Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Rainbow Shares Its Riches

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Rainbow Shares Its Riches

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Byline: MEGAN SIPPEL

AFTER a 600-metre rainforest walk, then edging our way slowly across the top of the vast expanse of sand that is Rainbow Beach's Carlo Sand Blow, we questioned whether to head downhill.

Created over thousands of years from the sand blowing inland across the vegetation and creating massive dunes, it has long been a popular pastime for tourists to slide down.

Getting back up is another story.

It's a bit of a strain on the legs walking in all that soft sand but still amazing to see at the same time.

During the time my partner and I spent there, we only came across a few other people - scattered here and there in the distance, appearing as mere dots on this magnificent landscape nature has created.

Exploring the beauty of nature is what a trip north to Rainbow Beach has always been about, and there is no shortage of ways in which to do so: rainforest walks through the Cooloola section of Great Sandy National Park, camel treks or horse rides along the beach that is home to the famous coloured sands, getting out and about on the water on your surfboard, boat or in scuba gear.

Now you can do all this with more than a hint of luxury thrown in since the opening of The Plantation Resort late last year.

Rainbow Beach has long been associated with a great camping holiday, but for those who aren't too keen on tents, here's your chance to experience all of its natural beauty without roughing it.

Spend your days trekking the bush, sliding down (and, yes, then using all your energy to climb back up) the Carlo Sand Blow, traversing the endless beaches or enjoying a day trip to Fraser Island.

At the end of it all, return to the perfection of the five-star hotel and take on a more laid-back pace.

Relax in the pool or heated spa, retreat to your self-contained apartment to enjoy the built-in barbecues on the sun-deck, or wander across to the Rainbow Beach Hotel. …

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