Trip Start May 08, 2008
Trip End Jan 31, 2012

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

RAINBOW BEACH - 19-23rd June 2008

 A very easy drive from Gympie down to Rainbow Beach. What a beautiful spot. However, we were allocated a very small site, a tree right in front of it and a big 4 x 4 parked next to it. We had to get the tractor to park our van! But oh how easy they do it! It really is 4 wheel drive city here as the beach here and on Fraser Island are the same as our normal roads and the 4 wheel drive vehicles are allowed to drive on them. All usual road rules apply.

The funniest thing Kevin saw whilst out fishing was a taxi hurtling along the beach to pick up a fare!

Rainbow Beach ia nestled between World heritage listed Fraser Island and the natural beauty of Cooloola National Park and it is part of the Great Sandy National Park. Coloured sand cliffs tower majestically over the rolling surf and white sandy beaches of this former sand-mining town. There is also a private barge which leaves from Inskip Point to take tourists and vehicles across to Fraser Island.

The amenities here are just spotlessly clean and we have a view of the ocean. The beach is just a wonderful stretch of white sand with the coloured cliffs always in view.

Had dinner at the local Surf Club which was about a 5 minute walk and of course beautiful views.

We decided to spend some quiet time here - reading, fishing, walking and just relaxing.

Saturday morning we had an early start and drove 30 minutes to Tin Can Bay so we could see the wild dolphins and feed them. There is a pod of 4 wild dolphins who come in to the marina most mornings and the National Parks & Wildlife staff monitor the hand feeding of them.

There were 4 dolphins this morning 2 mature ones and 2 juveniles. One of the mature ones had been attacked quite some time ago by a shark and it was nursed back to health here so perhaps it just feels very safe and secure. It was just a most amazing experience to see them and hand feed them their breakfast. Not very many tourists there and it is just a nice, quiet, calm environment for the dolphins and an amazing experience for the humans. I just loved being able to be so close to a wild dolphin. They are just so beautiful and peaceful.

On our way back stopped at the Carlo Sand Blow (named after a member of Captain Cook's crew) and the view was just awesome - the best thing was because we were so early and it is always very windy, there were no other footprints at all on the massive sand dunes leading down to the cliffs where you can view the coloured sand cliffs. A truly beautiful place and a wonderful morning.

Today Saturday, it is a little cooler and there is a very fresh breeze blowing, but still sunny.

Tomorrow we are doing a rainforest walk out to Lake Poona then heading off on Monday.

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