QLD Surf Lifesaving Club patrol a section of the beach in front of Rainbow Beach township every weekend during the summer season and weekdays during summer school holidays. Excellent board riding conditions can be found towards Double Island Point.
Great Sandy National Park – Cooloola Section
Cooloola National Park is a section of the Great Sandy National Park, stretching south from Rainbow Beach to the Noosa River. Visitors can enjoy bushwalking, boating, fishing, picnics, scenic drives and swimming in either the lakes or the ocean. Cooloola National Park has many picnic areas and bush tracks to explore.