Carlo Sand Blow, Rainbow Beach

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Geologic Formation Nature / Park
Head to the top of Carlo Sand Blow for an eye-filling look at the multihued Rainbow Beach below. Starting from the Rainbow Beach water tower at the top of Cooloola Drive, take the walking path 600 m (0.4 mi) to the top of the 15 hectare (37 acre) sand-blow. Once you get to the top, take in the 360-degree views that include Fraser Island and magnificent sea cliffs. Come for the spectacular sunset and stay to stargaze. Watch for migrating whales if you're here between August and October. Make Carlo Sand Blow a centerpiece of your Rainbow Beach vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Rainbow Beach vacation trip planner.
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  • This is a great place to enjoy a spectacular sunset. It is an easy walk walk from the car park through beautiful bush. Don't be surprised to find a few other people doing the same.  more »
  • This is a lovely spot but we did not catch any fish. Very relaxing and always something to see. Bring a boat!  more »
  • Carlo sand blow is a magnificent place to visit. Around a 15 min walk from the car park through beautiful forest. My daughter and I loved our visit. A must see! We went early, around 7am before the he...  more »
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  • Oh my god. This place was AMAZING. We went at sunset and it was truly magical. The color of the water, the tranquility.. loved it. Definitely go here if you can!
  • What an awesome sight. Breathtaking views and beautiful sand. If you're able to see it, enjoy the short hike to it and soak it all up before venturing down into the blow and playing in the sand. Bring a hat, and a way to secure it! It's hot and windy!
  • Amazing landscape. Seriously worth it and only a short and wonderful forest walk to get there. About a 600m walk. It's perfect at sunset and sunrise. I would highly recommend a visit while at rainbow beach.
  • Great views over both Double Island Point and Cooloola. Great fun for kids using bodyboards to slide down the sides too 😁
  • A good walk and a natural feature of the area. The locals take off in their para-gliders here.