4×4 Trip To Rainbow Beach
Our next adventure in our beautiful country was a much needed weekend away to Rainbow Beach with friends.
“To the beach we said” with the sand between our toes and the sun shining. Rainbow beach is located roughly 2 and half hours North of Brisbane. Rainbow Beach is well looked after and patrolled by Rangers, so a Beach Permit is required for access passed middle rocks. Access to Rainbow beach does not require a permit between Inskip Point and Middle Rocks. Permits for all other areas in the Cooloola National Park can be pre-purchased on the internet, or at the ranger station located at Rainbow Beach.
On our arrival we unpacked and it wasn’t long before sitting around just wasn’t an option. We decided to get into our 4WD and explore the Great Sandy Beaches and 4WD tracks. Before any trip on the beach it is important to check the tides. In this particular case the tides made the beach quite inaccessible, which was fine as there is an inland track. Freshwater Track will take you from Rainbow Beach Rd all the way through to Double Island. (As pictured below)
Travelling through the inland tracks for “about 20 mins roughly” leads you to a secluded destination called “Fresh Water Lake” which can be swum in depending on how much rain we have had.
Freshwater Track has a lot of beautiful rainforests to see, which have an amazing range of bird species that produce some amazing sounds. There are a few areas along the way to pull up and take in the scenery with a Glass of wine (which my wife likes to enjoy along the way).
Once you’re through the inland track for about 20 minutes you will reach the place we all wish we could call our “Backyard”, the Northern part of Double Island.
Located at the top of this picture is a lighthouse that can be accessed by a walking track, if this is of interest to you.
A swim is always a must on the beach, and in this case was much needed after a long, hot day.
The beach is an ever changing environment and it is important to be respectful and vigilant at all times. They can create drop offs and little swimming holes, which are a safer option for kids than swimming in the ocean.
After another fun and eventful trip it was time to head back to Rainbow beach to enjoy some great company with friends.