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10 things that make the Great Beach Drive a road trip like no other

byJan Foletta of Great Beach Drive 4WD Tours-12 Jul 2017

The Great Beach Drive provides a road trip like no other. Need an excuse to visit - we've got ten lined up for you!

1. Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach is an idyllic coastal town situated on the Great Beach Drive. Gazetted as town in 1969, it was first settled by sand miners, who were mining the rutile (black sand) to extract titanium oxide. It's now know for it's laid-back beach vibe and easy access to the aquatic playground of Rainbow Beach at the eastern end of the town.

Rainbow Beach
Rainbow Beach looking towards Double Island Point.

2. Carlo Sand Blow

Formed approximately 50,000 years ago by a lightning strike, ‘Carlo Sand Blow’ is a 15 hectare sand mass directly behind the town of Rainbow Beach. It provides wonderful views of the coloured sands, Double Island Point and across the Great Sandy Strait to Tin Can Bay. Carlo is also a perfect spot to watch sunrise and sunset.

Carlo Sandblow
Carlo Sandblow.

3. Coloured Sands

Created over thousands of years by leached vegetation and iron-ore minerals, staining the sand dunes with a vibrant spectrum of over 40 different shades of colour. 

Coloured Sands
Coloured sands of Rainbow Beach.

5. Leisha Track

The Leisha track was named after a ship that ran aground on Teewah Beach in 1954. It is an 800 metre track that takes you from the Pacific Ocean across a neck of land through to Honeymoon Bay and the Coloured Sands.

6. Double Island Point

Named by Captain James Cook in 1770, because it  looks like two separate islands from out to sea. Double Island Point is made of basalt volcanic rock and home to prolific marine life where pods of dolphins, turtles, manta rays and whales (seasonal) can often be sighted. ‘DI’ is also home to one of the longest right hand surf breaks in Australia.

Double Island Point.
Double Island Point.

7. Double Island Point Lighthouse

The coastal headland is home to the famous lighthouse which offers panoramic views from Noosa to Fraser Island and some of Australia’s most stunning coastal scenery. The lighthouse was made in England, shipped to Double Island Point and erected in 1884. It became fully automated in 1992, and is still an active working lighthouse.

8. Wolf Rock

A volcanic outcrop and one of the best dive sites in Australia, Wolf Rock is the natural habitat of the endangered grey nurse shark. Part of the Great Sandy Marine Park the region is protected and for experienced divers only.

9. Freshwater Picnic Ground

Set amongst the world recognised coastal dune system in a unique rainforest setting, you can have morning tea with lace monitor lizards, the second largest of the Australian goannas.

10. Red Canyon

A unique pinnacle formation of oxides that have taken several hundred thousand years to form the red and yellow sands.  With the help of Mother Nature, water run-off has created a beautiful colour display. This was a secret meeting place for the women of the traditional owners of the land, the Gubbi Gubbi people.

Red Canyon.
Red Canyon.

 

 


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Jan Foletta of Great Beach Drive 4WD Tours
ByJan Foletta of Great Beach Drive 4WD Tours

Great Beach Drive 4WD Tours is a division of Surf & Sand Safaris. Established in 1973, this family-owned business is one of Queensland’s longest operating 4WD tour companies. They are the only tour operator offering a dedicated Great Beach Drive tour from Noosa to Rainbow Beach.