The next stop on our East Coast adventure was Rainbow Beach. This involved a 14 hour coach trip; to save a day of travel and on accommodation costs we took an overnight bus. Leaving Airlie Beach at 7pm and arriving in Rainbow Beach at 10am. It meant that we could enjoy an extra day in Airlie Beach relaxing by the lagoon and arrive in Rainbow Beach early enough to settle ready for our next Australian experience.
I found travelling on the overnight bus okay; it definitely wasn’t the comfiest night sleep I have had but I did sleep for a few hours, I found though that I was falling asleep only to wake up a few hours later.
Arriving in Rainbow Beach, although we had slept on the bus, we were tired and ready to relax. We couldn’t check in until later in the day so we found a couple of hammocks and chilled out. Both Harriet and I feel asleep for a few hours, waking up and feeling more awake; we headed to the supermarket to get a few bits for dinner and had an early night even though we had slept in the afternoon, we hadn’t caught up on our sleep.
The next day we met up with a couple of guys from our Whitsundays trip, they too were staying at Dingos hostel and doing the Dingos tag along 4 wheel drive experience. We took a walk to the Carlo Sandblow Dune. A 20 minute walking track brought us to this natural sand dune that stretched an amazing 15 hectares and is an beautiful spot to see the sunset. We didn’t go at sunset but the view was still incredible. We ran down the side of the dune which was so much fun; we also saw the view from the cliff edge which was also breathtaking. The sand dune is like a giant wind tunnel with the wind rushing through it constantly this causes the sand to stir up and settle on you. The sand was very fine and soft; it was a challenge to walk in, my legs were burning by the time we walked back to the walking track.
After visiting the dunes we headed to the beach, it was a stretch of sand that went on as far as the eye could see in both directions. We all ran into the sea to cool off from our walk but also to de-sand; it got everywhere!!
Rainbow beach was a simple and friendly town. It offered a great chance to sit back, relax and watch the world go by before we embarked on our next adventure, Frasier Island!