NESTLED between two internationally recognised destinations, Noosa and Fraser Island, the majestic Cooloola Coast is an untouched paradise rich in natural and cultural assets, and home to some of the world's most amazing natural attractions.
With lush rainforests, secluded beaches, pristine perched lakes and crystal-clear creeks, you could be forgiven for thinking you were a million miles from civilisation but the reality is this piece of paradise is less than three hours' drive from the hustle and bustle of Brisbane.
Rainbow Beach is located within the Great Sandy National Park, which encompasses the Cooloola sandmass and Fraser Island, the oldest and largest sandmass in the world. The massive dunes, towering sand cliffs and wide ocean beaches have been etched by wind and water over millions of years.
Couple this with the tall eucalypt forests, fragrant wildflower heaths and paperbark swamps that decorate the sands and you have breathtaking scenery that echoes with the indigenous spirit and legends that gave the town and region their names.
Four-wheel drive up Teewah Beach from the Noosa North Shore, where you can take in the amazing views from the nearby Double Island Point Lighthouse.
From here head inland to explore tracks and hikes through the Cooloola section of the Great Sandy National Park. Swim at Poona Lake, a beautiful fresh water lake perched in the sand and surrounded by lush rainforests growing in the dunes.
Continue up the beach from Double Island Point to take in the awesome sight of the coloured sands. The complex array in tones and hues of the towering sand formations creates a landscape of wonder.
According to the legends of the local indigenous people, the Kabi Kabi, the dunes were coloured when Yiningie, a spirit represented by a rainbow serpent, crashed into the cliffs after a battle with an evil tribesman.
From Rainbow Beach enjoy a short bush walk to the incredible Carlo Sandblow with breathtaking coastal views from this 15-hectare and growing sand dune.
Watch the colour of the para and hang gliders over the blow or join in. The sun, surf and sea breezes complement the full range of activities available including skydiving, scuba diving, kayaking, surfing and deep sea and beach fishing, or four-wheel driving along miles of golden sand.
For the nature lovers there are countless bird watching and bush walking opportunities.
Rainbow Beach is the gateway to Fraser Island, only 10 minutes by barge from Inskip Point, which is a wonderful beach camping spot with amazing views, 10km north of the township.
This picturesque seaside village offers the ultimate beach holiday experience, with a wide range of accommodation from beach camping to five-star resorts.
For those who like the idea of camping but either don't have the equipment or don't like the set up and break down of camp sites, a new innovative tourism operator has ready-to-go fully equipped camps available for hire.
If luxury is more your style, there are a number of relatively new resorts, all with spectacular ocean and Fraser Island views.
For more accommodation options, including family friendly and caravan and cabin style, visit Gympie Cooloola Tourism's website www.cooloola.org.au.
Considered one of the best kept secrets along the panoramic Queensland Coastline, a visit to this picture-perfect natural wonderland is a must. Call 1800444222 and ask for a Gympie Cooloola Region holiday guide to be posted to you.
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