What a dream! SIX whole days on the beach soaking up the sunshine! Our little fam was in need of a bit of down time, and the ocean was calling our name. We packed the caravan up and headed North to Rainbow Beach, and can I just say springtime is the best time, the wildflowers made the drive extra special!
We stayed at Rainbow Beach Holiday Village which is located right in town and almost on the beach. We opted for a smaller waterfront site which requires a tractor backing you in - total hit with the kids! The caravan park is very central and within walking distance to the main street which has a number of cafes and restaurants - perfect for an early morning coffee run! A permit is needed to 4WD on the beach and can be purchased from the local National Parks Office. That was basically the entirety of our plan - try to fit in as much beach driving, surfing, swimming and relaxing as humanly possible.
Mornings were spent having pancakes and going for walks along the beach, afternoons we climbed the sand dunes to watch the sunset with a lot of lazing on the beach to fill in the daytime hours. We met some really lovely people in the caravan park, two families were actually living full time on the road and homeschooling their kids - GOALS!
Most days we drove up to Double Island Point and enjoyed the small waves there, you can also do a 2.2km return walk to the lighthouse which has amazing views! Depending on the tide you can drive from Rainbow beach to Double Island with no problems, if it’s high tide there are some sections that are impassable, although there is an inland track which we had to use one afternoon that will take you safely back to the Rainbow township.
An evening at Carlo Sand Blow is an absolute must, the views from the natural sand blow are stunning and sunrise or sunset up here is epic. There are plenty of other places to explore in the area and a few lakes that we didn’t get to that will be on the to do list for next time!
SO HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? - In comparison to a holiday home, we thought it was super thrifty at $45 per night at the caravan park. We also made 95% of our meals in the van or on our Weber at the beach. We can recommend the Surf Life Saving Club for amazing views + a good feed and Rainbow Fruit for epic acai bowls! If you’re looking for a relaxed beach vibe check Rainbow Beach out for your next holiday!