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The warm rays reach over the clouds, kissing life into the world.

The gentle wind picks up the fine sand, swirling it like smoke.

The rainbow spirit left its mark along the shore, protecting those who tread barefoot on the dune.

The quiet town lies motionless in the early light.

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My very first attempt at poetry (!) after watching the sunrise at Rainbow Beach. I was after a well-needed break from day-to-day life and also needed to quench my thirst for exploration. The sleepy town of Rainbow Beach and a wonderful day on the World Heritage Listed Fraser Island did just that.

DSC01091 DSC01100Rainbow Beach from the sand duneDSC01114The Carlo SandblowDSC01130The Carlo SandblowDSC01131DSC01161Sunset from Carlo SandblowDSC01185 DSC01190 DSC01192 DSC01207 DSC01215 DSC01239The stunningly clear waters of Lake McKenzie, Fraser IslandDSC01247My Lokai bracelet framing Lake McKenzie – When life gets you down stay hopeful, when life has you on a high stay humble DSC01254 DSC01255 DSC01271Wanggoolba Creek, Fraser IslandDSC01288Maheno Shipwreck, 1935, Fraser IslandDSC01294 DSC01308Eli Creek, Fraser IslandDSC01331 DSC01334A Wild humpback dolphin, Tin Can BayDSC01346The coloured sands of Rainbow Beach with an Aboriginal Dreamtime story to matchDSC01351 DSC01354

The Nitty Gritty:

  • Rainbow Beach is about 3 hours drive north of Brisbane.
  • I stayed at Frasers On Rainbow Beach Backpackers. Great hostel, friendly staff and a nice relaxed atmosphere.
  • Many people use Rainbow Beach as the entry point to Fraser Island. The barge takes the cars from Inskip Point across to Fraser Island. You can head over on your own (if you have a 4WD) or do a 1/2/3 day tour.
  • In Tin Can Bay you can see wild dolphins every morning.